Cut Off Your Hands

Somewhere over the rainbow, in the land of Oz, a jewellery maker works deep into the night creating the most amazing silver, shiny things. Yet it wasn’t always so, and it has only been in the last couple of years that Alana of Cut Off Your Hands Jewellery has made creating things from metal her life. Sounds pretty darn cool right?

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The lone Trumpateer

There’s nothing quite so sad as the mournful notes set within a broken trebling of someone trying to learn the trumpet. Nor so hilarious. Take today for example. I was sitting there, minding my own business, working on my next book and then suddenly I found myself beset on all sides by the opening credits of Open All Hours.

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9 tips for emerging wordsmiths

I’ve been writing books… well stories… OK trying to finish writing stories since I was nine years old. I’m now just shy of 42… I won’t say how shy, but that’s a nice round number. I also say trying to finish because I find the starting of the process the easiest part, the middle can be a bit of a muddle and getting all the way to the end… that’s the pickle really. 

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Always hand print

Let’s face it doing what you love is not always easy. Most of the time it’s a challenging mistress and you end up sacrificing a heck of a lot more than you ever thought you would. Any spare time or money you may have had goes out the window, and you will probably be left wondering if you’ve become some kind of socially inept Gollum, cutting yourself off from the world so that you can devote all your time to your precious (the answer is yes, yes you have – but let’s say you’re a loveable Gollum).

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