On love, again……. and loss

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February’s theme is love. On account of it being Valentine’s Day soon, I decided that love was apt. When I thought about it, I was stuck between a rock and a hard place on which type of love to write about. Of course there is romantic love. In an earlier post I wrote about the […]


Who is Jinny? Writing a main character

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The first question people ask me when I tell them I have written a novel is, “Am I in it?” When I tell them I have written three novels, their eyes narrow and I can tell they are almost sure they must be in one of them! The second question is, “Are you in it?” […]


Optimism – breaking through the glass ceiling

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Having recovered slightly from all the excitement of last week and the inauguration of President Obama and Mrs Obama’s dress, I still feel optimistic. As the theme of this month’s blog is feminism, I want to write about how optimism and positive thinking is related to the ‘glass ceiling’. I am a working class woman […]


A day to remember….

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Veering slightly but not wholly from the subject of feminism, I am celebrating today as one that will be remarkable in history. I have great hopes for President Obama. Not just because of the symbolism of equality that this man and his family bring to a position of power, but for his policies also. I […]

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Looking the other way…..

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0808 2000 247 Continuing the theme of feminism and writing, I never become used to the way some women have to lead double lives. I doubt that there is a woman in the UK today who is not aware of feminism in some form or another, even if it is from the standpoint of being […]


Feminism and writing – are we free?

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In an attempt to organise myself and hence my blog better I have decided to have a theme for each month. The theme for January is feminism. Feminism. It’s a tricky one. The problem with feminism is that in the struggle to define itself and free women from the bondage of institutionalised inequality, it has […]

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New Year Resolutions, or lack of…..

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Reading Keris Stainton’s blog gave me the idea for closing 2008 or Mondo Beyondo as the tradition goes! I have some ideas about what I want to achieve in 2009, but I think closing 2008 is important for me as it was such a life-changing year. So here goes: So the first thing you need […]


On Love…….

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It’s Christmas time and traditionally a time for relaxation and spending time with those we love. I’m interested in dialectics and because Christmas is such a focus point for relationships and all the happiness that comes with freedom to spend time with family and friends, there is inevitably another opposite pole to all the festivities. […]


Climbing a mountain……..

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Today, tonight and tomorrow mark the Winter Solstice. This is a deeply significant time for me as the shortest day and the longest night mark the peak of my year. The difficult march up the slopes of the year since last summer have been woven through with happiness and synchronicity. I asked and I was […]


Endurance – money can’t buy me love…..

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I was prompted by a forum thread to think about what I was doing this time last year. I was quite shocked to find that I had just finished my PhD and was considering writing a novel! The last fourteen months of my PhD were an uphill struggle with major stress issues. When I embarked […]