How the best laid plans can go awry

How The Best Laid Plans Can Go Awry

Don’t you just love a fresh start – a blank sheet of paper in the book of your life to fill in as the year progresses? I always start each new year with curiosity and anticipation, wondering what it will bring.Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said, ‘Life can only be understood backwards but it can only […]

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why you should get out of your reading comfort zone dog on towel with book

Why You Should Get Out Of Your Reading Comfort Zone

The words ‘comfort zone’ are bandied around a lot these days. Self-development experts are always telling us to get out of it. I like the sound of a comfort zone and the images it evokes – I picture myself curled up on my couch surrounded by books, chocolate and coffee, with a large sign nearby […]

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Steinbeck stuck on the title page

Book Titles – What’s In a Name?

Steinbeck’s pain is my pain I love that cartoon, not only because it makes me laugh, but because I can feel Steinbeck’s pain. It’s exactly what I’ve been going through for the last few months as I was writing my novella – I could not for the life of me come up with a title for […]

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The Elephant House Edinburgh

Why Do Writers Love To Write In Coffee Shops?

Since becoming a full-time writer I’ve become a cliché – I love writing in coffee shops. I’ve written in a previous post about my local library being my favourite office away from home, but coffee shops come in as equal favourite.IT’S A TRADITIONIn my defence, I’m continuing to uphold a fine and noble tradition of […]

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How To Write Book Reviews On Amazon

How To Write Book Reviews On Amazon

It’s tough being a reader these days – that is, if you buy your books on Amazon. You can’t just read the book, enjoy it and go on to the next one. No, siree!Not only have you got the author asking you (very nicely, of course) to post a review on Amazon for them, and […]

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duck reading a book

My Good Read Recommendations

Here in Australia we’re in the middle of winter and over the last few days many areas have experienced particularly cold snaps. On Queensland’s Sunshine Coast where I live, we shiver and rug up if it gets below 18 degrees Centigrade. (64 degrees Farenheit). Regardless of where you live, there’s nothing more comforting in winter […]

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Too Much On Your Plate? Is this your to-do list?

Too Much On Your Plate? Here’s The Solution.

Work, exercise, family, study, community or voluntary work, hobbies, socialising – how do you fit it all in?  Do you find yourself exhausted by the end of the week, berating yourself for all the things you didn’t have time to do?  Overwhelmed when you look at your to-do list?  Not achieving the goals you’ve set […]

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Why I Love Travel Journals

Why I Love Travel Journals

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. These are the words of St Augustine, a Christian theologian who died in 430 AD. And travel back then meant endless days under the beating sun or frozen sky on economy class donkeys, sustained by meagre portions of dried bread […]

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A bookcase in the library

Writers’ Rituals and Why They Work

We writers are a weird bunch… For a start, anyone who spends a lot of their time hanging out with imaginary people has to be just a wee bit crazy. And never more so than when it comes to writing rituals. Now you’d  think that sitting down to write would be easy. Just plonk your […]

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What Genre is That? Laptop with ebooks

What Genre Is That?

If you ask an author what genre of book they’re writing, they’ll readily tell you it’s a fantasy or crime or romantic comedy, or whatever it is. If they’re still deciding they might say, ‘It’s a zombie thriller with lots of comedy, a couple of vampires and a touch of romance.’ But ask a reader […]

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