Growth in Three Graphs

I’ve spent a lot of time in the past fortnight thinking about how far I’ve come in the past few years – personally and professionally and all sorts. My mantra is to share everything with you so that you can see the truth behind things. So today I want to talk about something more specific […]

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Becoming Hermione Granger

When I was a child – and this will doubtless be surprising to no one – everyone called me Hermione. The most conflicting part about this was that people called me Hermione both as a compliment and as an insult. If I put my hand up in class (which I did often; the similarity was […]

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Stealing From Fairytales: Part 1

Once upon a time there was a thief called Nessa. Nessa knew that all good fairytales started with that sort of thing, which was precisely why she’d always avoided it. Thieves never did well in fairy tales, and she had no desire to summon the attention of the Realms of the Faeries by invoking that […]

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What I Do In A Day, Part 2: Realistically

This post follows on from Wednesday’s What I Do In A Day: Ideally. It’s 11.20am, and I’ve only just started work. There are a bunch of reasons for this. I had to get up at 6am, as I do every day this fortnight, to feed chickens and feed the dog. I slept badly both before […]

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What I Do In A Day, Part 1: Ideally

I have been asked a lot since I’ve started the adventure of ‘properly working full time’ what my average day looks like. Well, to answer that, I need to give you two answers: the ideal situation and the realistic situation. We’ll start as we mean to go on, and so, first of all, here is […]

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Away

for years now I have, very carefully, grown a place that is mine. that is safe. you’d call it a house, but it’s more; it’s somewhere I can hide from myself. cause it’s hard to shut out the brain you carry round every second. so I built a home that was mine and that was […]

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How Dungeons & Dragons Makes the World Better

2017 was reportedly the biggest ever sales year for Dungeons & Dragons. There are a number of reasons for this, including the resurgence of geek culture, the similarly surging popularity of board games, and – of course – the popularity and success of Critical Role. I first started watching Critical Role in the beginning of […]

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Half an Inch From Terrible

We got a parking ticket this weekend. Our permit lives loose on the dashboard, and in trying to stop it from flying out of the car I’d pushed it down – to the point where the expiry date couldn’t be seen. So we got a parking ticket. It’s the second time this has happened. You […]

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The Right Way To Write

Shockingly, though you are probably coming here thinking this is a title I’m going to disagree with, I actually think it can be true. I totally believe there is a ‘right way to write’. It’s just that the ‘right way to write’ is whatever suits you at any given time. I asked this week how […]

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Five Tools for Self-Publishing

Apparently it is the week of clickbait titles. Welcome back to another self-publishing advice blog post – today I want to talk to you about some of the incredible services you can find online, tools which will help you not only to self-publish a novel but to get yourself working towards that goal. All of […]

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