Life

Bestseller Random Acts of Unkindness is on sale at $0.99…

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American friends, DS Jan Pearce Bestseller Random Acts Of Unkindness is $0.99 from 11/12 t0 11/19. DS Jan Pearce has a big problem. Her fifteen year old son, Aiden, is missing. Jan draws together the threads of missing person cases spanning fifty years and finds tragic connections and unsolved questions. Bessy Swain, an elderly woman that […]

domestic violence

Visiting Forever Manchester

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A couple of weeks ago my daughter rang me at work and asked me if I  would like to do a podcast for Forever Manchester. She is an ambassador for them and has contributed a podcast herself, and she thought it might be fun. I thought I would find out a bit more about Forever […]

Life

Perfect Ten Revenge Playlist

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#PerfectTen

Perfect Ten has a theme of revenge, and while that is not the only theme of the story, a series of revenge songs are scattered through the story; in fact, Caroline Atkinson makes her own ‘Cheating Bastard Playlist’! And here it is: I think it would be fair to say that Caroline Atkinson is angry. […]

Creativity

My Write as a Woman

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A while ago I saw an invitation to submit a short story to Women’s Words Manchester as part of an archive of women’s stories about Manchester. The stories were to be archived to celebrate 100 years since some women got the vote, and was supported by the Pankhurst Centre , Manchester Libraries.Archives+. Soroptomoists Europe and the Arts […]

Freedom

It’s Always About the Children

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While I’m sitting here in my privileged, white, affluent life checking my step count and reminiscing about the concert I attended last night, it’s hard to believe that in the USA children are being separated from their parents and kept in camps and cages. I am a psychologist and writer, but I want to put […]

Fiction

Let me tell you about love. Let me tell you about Manchester.

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Manchester

On this day, when Manchester wraps its arms around those who need it, I’m sharing a story I wrote last year for Womens Words MCR about my relationship with the city. ‘Let me tell you about love. I lived in Oldham as a teenager, before I knew love properly, but regularly travelled to the city […]

Depression

Find the good… #findthegood

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Life is stressful for lots of people at the moment. The endless gloomy weather we have had in the UK has underpinned a general feeling of dissatisfaction, if the news headlines and social networking sites are anything to go by. In my own life, I am emerging from a bittersweet year when I got my […]

Creativity

What made you do it?

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I love writing and as a psychologist I’m not so interested in how we use the structure of language and writing rules. Although these are an integral aspect of writing that we must observe for the sake of understanding meaning, I think more about why people write as opposed to how people write. Twitter is […]

Life

The Jigsaw

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Two weeks ago I went to London to meet with an agent. The agent in question agreed to represent a book I am co-writing with Anstey Spraggan about step-parenting. I’m delighted to say that we have started work on the proposal and sample material with an editor and hopefully that will be complete to the […]

Life

A slight detour….

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I had a change last week and wrote some short stories. I also edited some that I had written a few years ago. It was really interesting to see the difference between them.The stories from about 2006 had a poor sense of ‘POV’ (all fixed now) and I hadn’t indented any paragraphs – something I […]