• moving house viking tapes
    Collaborations,  Lifestyle

    Moving House Without A Hitch

    Each spring I like to take stock of my life and re-visit some goals. Sometimes it can be as simple changing my bedtime routine or reminding myself that I made a resolution back in January that needs to be maintained. One year, totally on a whim, I moved house. It’s almost the anniversary of when we moved so that made me think about a post I wanted to write, sharing the mistakes I made when I was moving house so that you don’t have to make the same mistakes! Organise Your Packing When Moving House When packing for a house move, I think it’s really important to organise everything you’re…

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    Events,  Lifestyle

    Cool Ways To Celebrate The Spring Equinox

    Over the last few years, I’ve become increasingly interested in nature and in particular, in the seasons. Perhaps it’s because I now have a different pace of life as a writer and don’t constantly look at a calendar the way I did when I was working in administrative jobs. When you’re in admin you type the date every time you type a letter so are constantly aware of what time of year it is. Now, I look for signs like snowdrops appearing and the changes in daylight to signal when seasons are changing. Let’s face it, you can’t rely on the temperature, can you? Especially not in Scotland. So, today’s…

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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,  Interviews,  Mental Health

    Interview: Normandy Piccolo, Author of Bullied: Dying To Fit In

    Here on Rock Paper Spirit, I’ve been featuring a lot of author interviews recently and today I’d like to welcome Normandy Piccolo. This interview won’t be set anywhere crazy or weird because the book we’re going to be talking about is Bullied: Dying To Fit In. I feel that an on-location interview wouldn’t be appropriate for this, so we’re just going to have a chat, but I’ll following my usual line of questioning. Normandy, welcome! Can you tell us a little bit about Bullied: Dying to Fit In and what prompted you to write it? Well, one day I read a story about a young girl in New York who…

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    Books,  Interviews

    Interview: Solving A Murder Mystery With J S Strange

    Happy St. David’s Day readers! To celebrate this special day here on Rock Paper Spirit, I’ve invited Welsh author J S Strange to join me for an evening of fine Welsh food, great conversation about Jack’s new book and… murrrrderrrr! Yes, it’s a murder mystery themed party and somebody’s just been murdered. Can Jack Strange figure out who did the foul deed? Read on to find out! Welcome to Rock Paper Spirit, Jack. Thanks so much for coming along to this murder mystery dinner with me. I’ve really enjoyed the meal but now it’s time for dessert. I think I’ll have the… *lights go out* What’s happening? *lights go back…