The End, again

In this episode, three The Ends which aren't, really. On Wednesday I finally got my butt in gear and ran 5K (with much complaining). I'd got to about week 7 of Couch to 5K, and had stuck there for ages. I had gone out running, but with a friend, and not following the programme. So …

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Have your say in my 2020 reader survey – and maybe win a paperback!

I did a reader survey last year and it was so helpful that I'm doing it again! I've put together a short (9-question) survey on SurveyMonkey. It's mainly multiple-choice, and its purpose is to learn more about my readers and people who interact with me on my author social media. I'll take the responses and use …

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New year, same goals…

At least I'm getting in with the new year's goals post quicker than I did last year! I won't get into whether it's a new decade or not because people will start squabbling, so let's move along. Here's a recap of last year's goals: Work smarter, not harder  Try some new things  Get fitter  2019 …

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Caster & Fleet: not goodbye, but au revoir

This morning I wrote a chapter. A last chapter. Not of a book (well OK yes, it was of a book), but a series. And given the title of this post, you can probably guess which one. Oh gosh, it was hard. Starting it was bad enough. How do you write a chapter to finish …

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Danger: Co-writers at work!

Or rather, we have been! It seems to have happened in the blink of an eye, but Paula Harmon and I have written another book together. Caster & Fleet 5, to be precise. Book 4, The Case of the Masquerade Mob, felt like a BIG book. Lots of characters and things going on, often unexpected; we were …

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Yes, it’s that new year post…

I bet you've read loads of these New Year posts already in 2019, but this is probably as much for me as it is for you, so here goes! You'll notice that this post is a bit later than the majority of goal-setting posts. That's partly because I've been surrounded by family until today. It's …

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Not the NaNo’Clock News

Please forgive the pun-tastic title, but I can’t help it. You see, it's November, NaNoWriMo month, and other people are posting on social media and blogging about their super word counts and how far they’ve got with their stories and how they feel it’s all coming together. Normally at this stage of the year, I’d …

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Why I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year

It feels weird to say out loud that I’m not going to be taking part in NaNoWriMo this time around. Admittedly I haven’t been writing long, in the grand scheme of things, but NaNo in November, and Camp NaNo in April and July, formed part of my goals and targets and gave a bit of …

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When life gives you lemons…make a box set!

Gosh, it's been a while since I blogged on here... I blame back-to-school-and-work, and also trying to get my publishing ducks in a row. Anyway, as you can see from the picture, I've been putting things into boxes! The first 3 books in the Pippa Parker Mysteries series are now available in an ebook box set. Originally …

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Lightning in a bottle: trilogy draft complete

We've done it! Oh gosh, we've done it. That pretty much sums up how I feel. Paula Harmon is currently writing the last chapter of book 3 of our co-written Victorian mystery trilogy (edit: she's done it now), and I don't know whether to laugh or cry. We knew it was coming, of course. Ever …

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