The big leap

image of a cuckoo clock

When I was three years old, someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. My answer? A cuckoo clock! My Dad later told me that he knew then that I would be a writer.

He was right. From the age of seven I wrote stories and I’ve never really stopped. But […]

Writers drink!

image of a cup of tea

Long ago I was part of a writer’s forum where one rather chap would keep saying, over and over, “writers, WRITE!” By this he meant that a writer should writer every single day. I suspect he felt frustrated by those who would come to the forum and post regularly about how, someday, they would get […]

The Twitter trickle

I’ve been pondering about social media recently. I became active on Twitter around this time last year and, according to a number of books, you can conquer the world this way. They paint a very tempting picture. All I need to do is sit back, throw a few tweets out into the ether and my […]

One year on

Image from the front cover of my first book

12 months ago yesterday, I wrote my first blog. Fancy that! a whole year of posting about my experiences and life as a writer. Anniversaries are always a good opportunity to look back on progress and see how things have changed – so that’s what I plan to do.

When I wrote that first blog, […]

Managing the practicals

Image of my PC - managing the business

I’m a writer. So that’s what I do – I write. Right?

Well, yes, of course. But that isn’t all there is to it. Unless writing is a hobby – in which case, you do it for fun, write when you like and what you like – a fair proportion of time is also spent […]

How do you take the thing you most love and use it to do good?

I love to write

I always have, ever since early childhood. It’s my hobby, my love, my purpose. It’s never been my career because there have been bills to pay and a family to support – you know how it goes – and I never quite had the courage to quit my job and starve […]

Colour and light

Image of trees in autumn

Autumn is a season of mixed feelings for me.

I love warmth and sunshine and Autumn brings with it the promise of months of short days and gloom. For me that is a depressing prospect. The heating goes on, the windows have to be closed and, all in all, it feels like I’m shutting out […]

Grant me patience…

I’ve recently been re-reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. I don’t know if you’ve ever read it but it is a fascinating book. Written in 1937, it is the distillation of interviews with over 500 successful businessmen (yes, I do mean men – it was 1937 after all) to create a formula for […]

In pursuit of happiness

I few months ago I wrote a blog about how my life has been influenced by Mi365. Mi365 is a free online coaching programme with a different theme each week. Over the last couple of weeks the topic has been happiness. As a result, I’ve been reflecting on what makes me happy.

It will be […]

Effortless writing

I went on a retreat last weekend. It was the first time I’d done anything like that and I had no idea what to expect. I wasn’t sure if I’d be required to hug trees (scratchy), bare my soul (uncomfortable) or sit in silence (me? impossible!!!).

The topic was Effortless Living – something I could […]