• LET’S TALK!
    What Is Magic?

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    WHAT IS MAGIC? When I decided to get back into the manuscripts for my Ulfrheim saga, it dawned on me that I had a lot of unanswered questions about magic. Some of these were fairly simple to work out, but others I’m not 100% sure I have resolved yet. So,…

  • NEWS & UPDATES
    Two Months Today…

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    TWO MONTHS ago, I posted my first tentative hello on social media having been awol for a year. And, oh my days what a ride it has been! No word of a lie – I’m a little blown away and I think it will take me along time to get used…

  • SOCIAL MEDIA
    1000 Followers?

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    SOCIAL MEDIA is like a weird alternate reality. I love it and it fascinates me, but every time I think I know something about it, something happens to turn that knowledge on its head. One of these things that seem to stump me is how follower patterns shift. You can…

  • SOCIAL MEDIA
    Seven Weeks Online

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    I KNOW I said I was going to stop these posts as I started the monthly milestones, but I guess I was a tad too excited. It feels right, somehow, to keep counting up to 1000. Provided I ever get there. I’ve done social media promotions for many years, and…

  • SOCIAL MEDIA
    Six Weeks Online

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    WEEK SIX is over and September is nearly at an end. I’ve managed to write fiction, poetry and a few articles, I’ve received my first reader comments, and my Ulfrheim drafts have been read in four different countries.  In the last month and a half, I’ve: successfully activated a twitter account;…

  • SOCIAL MEDIA
    Five Weeks Online

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    FIVE WEEKS online after a year of radio silence is actually rather overwhelming. I’m so glad there are nifty little scheduling solutions you can use to plan and space out your engagement in advance. Anyway, this is another celebrate every milestone kinda post. Look what happened this week: Six hundred…

  • SOCIAL MEDIA
    Four Weeks Online

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    WEEK 4, whistled past like an autumn storm and I’m actually quite surprised it’s time to do one of these already. But missing out on an opportunity to celebrate? No chance! So, what’s the reason we’re throwing a party today? Yep, there it is. 500 followers have found the @AsWeWrite…

  • SOCIAL MEDIA
    Three Weeks Online

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    WEEK 3, is over and my love affair with the twitter #WritingCommunity continues. Seriously blown away by the kindness, support and generally helpful vibes from writers and authors with platforms ranging from a few hundred to millions of followers.  I won’t be doing these posts as a weekly thing forever, but…

  • SOCIAL MEDIA
    Two Weeks Online

    Social media: 300 twitter followers

    DANG, my second week of trying to promote this place online is over, and I’ve got so many new friends in the #WritingCommunity. I try to thank people who follow, retweet and comment, but I’m already way behind. Who’d’ve thunk it, eh? Not me, that’s for sure. In keeping with my…

  • LET’S TALK
    Kissing in Storytelling

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    LET’S TALK about kissing… In case you didn’t know, I love Colin Firth. I think he’s a brilliant actor and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen all of his films. Several of them more than once. But his kissing scenes? Eh, no thanks! I seriously cannot stand watching him kiss on…

  • SOCIAL MEDIA
    First Week Online

    Social media milestones@ 200 followers on twitter

    SOMETIMES, patting yourself on the back and celebrating even the smallest of milestones along the path can be very liberating. And uplifting. When I decided to throw caution to the wind and share my fictional writing with the world, I promised myself that I would be unabashedly proud of every…

  • WELCOME
    To My Pandemic Pancic Room

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    THIS SODDING pandemic has turned our world upside down, and for many it has sadly lead to isolation, deprivation, bereavement and severe mental health problems. For me, it started out as a team effort. My kids and my spoonies were all in and we did what we could to support…

  • SOCIAL MEDIA
    – So This Happened…

    Milestones: 100 twitter followers

    YESTERDAY, I DECIDED to go on twitter to check if I had created an account for my fictional writer’s room. And I had. So, while I was there, I did some follow-backs, responded to a few messages, left a couple of comments and posted a few #ShamelessSelfpromotionSunday pieces to share my #WIP.…

  • LET’S TALK
    What’s Your Take on Magic?

    Let's talk about magic and magic systems

    A LOT OF THE STORIES I read, watch and listen to have elements of magic in them. It can be anything from subtle hints to an underlying magic to elaborate magic systems. When I decided to get back into the manuscript for my Ulfrheim saga, it dawned on me that I had…

  • BEAT PROCRASTINATION
    Better Under Pressure?

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    HEY WRITER, do you know that the idea that you work better under pressure is a myth? It’s actually a misguided belief a lot of us tell ourselves. Studies show that no one works better under pressure, so why do we hold on to this belief? Psychologists say it’s a…

  • BEAT PROCRASTINATION
    Don’t Let It Ruin Your Life

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    HEY WRITER, did you know that people tend to think of procrastination as something personal? Yep, it’s true. They also tend to believe that avoiding and/or putting off tasks is a solitary decision that doesn’t have much of an impact besides creating something of a time crunch. But guess what?…

  • LET’S READ:
    – Keeping a Reading Log

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    I’M IMMENSELY grateful that I was born into a reading family. I learned to read at an early age, and my teachers made sure we became habitual readers by dragging us to the library on a regular basis. At home we had a relatively extensive reading library, and my parents…

  • CRITICISM
    When To Pay Attention?

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    HEY WRITER, do you know when you need to pay attention to negative feedback? And, by extension, when you should just ignore it? “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and…

  • BEAT PROCRASTINATION:
    – You’re Not Alone

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    HEY WRITER, are you a procrastinator? Then you’re in good company. Everyone procrastinates at times. Everyone. At any given time, it’s estimated that 20% of people are procrastinating some aspect of their lives. “You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.…

  • CRITIQUE & REVIEWS
    DOs and DON’Ts for Critics

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    HEY WRITER, have ever you been a critique partner? Maybe a member of a writing group? Or, my personal nightmare, had friends and/or family ask you to give them feedback on something they wrote? After all the posts about being on the receiving end of criticism, today, I want to…