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A picture tells 100,000 words

When your’e writing fantasy it often involves creating worlds that don’t actually exist. I find that it’s critical to find pictures that represent or inspire the kind of places in my imagination. Here are just a few images that tell part of my 100,000 word novel. If you want to see more images like this follow my Pinterest board. Woman …

The Writer’s ‘Real Job’ Dilemma

This is bad! I mean really bad. My day job – you know the one that almost pays the bills – is so ridiculously busy at the moment that not only haven’t I got time to do any writing, I don’t have time to write a proper blog post either. I wonder at what point you should bite the bullet …

The olden days – what’s the appeal?

Ever since I can remember I have been obsessed with stories set in historical periods. The historical period didn’t really matter – as long as it was a different time and place. My husband would say: “Is that another ‘Olden Days’ story your reading/show your watching?”. The main attraction for me I think was the (perceived) romanticism or days gone …

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Go and get happy. Read!

Over the years I’ve gone to a few different leadership courses for work. Some stick in my mind for different reasons. There was the one that had half the room sobbing uncontrollably within the first 30 mins of a four day course – surprisingly a good course. The one though that I remember above all included a moment that is …

My Top 5 Marriage Proposals from Literature

Who doesn’t love a bit of romance between their favourite characters? It gets me thinking about my favourite marriage proposals in literature – starting with Mr Darcy of course.     1. Pride and Prejudice – Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett Mr Darcy declares his love to Elizabeth, though it took two shots to get it right. “In vain have …

Forget Disneyland…I’m going to the library

The Trinity College Library in Ireland (pictured above) is considered the world’s most beautiful. Disneyland might be the happiest place on Earth – which I tend to think it is (major fan here) – but the most magical place for me must be the library. I remember clearly being taken to the local library as a child and being mesmerised …

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Farewell to my first love

A few weeks ago my heart was broken. Not just mine, but countless women around the world, particularly of my vintage, were devastated to learn that Canadian actor Jonathan Crombie had died. News like this is tragic enough, especially when you consider Crombie was only 48, but what makes the news so significant is that he was my, and many other’s, …

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Creating As Your Purpose

It’s taken nearly 40 years but I’ve finally figured out what I am.    When I say ‘what’ I mean how to define what I do and love. I’m a Creator. Everything I have done and got so much joy of during my life is about creating.  Creating words, content, stories, strategies, food, businesses, ideas, events, dinner parties…it’s everything I …

And the prize goes to…first readers

“I have homework.” My son greeted me outside his classroom yesterday. No “Hello mum”, just “I have homework”. Sounds about right? Well, yes and no. My son is four-years-old. He started school this week – a very big milestone for our household. The prospect of trying to get Master Four to sit still for more than a nanosecond and focus …

Confessions of a writer – a storyteller – but not a literary expert

I have a confession to make. I love books. I love to read. I love to write. I’m a writer. I’m a reader. I dream about being a best-selling novelist. You could say, if you can excuse the cliché, I’m passionate about writing and reading. I’m a lot of other things as well; a mum, business owner and enthusiastic home …