Monthly Archives: January 2016

#15 Get a haircut

I had an interesting experience this week getting a haircut. I am normally in favour of going to the cheapest barber who fails to draw blood or engage in conversation. However, in view of the fact that I am soon … Continue reading

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#14 get a cat

Was it Daphne du Maurier who said that cats helped her to write? She obviously didn’t have my cats who consider laptops, notes or anything else essential to writing as a threat which should be immediately sat on to death. … Continue reading

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#13 Go to the zoo

With only three days of holiday left, I am running out of time to do things with my daughter before we both have to go back to school so it seemed time for our annual trip to the zoo. What … Continue reading

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#12 Listen to Test Match Special

OK, so the theory is that it’s on in the background while I write. I don’t know about you but I can’t write in complete silence I need the radio on in the background and usually listen to Radio 2, … Continue reading

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#11 Re-organise the bookshelf

As I mentioned before, having an asthmatic daughter who is allergic to dust means there are many opportunities to avoid writing with cleaning based activities. The last time she came to stay she became bored of playing shop and decided … Continue reading

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#10 Go to the dentist

The events of chapter one of my first novel ‘Living with Saci’ in which a dentist is burnt alive are based on real events. My existing fear of dentists was heightened by the real events in Brazil a couple of … Continue reading

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#8 & #9 Mourn the death of a rock star and have the wheels stolen off your car

It was very sad to hear the news of the death of David Bowie yesterday. I remember listening to Hunky Dory over and over as a student and was fortunate to see him live at the Milton Keynes bowl in, … Continue reading

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