Free Young-Adult Fantasy novel chapters!

The Raven's test Book one of 'The Longhand Chronicles' A celtic-mythology-based 'contemporary', young-adult fantasy novel Chapter one The seagull crammed its body onto the narrow windowsill and inspected Louis contemplatively. "Aargh," it screeched as he shut the curtains.  "Aargh, aargh." The faded, moth-eaten fabric obscured its watchful yellow eye, but Louis knew it was still … Continue reading Free Young-Adult Fantasy novel chapters!

I need more time! The problem with having a job, writing novels, and injuring myself training for marathons whilst helping with maths homework…

I'm not even going to look at when I last wrote a blog post because it was months ago!!! Why? Because I can't do everything! It's official. I am not invincible and I can't fit everything in! So, I have been writing. Draft two of the Seagull was completed at the end of January, which … Continue reading I need more time! The problem with having a job, writing novels, and injuring myself training for marathons whilst helping with maths homework…

Draft two of ‘The Seagull’ – my young adult, celtic-mythology based fantasy is nearly done and available on wattpad. Less death, but the Pixie still gets it! And I’m not there yet!

I had planned to finish the second draft of my second novel by Christmas. Then I thought I'd do it by new year..... Now it's early January..... I'm about 5/6 chapters off my goal, but what with marathon training/christmas/christmas holidays with a perpetually bored and hyper-energetic child, and the New Years day hangover, I'm just … Continue reading Draft two of ‘The Seagull’ – my young adult, celtic-mythology based fantasy is nearly done and available on wattpad. Less death, but the Pixie still gets it! And I’m not there yet!

Decorating, borderline overtraining, and recent plastic swaps…aka Kay Jay tries to practice what she preaches on at least one thing

The chaos of the conservatory build is finally done. Woohoo. And actually, now it is painted too, I'm just loathe to give up my place on the sofa to go and take another picture of it....because they will spread the minute I move, then realise they're close to each other and start pawing each others … Continue reading Decorating, borderline overtraining, and recent plastic swaps…aka Kay Jay tries to practice what she preaches on at least one thing

Plastic pollution: Great that National Geographic are running a wattpad contest to raise awareness about this ubiquitous problem. The terrifying evidence so far, and what can we do?

I have discussed this before in my blog. I am absolutely ashamed of my complicity in the plastic problem. I spent years convinced that if you recycled it, it was okay? Possibly because that's the myth that has been pedalled, but let's not let me off the hook here! Had I scratched the surface just … Continue reading Plastic pollution: Great that National Geographic are running a wattpad contest to raise awareness about this ubiquitous problem. The terrifying evidence so far, and what can we do?

The quest for a sub 3.45 hr marathon and my weird leg: Neural tension; chronic pain, or bad memories?

My left leg is officially weird.... It ran a sub 1.45 hr half marathon 3 weeks ago, grumbling a little after and jabbing me a few times during, but actually it has felt 'mostly' better since. I say mostly because after my trip to Newquay and the irritating Flybe flight home, it grumbled on an … Continue reading The quest for a sub 3.45 hr marathon and my weird leg: Neural tension; chronic pain, or bad memories?

Surfing, bodyboarding, running through an ironage settlement to a headland and extortionate bag charge from Flybe. I will go to Newquay again, but I will NEVER fly with Flybe

So, I think the title says it all... Except it was my 9-yr-old who went surfing. I didn't this time, and thank goodness! If I had, we might not be able to afford the train home from Gatwick because Flybe just charged me 40 quid to put a single, tiny bag in the hold! FORTY … Continue reading Surfing, bodyboarding, running through an ironage settlement to a headland and extortionate bag charge from Flybe. I will go to Newquay again, but I will NEVER fly with Flybe