Country Loving

In 2013 we swapped a buzzing Bristol suburbia for the Wiltshire countryside. In hindsight, no one should commit to such a momentous, life-changing decision with two kids under three. Extreme sleep deprivation can do funny things, everyone knows that – yet me and the iCandy were yearning to pound anything other than cracked pavements (no pun intended) and the longer we stayed put, the more…

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Ice-skating at Hampton Court Palace

I went ice-skating over Christmas for the first time in twenty years. Yes, you heard that right. TWENTY. When the hell did I get so old? My folks live close to Hampton Court Palace so the scene was set. In effect, the gauntlet was thrown down. What could possibly go wrong? I had visions of us gently skating around the grounds,…

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“I had nothing to lose and sometimes that makes you brave enough to try.”

There are two things that unite all writers regardless of genre – crippling self-doubt and rejection. And it doesn’t matter how brilliant you are, you WILL be rejected by someone. Perhaps by agents and publishers, followed by critics and then the ones who really matter – the readers. But what if rejection starts before then? Writing is hard. It takes courage,…

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Workspace, shmurkspace

Someone asked me what my writing space was like the other day… ‘MWAH HA HA!’ I cried, trying not to spit my tea across the room, ‘what writing space??’ I’m lucky if I can find my laptop amidst a sea of crap. Still, in the spirit of magnanimity, I have posted a picture of said area to appease said friend…

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My name’s Catherine and I’m a bookaholic

I saw a funny cartoon online yesterday. It depicted a bleary-eyed woman emerging from her crumpled bed sheets captioned, ‘The morning after the book before’. I actually laughed out loud, not least because I AM that woman who gets so addicted to a book that I can’t put it down. Because of this I have to ration my prose. And god help…

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Welcome to my new site!

I decided the old one needed a revamp (much like my face after a sickness bug befalls the pre-schooler) and I need more space to add book reviews and family/lifestyle stuff. That’s right, folks, i’m expanding! Feel free to have a nose around. The first of my book reviews will be posted shortly, and what better way to start than with the latest offering by the…

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Writer’s Block: A six-song remedy

It’s been a funny old week. Our political system has descended into anarchy, the smirk’s been smacked off Boris’ face, Tom Hiddleston’s plummeted from hero to zero and I’ve been laid up with a particularly nasty bout of Writer’s Block.

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