Lockdown Antics

Keep Going, Keep Writing: Week Two – Drabble Fiction

For however long the lockdown continues (in the UK at least), I am throwing out weekly writing exercises/prompts for anyone and everyone to respond to. Here’s how it works: I’ll post a prompt on Fridays and you just let your imagination take over from there. When you have a story you’re happy with, post it… Continue reading Keep Going, Keep Writing: Week Two – Drabble Fiction

Lockdown Antics

Lockdown Library

So, you know how four years ago 2016 shaped up to be the year that would be the answer to many pub quiz questions in years to come? I.e. In what year… Trump’s America Brexit The Scottish Referendum [insert favourite celebrity name] died Well, looks like 2020 is doing its best to eclipse all that!… Continue reading Lockdown Library

Short Stories


Introduction This will be my last After Ever After story for a little while. This one I have taken one of my own favourite fairy tales as the jumping-off point – Sleeping Beauty. Disney comes under a lot of scrutiny for the lack of agency given to its early princesses. This is particularly the case… Continue reading Insomnia

Short Stories

The Spinster Queen

Introduction Please note that ‘Spinster’ in the title is using the original meaning of the word, i.e. a woman who spins, rather than the modern meaning of an unmarried woman. This is the third story that I wrote for Christmas 2018, this one for my mum. The story she chose as the jumping off point… Continue reading The Spinster Queen

Short Stories

After Ever After

Introduction For Christmas 2018, I asked my family to name their favourite fairy tale or Disney film, and from their answers I wrote a short story for each of them looking at what happened after “Happily Ever After” had been uttered. Well, I did for the stories based on my parents’ choices. The one for… Continue reading After Ever After

Turning Ideas Into Words

Dialogue 2.0

Just over a year ago, my best friend and fellow writer, Sarah Jayne Tanner, kindly wrote a guest post for me on the subject of Dialogue. It was such a good piece that I didn’t feel the need to revisit the subject in my own blog topics for a while. If you haven’t read it,… Continue reading Dialogue 2.0

Turning Ideas Into Words

What took you so long?

If you follow me on Twitter, or follow this blog, you may have seen over the last couple of weeks that I FINALLY finished the first draft of my first novel. I say “FINALLY” because in total it took me about 12 years to complete. Rather than just share my excitement at its completion, I… Continue reading What took you so long?

Personal Challenge

Challenge Update: 1st Oct to 16th Nov

So, at the start of October, I set myself the challenge of writing 4,200 words a week with the goal of finishing the first draft of my novel by June next year. For more details on the challenge itself, here’s the link to the post that started this madness! I am now seven weeks into… Continue reading Challenge Update: 1st Oct to 16th Nov



I am celebrating this week! I have been struggling with one of the characters in my current Work In Progress, but I have finally had a break-through in his development and it has had a massive impact on the direction of my book (not to mention my mood). This guy (and I will get on… Continue reading #CharacterCharades

Turning Ideas Into Words

The Name Game: Places

It seems quite appropriate to be looking at naming fictional places this week, as I have just spent some time over the last few days re-naming one of the places in my current Work In Progress (more on that later). First of all, apologies for the August hiatus. I would like to say this was… Continue reading The Name Game: Places