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Book Review: Outside the Ordinary World by Dori Ostermiller

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Book Synopsis (Goodreads) Sylvia Sandon always swore she wouldn’t become her mother. But one August morning, she finds herself walking the same prodigal path as the fervently religious yet faithless Elaine, into an affair she feels powerless to resist. Against the backdrop of California brushfires and fundamentalist mores in the ’70s, 12-year old Sylvie had […]

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On Feminism…

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After reading the comments by Mr Willett as reported by the Daily Telegraph yesterday, I had to admit that there was some truth in it. There is definitely evidence to suggest that feminism has helped women into work, with their worth and ambition and, in turn, this has mean that ‘ambitious working class men’ have […]

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Mind Games…

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The term ‘mind games’ has emerged this week in many guises in my life. Whenever I am researching a potential character for my writing, I look around in the world to see how people operate. Usually it’s physical traits I look for, such as facial expressions or non-verbal communication, as writing these actions in gives […]

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Writing novel number five…

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I’m extremely happy to tell you that I’ve finished novel number five. Finished the first draft, that is. I’ve still got a lot of editing and words to take out and put in, but the basic story is there. It’s been a journey that started as the Dirty Sparkle! project with a novel called, unsurprisingly, […]

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Domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse: the ugly baby and claims for social change and empowerment in stories

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It never ceases to astound me when I hear about someone making money out of disadvantage under the ‘sales hook’ of empowerment. There seem to be two scenarios here. The first is someone trying to make a quick buck. Someone who is focused solely on making money for themselves at any cost to others. Using […]

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Della Says…..

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OMG. ‘Della’s over the moon when she kisses her long-standing crush at a party – but then she discovers her diary has disappeared… When scans of embarrassing pages are sent to her mobile and appear on Facebook, Della’s distraught – how can she enjoy her first proper romance when someone, somewhere, knows all her deepest, […]