Apr
16

Some of the greatest works of fiction I’ve ever read have been the CVs of former colleagues as posted on LinkedIn. (Oh really?  That was your job title, was it? And you were there ten years?)

So I shouldn’t be entirely surprised that the phenomenon extends to writer biogs too.

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Apr
11

31st March – 90 days Facebook free

Is that really all it’s been? It feels so much longer! I can’t believe it is actually over. So how has it gone? I am pleased that I’ve well and truly broken the Facebook habit and got into a writing routine. I am disappointed that I didn’t work quicker and submit things before March. I am amazed that I actually completed as many things as I did in March though, and that so many hours really can be gained from giving up Facebook for a while. It’s been incredible. Really hard going through January but much easier since then, when the sense of isolation had worn off.

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Apr
09

As the grammatically beady-eyed will be aware by now, the cover of our Mar/Apr/May issue had an unwanted guest, in the form of a rogue apostrophe. A combination of delays, vanishing proofs and rushed final checks were to blame, but it should never have been written in the first place. Thank you to those who understood, forgave, sympathised and generally let us off with this one. The apostrophe is now persona non grata in Mslexia Towers.

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Apr
08

So, as you know, my plan is to test the elegant hypothesis that if you throw enough shit against a wall, some of it will stick.

In the interests of research, I’m going to gamble my Mslexia blogger’s fee on sending my work out absolutely everywhere that I would want to have it published, and to every competition I want to win.  I write short stories, so that’s the market I’ll be aiming for.

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Apr
02

28 March – 87 days (almost) Facebook free.

And I may not go back on it, because this is the month, finally, that stuff got done. Not research, not preparation, but actual completed pieces. And it is such a relief.

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Apr
01

The journey from page to screen has been a stroll into unknown territory. Though I’ve worked on several documentaries, the cinematic process, at least at the offset, is far less tangible. How ironic that the word ‘adaptation’ is so very close to ‘adoption’, for that is what a film option entails.

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Mar
28

Following my last post I’ve been reading (and loving, by the way) your suggestions for reading material about motherhood via Twitter, Facebook, email and the comments section of this blog. I ordered quite a few books on the heel of your recommendations and have had many ‘why on earth haven’t I read this before?’ moments.

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Mar
26
Janey Fr

Janey Fraser

I subscribed to Mslexia before I was published and now, with nine novels under my belt, I still find it an endless source of inspiration. So when Debbie Taylor invited me to guest edit the June issue, I jumped at it.

Weeks later, when I was knee-deep in proofs for my next novel, we set a date to meet up in London. So I bundled up the proofs and took them with me on the three hour journey up from Devon. Meanwhile Debbie was making a three hour journey down from Newcastle upon Tyne. Talk about meeting in the middle!

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Mar
11

So here’s a scenario: a friend’s expecting her first baby. She’s apprehensive and excited. She wants reading recommendations. A very broad spec: the literature of motherhood: poetry, fiction, baby manuals, websites. What would I recommend?

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Mar
10

It’s every author’s dream to have a book adapted for a film, but what does this starry notion actually mean? So far very little has changed in my life, save for the fact that in faraway Hollywood some wonderful people are toiling on a script deadline. Forget the idea of vast sums being paid at the offset, especially in the world of independent film-making and cult books.

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