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Revisiting and accounting

The first draft of Raw Blue was written in June/July 2006. I didn’t know it at the time but I was pregnant with my first daughter. I worked in a kind of frenzy, telling my husband not to bother me when he asked if I wanted anything to eat, only taking time out when I had to work.  Over the next two years

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Trying

I love this so much. ALBEE LAYER BACKSIDE DOUBLE SPIN from TAKE SHELTER PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.

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Mistimings

View this post on Instagram This morning I woke up at 5am without an alarm, and when that happens I know it's because my story is calling me. But because it was so hard yesterday, I ignored it and went back to sleep. And now it's punishing me and won't let me in. Honestly! #amwriting #wordbyword #molasses #workinprogress #writinglife A post shared by

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FIGHT LIKE A GIRL

You’ll notice Clementine Ford has given the front quote for SUMMER SKIN, and that made my whole year because she is a champion in every respect of the word. Anyway, you should also know that she has a book coming out next year, called FIGHT LIKE A GIRL. She speaks more about it in this interview with Pedestrian TV  Read all of it. You

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FEBRUARY 2016!

Look at that – I shouted in the subject line, how rude. But guess what??? The release month for SUMMER SKIN has been confirmed. To celebrate, I’ve put it in my tag cloud. Massive plot hint: it’s incredibly apt that it sits next to ‘sex’ in aforementioned tag cloud. (Come to think of it, I don’t think I ever formally announced the title anywhere here

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Perplexed

So, I’m on a movie jag at the moment, and I feel the need to throw this one out there because I’m so perplexed! I cannot understand the wave of bile this film attracted. I didn’t have any expectations, but it’s a shitload better than the trailer suggested it would be. Let’s shortcut the whole thing and say it like this: maybe we need

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From the mouths of babes

Last night my five-year-old said to me: “My favourite coach on The Voice is the girl, and my favourite coach on So You Think You Can Dance* is the girl, but there is only one girl and three boys, so that’s not fair.”

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The big, ugly invisible issue

Thanks to an excellent review post by Alpha Reader, I’ve just read this article: Sex Education: far from decent, and also a related article which discusses the extent to which violent pornography is now accessed on a regular basis by regular teenagers. No. More than that, it argues that porn is now our main sex educator, during a period in which porn content has become

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Where are the girl animals?

So I’ve got 2 daughters, both very young, both big readers (okay, listeners – although they can recite whole sections of Dr Seuss off by heart) … Anyway, I just read this post by Max Barry, talking about what’s lacking in children’s fiction. Using dogs and smurfs to illustrate his point, Mr Barry sums it up beautifully … See what you think.    

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Tonight’s newish moon! Time to set your insects. No - intent. 

My main one is this - I want to stop talking, and observe and listen instead. Don’t laugh.

Also I am going to finish Raw Blue’s script. I know I… https://t.co/K5igGGyKXH

Things I have loved so much this week that I need to share them in case they are magic for you too include:  

1. Aurora. Just generally. Full stop necessary. But also Aurora talking about her new book shelf… https://t.co/05bhHmBVld

Me and my friend Em this morning. She was racing down the line to run me over. ⁣

In all seriousness I am glad you were around today to run me over emmalincolnsmith Would be lost without you mate 🖤Glad creative… https://t.co/I19vA471cN

This show killed me. I came to Phoebe Waller Bridge via Season 1 of Killing Eve (🖤) and then Crashing (🖤) but Fleabag finished me off. First ep, I thought it was clever. By the third she’d got me in the guts. The… https://t.co/sjHJ44X6cT

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