Why I’m quitting writing

I texted my friend, today. Why do I get so much pleasure out of cooking corned beef? No reply required. My apologies if you’re vegan or vego. But. Corned beef! I use Stephanie Alexander’s recipe. I love poking the cloves down into the onions. Chopping the carrots, real rough. And the celery. Tossing in the…

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Depth Year update: Here’s what I spent on myself this month

You might recall, dear reader, that I am having a Depth Year. A Depth Year can be many things. For me, 2019 is a Low Buy Depth Year. The aim is to bring as few new and shiny things into my life and to go deep with and appreciate all that I already have. In…

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How archetypal energy is helping me transition into my ‘new’ self

I was talking to my spiritual counsellor the other night. She’s in the UK. We meet via Skype. We talk fast. There’s always a lot to say. I’m in transition. Have been for a few years. Slowly but surely, I’m moving from one stage of life, love and passions, into a new stage of life,…

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Notes from a Depth Year: Poetry, Art, Nature and … Home Decor

Lately,  a stream of brilliant questions have come my way for this year’s season of Q and Q Friday. Thank you!! Among them, one about poetry has stuck with me. In fact, I think it came in late last year. I’ve been mulling it over ever since. A beautiful, thoughtful and unexpected question. What does poetry…

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My Depth Year, 2019

My Depth Year is about noticing the everyday and acknowledging what goes on. This afternoon in the space of ten minutes, I saved a lizard from drowning in my watering can, buried a dead bird in the fairy garden and planted a row of black hollyhocks at the foot of a fallen mulberry tree. So…

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Part Three. My Year in Review: Work and biz, the flops and the favourites

Here’s Part Three of the trilogy, my love! Talk about a saga. Let’s start with This Writing Life. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly! The Good Truly Tan: Baffled! (that’s book seven) came out in October (in paperback and in audio). The series continues to delight old fans and gather new recruits. This year…

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Part Two. My Year in Review: My Spiritual Journey

My Spiritual Journey. A bit convoluted for a blog post. So. Before I go too far back, say, right back to when I was eight and used to sit in church admiring a photo of Jesus on the wall at the end of the pew (yes, I thought it was a photo—an assumption that rested…

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Three problems I see with backstory

Remember that song by The Waterboys? The Whole of the Moon. ‘You know how it feels to get too high, too far, too soon… Whatevs I’m dickin’ around. Here are three backstory problems as I see them: 1 Too much backstory  Are you trying to tell your reader too much, too soon? Are your opening scenes…

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The winning stories in our Scribbles Creative Writing Awards. A rundown on each!

What a finale! The judging in the Scribbles Creative Writing Awards is over and our beautiful certificates are winging their way to our winners and highly commended. Other prizes are also being dished out! Sheesh. We don’t just give you a certificate and send you on your way! That is so NOT the Scribbly way!…

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Four ways to eat your writing

If your writing was a breakfast cereal, what would it be? No, seriously! Stick with me here! If you likened your writing (or your story) to a breakfast cereal, you might have some astonishing insights. You might even discover a fun and effective way to self-edit or rewrite. Step back from your work and try…

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