Managing Mental Health & Self-Employment

Five years ago, I couldn’t have managed a part-time job – whether a traditional one, or a self-directed one. The process of moving forward from this has been a learning one, and it is not a situation unique to me. Many people who experience major mental health breakdowns find it difficult to return to work […]

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Nanowrimo: Where Garbage is Golden

Today I’d like to talk to you about Nanowrimo. Nanowrimo is an annual writing competition where you compete against yourself, attempting to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. This works out to 1,666 words a day, which doesn’t sound like much…until you’ve tried to do it. Nonetheless it is an incredible encouragement tool, […]

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Mundane Magic Released!

After a lot of waiting and a lot of work, it’s finally here. My debut novel, Mundane Magic, is now available in ebook and print! If you’re fond of period English drama, magic, difficult choices and stubborn characters – then take a chance on this story. Come and learn about Odette and Henry and the […]

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Writing Mental Health: Mundane Magic & Anxiety

When I was young, I looked to books to find myself. In the characters I read about, I tried to understand this mortal shell I was trapped in – what it meant, what it could be, how to survive it. By their examples I found aspects of myself; solace in seeing them succeed and strength […]

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Resources for Author Publishers

So you’ve heard the story of how I went from writing a novel to self-publishing it – now here’s a list of what I used to do it. I mentioned several of these in the previous post but, for easy reference, here’s as complete a list I can muster of things that helped me educate […]

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Self-Publishing: The Story Thus Far

When I decided to self-publish Mundane Magic, I knew that I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. So when I made the decision to self-publish in the middle of 2016, I spent the rest of the year researching what would be involved in self-publishing. Needless to say, it wasn’t quite what […]

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Introducing…

Let me preface this by saying that I have abandoned as many blogs as I have started. I have never quite achieved longevity – possibly due to finding it difficult to write only about one topic, possibly due to never gaining an audience for it and thus feeling like the writing was a little pointless. […]

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There Are Days

there are days when the world turns grey around her and pushes enfolding her in an embrace that has no touch until there is nothing left but the knot in her throat the weight in her gut the pressure behind her eyes that burns. there are days when she watches from above unable to reach […]

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Home

home is where the heart is and I have placed my heart before the throne of your feet; I have placed my heart in the hands of those who love me knowing that there will be days and days and days where they will crush it. I bear those days willingly, for they will be […]

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The Siege of Corfe Castle

In 1642 during the English Civil War, the royalist Corfe Castle was placed under siege by Parliamentarian forces – and held by the miraculous work of a single woman. She came to be known as Brave Dame Mary for her years-long hold against the assaults of the Parlimentarians. This is her story. “Mary,” John said to […]

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