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. However, in November, when my mum broke her kneecap and had an extended stay hospital and then moved to … 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

Births, Quilting and Other Excuses for Not Writing

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This past month I have had lots of time to read, but the writing has disappeared out the window. These are my excuses: Too excited, awaiting for the birth of my first grandchild – and the owners of the Spanish … Continue reading

The Last Watch of the Night

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Excuse this blog if it’s not strictly about writing. I have been in Spain for three weeks awaiting the arrival of my first grandchild. She arrived nine days ago, later than expected. I expect all grannies, nannies, grandmothers, grand-meres and … Continue reading

From the Forest to the Sea – Emily Carr in British Columbia

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If you’re in London, try to visit, ‘From the Forest to the Sea,’ an exhibition of paintings, sketchbooks, writings and drawings by Emily Carr (1871-1945) It is the first UK exhibition dedicated to her work and is organised by the … Continue reading

Who Do You Think You Are?

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Have you considered using a pseudonym? I decided to use J.M.Dallimore as my writing name in 2011; it was my maternal grandmother’s name. All the other surnames in our family rate as some of the most popular in the United … Continue reading