Am I a Real Writer?

Otherwise known as Imposter Syndrome. I see this question come up a lot online. And for once, this is something I don’t suffer from — at least not yet. I do, however, have some thoughts on overcoming it. As mentioned in my post about anxiety, finding that little unemotional voice in your head is key. […]

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I Tried Veganuary — This is What I Learned

There is ‘milk ingredients’ in just about everything! I should have been paying closer attention to this from the start because I have intolerances to dairy, but once you start to read ingredient lists again you start to wonder to yourself ‘does salt and vinegar flavouring really need milk in it? Why does “hint of […]

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Valentine – Flash Fiction

“Did you know, detective, that my blossoms are the only roses in the city to have a natural perfume? Commercial producers breed for bud size and stem length. They give no thought to the most essential part of a rose’s beauty.” “Ma’am,” the plain clothes officer said, his voice betraying a lack of patience. “We […]

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The Anxiety Monster

“OMG, I suck!” “What if everyone knows I suck but me?” “Who is ever going to want to read this drivel?” “What was I thinking?” “Why am I wasting everyone’s time?” Negative self-talk is always the easiest to listen to. It tells us we aren’t worthy, and it happily drowns out ten times its weight […]

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The Year of Putting Myself Out There

Apparently starts now. About two weeks ago I found out (at the last-minute) about the MWA first crime novel contest. And me in my new year frenzy of optimism thought to myself, ‘I can be ready to enter that by the deadline’. Ignoring, of course, that it’s generally thought to be a bad idea to […]

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2019 – New Year New Goals

I’ve been pretty contemplative the last couple of weeks. As we spiral down to the end of 2018, I find myself thinking about all of the changes that have come my way this year. My family has dealt with a whole host of medical issues, some good, some not so good. I’ve lost 20kg since […]

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Some Thoughts on Fan Fiction

In theory, I am all for fan fiction. I think it gives people who may go on to be writers the chance to work with fully  developed characters, and carry on their adventures after the book, movie, television series has ended. It gives people a chance to start asking that essential question ‘what if’. Some […]

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NaNoWriMo – I Did It!

I made it! 50,000 words in roughly 26 days. And I am beat. As predicted, I am roughly 2/3rds plus a bit into my manuscript, but hey, 50,000 words of manuscript in less than a month is a pretty darned good start. For a lot of folks, and even for me my first several times participating […]

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NaNoWriMo – Turning the Corner

Can you believe that it’s been three weeks already? I can’t. I have been so busy this month, that I nearly lost count of the days. Though I can say with pride that I have been on the ball as to which day of the week it is for almost ten days now. Go me! […]

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