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Good Morning Everyone!

I've been chatting to a friend of mine in regards to my writing and we inevitably got around to the subject of Writer's block, with my friend asking me how I handle it. Well, I'd be lying if I said I didn't get Writer's block - I do. Moreover, it seems to happen when I have so much going on in my head that I can't seem to work out or decide what it is that I want to do next. 

What do I do about it? I keep doing something. It isn't always a good thing for me to keep writing if I've hit a block, what I wrote ends up being complete garbage and I don't like having to keep rewriting things. I think this is why I have so many hobbies, I write, I read, I loom knit (baby hats are a go at the moment), I make jewellery. Why? I like to keep my mind occupied, but if I feel a little tangled up with one thing, I pick up something else for a while to give my head a chance to sort through everything. 

I sometimes find it helps to change position and move around, I don't sit to write in the same place for more than a couple of days unless I really like the spot and the ambience around me works. For example, I normally sit at the back of the room (I'm in the living room at the mo), facing the window, but I decided to move my little table to under the window instead. Now when I need to look away from the screen to rest my eyes, I look up and out of the window and see a different view, much more of the trees that are right outside as opposed to just the block of flats across the road. 

I also have a (not so secret) thing about planes. My home here in London appears to sit under a flight path for both big London airports so there are planes coming overhead almost one every couple of minutes and I love it. I just can't get over the physics of it, how something so big can get into he air, fully loaded with passengers and luggage and fly such huge distances...anyway, I digress. 

If I do want to carry on writing, I might change the draft I'm working on so I don't find myself becoming a little fed up with the piece I'm working on. I have a few that I like to keep on the go and if I get a new idea, I write it down. I have notebooks all over the place (at home in Nottingham) and try and keep just one general use notebook with me when I travel home to London in case a new idea pops into my head. 

Most of all, I have learned to give myself a break. I used to get so frustrated with myself when an idea wasn't working or I just couldn't think what to write next, now I don't woory quite so much. I have a break, make some fruit tea and just watch a tv show for a short break before I start again. In fact, I like that idea so I'm going to go a pop the kettle on. 

I hope my ramblings here help you to understand that Writer's block isn't always a bad thing, that you can take it easy on yourself and relax - after all, the calmer you are, the better you write. 

Take care, stay safe and as always, Keep Reading! x

Hi Everyone! 

I hope you're having a good year so far. I've been hearing some odd rumours. I've heard that there's a new trend, people aren't just creating new year resolutions around January 1st, but are also making new year resolutions around the change of the Tax year. 

To be fair, I'm not sure what I think about this. For a finance point of view, those who want to be in a better financial position during the now current tax year, it makes sense, but to the rest? Not sure why they would bother. What do you think? Odd, or Good? 

Workwise, I had a lightbulb moment yesterday morning while I was getting ready to come back to London. Honestly, just when I don't have a pen and paper handy, I get a good idea for a story. I didn't let the idea go to waste, I spent my time waiting for the train at the station writing down my idea.

while I let the idea take shape, I intend to relax, rest and then pick up where I've left off. What are your plans? Anything exciting happeneing this week for you?

i'll keep this update short for now, but keep your eyes peeled, I may be back again yet!

Take care, stay safe and as always, keep reading!! x 

Hi Everyone!

If this is the first time joing the blog, welcome! to the rest of you, welcome back! I should apologise for the delay in posting a blog - time has flown by before i've had chance to sit down and catch up with myself!

So what have I been doing over the last few weeks?? A number of things have been on the go. You may have heard via the facebook grapevine, I gave up Chocolate for the month of february to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. I've also made a scarf for a friend using my looms and I've been crocheting Nanna Squares to make myself a blanket - coming along nicely even if I do say so myself. 

In the world of the day job, I'm looking to make a move in a southerly direction, in that I'm looking to move to London. So I've been looking at vacancies in London that take my fancy - in fact I'm just waiting to hear back on a couple as I write to you. As always, I'll let you know how I get on. 

I seem to have discovered a reasonably new minor obsession - Partylite Candles. Have you heard of them? I love them and there's one frgrance in particular that I'm hooked on - I'm not divulging that just yet - I want you to see for yourselves. honestly I love the candles - yes, they are more expensive that your everyday, run of the mill candles, but the frgrances are gorgeous, the holders are spectacular and the candles are good for everybody! I urge you to check out my friend's business page on Facebook - Lulu's cosy home by partylite - it's a self employed business so you'll be helping a small business with every purchase - trust me, you'll love it!

Anyway, back to writing news. I'll be adding more book reviews to the site in a couple of weeks, when I have written them up - I have a week off ahead of the Easter break and I'll be catching up on my paperwork then. I've also been working on my new Flash Fiction project - I've added a few stories to my NaNoWriMo section here on the site - check them out if you haven't already. Book wise, I have a couple of projects underway at the moment, I'm just taking it easy and letting my characters take me where they want to go at the moment. 

I'll sign off for now, but with a promise that I'll be back in a couple of weeks with some more book reviews. 

stay safe and as always, Keep Reading! x

Welcome back to my blog. Happy New Year to all of you!

First I want to say yet another huge thank you to all of you who are supporting me in my work, my blog and book reviews, the 90,000+ hits on my site show I must be doing something right! Thank you so much, I hope you all continue to visit the site and support me going forwards as I take on new and exciting things. 

I have officially launched my new Book Club - to join, just follow the instruction on my front page and I look forward to having you join me. Hurry though, January's read will be revealed at the end of this week.

This month I'm thinking about funny little rituals and superstitions that we all have. My mum had a few of them, for example, if your right hand itches, she'd say "Rub it on wood, make it come good". This is because your right hand itching is lucky and means you're going to receive something, money or somesuch, so dutifully, each time my right hand itches, I find the nearest piece of wood I can, table top, doorframe and I scratch my hand on it. Do you know what? it is usually correct and within a day or two of my right hand itching, I've received whatever it was in the post. The kicker is to ignore it if your left hand itches as it means "left to leave" so you're due a bill or something that means you will need to spend money. 

There are other rituals I stick to as well, just out of a long formed habit. Such like not doing laundry on New Year's day as it is bad luck and for some reason I always put my right foot first when I climb stairs. (Never did know why, even now). 

What about you? What rituals or superstitions do you have? care to share?? let me know. If it is funky enough, it might even feature in a short story of mine!

That's it for now, I'll be back later I promise. In the meantime, stay safe, and as always, Keep Reading!

Hi everyone, 

I just wanted to wish you all a happy holidays, whatever it is that you're going to be doing tomorrow. 

Whatever else Christmas is to you, it is a time to reflect on the last year and what you have done, as well as a chance to look forwards to the next 12 months and what you intend to do. 

Remember your friends, your family and loved ones and keep them close to your hearts. 

Take care of yourselves, have a great time tomorrow! oh, and if you haven't already, check out my front page for my latest news and plans for the coming months!

Happy Holidays xx