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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Eye Contact

I never look people in the eyes. It isn’t a deliberate choice; I just can’t. I used to, once, when I was younger – when looking was less painful. Things made more sense then. You see, we look each other in the eyes to see emotions; opinions; thoughts made manifest in the lines of a […]

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10 Steps to Self-Promotion: Doing The Thing You Hate

This week I asked you whether any of you had any questions you wanted answers, and I got some wonderful ones! Today I’m going to address this question from the wonderful Stephanie, the incredible woman to whom Mundane Magic is dedicated. Something I hear a lot is how time-consuming promotion is for new authors, to […]

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Write Like You’re Running Out Of Time?

For people who are making the step from a hobby writer to a professional writer, there’s something that weighs heavily on the mind – how fast, or how much, should I be writing? This is especially true of fiction, where writing speeds vary from multiple books a year to one book a decade. Published authors […]

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