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It is a fact, at least to people who know me, that I have a liking for many things. I very often start new hobbies, buy all the kit, and after a week or two I put it all away and never use it again. Among my friends, this is referred to as shiny stuff syndrome. I get all worked up about the latest thing and then drop it as soon as the next shiny thing comes along.

But it’s not that I’m getting bored of the latest thing, it’s that I’m getting distracted by something new. The kit and caboodle of the last thing isn’t dumped as much as it’s put to one side ready for me to come back to. Sadly, I usually get distracted again and the latest thing goes on a pile with the last thing while I get on with learning about the new thing.

And so it goes on until I have such a pile of things that I totally plan on going back to that I can’t move round the house properly and have to tidy up.  Now that I think about it, that might be the only time I do actually tidy up. [click to continue…]

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The Juggler

My other story for National Flash Fiction day is The juggler. Based on an idea for my Bunco & Jaggs Circus collection this story gave me the chance to test the theme. Hope you like it. Send to Kindle

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The Faces of Harry Slade

As I’ve never written flash fiction before, I though it was about time I started.  And since today is National Flash Fiction Day, it seemed like a good day to, you  know…. start. So, here it is, my first flash fiction piece. The Faces of Harry Slade is a flash story based on an idea […]

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The Call Centre: Adventures in Depression

EDIT >> I don’t normally do this, but on re-reading this piece I’d ask you to ignore the bits about the TV show. It really isn’t relevant to the rest of the piece other than it reminded me of what an awful time I had. As you were. This week BBC3 began showing a new […]

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W is for What Happened to V?

If you tuned in yesterday (and why would you? It’s all got a bit quiet) then you will have noticed that V is missing from this A to Z. That was mostly because I went shopping. And since that’s one of the best ways I know of not writing I decided to use it as […]

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U is for Updating Software

Today I am mostly updating the software on my website hosting account. For those who don’t know, I run a small web-hosting company called CakeHosting where I provide space for people who want to run blogs on their own domains. I also offer support for people who need it even if they don’t host their […]

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T is for Taking Time to Think

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Last night I did my second favourite thing to do when I’m alone in the flat. I had a bloody good think. I thought about my many writing projects and tried to work out what I can do about them all. This was brought about by mention on Twitter of a new film called Sharknado. […]

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S is for Story Cubes

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Back when it was nice and cold and Christmas was happening, I began to look for presents for people. As always, I found loads of stuff for myself instead. One of those things was Rory’s Story Cubes. They looked interesting and I thought they might be a nice prezzie for the Not-Girlfriend’s little boy. But […]

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R is for Really Not In The Mood

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Q is for Quizzing Your Characters

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There comes a time in every story where you suddenly think to yourself, “What the hell am I writing?” Panic sets in as your characters start doing things you hadn’t envisioned them doing. This would normally be great, after all it should make the writing easier if your little actors are doing their own thing. […]

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P is for Painting, Podcasts and photography

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P is also for pork, procrastination and pissing about. I thought I might do one of those “clever” posts where everything starts with P. I was positively panicked at the potential paradox of putting pen to paper that I pouldn’t peven pake phis pentence pake pence. Or something. So I stopped. Send to Kindle

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O is for Once Upon a Time

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Once upon a time there was a writer who wrote a story. He got as far as finishing the first paragraph and then proudly read back the work he had done. Right away he noticed some spelling errors and corrected them. Then he noticed that he’d written form, instead of from, several times and corrected […]

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N is for Not Easy Being Gorgeous

Today I have mostly been going through my old photos to see how gorgeous I was. Turns out I still  am gorgeous. So in the name of procrastination and not really be arsed to write anything today, Here are some pictures from the collection.   Send to Kindle

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M is for Microphone

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Those of you who know me well will be aware of my obsessive side. You  will also know that for the last few weeks I’ve been obsessed with the Blue Yeti microphone. Well, I finally took the plunge and bought it and it arrived today. This will be a real help to my procrastination and […]

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L is for Learning

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Learning is fun! That’s what I keep telling my clients whenever they ask for help with their websites and blogs. It  might not seem like fun, but if you’re not enjoying it, it won’t stay inside your brains. As writers, we have to enjoy learning because that’s what research is and how much fun is […]

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K is for Keyboard

Today is one of those days where thinking is hard. Therefore I have decided to blame my keyboard. I feel this will become a trend in the coming weeks, especially on days where I can’t think of anything to write. Clearly it’s my keyboard that is at fault so I shall be keyboard shopping because, […]

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J is for Jibber the Kibber

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On the 15th of April 1755, Dr Samuel Johnson published his long awaited dictionary. On the 16th of April that same year, Mr S. Balrdick used the dictionary to look up some rude words. Turnip…heheheheheh And so began a fascination with words that permeated throughout all the people of the land. Most of those people […]

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I is for Ideas

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If there’s one thing I’m good at it’s coming up with ever more ideas for stories or other projects. And you can pretty much guarantee that if anything is going to stop me from writing what I’m supposed to be writing it’s having a great idea for something else to write. Right now for example, […]

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H is for Horace Goes Skiing

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I was an 80’s teenager (could be the title of my autobiography) which for me meant one thing, home computers. Yes I was a teenager at just the right time, as far as home technology was concerned. I’d had a play with a Sinclair ZX81 at school and found the whole thing amazing. When they […]

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