• queen of stars and smoke
    The A to Z Blogging Challenge 2019,  Writing

    A to Z Blogging Challenge: Q is for Queen of Stars and Smoke

    Unfortunately, I’m too late to wish my readers a happy Easter. Although it’s the post meant for Good Friday, I’m writing this a little bit late and backdating it. Today is Q and that’s a letter that could potentially be quite difficult but this was one of the first that I managed to allocate a subject to. Q is for Queen of Stars and Smoke. If that sounds bizarre and you don’t have a clue what it is, then you’re not alone. I don’t know either. So, how can I make this a topic for my wish list? Read on to find out. A few months ago, I did one…

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    Books,  Events,  Writing

    My Pearls of Wisdom For New Writers On World Book Day

    Since it’s World Book Day and I’m a writer, I do feel like I should have something wise to offer the world today. Maybe some speech about the importance of books in my life and the life of my child. Perhaps I should be talking about how incredibly fortunate we all are to live in a time and a society when we take education for granted, so the majority of us can pick up a book and read it with ease. Or maybe, since I’m in the business of writing, editing, formatting, publishing and marketing books, I should have something to offer on the world of self-publishing. Instead, I’m going…

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    Books,  Writing

    Leger’s Valentine by Lacey Dearie

    Yesterday I broke one of my own rules. It’s a rule I made a few years ago and have never broken until now. I hit publish on a Thursday. For a long time, I’ve felt like I have a “Thursday curse.” My husband used to find it amusing because there was simply no logic involved in this long-held belief. Then he started to noticed that everything in my life that went wrong, happened on a Thursday. Arguments, accidents, bad decisions; they all happened on a Thursday. Now, I wouldn’t say he believes in it too, but he is wary. Since I’ve been so unhappy and unwell recently, I decided to…

  • Student Life,  Writing

    This Week’s Creative Writing Coursework – Complex Characters

    This week, I’ve been studying the chapter of my creative writing coursework that covers characterisation. This is something that I’ve always struggled with and I admire any writer who is able to create characters who jump out of the page. Despite receiving praise for the characters I’ve created, such as Leger, the cat detective and Kevin, the swan, I still feel a bit baffled by it all. Even Jamie, the jam donut who falls in love with a chocolate eclair seemed to be taken to people’s hearts. I just don’t know how I did it, so this chapter is giving me an insight into what it was about those characters…

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    Personal,  Writing

    NaNoWriMo 2018 Is Almost Here!

    I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo every year since 2010 and this year will be no different. For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and during the month of November each year, writers from all over the world devote themselves to writing a new novel, with a target word count of 50,000 words. It’s a tall order, but there are so many advantages to doing this. It helps develop a daily writing habit One of the best ways to improve as a writer is to write every day. However, this is more difficult than it sounds. For me, because it’s something I’ve done all my life, it…