Ghouls, Ghosts and Goblins

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Skeleton Halloween Outfit

Skeletons, witches and zombies.


On Halloween they emerge from the underworld trawling the streets for victims. Weapons in hand, swag slung over one shoulder. Travelling from house-to-house they collect their ‘gold’ and shriek into the night. Then head home to munch on sweets.

Exercise Anyone?

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Exercise is important.


Or so the experts say. It reduces the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and if you need to, helps you lose weight. The more exercise we do the healthier we are. And yet so many of us find it difficult to drag our lazy butts to a gym. Including me.

Half-Term Writing Holiday

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So it’s half-term; holiday for the kids and holiday from writing the novel. After my great week of progress two weeks ago I would normally be annoyed that the holidays were so soon. It always happens - soon after I make good progress the kids are on holiday. But this time I’m not as bothered by it. In fact I’m welcoming the break.

Sinful Characters

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Have you ever sat to write, imagined the character you’re writing about and wondered why on earth they’re doing what they’re doing?
Silhouette of a man

Their acts are so beyond your understanding that it seems impossible to write. Yet somehow you have to.

I have a character who is handsome and charming. He’s a man who could talk you into loving him. A man who would do anything to make you his. But…

Beneath all that he is broken. His fractured personality makes me afraid. I’m scared of the depths he’ll go to. I’m terrified he’ll unleash a part of my own personality I didn’t know was there. 

I’m stuck. To write my next chapter I need to listen to the sinful part of him; to subject myself to his depravity. The part of me that is quite happy where I am (thank-you-very-much) wants nothing to do with him. Then there’s the other part, the little voice in the back of my head pressing me to ask questions that would make him mad. 

My own fear is holding me back.

Understanding his motives is one thing, but I need to be there while he does what he does. I would say ‘a fly on the wall’ but it’s more than that. I have to feel what he feels; think as he does. 

When this character came to me his story unfolded. I knew I’d be researching sensitive topics but it didn’t sink in. I didn’t realise how complicated things would get.

As a mother and a wife how do I get to that dark place? When school-runs and chores are in the back of my mind how can I join my character in his madness?


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Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light - Review & Giveaway

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Skulduggery Pleasant

A few weeks ago I received Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light to review. It is a book I'd never heard of but thought it might be something BP would enjoy reading. I'm always looking out for books to encourage him to read more.

Here's a teaser...

Finishing Drafts or Editing

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Last week I was very pleased with myself. Having written 10, 289 words and made lots of progress with the novel I was on a roll. But as with all creative things, the roll came to a stop, and it wasn't a slow and steady stop either, oh-no, this was a crash-into-a-brick-wall stop. 

Lots of non-writing related things have cropped up this week and sucked the time away. One minute my fingers flew across the keys and the next I couldn't get any time in front of the computer. Tuesday (midday) is the first time I have looked at my computer since Friday. Kids parties, chores and meetings stole my writing time.

Writing Update

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My road ahead looks clear. I wonder where that bend will take me?
This past week I have written 10,289 words. 9,388 of them were part of the novel, the other 901 words were me getting the story straight in my head.

Every day I wake and wonder how much writing I'll get done. Yesterday I even skipped my usual morning walk (it was raining lots) so the grocery shopping got done sooner. This meant that by 11.15 yesterday morning I was back in front of the computer.

My usual routine when I sit down to work is to check my emails and respond, check social networks, and write any blog posts I had planned. Once that is done I move onto reading and responding to others' blog posts. This left me with no time to create.

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