How did I grow my blog?

Wine, lots of wine. Preferably a light-bodied, unoaked Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, NZ. OK, but how did I really grow my blog? A few people have been asking me to answer this question via email and social media ever since I blogged about reaching 5,000 followers. I’d like to reassure you that while that number looks impressive, there is no need to get jealous. My blog doesn’t actually … Continue reading How did I grow my blog?

The nine stages of FINALLY finishing your story

Now that the end of Nanowrimo is coming up, I’m sure there will be plenty of writers who will be jumping up and down with joy when they reach that elusive 50k goal. Some may even finish their novels. And if you’re one of them? Well, cheers to you. I’m also hoping there are a few others out there like me who started Nanowrimo, quickly … Continue reading The nine stages of FINALLY finishing your story

The nine stages of trying NOT to write at work

If you’re a writer, undomesticated equines probably can’t stop you from writing wherever and whenever the tantalising desire strikes. It is a magnetic force that consumes you for a few minutes to a few days at a time, and it can strike randomly and without prejudice. But, unfortunately… there is one thing that will try to stop you. It’s called your day job (if you’re a poor sod … Continue reading The nine stages of trying NOT to write at work

The nine stages of trying to write when you have a cat

It is a truth universally acknowledged* that if you’re a writer who has a cat – well you’re going to need all the help you can get. They use many tactics to keep us distracted, and it is up to all of us to compile our resources and figure out a way to combat this threat to our creative writing process #ThisIsSerious Please do contact me ASAP … Continue reading The nine stages of trying to write when you have a cat

The nine stages of getting trolled

There is something about the idea of ‘trolling’ that is just so innately relatable to cats. Perhaps it’s because cats take the power away from trolls, turning them into something infinitely more harmless. To all the trolls out there, so long and thanks for all the fish! 1. Your latest post has gone live on your website, and you sit in a corner, cheeks shining … Continue reading The nine stages of getting trolled

On getting fan mail from trolls

And yes I’m going to call it fan mail, because I’m gonna turn them trolls on their heads, and that’s alright with me.  OK, I wouldn’t necessarily call them trolls, but people who have nothing better to do in their lives but waste 10 minutes typing a poorly worded message (and for heavens sake it’s ‘their’ not there’) that only ever ends up in the … Continue reading On getting fan mail from trolls

The nine stages of accidentally publishing an article

It ignites terror in every blogger world-wide. That moment when you accidentally hit Publish instead of Save Draft or when you schedule an unedited blog post for the distant future, only to completely forget about it. SPOILER ALERT for any of you living under a pebble who have yet to watch Game of Thrones season 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6. So here are the nine stages… 1. … Continue reading The nine stages of accidentally publishing an article

Short Story: When Darkness Falls

The sliding glass doors closed behind me and I stepped out into the crisp autumn air, the warmth of the hospital foyer dissipating. I glanced up at the flashing neon sign of a red cross, shrugging my coat tighter over my shoulders in the face of the misty rain falling from the heavens.

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