writing

Writer wish list

3 Comments 08 September 2014

An unexpected gem I found at the few writers’ workshops and events I’ve attended is that if an agent likes a writers’ work, they want to impress the writer as much as the writer is trying to impress them. It’s not all about writers bribing agents with chocolate. (But agents, please do tell me your favourite […]

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Writing a novel is really hard work

29 Comments 05 September 2014

Writing a novel is really hard work. Don’t laugh. I know that sounds whiney (and obvious). But, I thought that if I had my act together, you know, got really organised, prioritised my novel like I would any job (that’s why you know I’m in but I don’t answer my door–I’m working) and churned out […]

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Another unfair strike against expats?

12 Comments 13 June 2014

There are all kinds of immigrants and expats and it must be difficult to create legislation to cover all situations but sometimes the legislation is so far off the mark that feels truly obstructive to the people who are trying to live honestly and fairly in the country of their choice. Mario Vitanelli has written a […]

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food

Grown-up sized waffle maker

3 Comments 09 June 2014

  Waffles, as we know them today, began in the geographical area that includes Belgium, Netherlands and northern France in the 1700s, although earlier versions have been made (as wafers, pressed between two iron plates) since the Middle Ages. So. Why are waffles much more popular in the United States than in the United Kingdom, which […]

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writing

Flow: Why I write.

3 Comments 13 May 2014

  I’ve been invited by the enchanting Jeanne Henriques to join a blog hop on why I write. I’ve introduced Jeanne below (please go look at her photos and read her writing) but first, the four questions: What am I working on? I’m working on a novel about an American woman in Britain. I’ve oversimplified […]

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blogging

This is cool

6 Comments 01 May 2014

  Thank you, readers! I’m grateful for the recognition and honoured to be in a category with such outstanding writers. If you wish to support my writing further, you can vote here: Brilliance in Blogging Voting Alternatively you can click on the Brilliance in Blogging badge in the top right (look! over there! >> Look UP to […]

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expat life

Would you pass a Life in the UK test without studying?

31 Comments 30 April 2014

‘Unreasonable! Why would anyone need to know these things?’ Ever since the Life in the UK Test (or the LitUK test, to us in the know) started to be a requirement for citizenship applications in the UK there have been little bonfires of discontent. Most of the unhappiness focuses on the outrageously random facts of […]

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writing

Personal branding for novelists: Image

18 Comments 02 April 2014

I’m learning about personal branding for writers. Novelists, specifically. I’m going to explore the ideas and advice I find over a series of posts, and it would be interesting to see what you think, readers. Got any tips? There are a lot of online articles about developing your personal brand. Some focus on people looking […]

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Bath products you can make at home

0 Comments 31 March 2014

Go DIY for your bathroom experience! This is an article provided for The American Resident by Maria Wright. Making homemade bathing products may seem like a daunting task. However, with some store bought alternatives containing chemical ingredients that could potentially irritate the skin, it’s hard not to understand why you would be better off creating […]

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writing

A break from writing but not from work

4 Comments 21 March 2014

I’ve been on holiday for the past two weeks–no, I mean I’ve set aside my Writing work for the last week and a half. Remember how I said I planned to start treating my Novel Writing like a small business? I’ve been working hard on my novel for many months and so when I sent […]

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writing

My Writing Business

18 Comments 19 February 2014

This year I’m Writing. Every year I’ve been writing since waaaay back (even when I was in 7th grade and my friend Tracy and I used to write Chapters, a sort of soap opera about two Mary Sue’s and their Adventures with their Favourite Band, the name of which I shall not tell you). But […]

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blogging

One of those ‘About Me’ tag games

5 Comments 18 February 2014

The very funny Emma over at Mommy Has a Headache has tagged me in one of those round robin games bloggers do every now and then, where one is required to answer a series of pre-set questions and then tag more people. Most of my list of close-ish blogger friends have been tagged by now […]

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living well

Refilled

35 Comments 10 February 2014

December and January are dark, dark months for me. Not only are they the months on either side of the winter solstice, which means, in solar terms, they are the darkest months in the Northern Hemisphere, they are bleak, dreary, difficult months for the right hemisphere of my brain. Or maybe I mean my mind. […]

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Summer holiday plans?

1 Comment 06 February 2014

It’s that time of year when everyone is fed up with winter and ready to think about those sunny summer holidays. We’ve been taking about ideas, that’s for sure, and sun always plays a big part in our discussions! So where will you book? Any recommendations? I’m always looking for new ideas. We love going […]

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living well

Join me for a Sport Relief Coffee Morning?

8 Comments 13 January 2014

One of the many things the British do well is creative fundraising for charities. It’s a thing they love to do. I usually quietly set up my direct debits to chosen charities, or drop the pound coins into rattling buckets at the entrance to the grocery store, or sponsor a school child on a walk […]

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living well

Boldly go into this New Year

8 Comments 31 December 2013

I have rarely spent New Years Eve at a party or out in the cold watching fireworks over a big city. One year we hosted a 12-course meal for our family, stretching across midnight with a course of sparkling drink as the clock struck 12. It was fun, but kind of hard work. I would […]

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