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March 2004

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word of the day: cock-a-hoop

cock-a-hoop (kok-uh-HOOP) adjective 1. Being elated or exulting, especially in a boastful manner. 2. Askew. [Of uncertain origin. Perhaps from the phrase to set cock on a hoop (to be festive).] ~~~ Today’s word of the day is kind of…

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Climbing back from the edge


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Are the scenes that come after the dramatic, the tumultuous, always some of the hardest to write? Somehow you have to claw your way back from the edge, and recapture some of the energy and passion that got you to…

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iRiver! Catch the digital flow…


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…as has the new hinge for my washing machine, but that’s dull by comparison! I’m enjoying the geeky joys of the little sleek, silver gizmo that fits in the cup of my hand. I’ve got some music on it, and…

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At the edge of things

Chapter two is drawing to it’s close. I’m not sure if I’m going to make the 19-20,000 words that I estimated for this stage of the novel, but the tension is I think mounting. I have just written a powerful…

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The magic begins…


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Rivers of black snake down from the cliffs, cutting their paths through the sand, as the rain floods the valley. Inside the cave, Helen is oblivious to the weather, caught up in her spell, the elves and the trolls gathered…

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Spending frenzy…

Woo-yay! I have just booked my flights to Hungary at the end of July. The holiday itself runs from 21 July through to the 30 July, but I have booked my flights from Sunday 18 July to Saturday 31 July,…

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Coming together on the night…

Well after a dozen weeks or so of hard practice, the concert came together on the night. And it was good fun, and there was only really one movement of one piece in the end where I did just have…

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A Bonus

And so finally, the powers that be announce this years bonus, and boy is it a good one. My holidays, are on! Iceland and Hungary here I come, and if I’m lucky I’ll still be able to treat myself to…

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Spam-tastic!!

Great! I’m now receiving spam from Blackwell’s the company I work for. Like I really want to know about Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care going online. What’s more they’re offering me a 30 day free trial – yeah right, I…

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Relieved, but still peeved

Well, a phone call to the guys at Hoover later (and an internably long time listening to what can only be described as an electronica version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons) I have managed to purchase myself a new hinge for…

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And I was going so well…


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Curse other responsibilities! Past two nights, my writing has been going great guns, but tonight I had the band cds to finish sorting out ready to sell at the concert on Saturday, and I had to chase, and re-chase, and…

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Damn!

The metal hinge on my washing machine door has suffered from fatigue (it’s about three years old now) and broken. I now have a door that won’t hang. Gggrrrr… What a jolly time I’ll be having tomorrow phoning around the…

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A Day Off…

I have to say, I have really enjoyed today: waking up when I wanted to (it actually wasn’t that late!) … and its been productive too. Okay, so I haven’t (yet) got any writing done, but I have redecorated my…

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A novel on my lap…


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Helen sits on an outcrop of rock overlooking the valley beyond, finishing her sandwich, and swigging mouthfuls of water from her bottle. Her brain absorbs the view through her eyes. Where the sun breaks through the heavy-grey layers of cloud,…

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