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The end of summer

I said goodbye to the last of my summer guests this weekend – bye Ma and Al! The week before it had been some friends, and the week before some other friends. They come and go in waves – you wave hello, you wave goodbye. Hence my absence the past...

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Camp Nanowrimo Winner

You may be familiar with Nanowrimo – National Novel Writing Month – which takes place in November each year. It’s a challenge that sees hundreds of thousands of people all over the world try to write 50,000 words in a month! Yes, it’s a crazy lunatic idea, and I’ve never...

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How to make a DIY writing retreat

A couple of years ago, I decided to make a DIY writing retreat for myself. I needed to work on my novel, but I just could not get it done in Croatia. I don’t know why. Too many distractions: life, learning, love, they all take their toll. As a freelance...

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All the hallmarks of an actual writer

I was sitting in the market on the weekend working on a story that wasn’t coming easily. I know it has potential so I was keeping at it. Normally, if a short story feels difficult, I know it’s not ready yet and I put it aside for a bit. But...

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Short story podcasts

Here are some great short story podcasts for writers, readers, listeners and lovers 🙂 Whether you want advice or entertainment, there’s something for you.

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Belgrade’s hearts

Belgrade has a lot of heart, but it doesn’t have a heart, per se. There’s nothing that counts as the ‘centre’ of town, as far as I could tell. It’s one of those cities, a bit like Sydney, that has many centres, many points of reference, many hearts. I found...

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Short story competitions fees and prizes

I suppose it sounds mercernary, but I’ve started keeping track of just how much return on investment I can expect for short story competitions. There are a lot of comps and I have finite financial resources and so I want to get the most bang for my buck. Obviously, I...

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A Life in the Day of Tom Baker, 1978

In the course of doing research about my novel, which is set in London the mid-1970s, I found this absolute gem of a piece about Tom Baker, also known as Dr Who. Baker talks depression, alcoholism, Soho, awkward hugs and medical emergencies – all of my favourite topics! In an...