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February 2010

Is there much use in going to writing conferences? This is a question that every novice writer has asked themselves at some point. If you want to write, you just sit and do it, right? Wrong. In my… READ MORE

January 2010

January is a great time to discuss New Year’s resolutions. Every person needs something to strive towards. Why not try to achieve some of our goals this year? We all have things we’d like to achieve… READ MORE

December 2009

At the end of 2009 it is impossible not to reflect on the passing year. It has been a year of inspiration and excitement, some literary successes and of course some failures, but most important, a… READ MORE

November 2009

The month of November is the National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for those who so prefer. This will be my second year of taking on the challenge of completing the first draft of a novel,… READ MORE

September 2009

Summer is nearly over. Frankly, it’s a relief. With all the free time, wonderful weather and things to do outdoors, I haven’t managed to get much writing done. But September is here, quivering on that invisible… READ MORE

July 2009

Lots of exciting news for July, starting with a visit to ‘tropical’ Inverness in late June. With the sun shining and an inspiring award ceremony, my short story ‘Hands’ won the second prize in the Neil… READ MORE

June 2009

The month of June tends to bring optimism and inspiration. Perhaps it is the promise of summer, the clear-blue skies and the raising temperatures. The longest day of the year is just around the corner, and… READ MORE

March 2009

Gazing at the lengthening purple twilights and taking in the sights of budding primroses and daffodils has convinced me: winter’s really over. It is time for a spring clean – not only around the house and… READ MORE

January 2009

Welcome to 2009 – a year full of reading, writing and hopefully many other good things. For me it started well, with my first collection of short stories now available from and from bookshops near… READ MORE