I’ve had Moleskine notebooks for aeons. Nowadays they make them in lovely colours and themes (f’rinstance, booyaa has a PacMan yellow with an embossed game screen on it) and they’re still just as fabulous as they always have been, though becoming ubiquitous. If you want to get something with the cool factor that having a [...]
I’ve never been to an organised writing retreat, but I have made two of my own.
The first one I did at home. I took a week off work, cleared my diary, organised shopping and chores in advance, and bought a new desk. It’s a tiny little thing but it fit perfectly in the corner [...]
There really is only one piece of software I’d recommend for a writer and that’s Scrivener.
So many people sing its praises, it’s not just me. I don’t get paid for saying anything about them, this is all genuine fangirl talk.
The program cost around £30 when I bought it a few years ago. I [...]
So the Olympic torch relay went past our house.
This is how it happened.
The time we were given was 07:28 but nobody really knew what that meant. The torch arrives on the outskirts of Colchester at 07:28? Or it will be midway through the town at that time? So people started gathering outside our [...]
There’s been an almighty change in our life this year. After eight years building a career as a project manager, content strategist, brand consultant and copywriter I packed it all in to work from home. I was well-paid, and an appreciated colleague, but life had other ideas. I handed in my notice at work earlier [...]
I work from home, on my own projects, one day a week. That makes it tricky to get into a routine and stick to it. Monday to Thursday I have a room full of people around me, a stream of emails, instant message windows and Skype calls that together keep my day hopping from task [...]
There’s a book on my to-read shelf — I say shelf, it’s more of a cubby hole, two rows deep with books and a couple more wedged in across in the top. Some are slender volumes of non-fiction, essays on the pains of modern life. There’s a big fat autobiography, not something I normally read [...]