All writers must shut themselves away at some point to let words flow from fingertips freely, but is the craft of writing really that lonely? During an interview, Sara Paretsky, author of the V.I. Warshawski, was asked what she thought was the best thing, and the worst thing, about writing.Continue Reading

Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. Explore 700 years of history in one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses. The place-name Drum is derived from Gaelicdruim, ‘ridge’. As is obvious from the pictures on this page, Drum Castle does not benefit from a spectacular island or crag-top location. And neitherContinue Reading

Pain: 4.5/10 Fatigue: 6.5/10 Mood: 😵🙂 Today (and yesterday) have been good days. Yesterday I got up relatively early and did yoga then went on to have a lazy relaxing day watching sitcoms and writing. I dozed off around half seven. Today, I got up extra-early and went swimming. IContinue Reading

Warning: this review contains spoilers for both the BBC television series, the trilogy by Philip Pullman and the film The Golden Compass. The opening moments of His Dark Materials (BBC One) informed us: “This story starts in another world …one that is both like, and unlike your own.” That’s right: a worldContinue Reading

This week, readers, I’ve taken a vow of silence. It didn’t start for spiritual or religious reasons, although the quiet is giving me a lot of time for self-reflection in those areas. My silence started as a sponsored silence for a support group I run for mental health in MiltonContinue Reading

‘120mph boy racers are causing horrific problems in Milton Keynes city centre’ – claim An influential committee has recommended that car cruising events should be banned across Milton Keynes. The move to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) will now go to a leading councillor for her to make aContinue Reading

My Fitness Journey Blog Day #55 Since my tattoos have stopped flaking after the touch up just over a week ago, I’ve been able to resume my daily swimming routine. It’s not only fantastic for joint pain (as a sufferer of fibromyalgia) but great for losing weight, toning up theContinue Reading

Pain: 7.5/10 Tiredness: 7.5/10 Mood: 😖 This week has slam-dunked me through the basketball net so hard the air’s deflated right out of me. I wanted to rate both my pain and tiredness at eight but I have the feeling that would tempt fate to prove me wrong. I don’tContinue Reading

It happens to every writer. It’s inevitable. Your prose has turned to mush, you don’t have a creative bone left in your body, and you want to throw in the towel. What do you do when you get writer’s block?” someone asked me the other day. I was happy toContinue Reading

A woman woke up to find a bull staring up at her from her back garden. The weighty bovine, named Arnold, smashed through a fence in his adjoining field on Sunday. He trampled the woman’s lawn in Raunds, Northamptonshire and took a nap before a farmer arrived to move himContinue Reading