Top Reasons to Harvest Your Rainwater

A sponsored post on behalf of Freeflush. Top Reasons to Harvest Your Rainwater RAINWATER IS FREE, BUT THE SUPPLY IS NOT DEPENDABLE! It rains a lot in the UK. Despite significant regional and seasonal variations there’s an average of 800 mm per year in the east / southeast and typically more than twice that in …

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Film Noir Feeds my Fiction

The rules have changed. I’ve made no secret of the fact that Raymond Chandler’s writing is one of the inspirations for my Thomas Bladen spy thrillers, but I also owe a huge debt to cinema.  It’s my great pleasure now to introduce you to a back catalogue of films that remain classics of the spy / …

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Today’s Subject is Subjectivity

Sir Isaac Newton stated that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For authors that gets translated into ‘for everyone who likes your work, someone else will hate it’. There doesn’t have to be any rhyme or reason about it; it’s just a thing.  This state of affairs was brought back to …

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Authors & Books – Being Krystyna

  Most authors will tell you that the fictional world of their books comes from a real world inspiration. – a news item, an overheard conversation, or perhaps a personal experience that sparks off a chain of inspiration. There is another purpose of storytelling – to memorialise a true story so that friends, family and …

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To write or not to write?

The hidden ingredient in every piece of writing. Ask most writers, whether they are starting out, seasoned, or overcooked, and they all tell you the same thing – they write because it’s a compulsion. It’s the nagging internal voice when you read someone else’s below par writing that whispers, “You could do better than this.” …

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Give Your Freelancing a Reboot

Are you worn down by the well-travelled path? How many times have you found yourself following a familiar working pattern, even though it no longer delivers the same level of positive results? The routine runs like clockwork – set-up, prospecting, emails, social media, yadda yadda. If you’re not paying careful attention to your business you …

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A slice of homily pie

You write…WHAT? There is a school of thought that business blogs equate to online marketing, and that all information should be carefully managed to ‘champion the brand’. If your eyes are rolling at this point you’re not alone.  I’m all for promoting one’s business – this blog has worked well for me on that score over the …

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