Mormons & Micros

During The Edinburgh Book Festival held last month in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, I spent a lot of time browsing the amazing book store held neatly to the left as you walked through the main doors.  I spent many an hour, much to the annoyance of all the staff although they never admitted it as much, … Continue reading

All Rise for King Andy

My Ode to Andy Murray (in a non-stalkery, loyal fan kind of way)   Dunblane’s super hero – the main in white shorts, you play tennis in London on green grassy courts You hail from the North, work hard in the South, some folk say you’re dour and long in the mouth ‘That can’t be right!’ … Continue reading

The lonely Life of An Ecstatic Writer

It’s lunchtime in my world so I took a break and have been pondering a conversation I had yesterday with a friend. I have now joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. One of the members task is to complete a small bio of myself, mainly my hopes and dreams with regards to … Continue reading

Famous Writers From My Neck Of The Woods

As a fledgling writer, I aspire to be published (anthologies don’t count!) in my own right and it will happen – one day. Having just selected the authors I wish to go and see at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August this year, many are Scottish but I’m not sure many are from my … Continue reading

Write What You’ve Just Heard

A few people have contacted me today to ask how I plan my day and also, how I get enthusiastic about writing and keep it going for long periods of time. Here are my thoughts on it all… As a writer, there isn’t a set-in-stone answer to that question. In my life every day is … Continue reading

And so it begins…

The school holidays are here at last. The badly held together shoes, still shoved on every morning as there was only three weeks left to go, can now be recycled along with the ripped school bags and jumpers. The June melt-down madness will hopefully cease as the packed-lunch boxes are stored away for another Summer … Continue reading

Sleep and the world slows down

I’m having a slightly Matrix-illusion day today. I haven’t seen any spoons flying through the air or anything, no dark cloaked avengers fighting for my future in their dreams – I’m just very sleepy. Not only am I doing my very best impression of a nodding dog, I am also falling asleep so quickly I … Continue reading

Earworms – not so Shiny Happy People

I woke up this morning with the song ‘Shiny Happy People’ by the amazing band R.E.M.resounding through my brain and turning me into a gibbering wreck. The main beat of the song pulsed its way along my veins and into every orifice it could reach. So much so that I had to fight fire with … Continue reading