Footrot Flats & Books That Bring Back Childhood

Footrot Flats & Books That Bring Back Childhood

In which I show off my admittedly terribly puny collection of Footrot Flats books, and admit that my childhood had some terribly stereotypical Kiwi elements. I’m still getting used to the idea that not everyone had pet lambs growing up, or had to help with the docking. I haven’t really re-read Footrot Flats for a …

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The Chicken & The Universe – A Slightly Weird Short Story

The Chicken & The Universe – A Slightly Weird Short Story

Short story week, and I normally put a little ramble in here about how the idea for this particular (and slightly weird) short story occurred to me. You know, a kind of “behind the scenes with the author” type thing. Minus the empty tea cups, cat hair-festooned desk, and cookie stash in the top drawer. …

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The Art of Dr Seuss, & Writing Prompts

The Art of Dr Seuss, & Writing Prompts

In which I justify buying pretty art books on the basis that I may, possibly, one day, under the right conditions, use them for writing prompts. Maybe. I’d never actually thought about Dr Seuss creating art beyond his kids’ books until I stumbled across this post on Brain Pickings (worth a follow if you don’t …

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Failing in the Right Direction – the Writers’ Life

Failing in the Right Direction – the Writers’ Life

Warning! Warning! Personal Post Ahead! There will be failing! (And possibly flailing.) Eeek, get it off! Get it off! Just kidding. Well, not really. But this is actually a post about failing, and having a bit of a rubbish year, and there are less dragons involved than you may have come to expect. Although I’ve …

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Skulduggery Pleasant & the ‘Unfortunate’ Necessity of Reading Middle Grade Books

Skulduggery Pleasant & the ‘Unfortunate’ Necessity of Reading Middle Grade Books

  In which I confess that, even if I didn’t write middle grade books myself, I’d still read them, because they contain all the things that make me happy. You know – magic, humour, friendship, and adventure. And often talking cats. Although, in this case, it’s a talking skeleton, AKA Skulduggery Pleasant. If you haven’t …

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The Liebster Award – Writing, Invisibility, and Plant Murder

The Liebster Award – Writing, Invisibility, and Plant Murder

Hello wonderful people! I have big news this week. It seems that another wonderful person – Lynda, of Easy Reader Editing – has nominated me for a Liebster Award. Me, not the Little Furry Muse! (Although obviously she still takes full credit for any award-worthy material produced. Where is one without one’s muse? Certainly not …

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Janet Evanovitch & Easy Reads (AKA Popcorn for the Brain)

Janet Evanovitch & Easy Reads (AKA Popcorn for the Brain)

In which I talk about the necessity of hanging up your brain sometimes, and how for me the only way to do that is with easy reads, as TV and movies still leave too much of my brain running around like a ferret in a sock factory. (Please note that I’ve never seen a ferret …

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An Unconditional Rescue – A Short Story

An Unconditional Rescue – A Short Story

Blog post? What blog post? Time for an addition to the short stories instead. For a couple of weeks in the very early spring, every time I went down to walk by the sea, there was a log or a tree trunk or something submerged a couple of hundred metres offshore. All you could see …

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Book Recommendations & Terry Pratchett

Book Recommendations & Terry Pratchett

In which I admit (once again) just how terrible I am at making book recommendations, and apologise to my lovely friend Lynda (whose blog you should really check out for lovely humour and fab editing tips) for basically suggesting she start reading Terry Pratchett by choosing any book at random. I then attempt to refine …

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Two Years of Blogging & an Escaped Octopus

Two Years of Blogging & an Escaped Octopus

Happy blogiversary to meeeeee! Actually, no. Not really. I was just looking at my blogging files and suddenly realised that they go all the way back 2016. 2016, you guys. Okay, it’s not that long. But really – who knew I had that many words in my head? Well, coherent ones, anyway. I did not. …

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