Publish and be damned

Publish and be damned

I did it. I published my novel. The First Ethereal exists in the world. It’s a thing. What lived only in my head for such a long time, is finally out there. It’s real. The truth is, I never really believed that I would do it. In fact, for a very long time, I doubted...
Preparing to jump

Preparing to jump

I’ve not blogged in a while because I’ve been editing my novel. I sent it to my editor on Friday, word-blind, exhausted and more than a little nervous. It’s as good as I can make it on my own – now I need a professional to steer me in the right direction. Handing over...
Fancy a ‘joy’ day?

Fancy a ‘joy’ day?

I had a ‘Joy day’ today; a full day dedicated to basically following my heart and doing exactly what I felt would bring me joy in the moment. It was a complete change from what I had planned, which was an hour-by-hour schedule of writing, online courses, shopping and...
The worried writer

The worried writer

This is a label I’ve worn with shame most of my life. Picture a worrier and you’ll no doubt see some sort of hand-wringing neurotic constantly checking the sky like Chicken Little. Then a few years ago I heard a radio interview with an astronaut that changed my...
Are you a writer?

Are you a writer?

I’ve been paid to write things for most of my career, but it’s taken me a long time to call myself a writer. I remember seeing ‘writer’ next to my name on a project proposal a few years ago and it looked so silly, I laughed out loud. There used...