writing

Personal branding for novelists: Image

17 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

3 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

34 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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food

Nigella’s addiction

16 Comments 10 December 2013

Cheeky title, isn’t it? In honour of Nigella Lawson’s strength for escaping and standing up to her emotionally abusive ex-husband, I am celebrating with her amazing Sweet and Salty Crunchy Nut Bars. These are from NIGELLA KITCHEN by Nigella Lawson. She said of these bars:  “I fear it is the kitchen equivalent to crack cocaine.” […]

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family+home+garden

My Christmas list, should you be wondering…

5 Comments 06 December 2013

I have some ideas for you. I think I am one of those Hard to Buy Presents for people. I don’t collect anything, I am particular about my style (both personal and home) and I don’t like a lot of Things cluttering up the house. I always tell people my favourite presents are the ones […]

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Ten points of emigrating: what to do?

1 Comment 28 November 2013

This is a nicely succinct list of ten points written for The American Resident, useful for anyone interested in becoming an expat. If you’re still interested after reading this post, please have a further look around this site to read more about the longterm expat life, for example, try the category: Expat Life.  * * […]

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American food at Ocado

5 Comments 28 November 2013

Ocado is an online grocery retailer in the UK and I use them once a week because they pack your bags from a warehouse not your local store so I rarely have substitutions in my orders. They also have great deals and they price match with one of the least expensive grocery stores inthe UK, […]

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Perfect Christmas Present for Teen Girls

18 Comments 25 November 2013

Vouchers for iTunes or Miss Selfridge are so last year. What do many teen girls really want? They want to look amazing. They try on each others’ clothes, they experiment with makeup, they take photos of each other in poses they’ve copied from Vogue. All as part of the great journey towards discovering which angle, […]

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writing

We were going out to dinner.

19 Comments 23 November 2013

  This is a work of fiction written for the Mumsnet competition ‘We were going out to dinner.’ Living as an expat some relationships back home get distorted. Some people get confused about your choice to live overseas, confused why you don’t visit more, confused why you aren’t more involved in their everyday life. This is […]

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writing

Looking for a novel about a place?

23 Comments 19 November 2013

When I travel to a new place I read many travel reviews, I like to buy guidebooks and maps (regular readers know how much I love maps) and I often search for novels set in that location. But trying to find a novel set in a place, unless very well known or with the location […]

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living well

Everyone should have one good photo

14 Comments 15 November 2013

Every photo, whether touched up or not is only ever one split second of you. You’re always changing, moving, blushing, growing, ageing, sighing, laughing, and blinking. Take a lot of photos. Choose the right one. Keep it. Put it on display or tuck it in an envelope to pull out every now and then to […]

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Love London? Love Camden

2 Comments 11 November 2013

One of the best parts about living overseas is having great places near you for your family and friends to see when they come to stay. Camden in North London is one of my favourite areas of one of my favourite cities. It’s an area I’d love to take my visitors to if we have […]

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