Gone conferencing

Oh hey there, pals. I hope your NaNoWriMos are going swimmingly in the last stretch. Mine most certainly took a detour, but then again, I rebelled and edited an existing book. And did All The Things, like I always say I won’t. And now… *drumroll* I’m in Winchester for the annual SCBWI Conference! There will be networking. There will be inspirational keynote speeches. There will be a fancy dress shindig. There will, not unrelatedly, be a phenomenal amount of drinking, because writers.


Exclusive shots from this year’s costume ball. Maybe.


I’m quite excited about this. I angsted over whether to book it, but it’s proven so beneficial to my writer pals’ professional development that I took the plunge. I’ve booked a 1-to-1 with an agent to discuss #BansheeYA’s first chapter, plus a critique group to look over something else I’m revising (and SCBWI writers are the BEST when it comes to constructive, friendly feedback). And tomorrow afternoon… well, I’m not allowed to tell you, but let’s just say I might be in need of a stiff drink or three at the ball.

Anyway, must dash and have my finest cheapass breakfast of free hotel coffee, Percy Pigs and Berocca before the Fringe events today. Look, don’t judge my food choices. I had a hellish 9-hour drive yesterday through blizzards, pissing rain, and around crap fellow motorists. I’m very much looking forward to wearing a house on my head on Saturday night. No, I’m not even going to explain the outfit. Wait until the scandalous pics on social media. (Or, if you’re at the conference, come say hi. I don’t bite, honest.) See you on the other site, chums!



Murderous kelpies, now half price for summer

It’s July. The sun’s out (except for viewers in Scotland, I suspect). And your to-read pile is in need of a boost for the holidays. Well, read on, friend, for I’ve got just the thing for you…

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Not dead yet

Oh hey, guys. I’m still here, just about. I’ve had drafts piling up here, but I’ve not got round to finishing them because I’m still ill. But here it is: a long-overdue update…

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Blogmas, Day 3: Writing Wishes

It’s officially Christmas in our house now, not just because the tree’s here and we’ve bought the supermarket’s entire supply of mulled wine – we’ve had the first play of Fairytale of New York and that other, er, “classic”, Stay Another Day. The 90s has a lot to answer for.

Today’s Blogmas question is ‘If a genie could grant you 3 writing wishes, what would they be?’

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Blogmas, Day 1/2: NaNoWriMo postmortem

Well, what do you know, it’s December already. To celebrate, I’m currently being too busy to start Blogmas on time! Hurray! To make up for it, a double-bill today, on just how NaNoWriMo went down, and courtesy of this post the answer to ‘what show from your childhood would you love to bring back?’ Grab a mulled wine and read on…

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Gone wandering

It’s been a helluva year, what with the whole Book Festival shenanigans, more publishing credits, scurrying to literary events and generally running my brain down a bit too much. So, I decided a last-minute holiday was in order. And that’s why I’m buggering off to Barcelona tomorrow for a long weekend.

Yes, you’ve kind of guessed the incoming earworm.



I’m not doing any NaNoWriMo while I’m away, but I will take my trusty notebook and my phone if staring at the Sagrada Familia inspires me. I’ll also be attempting to get by in a place that mostly speaks Catalan, where I’m armed only with the Latin American Spanish I used last autumn in Peru, having not used Peninsular Spanish for a decade. Ah well, I have Duolingo. What could possibly go wrong?


Sure that'll be really useful, cheers.

Sure that’ll be really useful, cheers.


Whatever happens, I’ll be back early next week to make a sad last-ditch attempt on the NaNoWriMo rebel project, and see what short fiction I can come up with for the lovely folks at Shift Magazine, the wonderful Edinburgh spoken word event Interrobang (brought to you by one of the Story Shop team!), and The List’s Hot 100 entrants 404 Ink. Cor, there’s so much literary talent in my hometown right now, eh?

And that’s not all, kiddos. I’ve decided to try posting here a wee bit more, so I’m going to try ‘Blogmas’ next month: a post a day on, well, all manner of things. I’m taking some ideas from here initially, but any suggestions for things you’d like me to talk about are most welcome! And on that note, I should probably finish packing. Fins dilluns, amics! ❤


Me, for the next 3 days.

Me, for the next 3 days.