writing

Thinking, talking, and telepathy

2 Comments 01 September 2017

A couple of weeks ago (or longer, summers blur into one great berry smoothie in my mind) I met Naomi Alderman, author of The Power, for lunch. I brought a friend who I knew would enjoy the convo. We had lunch in a friendly tapas place, ordering (as usual for me) far too many plates. […]

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writing

Overheard 2

2 Comments 30 June 2017

‘Sort of a yellow-ish pink.’ ‘So… coral.’ ‘Hmm…’ ‘Salmon?’ ‘Not fishy, no.’     ‘Oranges are not the only lemons. No. I said that wrong.’     ‘Spence knows all about this. You don’t need to ask him. He already knows. I’m serious if you ask him he’ll just–no man, I wouldn’t.’     ‘She’s […]

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writing

Another American Buys a House in England

2 Comments 28 June 2017

We wanted a house with character. Modern or old, that category didn’t matter. We wanted a house that knew what it was without us telling it. What we got was a house with magic. No evil, just magic. Because someone with foresight carved special symbols in the beams to keep evil out. Apotropaic marks, I […]

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writing

Overheard

3 Comments 20 April 2017

It almost goes without saying that overheard conversations are a fantastic place to poach material for writing. Why? Because they’re authentic, real, they’re the turn and tumble of how we really speak to each other (or, in some cases, to ourselves). Listen carefully and they can reveal the truth of deep churning feelings spilling out […]

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writing

On a night like this I write

1 Comment 27 March 2017

I have opened a bottle of wine and a bag of Doritos. Actually, it’s a bag of store brand corn chips, which I prefer. I am home alone and although I love healthy food I have a weakness for corn chips so I have chosen a piece of cheese, Sancerre and corn chips as my […]

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writing

Personal Projects Part 1

1 Comment 24 March 2017

What do you do that makes you happy? What Personal Projects do you have that give meaning to your life? Did you know you’re one of mine? Let me explain. (These Personal Projects aren’t the same as obsessions, by the way (more on that in another post—still working on that one, I’ve got a lot […]

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writing

A sea of chatterbox

8 Comments 20 February 2017

When I was in first grade I had to sit for a week at a desk in a giant cardboard box in the corner of the classroom because I talked too much. It did not teach me the lesson they hoped. In third grade we watched the old version of The Little Mermaid and a […]

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writing

Love

6 Comments 15 February 2017

How to talk about love without making it Camembert? All the love songs to choose from (I make playlists, so does he), all the poetry ever written across the globe (I send lines to him, he sends lines to me), all the holiday photos to resend (with ‘remember this?’), all the movies to share (reaching out […]

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writing

Secrets are the gravy

4 Comments 30 January 2017

I write about people and obvs that means secrets. Secrets are the gravy of a novel, the thing that makes a story a bit more interesting. The twist, the surprise ending, the big reveal. The thing you like to go back to and mop up some more because it’s just sooo good. A secret, according […]

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writing

Social Media Monkey

0 Comments 08 January 2017

When I last wrote for this blog I was all about fingers in pies and social media networking. The more I connected the more money I made. All I had to do was social media harder and harder. I had private online circles of blogger friends 24 hour coffee mornings where we dipped in to talk […]

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writing

*whispers* It’s quiet in here…

0 Comments 29 December 2016

Not sure if I’m going to pull the dustsheets off the furniture in here or not. Much has happened in the world (my little world, our big world) since I took one last look around and locked up. I didn’t think I would be gone this long. Now I’m thinking about creating a new website: less […]

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food

Top tips for mulled wine

6 Comments 13 December 2011

Ever wanted to know how to make perfect mulled wine? Or mulled apple juice? One of my favourite blogs is the Knackered Mothers’ Wine Club, written by Helen a (knackered) mother who knows a thing or two about wine after a 15 year career in the business. After I left a comment on her blog […]

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living well

14 Tips to Conquer the Fear of Flying

14 Comments 22 June 2011

          Conquering the fear of flying might be easier than you think. One in three people have a fear about flying, but many people have learned how to conquer their fears–like me. I used to enjoy it as it was all part of the adventure when I first started travelling. Then […]

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family+home+garden

Have you ever seen an airplane like this?

22 Comments 27 May 2011

My uncle is a stained glass artist and one of his specialty items are these delicate airplanes. Unusual, interesting, pretty things to set on your shelf. I love them. When I visited my family recently I was very lucky to be given one by my uncle and I was over the moon! This airplane was […]

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