Here we are again: new year goals…

This year seems to have gone both quickly and slowly. Somehow, the whole family has managed to stay Covid-free (I ought to cross my fingers but it's quite hard to type at the same time). The kids are back in school, I'm back tutoring (in just one school this time), but my husband is still …

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It’s that time again: new year goals…

Well, 2020 has been interesting, to say the least. What's that saying about 'may you live in interesting times'?  I reread last year's 'life goals' post, and either I was unusually prescient, or I may be partly responsible for the mess that has been 2020. If so, I apologise. That said, I'm conscious that I'm …

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On finding a new writing routine when your old one collapses

It's been an interesting few weeks, hasn't it? We're all coping with something which, frankly, I could never have imagined. First of all, I'm not complaining. So far, my family's doing OK. The grown-ups are still working, the kids have been studying (as far as I can tell!). Most importantly, we're all well. Of course …

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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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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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Camp NaNoWriMo – The End!

Made it - and earlier than planned! Pippa Parker book 5, The QWERTY Murders, is now in its full first draft! I think I wrote my last post on Monday, hoping to finish on Thursday. As it turned out, on Tuesday I got to my planned word count for the day (3000) and found myself IN …

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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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The Monster Under The Bed

So Camp NaNoWriMo is over for another year. I achieved my modest target of 25,000 words on April 25 (how apt!), finishing Something Blue the next day with just over 28,000 words. Here's the graph: I was aiming for between 25 and 30K, so I'll take that. Once I got started, the writing was fairly easy, …

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In praise of laziness

It's been a shockingly long time since I wrote a proper blog post. Apologies, but I'm not quite sure where March and most of April went! I think the last time I mentioned my NaNoWriMo draft from November 2016, Murder At The Playgroup, was when I'd done a read-through preliminary to beginning THE EDIT (I finally …

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