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America’s another country: they do things differently there — so don’t make assumptions

I wrote this post on another blog back in 2010 and when I came across it the other day I thought it was still interesting and still relevant. Hope you … Continue reading

April 28, 2014 · 7 Comments

8 reasons why you should start tweeting or come back if you’ve stopped

This is based on a post I wrote back in 2010 and I think it still holds true. If Facebook is about renewing and making contacts, Twitter is about information … Continue reading

March 22, 2014 · 10 Comments

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Beannachtai La Fheile Phadraig I chose this particular photograph because it has the feel of an Irish day and I love the rain coloured mountains in the background. Two gifts … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · 6 Comments

Favourite book covers

I’m editing a charity anthology right now and I’ve been thinking a lot about book covers. Over the years some covers have burned into my memory – a sudden artistic … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · 4 Comments

My Writing Process – Blog Tour

First of all, a big thank you to Laura Wilkinson for suggesting that I take part in this tour. Laura writes two very different types of fiction – erotic romance … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

I’m not sure I can define romantic, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t it…

Romance originally meant a story about a dashing hero written in French. As those stories often revolved around unrequited love, adoration from afar and secret trysts (what a nice word) … Continue reading

October 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

I haven’t been hiding, honest. First the good news and then the bad…

You probably haven’t noticed but I’ve been a bit quiet lately and missed some scheduled posts – in particular last Monday’s creative writing exercise. That wasn’t intentional but a few … Continue reading

September 28, 2013 · 17 Comments

A Twitter Confession

Looking back at the posts written a year ago when I first started this blog I’m a bit embarrassed about one in particular. My list of the kind of people … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · 21 Comments

A Plea for Plain English

Originally posted on The Proof Angel:
This is a memo to the War Cabinet headed “Brevity”. It is a bit depressing how little progress has been made. ‘To do our…

August 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Wannabe Writers on TV

Heard from two bloggers – Catherine Ryan Howard and Kathleen McGurl – about a pilot for a new reality television staring real wannabe writers trying to get publishing deals and … Continue reading

August 20, 2013 · 10 Comments

What is a short story?

Someone asked me recently to define a short story. I could understand her difficulty because it’s much easier to say what’s it’s not. It’s not an idea that could have … Continue reading

August 17, 2013 · 32 Comments

Does knowing what happens in the end spoil a story?

I’ve been looking back at old posts and I thought I’d share one I wrote two years ago (on a previous blog) after reading an interesting article in The Guardian. … Continue reading

August 6, 2013 · 6 Comments

You could be the next Doctor Who…but is that really a good idea?

I’m not talking about the BBC Christmas 2013 Special when the 12th doctor will be revealed. The route to being this Doctor is much simpler – no acting school or … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Real readers don’t buy hardback books

Just read on the BBC’s website that 17,662 hardback copies of The Cuckoo’s Calling sold were sold between 14 and 20 July since JK Rowling was revealed as the author. … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · 9 Comments