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Historical Writers Association Short Story Competition

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In praise of … Time Out Break Reminders

I have quite unpleasant repetitive strain injury from three decades of keyboard use in awkward positions. This delightful app from Dejal Systems enables me to schedule compulsory breaks during which my screen fades to a slow fly-through a field of … Continue reading

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The Kite and the String

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Shellshock case notes

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A Hobbit, a Wardrobe and a Great War (research review)

View this post on Instagram I do like audio books! I remember information according to where I was when I heard it – certain roundabouts or stretches of motorway – so things do tend to stick. The ideal medium, in … Continue reading

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The Hidden Machinery (research review)

View this post on Instagram The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing by Margot Livesey (2017) makes me feel like a writer. Why? Because when I read it I am filled with a sense of recognition: I recognise the peculiar writery … Continue reading

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The honest editor and cognitive bias

In a previous life, I facilitated training sessions on managing obstetric emergencies; clinical skills, teamwork, leadership, decision-making and so on. One of the features of effective decision-making is the awareness of cognitive biases and so we discussed the problems that … Continue reading

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The Joy of Writing Sex (research review)

View this post on Instagram I read The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers by Elizabeth Benedict (revised edition 2001) on Kindle, which may accounts for the boring cover image. Sorry about that – and apologies also … Continue reading

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In praise of … BetaBooks

Joining BetaBooks was a game-changer in my embryonic career; the moment when I came out as a writer and actually let people read my story. Continue reading

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In praise of … Focus

Focus costs less than the proverbial cup of coffee and does nothing much more than count down 25 minutes to a background of ticking clocks or café babble – but it’s brilliant. Continue reading

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