Not sticking to my diet – again!

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So here we are, fast approaching the middle of April in what passes for Spring in the UK. I’ve still not got back into writing and feel heavy after a winter of hospital visiting and travelling to London on South … Continue reading

Stuck in the Slough of Despond – Reasons for not writing

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Ten months ago, in my post, ‘Births, quilting and other reasons for not writing,’ I felt optimistic about returning to writing. Five months ago, I was redrafting ‘The Whirlstone,’ writing the story from the viewpoint of three different characters. Since … Continue reading

Lost and Found – Poetry is What?

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Isn’t it funny, but when you’re trying to empty a house or a flat it’s always the last few things that take the longest to sort out. I was looking for a poem in my last post. It turned up, … Continue reading

Do you know a poem called – What is Poetry?

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Can anyone help me? Whilst sorting out the books and papers in my mum’s flat, I found a poem tucked into an exercise book. It started with the line ‘What is Poetry?’ and this may be the title of the … Continue reading

The Four Fairies of One Tree Hill

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Firstly, I wish you all a Happy New Year. Since my last post, time has done that peculiar thing where it slows down and speeds up at the same time. My mum has been in hospital in South London since … Continue reading

First Anniversary and Van Gogh’s Ear

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Hey, it’s exactly one year ago today that I published my first blog. My aim was to write a post once a fortnight. This is my 26th post so I almost made it. Today’s post is a poem I wrote … Continue reading

Female Fantasy Fiction Writers

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Writing about Neil Gaiman and Alan Garner in my last post caused me to revisit Anne McCaffrey’s fantasy books. I read most of these in my early twenties, borrowing them from the public library. I would suggest starting with Dragonflight, … Continue reading

The Importance of Reading Fiction as Championed by Neil Gaiman

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I’m going to be quoting today from a lecture given by Neil Gaiman for The Reading Agency delivered on 14th October 2013 at the Barbican in London. If you would like to read the abridged version of this lecture as … Continue reading

Memories, Music and Medieval Medicine

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It’s been a good fortnight for writing and family contacts. Have visited my daughter in Madrid and spent countless hours playing with my new grandaughter. Songs and rhymes that I haven’t thought about for years flew into my consciousness – … Continue reading

The Evermen Saga by James Maxwell

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Gripped and enthralled by the fantasy world of Merralya, at times dreaming about the characters and the settings, I fully understand James Maxwell’s byline, ‘Exploring this world while dreaming of others.’ The first book, ‘Enchantress,’ was self-published, but eighteen months … Continue reading