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Down the rabbit hole

I adore historical novels. Everything I know about Rome comes from Colleen McCullough’s epic series about the rise of Julius Caesar and the crime-solving exploits of one Marcus Didius Falco created by Lyndsey Davis.

Georgette Heyer’s Regency novels are pure escapism to a world of bonnets and bosoms where achieving a good marriage is all that matters

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Sense of place

I wrote recently about books I will never let out of my life, even though I have a passion for decluttering.

One of these is a childhood favourite, Lucy M. Boston’s The Children of Green Knowe. I was amazed to discover very recently that the house she lived in for more than fifty years, and that she drew on endlessly for the series, actually existed.

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….light the corners of my mind

I have recently completed a free online creative writing course with the Open University and FutureLearn which I heartily recommend to anyone new to writing fiction or writers with a bit of experience who want to get back to basics and receive informed feedback on their work.

I’ve always been resistant to the idea of keeping a journal or using Morning Pages to get the creative juices flowing but the course tutors suggested that for some of us carrying a notebook called “research” might be a way to get over this self-imposed block. BINGO! Now I use it to jot down random things I hear or see, passing thoughts I have and snippets of useful information and no longer feel guilt that it’s not full of flowing, cursive script of delicious descriptions and wise insights!

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Thinking about timelines

Reading is a bit like stepping into a Time Machine – we never know where the author’s going to take us.

One project I’m currently working on ( I call it  a project because it’s too long for a short story, too short for a novel – tis neither flesh nor fowl ) involves four characters with intersecting timelines so I have post-it notes galore reminding me of just


Family fun with words

I love writing and trying to paint a picture with words.

Friends, family and work colleagues tell me I often come out with some ancient word, saying or turn of phrase that no-one actually uses in everyday conversation.

It probably comes from years of playing Scrabble with my Grandma

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