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Stay Home Story Summit

I’d meant to post this earlier but you still have time to register for the free…

More Free Books

Hope you’re coping well with the continued lockdown and social distancing. Although I’m still not getting…

Writing and Reading During Coronavirus Lockdown

I hope you’re managing to cope at this awful time of lockdown and social distancing as…

Book Launch and New Website!

Today is the day! My new Scottish full-length novel, Highcrag, is being launched on Facebook. Please…

Cover Reveal and Free Short Stories!

Summer has whizzed by me this year and I’ve woefully neglected this blog, and my newsletter.…

Trains, Writing and Inspiration

Where did the last month go? Seriously – I can’t believe it’s so long since I…

Off to Conference!

That’s me just about packed for the RNA weekend conference at Lancaster and hoping I don’t…

Half Way Through the Writing Year

Since we’re heading towards the Summer Solstice, the longest day, we must be almost half way…

Weather for the Ducks

After the too-hot weather at Easter and a few good days between then and now, we’re…

Celebrating 150 Years of The People’s Friend

I was delighted to attend the afternoon event with two friends at the Scottish Storytelling Centre…

Filling the Creative Well

It seems weeks since I’ve settled down to proper work, partly because the Easter break stretched…

Writers’ Museum Edinburgh

Now that we’re a bit nearer by train, there’s no excuse not to start exploring Edinburgh…

Venetian Interlude on Countdown

A quick heads-up – my sweet novella Venetian Interlude is on Amazon countdown until 4th April,…

Scottish Association of Writers Conference

What a great SAW weekend conference I attended from Friday until Sunday afternoon, an annual highlight…

Finding the Joy in Tidying

Where did February go since my last post? I seemed to look up and suddenly it…

Researching in Situ

We had a great day visiting Culross in Fife again, which is mentioned in my current…

Tinkering with Book Covers

Yet more procrastination fun besides the decluttering, adjudicating and writing – tinkering with book covers! I…

Decluttering and Updating

I think the brighter days are already having an effect on me as I’m enjoying decluttering…

The Highland Lass and Burns Night

This week, we’re heading towards Burns Night in Scotland on 25th January, although the birthday of…

Kelpies and Writing

Where has the time gone since my first post of the new year on January 1st?…

Welcome 2019 – A Year of Creativity?

I love the beginning of a new year as it’s always filled with possibilities before reality…

Christmas Charade

Well, I made it – managed to get Christmas Charade out before any more festive days…

Christmas Fairs and Children’s Book

Last weekend, I had a lovely time at the annual Hopetoun House Christmas Fair. This is…

Books Galore!

First of all, I’m so delighted that my daughter Victoria now has a collection of nineteen…

November Outings

We had such a beautiful dry and sunny weekend up here last Saturday and Sunday that…