On stealing from The Guardian and Sian Cain

[HEY FOLKS,  3 months on this post is suddenly getting a lot of hits from all sorts of countries, I’d be happy if you could briefly let me know why! Many thanks] “And of course I’d lie to myself, telling myself there was still time, it wasn’t too late, there were novelists who didn’t get […]


Flip a coin

It is quite possible you can learn something from feedback accompanying a rejection. I’m sure someone has. A recent rejection of a story of mine was accompanied by feedback from two of the slush readers for the magazine: “… really strong narrative voice and prose control.  …  it’s all developed and described quite well” and […]

Repeating others and myself …

It has been at least a year since I quoted this here, so time to do it again: Horace Tott spent an uneventful life in Cheshire always intending to write a large book on English magic, but never quite beginning. And so he died at seventy-four, still imagining he might begin next week, or perhaps […]


One post says to stop writing if you have something else you’re more passionate about doing. Lord knows I do. I want to watch television and drink. It won’t be easy. I have to get a TV. – Cathy Douglas   Love it! You should click here and read the post.