When You Want to Hide

It’s March. WTF?! Two months of the year gone already. I’m currently sitting in my living room, typing by the blue light of the sun setting on snow. The hail is battering against the window, I’m wrapped up in 173 layers of wool and polyester and cat, and I feel… Odd. I’ve felt a bit…

When January isn’t what you thought it would be

Can you believe January’s nearly over? At this time of the year many of us are at our weakest. Maybe we’ve given up on our New Year Resolutions, or we’re ploughing on but we’re lost in the gloom of winter, shivering away against the wind. Maybe we’re still financially broke after Christmas, or we’re feeling…

2018 – A Year of Adventuring

Between Christmas and New Year, I lose myself in wistful thinking. Away from my day job writing in an office environment, I become solely focussed on what I want to do. It’s short-lived of course, as in a matter of days I have to become a square peg in a square hole again, but for…

How to write when you have a day job

Pondered, queried, and despaired over… This one’s a toughy, I can’t deny it. I work full time myself, but am also trying to paint my life as a poet, a novelist, and occasional features writer. I’ve had uncountable bits and pieces published here and there over the years, have just launched a collection of poetry…

Neon Literary Magazine

For the second time I’ve been included in an issue of Neon Literary Magazine. Having poetry publishing in Neon is always a joy – it’s an amazingly high quality magazine, a keepsake in its physical body, and a true escape in its digital form. Krishan Coupland is a star curator of the uncanny, the weird,…

Writing and Editing the Second Draft of Your Novel

What a doozy this one is. Like so many other people who’ve embarked on the novel-writing road, over the last few months I’ve been asking myself the same question repeatedly – how do you start writing the second draft of your novel? Is this classed as editing your novel, or re-writing it? How do you…

Ink, Sweat & Tears Nomination! (Vote for me?)

Just a wee one here, while I work away at a meatier steak of a post later. There’s been so much going on that I’m having to pace myself. Too much blog fodder! I’ve been nominated for the Ink, Swear, & Tears poem of the month for September. Woohoo! They’re chosen several of the 30…

#NationalPoetryDay

It’s been amazing to see social media light up with flickers of poetry here and there. Whether they’re poetry readers or not, people are sharing their favourite lyrics, couplets, even one-liners. And isn’t there poetry in a cutting first line, or a haunting last image? My #NationalPoetryDay has been a quiet one. You’d have imagined…

My First Book – Published!

It’s happening! The books are arriving the publishers’ tomorrow, my author page is live… It’s official – I’m a poet! A poet with her own book of poetry. Her own book of bones. Here it is, in all its glory: I’ve been noticing it popping up here, there, and everywhere online for pre-order; Waterstones, Amazon,…

Spoken Word Poetry – Reading at Events and on YouTube…

As the publication date for Bone Ovation approaches, I’m slowly becoming involved with literary events and (heaven forfend!) doing some actual spoken word poetry. This is something I really enjoy as an audience member but I’ve always put off as a performer. Seconds after considering the possibility I’d hear that little voice inside whispering ‘Why…