• 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…

  • Personal,  Writing

    NaNoWriMo 2017 Is Almost Here!

    Yes, it’s that time again. It’s time to torture myself by trying to write a 50K word novel in 30 days. I’ve participated 7 times, won 3 and lost 4. I haven’t achieved this goal since 2014. Surely this has to be my year? For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it takes place each November when hundreds of thousands of writers attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. If that sounds like a tall order, it can be – if you don’t stick to the word count of 1,666 per day. The whole idea is just to get the words…

  • Lifestyle,  Reviews

    Review: Prestige Flowers

    I was having a really challenging day last Wednesday. I mean, it was the stuff of nightmares and then the postman knocked on the door. I cursed under my breath. What could he have been delivering that couldn’t fit through the letterbox? When I opened the door, I saw him standing there in the rain with a large box marked, “Prestige Flowers.” He gave me a huge smile, as if he was giving the flowers to me himself and said, “Somebody’s thinking about you.” Of course, nobody was thinking about me really. I’m a blogger and these were a sample for me to try so that I had first-hand knowledge…

  • Beauty,  Reviews

    Review: Secret Scent Box

    With so many subscription boxes on the market, those who have a keen interest in trying new products but are short on time to go and browse the beauty counters are spoilt for choice. That’s not to mention the fact that trying a new product is often expensive and if you have a reaction to it or simply don’t like it, it’s money down the drain. That’s why I love subscription boxes. I’ve discovered new products that I would never have otherwise found. It’s good for brands and good for consumers. I was lucky enough to be given a sample of Secret Scent Box, a perfume subscription service that sends…

  • Books,  Guest Posts

    Meet The Author: Brindy Wilcox

    It’s time for another Meet The Author post and today we’re meeting Brindy Wilcox. Brindy and I met on Twitter and have become firm friends and I’m really excited to be featuring her today. Brindy was born in Settle, North Yorkshire and has loved books from an early age. Her childhood favourites were Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales, The Swish Of The Curtain by Pamela Brown, as well as The Famous Five and The Secret Seven series by Enid Blyton. Her first stories were told to her Red Setter, Rusty, so when she began writing her first novel, it was obviously going to be about adventurous dogs. You could say he…