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Stories are everywhere

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A couple of weekends ago, I took my teens to a local artisan market, the Makers Market at Chester. I bribed them both with a fiver to spend and they happily pootled round the market with me.

Near the entrance of the market, I spotted an artist's stall when we first arrived. In our new house, we'll need some new artwork and there were all kind of gorgeous prints to choose from.

Donning my sensible hat though, I decided to save my money until I'd been round the rest of the market.

If you ever have the chance to visit a Makers Market (and that's your kind of thing - food, handcrafted goods, artwork), then get yourself along there. My teens were especially impressed with the  macaroons and burgers.

By the time we got back to the entrance, on the way out, I half expected that the one print that had really caught my eye would be gone, but I was in luck.

If I'm like a kid in the proverbial sweet shop with stationery and books, then artwork comes a close third.

As I was l…

What I'm doing this month - October

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It's cold. My coat is rarely off my back, the garden has gone into hibernation, and my feet are freezing all the time.

I finally gave in and switched the central heating on yesterday. My feet are still cold. I may have to buy slippers.

It's going to be a weird month as 'real life' takes over. Well, not so much real as mundane and non writing.

The house purchase has progressed, although no dates are firm as yet, so that frantic decluttering I mentioned this time last month has become even more frantic. Frantic-er? Is that a word? It is now.

You know in the film Top Gun where Tom Cruise's character Maverick and his friend Goose say, "I feel the need, the need for speed"? Well, I feel the need, the need for obsessive and to within an inch of its life organisational skills at the moment. Energy would be good too but I've given up caffeine.

This is probably the last full month I'll have in this house so along with the household organising, declutterin…

6 reasons I keep a Bullet Journal

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Need a new way to organise your year, diary and thoughts? A bullet journal could be just the thing.
A couple of weeks into 2017, I came across a magazine article about an organisational tool that I hadn’t heard of before – a bullet journal. It sounded ideal so I turned to my best friend online, Google to find out more.
Whoa! The internet was teeming with entries on bullet journals – how to start one, how to organise one, where to buy one, and how to make your bullet journal look adorably stylish. How had I not come across this before?
If you’re a bullet journal virgin like I was, then let me explain.
A bullet journal is an organisational tool that captures your to-do-list, diary, thoughts and really anything else you need to capture, in a written format, i.e. a notebook, not a computer file.
How to Bullet Journal from bulletjournal.com
“A notebook?” I hear you say. “Isn’t that, well, old-fashioned and time-consuming? I can keep all that information on my phone and computer.”
Maybe you …

What I'm doing this month - September

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September always a marks a new start to the year for me as my offspring return to school after the long summer break and I get my days back.

Launching my new business

This year is an especially fresh start as I begin to develop my copywriting business.

Back in February, I started down the freelance copywriter path, writing in-house material, sales emails and other goodies for a local business.

Over the summer break, I delved into the world of copywriting a little further by seeking out relevant training and joining a number of online business groups. There is so much brilliant advice out there already from existing copywriters and business owners, that it's been easy, and fun, to put together a support network of helpful mentors. After all, who better to ask then the individuals who have already done it?

Now, with my domain purchased, I'm ready to set up my copywriting business proper, website and all.

'Watch this space' as they say, for future news of the launch of my…

Photo Inspiration for August

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This month's photo inspiration is a little different. It's actually an old slide taken in the 1960s.
What do you think? What can you tell about the inhabitants of this home? Who could live here? What would their story be? Happy or sad? 
Who is behind the camera? Why is this slide being taken? 
The room is empty (apart from the person behind the camera). Where is everyone?
Is this a wealthy house? Up to date (at the time)? Well-loved?
What story would this image inspire you to write?

Something Useful for 2017 - Exercise No. 25

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The first writing exercise of 2017 from me and it's August already. How did that happen?

This month's writing exercise is about summer, or rather what summer means to you.

For me, the summer is largely taken up with the school summer break - 6 or 7 weeks when my teens are away from school and my work has to take a sideways shunt to accommodate day trips and refereeing arguments.

I also have to feed them but since we bought a new sandwich toaster, they're sorting their own lunches out by experimenting with hot sandwich fillings. Ingredients to date have included ham, bacon, cheese, bananas, peanut butter, chocolate and jam. I'll let you guess at what combinations they've concocted so far.

So, back to the writing exercise. Summer. What does it mean to you? Does it even register in your busy life other than a change of wardrobe? Do you like summer skies or do you prefer the winter winds?

Write a piece about summer from someone else's perspective:
A single parent …

What I'm Doing This Month - August

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August is always a mixture of a month. On the one hand, it's summer break and my teenage monsters are off school. They're of an age to keep themselves and each other happy (aside from the bickering) but I try to get them out of the house (and away from their computers) most days. They're good company, and with our dog in tow for some of those outings, I enjoy our summer adventures.
The downside is that my work schedule is massively interrupted. I'm lucky to be self employed, working from home and able to arrange my hours around my family, but it means early work before everyone else is up, and working some evening hours too. 
So, aside from the adventures, I'll be juggling my time this month to include: ongoing copywriting work along with some training I'm taking on the subject too,finding new clients for my scriptwriting business plus adding more value to my existing clients,working on my novel, andinvestigating setting up a new writer/copywriting website. On …