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When you’re inspired…

Many moons ago, when my three children began to be less dependent, I embarked on a Creative Writing Course with the Open College of the Arts. I had always wanted to find space to write and I loved every assignment. … Continue reading

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Open your eyes…

This morning I was stupidly excited: I was going on an outing that I usually dread – a breast screening appointment at our local hospital. For days, during this lockdown, I’ve slopped around the house in comfy trousers and baggy … Continue reading

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FAREWELL…

I was thinking of saying good riddance to 2020, but I’ve had a rethink. And I’ve changed my wording to “farewell”:  a leave taking; an expression of good wishes at parting… This year has been so difficult for us all. … Continue reading

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I do like to be beside the seaside…

Why are we so in love with our seaside? I asked an author friend who recently published her latest story set in the fictitious resort of Borteen. Let me introduce you to Morton S. Gray. Angela asked me to talk … Continue reading

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Parting is such sweet sorrow…

We came to Italy in July, crossing France, Switzerland and Northern Italy with trepidation. Once here in eastern Tuscany, isolated in this unspoiled corner, we felt very safe. We were able to go on long mountain walks, make a long-awaited … Continue reading

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One step at a time

Autumn is my favourite season. Where we live in the Tuscan Apennines, at the dying end of summer, colours are on fire. The weather suits me better. There are still sunny days with blue, blue skies and the mountains call … Continue reading

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It’s beginning to look a lot… But, remember! A dog is not just for Christmas…

I first met Carol when I was an indie author with CHINDI AUTHORS. We joined the RNA and recently I was invited to join her with https://www.facebook.com/ApricotPlots , a group of romance authors passionate about writing smart, fresh romance for … Continue reading

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A change is as good as a rest…

It’s been a difficult time for everyone. I began to feel guilty about taking time out and travelling to Venice for a couple of days. Would it be safe? Were we keeping to guidelines? Then, a local shopkeeper, listening to … Continue reading

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A writer in lockdown…

I haven’t checked in for several weeks, so I thought I’d catch up with you. Lockdown has given me plenty to lock into, if you’ll forgive the overuse of the verb. I needed to finish a new book and send … Continue reading

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Chatting…

Today I chatted with a writer friend about how my love affair with Italy started. Here is the link: https://t.co/wu99ZpQrHq?amp=1 if you would like to read what we spoke about. This is the invitation that my Italian mother-in-law used to … Continue reading

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