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International Book Giving Day – 14th February 2018

For those new to this wonderful day in the literary world, please add 14th February to your calendar. It’s not just for giving your sweetheart a home-made card on the universal day of love but for another special reason… FEBRUARY 14TH 2018 – International Book Giving Day Emma Perry, creator of the wonderful book review website My Book Corner, is the brains behind this amazing book giving day shout out. This year, the 6th year running, she has teamed up with illustrator Elys Dolan to create the much admired poster to promote this amazing event. Elys is an author and illustrator based

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My Reekie Lum and Other New Year lists

Before my lum reeks wi’ the fuel o’ ithers coal… for those unacquainted with this term, it’s a saying for when the bells chime in a new year at midnight. It means ‘may your fire always burn to keep you and yours warm and release lots of smoke from your chimney with the gifts of coal from your neighbours as you bring in another new year’, or something along those lines… I was thinking about new year resolutions and whether or not they are useful for me to create or if I’m just kidding myself. Every year I say I

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Talking About a Revolution and Other Songs

Tracy Chapman got me through most of my exam years at high school. Through the reams of Biology blackboard sides filled with formulas and notes that were written in order to help me attempt the o’grade exam I was dreading the most.  I cried, laughed and rejoiced along with Tracy as together we went through her song list from fast cars to getting tickets and knowing how to use them. She was the heroine in my tape-deck who’s soft caramel voice sent soothing vibes through the orange sponge of my head-phones straight into my teenage brain, calming the turbulence that

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The Road to NaNo

It’s that time of year when the National Novel Writing Month is upon me once again. This will be my third year of trying. I’m not sure what I like about it the most – the target driven days of writing, the close-knit community of creatives urging me on or the sense of achievement when midnight strikes on the last day of the month and I’ve actually written something rather than procrastinating. I think it’s a bit of everything. Writing 1,667 words every day for 30 days in a row is not an easy task. No matter how fast I

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What If What?

Me: OK, I think it’s ready. Inner me: Are you sure? Me: Well, I could maybe have another look just to be on the safe side. Inner me: How many edits have you done? Done a line edit yet? Dialogue check, grammar, POV…? Me: Eleventy billion on my last count, give or take. Inner me: oh well, one more won’t hurt will it? Me: No, I’m pressing send. Inner me: You are? Right. Well, if you’re sure? Me: No, of course I’m not sure. Do you think it’s ready? I mean you’re always telling me to go for it, so

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Reminiscing about my Summer reads

There are two things I love about being on holiday somewhere that doesn’t have Scottish weather: The heat. The dip of a roasty toasty me in a cooling sea and the cold beers at the end of a water-sports filled day. I get time to read a lot of books. This Summer was no different. As much as I prefer to hold an actual book in my hand, the flying gods have other ideas when it comes to how heavy my suitcase can be so I dust off my first-gen kindle and I download books until my heart’s content. Here’s

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