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“You only have to be an expert in your own life to have something of value to share with others.” – Jenny Gates

A few good tips for writing

If you're doing a bit of writing at the moment, here are a few things you might like to keep in mind. All of these have come up on a somewhat regular basis in some of the manuscripts I've edited over the years, and even a few published books I've read, so I thought I...

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I want you to know

My dear Mum. It was not the celebration I hoped you would have,Alone in your room, quiet, distant.Oh, to be there by your side,To be holding your hand,But not this year. It was not lost on us, this momentous occasion,A milestone in life, your life, and ours.Oh, how I...

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When we least expect it

I’m not one to go looking for accolades, so it sure means something if they arrive when I least expect it. Earlier this week, I was helping a friend tally votes for a Toastmasters club we’re involved with. Going through all the handwritten slips, I was pleasantly...

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Creating a pocket universe

Creating a pocket universe

One of the things I've really missed these past few months is working in my favourite coffee spots - Thom Bargen, Café Postal, Miss Browns. A bit of an indulgence, for sure, but I thrive on the ambience in the room, the clatter of cups, coffee and plates, the...

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Saying goodbye to good neighbours

Fourteen years ago, they moved onto our street. They came with friendly faces and two dogs - Tika and Mojo - and quickly became part of the scenery. We often caught up over coffee, a few times attended events together, and had many conversations about a whole bunch of...

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The problem with paper

I've always loved paper. Books over Kindle, yes, but also printing things off and writing things down on paper. I love writing on paper, particularly with a pencil, but as much as I love paper, sometimes it gets away from me. It piles up on the desk, the chair, the...

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