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80,000 words in 80 days

Many of you will already know that I do like a writing challenge. I think they are a good way of getting a rough first draft of a novel or book out. Once I have done that I then promptly put it away for a while before starting to edit …

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The scent of cinnamon and strawberries

Congratulations to Dave Bartlett who submitted the winning caption this week: “When I said ‘Have a drink on me,’ this wasn’t quite what I had in mind”. Dave, your prize is a collection of award winning short stories titled The Scent of Cinnamon by Charles Lambert. Please email me your …

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TV and noisy novel number three

On Tuesday 19th April I will be interviewed during a live book show by Sally Tickner from Portsmouth TV. The show airs at 5pm and lasts for 30 minutes. For those of you who would like to watch me talking about writing and autism but can’t do it at that …

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Happy dancing

On Friday evening I received an email informing me that I have been granted full membership with the Romantic Novelists’ Association! A lot of happy dancing immediately commenced. The RNA’s inclusion criteria is quite strict, and although I have longed to be a member for quite some time, I didn’t …

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Cakey Friday

The guest judge this week is Mike Jarmin from Botham’s of Whitby and he is giving away some exquisitely delicious Ginger Brack as his prize. I’ll hand over to Mike now so he can explain which captions he chose and why: Debbie Russell‘s caption says: “Mick was really cheesed off. …

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My writing soundtrack

I have to confess that I am somewhat addicted to music. I like to listen to it anytime of the day and I like it loud because then I can feel it too. So, I suppose it only makes sense that I need to have music playing when I write. …

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What say you?

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about where to go next in The Plump WAG’s Club and a few themes keep coming to mind: 1. Bad choices make good stories 2. History doesn’t always have to repeat itself 3.  Absence doesn’t always make the heart grow fonder 4.  Survival …

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A river of stones

I have spent the past couple of weeks not writing anything more than blog posts. Although I firmly believe writing is a discipline and one which need attending to on a daily basis – I also accept the need for downtime – just not too much of it. So, in …

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What a buncha winners!

Meet my new little notebook. Chopper bought it for me as a surprise this week.I’ve been coveting a portable computer for some time now. I can use it in class to take notes a lot faster (and more legibly) which will reduce my stress levels once a week and when …

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