Category Archives: Ravings and Musings (after Montaigne)

How tennis balls can help your writing

‘Sometimes I bounce back. Sometimes it’s more of a dull thud.’ That’s what the heroine in a novel I recently submitted says, and if it strikes a chord with you, you’re not alone. As a writer, not so long ago … Continue reading

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Retro food – a personal flavour

In all fashions or fads — whether music, art or clothes — a trend rarely arrives fully fledged, and like leggings or high heels, keeps on returning. To me, retro food is dishes from approximately the end of rationing in … Continue reading

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In defence of January

January is the bad-boy month of the year, the one so many people love to hate.  Not me; like most romantic novelists, I’ve always had a weakness for a rake who’s just waiting for a brave, beautiful and probably poor … Continue reading

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Time — and time again

What is the shape of time? Scientists and philosophers have spent years (and huge research budgets) debating this, and come up with countless theories but no hard-and-fast conclusions. Writers explore time in other ways. Emily Brontë was one of the … Continue reading

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And no, it’s not Valentine’s Day

Orchids are strange exotic creatures—my mother always mistrusted them, much preferring the less suggestive bloom of the English rose. ‘Besides,’ she used to say, misquoting Alice, ‘What’s the use of a flower without any scent?’ Prophetic words, for when she … Continue reading

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After the happily ever

How long is the ‘after’, in ‘happily ever’? A lifetime? A decade? A year? A week? We all want to live happily ever after, but is it possible in real life? Do fairy tales—and romantic novels—end where they do because … Continue reading

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