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Madonna at 60

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I’m pausing my very serious book posts to reveal an amazing fact about myself: I am Madonna. Many of you who know me through my day job or through writing will probably think that I am the furthest from Madonna that you could imagine – serious, studious and sober. But ask the people who have […]

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September challenge: 30 days Facebook-free

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As life becomes much busier after the summer holidays, I’ve found myself in a semi-hypnotic state, alternating between Facebook and Candy Crush. Over the summer, with the assistance of a new laptop supposedly bought specifically for writing, I have become more and more interested in the ‘status’ and ‘level’ of other people. It was only […]

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Nanowrimo madness – almost upon us

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No matter how many times I tell myself that I am too busy to do Nanowrimo, I always end up doing it. This year, with my first book published and another two on the burners, I tried to persuade myself I am too tied up writing non-fic for novelising. Around mid-October I started to think […]

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Seven days in the garret – day 1 update

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Somehow I managed to start work at ten o’clock. Between nine and ten I decided to have a boiled egg then worried that I was eating too much salt. I was horrified when I realised that I had no idea what a gram of salt looked like. So I measured out a gram on my […]

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Picture the scene: last Monday, on a UK bank holiday, I visited Beeston castle, the ruins of an ancient castle fort in Cheshire. The ruins are visible for miles as the castle is set on top of a hill, and the scenery is breathtaking. When we got there we found that we had to pay […]