• Fashion,  Reviews

    Nude Jewellery – It’s All You Need To Wear

    Jewellery can be very powerful. It makes a statement about who you are, who you love and how you want others to see you. It makes sense to take care when choosing a piece for yourself or someone else since they will potentially wear it more often than they wear any item of clothing. That’s why it’s surprising to think that something that is basically an extension of ourselves and our personalities is so often made in bulk and sold in chain stores. That’s why when I found Nude Jewellery I knew I had to reach out and request to work with them. Established in 2001, they are a London-based…

  • Lifestyle,  Personal

    Chocolate Free In 2018!

    One of the things on my 40 Before 40 List is doing a chocolate fast for charity. I think it’s about time I stop talking about it and just do it. That’s why I am giving up chocolate in 2018 for the National Autistic Society. It’s been two years now since my gorgeous wee boy Luke was diagnosed with autism. It’s been full of ups and downs but ultimately the diagnosis has been a positive step and has helped us to move forward, get some much needed support and to plan for our future. The National Autistic Society have been an invaluable source of support for us. Because of their…

  • Books,  Personal

    Six Years As An Indie Author And Still Learning

    I’ve been doing this for a while now. I’ve been writing since 2002, making money from it since 2004, blogging since 2005 and self-publishing since 2011. It was 30th November 2011 that I hit publish on The Tangled Web and I knew as I clicked that button that my life would never be the same. I like to reflect every year on St. Andrews Day and since I’ve been tidying up my blogging presence and moving old posts over to RockPaperSpirit, I thought I’d share a paragraph from one I’ve now deleted. It’s from Hogmanay 2011 and I was proudly listing all I had achieved in my first month as…

  • Lifestyle,  Travel

    World’s Top 50 Best Beaches 2017 – Is Your Favourite Here?

    It’s a long time since I’ve travel blogged and it all feels like unfamiliar territory to me at the moment but thankfully, the blogging community is welcoming and there’s room for everyone to dip into a different niche whenever they’re ready. Recently, I was approached by Flight Network and asked to be part of their judging panel for a campaign they’re running about the World’s 50 Best Beaches. I have received no money for this post. I was asked to contribute three of my favourites and it really got me thinking. Which beaches do I consider the best in the world? More importantly, why do I consider them the best?…

  • Personal,  Writing

    Why I Took A Blogging Class After Blogging For 12 Years

    One of the most important lessons I’ve learned in the last eighteen months is that there are so many different types of writer. It’s fine to say to people, “I’m a writer,” but it’s such a blanket term that covers many different styles. It’s difficult to give people an accurate idea of what it is I do just with that statement. That’s one of the reasons why I looked into taking a course in blogging for business, even though I’ve been writing a blog for twelve years. So, to clarify, I am a creative writer by trade. That’s my job. If you want to niche down even further, I write…