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Friday 14 June 2024: Re-subscribe

Before reading any further, if you’re a subscriber to the blog (not the newsletter) and you’re not receiving your email notifications, I think you need to subscribe again. You can…

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Thursday 13 June 2024: Starting a routine

Having identified no fixed routine as a possible problem when doing my work (or not doing it, as the case too often turns out), I started to make a plan….

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Wednesday 12 June 2024: Durham

My jolly to Durham wasn’t quite as productive as I hoped it would be. In fact, it wasn’t productive at all. There are a few reasons for this, but the…

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Tuesday 11 June 2024: A turtle dove!

As ever, we had a nice weekend, starting with a successful Monkey Dust gig on Friday night. We had a lot of fun and the band itself filled the venue…

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Monday 10 June 2024: Playing with covers… (again)

While we were on holiday, I received an email every day from Jetpack telling me that my site was unresponsive. Usually less than an hour later, I had another email…

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Friday 7 June 2024: Whoosh!

And there we have it. Another week gone by in a flash. I didn’t do a great deal yesterday other than cogitate all day over cosy mysteries. I had a…

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Thursday 6 June 2024: D-Day

It’s the 80th anniversary of D-Day today. The picture above is one I took of the Commonwealth war graves in Finningley. We have a Commonwealth war grave here in our…

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Monday 3 June 2024: May wrap-up

We took the last week of May off as a holiday, which means I didn’t do very much work. In fact, I didn’t do any. I’m not beating myself over…

0 162  4 Comments on Friday 24 May 2024: Editing all day
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Friday 24 May 2024: Editing all day

It was almost 10pm by the time the poet returned home from his 3-day business trip. He’d left the house first thing Monday morning, and he got back just before…

0 154  6 Comments on Thursday 23 May 2024: The bells
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Thursday 23 May 2024: The bells

I had a much better night on Tuesday. I left all of the inside doors open in the house and kept a window open in the bedroom, so I could…

0 116  2 Comments on Wednesday 22 May 2024: Magpies are clever
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Wednesday 22 May 2024: Magpies are clever

I’m not used to being in the house on my own yet and during the night on Monday/Tuesday, I woke up at about 3:30am thinking I could hear noises. I…

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Tuesday 21 May 2024: Busy weekend

Gosh what a busy weekend we had. Saturday We were up early on Saturday because we had a lot to do, and while the poet was getting something out of…

1 118  4 Comments on Monday 20 May 2024: A little friend
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Monday 20 May 2024: A little friend

I did a lot of faffing on Friday morning and before I knew it, it was time to go and get my hair cut. When I got back, I went…

1 137  2 Comments on Friday 17 May 2024: Too many people. Again!
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Friday 17 May 2024: Too many people. Again!

I forgot to add one more thing to my list of things I could do in Durham for the day yesterday. I could have an editing day. I think the…

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Thursday 16 May 2024: My first jolly!

We had a really nice time on Tuesday evening in Sheffield. We had our tea at Ask Italian, which is just like Pizza Express, and we hung around for a…

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Wednesday 15 May 2024: Customer no-care?

Once upon a time, back in the day when I worked for a living, I was poached to serve on a S.E.C.R.E.T. committee: Satisfy Every Customer’s Requirement Every Time. I…

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Tuesday 14 May 2024: The days are getting busy

The weekend was very full and busy, starting with a packed Saturday. We started with a visit to the mother-in-law to pick up something for Son #2 who’d had an…

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Monday 13 May 2024: Another dental appointment!

First job Friday was rejigging the schedule over the next few weeks. I had to move a lot of things down the calendar that I didn’t get around to over…

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Friday 10 May 2024: Halloween in May?

The Halloween cosy mystery novella course consists of a lot of prep and background work. Up to yesterday, that’s what I was working on. Watching videos, reading notes, and printing…

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Thursday 9 May 2024: Cosmos? A word…

I had a steady day yesterday alternating between study and editing. At the moment I’m throwing everything at the Halloween novella writing course because it cost me money. A lot…

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Wednesday 8 May 2024: Reviewing the situation

What a terrible month we’ve had so far. Apart from our wedding anniversary. We had a nice day on our wedding anniversary and we went out for a lovely meal….

0 182  2 Comments on Wednesday 1 May 2024: The month ahead
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Wednesday 1 May 2024: The month ahead

White rabbits! Oh my goodness, we had a busy evening on Monday trying to find a campsite for our next jaunt. Almost everywhere was fully booked on every date we…

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Tuesday 30 April 2024: April wrap-up

Gosh, April has been one of the fastest moving months all year so far. I can’t believe I’m already writing the month’s wrap-up post! But first, the weekend… We set…

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Monday 29 April 2024: Short n sweet

Although Friday was supposed to be about the editing, I did do a few other things as well. And it was a short day in any case. I shared and…

0 182  2 Comments on Friday 26 April 2024: Locked in!
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Friday 26 April 2024: Locked in!

Thursday morning I caught up with reading I IS FOR INNOCENT. I didn’t warm to this one straight away, but I think that’s because I didn’t really like H. However,…

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Thursday 25 April 2024: Getting ready to go camping

I put a chicken in the oven for tea on Tuesday night, but I didn’t really like the smell of it. I let it cook for about 30 minutes, to…

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Wednesday 24 April 2024: The Undercover Project has begun

The first job on Tuesday morning was to feed the dog, give him his medication, and feed the birds. The birds have been making a bit of a mess, recently….

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Tuesday 23 April 2024: Meet Peggy

We had such a busy weekend, which wasn’t helped by the fact that Monkey Dust had a gig on Sunday at teatime. Some people like to go to gigs on…

0 171  2 Comments on Monday 22 April 2024: A new adventure?
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Monday 22 April 2024: A new adventure?

The blueberry crumble I made on Thursday was absolutely gorgeous. I made 4 dumplings as well to put in the casserole the poet had left on the hob while he…

0 293  4 Comments on Friday 19 April 2024: Annoyed!
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Friday 19 April 2024: Annoyed!

I finished reading H IS FOR HOMICIDE and started to read I IS FOR INNOCENT right afterwards. I finished H feeling a bit meh. I started I, and the meh…

0 281  2 Comments on Thursday 18 April 2024: And we’re off!
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Thursday 18 April 2024: And we’re off!

There comes a time when one has to step away from the systems, the processes, the planning, and just start work. And that’s what I started to do yesterday. First…

0 202  2 Comments on Wednesday 17 April 2024: Stories galore
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Wednesday 17 April 2024: Stories galore

Tuesday continued on from Monday in that I carried on doing short story planning work. I couldn’t get the dates to work out, though, and spent a lot of time…

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Tuesday 16 April 2024: The dog’s birthday yesterday

I was just closing down the office on Friday when the poet came in and asked if I fancied a trip to the seaside. Well, I’ve never been one to…