Match Point: a tennis tale

As Wimbledon's on, here is a little flash story I wrote a while ago. Imagine it narrated by your favourite tennis commentator! Match Point   ‘Get out of the way, Marnie!’ Dylan shouts, pointing his racket at her. ‘I want to plaaaaaaayyy…’ Marnie whines, Bambi eyes pleading. ‘No. You’re too small. You’ll probably hurt yourself, …

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An approaching bookiversary

I did have a vague feeling that something was coming up! It's very nearly a year since the launch of The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes, and Facebook very helpfully put a memory in front of me a couple of days ago...the moment when I cleared my throat and announced that I had a book coming …

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An Invitation Refused: a short story for Valentine’s Day

Here's a daft little story I wrote a while back, a version of a fairytale which you might recognise. Hope you enjoy it! An Invitation Refused 'You shall go to the ball!' The Fairy Godmother waved her magic wand. Cinderella stared. 'Really?' 'Oh yes,' replied the benevolent dame. 'Pazowie!' With a few swirls of her wand …

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My first writing workshop!

So this weekend I did something a bit different from usual. I ran a writing workshop! It came about through a meeting of the Friends of Penketh Library (FOPL for short), who have been organising lots of events to support and promote the library. There's recently been a big consultation about the future of Warrington's libraries, …

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Paperback Writer!

Book post is the very best kind of post - especially when it's proofs of your own paperbacks! It almost makes the agonising over typefaces, spacing, etc etc etc worthwhile. I'm delighted to report that the paperback versions of Bitesize and A Jar Of Thursday are now available on Amazon. I'm also working on an offer for my Etsy …

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Firewords, Thursday and Mirrors, oh my!

It's like buses, you wait for ages and then three come along at once! Firewords Quarterly I'm full of a cold and battling with the paperback edition of A Jar Of Thursday, but I've been cheered today by the arrival of some very fine book post courtesy of Firewords. This is issue 7, Dark/Light, and yes, it …

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A Bitesize trio: a book design mention, a question, and a reflection

So having said in my last post that I had nothing really to flag up, I discovered almost immediately afterwards that Bitesize got a mention in Joel Friedlander's eBook Cover Design Awards post for July! I'd submitted the cover mainly in the hope that people might see it and consider exploring the book, so Joel's …

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Nine Lives: for #InternationalCatDay

So this morning I noticed that #InternationalCatDay was trending on Twitter. In my view every day is International Cat Day, but we'll let that go. Then I saw on Facebook that Mslexia were holding a cat-related drabble contest today...and inspiration was sleeping right next to me, snoring gently. Here's the result, a piece about my …

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Camp NaNoWriMo: In the middle

It's almost the middle of the month already! How on earth did that happen? Appropriately enough, I'm in the middle of editing. Very much so. This week I've dealt with all the 'big' questions/possible problems I identified on reading through my NaNo book. Several turned out to be not really SO big. I've also resolved the 'medium' …

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