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A month’s mind for Mike, my husband and friend

Mike Whelan died on the morning of Saturday February 9th 2013 after a short, savage illness. He was 62 and in May we would have been married 30 years.I don’t … Continue reading

February 10, 2013 · 46 Comments

Figures of Speech cane be dangerous

One of my all time favourite youtube videos will help sort out a synedoche from a similie.

February 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Get writing, get reading, get involved in a creative community WHAT THE DICKENS MAGAZINE

What the Dickens? Magazine is aiming to promote, support and encourage creativity and the arts for both organisations and individuals. And there are now lots of opportunities to be part … Continue reading

February 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW how well Amazon ebooks are doing after five years of selling?

 Ebook sales were up approximately 70% over 2011. In contrast, Amazon’s physical books – the kind you can lend, smell, hold and put on a shelf – had the lowest … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · Leave a comment


The agent Carole Blake, author of From Pitch to Publication says that any story can be boiled down to: What does the main character want, and what’s stopping them from … Continue reading

February 4, 2013 · 4 Comments

Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes) Dorothy Parker

I hate writing. I love having written. Dorothy Parker

February 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Life of a Writer (watch carefully – I have a bit part!)

February 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Happy St Bridget’s Day

Just discovered on that Brigid should be pronounced Brigg-id” or Bree-id but “almost never is”. Hmmm, so why the should be? When does a pronunciation move from standard to … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

DO YOU KNOW the 10 things authors want readers to do?

1. Write an Amazon review. Reviews are a powerful tool that can make a big difference in an author’s sales. Don’t lie. Don’t go crazy about a book you don’t … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · Leave a comment