An open letter to all children, schools and parents on Sports Day

What does sports day mean to you? Some say winning. Some say taking part – I say sharing the love. Quite often it is easy to forget the true magic that it is to be a child. But for me, whenever I attend sports day to watch my daughter, it is glaringly obvious. I didn’t always see it but now I do, I want to share this with you. To the child that never gives up: Good for you! When you put yourself forward for a task and it goes wrong, to keep going is an admirable trait. When that beanbag falls off your head, you put it back on and keep going. When you fall over, you get back up. When you drop the baton, you pick it up and keep running. This isn’t called failing, this is called Determination and Perseverance. To the child who got injured: Don’t be sad that you...

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New Vlog

Good afternoon!   There is a new Vlog up on my YouTube channel – this month’s book reviews! Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fViDjp4UF8 Alternatively, just click on the YouTube button to the right hand side of the screen.   If you enjoy my vlogs, please click subscribe so that you get notifications when I upload a new one and also, please click like if you enjoy the video 🙂 Happy Friday!   xxx Share...

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Reading – How do you do yours?

I don’t read as much as I think I should. But then again, how much do we all think we should be reading? Everyday? Three times a week? Every time we get a spare few minutes… no, I know, when does that ever happen in real life, hey? Ideally, I would love to read every single day, and I do go through stages where this is actually possible. But generally, life, work and family commitments get in the way and I am either too busy or too exhausted to read regulalrly. But as a writer, should I be making the effort to make sure I read all the time? I love to read all sorts of genre’s, I wouldn’t even say that I had a favourite. I think, with me, it really depends on what mood I am in. Sometimes I love to read dark, gritty, thrillers and other...

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Oh, you only work part-time…

Recently I’ve been thinking more and more about what makes someone a writer. Is it their unwavering need to tell a story? Their love for the written word? Maybe it is something that they teach themselves, or is it installed in our DNA? I don’t know. Can you learn to be a writer or is it something that you have no choice or control over? Some people I speak to tell me that they had no choice, that the constant burning need and desire to write down their stories is far stronger than anything else they experience. That they were born to do it and have no control over it. Others I speak to say they have learnt and honed their craft over many, many years. Yes it is still a burning desire, but they have trained and studied to be a writer. Will these two types of people...

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Welcome!

Welcome to my new website!   Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to Lucy Felthouse of Writer Marketing Services. I approached Lucy to design my website towards the end of last year after I was put into contact with her by my lovely friend, Celia. Lucy has been amazing throughout the whole process. She is incredibly talented and has a real eye for what works. She completely understood my vision and embraced it. There was nothing that Lucy could not do, she was very accommodating – even when I was tweaking the silliest of things! Lucy was efficient and very reasonable with her pricing structure and I hope you will all agree that the finished product is lovely. I love it. So, thank you, Lucy. Secondly, I would like to thank all of you. Without...

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Book pet hates

Recently, I began thinking about the things that annoy me when reading a book. Sometimes you can be reading a really good book, but the author might keep doing just one little thing that keeps niggling at you. Maybe it’s a phrase. Maybe it’s the way they write their sentences. Or maybe it is the constant typo that keeps cropping up. We all have them. Pet hates. Those things that really frustrate us when reading and sometimes even force us to close the book and stop reading altogether. For me, it is things like short jerky sentences, really long chapters and sloppy dialogue. And then when you think about the actual content of the story, I cant stand anything too obvious, or things that drag out much longer than they need to. I took myself off to...

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