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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Tell me your best comeback & win stuff!

We all know the feeling - we get into a bit of heat with someone or they throw an insult your way for no apparent reason and at that moment instead of firing up and showing it’s worth your brain shrinks like a frightened turtle. But sometimes it all comes together, and your best comeback story could win you something awesome!

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Nine 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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Whisky and words

My husband and I recently returned from spending two glorious weeks in Japan, a wonderful, crowded, dynamic, beautiful country.  Everyone was so polite and we delighted in everyone we met from city to city. Drinking beer, eating amazing food, drinking whisky, smoking cigars, drinking more whisky (seriously unbelievable whisky and so cheap!).  

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Monkey see, monkey do

There is something eerily haunting about Michal Lisowski’s series Soldiers of the Banana Republic. With its Great War iconography and all too familiar scenes of the desolation, horror, hopelessness, fear and pain.

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