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Rapid Judgements

I've been thinking about how quickly we make judgements - with books, people, and life in general.

It's been prompted by a crime writing event I did in Falmouth last week, with the lovely Emily Barr. Here's the pair of us, after the gig - a kind of beauty and the beast photo.

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I was chatting with a woman afterwards, who kindly said something along the lines of "I thought you were a wally at first, seeing that shirt you were wearing, but now I reckon you're not so bad".

Well, half a... Read more

Storming the Castle

There's one lament I hear time and again from aspiring authors, and I feel for them.

It's a familar one, but frustrating nonetheless, and it's this - how hard it is, however much work you put in, to actually get published.

Yes it is, I won't deny it ... but! Never give up, because it does happen - I know, because it happened to me.

And once you're in, it does get easier, I promise you. Because that's the point of this little ramble.

I've come to think of the battle to get published as storming the castle.

When you're... Read more

Admirable Arts

I've always counted myself very fortunate for the passable gift of words with which I've been blessed. But the more I see of the creative world, the more I admire of other arts.

On Wednesday, I was in Exmouth to judge the town's Art Group Annual Exhibition. And I wanted to share some of what I saw there, because it's very well worth seeing.

Firstly, I was more than a little nervous about the judging. What do I know about art?

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This is me, at the exhibition, looking a little daunted and quizzical (to say... Read more

Community

If you ever need self-analysis, don't bother wasting money on some expert, just do it yourself, and here's the easy way - once again, I'm drawn to musing on something I've learned about me whilst becoming a writer.

It's to do with community.

I've often been told there's a great sense of my beloved Devon in the tvdetective books, and I'm proud that's the case.

One of the reasons I love dear Devon so much is the feeling of community, and belonging to something special, unique and important. It persists here, whereas in so many places it's been eroded away.

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