0 199  3 Comments on Wednesday 20 September 2023: I made a magazine
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Wednesday 20 September 2023: I made a magazine

I was up early again yesterday but instead of getting to my desk earlier, I was embroiled in house sale stuff that’s pretty much down to solicitor incompetence. I can’t…

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Tuesday 19 September 2023: A new gadget!

I spent much of the weekend trying to focus on what work needs doing when. I spent a lot of time last week learning how to publish a magazine in…

0 145  2 Comments on Monday 18 September 2023: Learning a new skill
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Monday 18 September 2023: Learning a new skill

Thursday and Friday last week were both spent learning. I learned how to create a magazine pdf in Affinity and while I still have a lot to do before the…

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Thursday 14 September 2023: Priorities

“Who are you and what have you done with my wife?” That’s how the poet greeted me yesterday morning when I bounced out of bed at the crack of dawn…

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Wednesday 13 September 2023: Still tidying books

I seem to be spending less and less time on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter) just lately. I wouldn’t mind, but I’m not sure what I’m doing instead. I’m still…

0 228  4 Comments on Tuesday 12 September 2023: Online workshops
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Tuesday 12 September 2023: Online workshops

The first thing I did after hitting my desk yesterday morning was, well, hit my desk. It was so untidy I took a picture of it to remind me not…

0 171  6 Comments on Monday 11 September 2023: Anatomy of a messy desk
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Monday 11 September 2023: Anatomy of a messy desk

So this was the sight that greeted me when I went into the office this morning. I can’t stand an untidy desk and I can’t work at one. But this…

0 149  2 Comments on Wednesday 6 September 2023: Ticking jobs off
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Wednesday 6 September 2023: Ticking jobs off

At the end of the day on Monday I dug out each and every notebook or piece of paper or printout that has anything to do with The Beast Within. I…

0 196  2 Comments on Tuesday 5 September 2023: A slow start
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Tuesday 5 September 2023: A slow start

I had so many good intentions but when I woke up on Monday I was still really, really tired. On Saturday night I went to bed on drugs as it…

0 243  4 Comments on Monday 4 September 2023: Publication Day!
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Monday 4 September 2023: Publication Day!

After a solidly busy day on Friday doing all of my planning work for the month ahead and my wrap-up work for the month just gone, we also had a…

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Friday 1 September 2023: The month ahead

I love September. It’s the start of new beginnings as far as work is concerned, the start of a new working year for me. Because I’ve been busy with the…

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Thursday 31 August 2023: Back to work + August wrap-up

It feels like a long time since I was last here. That’s what having a holiday does, plus coming back to two days of solid work on one job. We…

0 141  2 Comments on Friday 18 August 2023: Onward, Whitby
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Friday 18 August 2023: Onward, Whitby

Here’s the pre-holiday roundup I promised on Wednesday. Tuesday I didn’t do any work on Tuesday. After a very rough night with the dog (and I was at home with…

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Wed 16 & Thu 17 Aug 2023: Proofreading

Today and tomorrow (Wednesday and Thursday) will be wall-to-wall proofreading, and proofreading is the ONLY job I’ll be doing. We break up tomorrow (Friday) for a week and while I’m…

0 210  6 Comments on Tuesday 15 August 2023: I published a boxed set
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Tuesday 15 August 2023: I published a boxed set

I may have had an early start yesterday, but it didn’t necessarily follow that I did everything I needed to do. Firstly, I dropped my car off to be serviced…

0 130  2 Comments on Monday 14 August 2023: Flying off the shelves
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Monday 14 August 2023: Flying off the shelves

First job Friday morning was a trek down to the doctor’s to collect a repeat prescription. It’s less than five minutes away, on foot, so I was there and back…

0 200  2 Comments on Friday 11 August 2023: Workshops and courses and books, oh my!
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Friday 11 August 2023: Workshops and courses and books, oh my!

I have no idea what happened to Thursday. It was there, and I know I did stuff. But it seems to have vanished into a puff of thin air. I’ll…

0 224  2 Comments on Thursday 10 August 2023: A morning of writing
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Thursday 10 August 2023: A morning of writing

For the second day on the trot the poet was up early and off on a business trip. On Tuesday he had to drive south to the midlands. Yesterday he…

0 143  2 Comments on Wednesday 9 August 2023: Catching up
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Wednesday 9 August 2023: Catching up

Catch up time again yesterday. This time revising a pop-up workshop on when things don’t quite go the way the readers/viewers expect and how to build that into your writing….

0 222  2 Comments on Tuesday 8 August 2023: A fragmented day
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Tuesday 8 August 2023: A fragmented day

The weekend went by in a bit of a blur. Not because of anything in particular. I just don’t feel like I even had a weekend. We were up early…

0 215  2 Comments on Monday 7 August 2023: Making mockups
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Monday 7 August 2023: Making mockups

I think I blinked and missed the weekend… I had so much to do on Friday, and yet I spent ALL of it making mockups. I had a look at…

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A bit about me

Note: I’ve split this out from a previous post so I can add it as a sticky to the top of the page. Apologies to all who’ve already read it!…

0 303  2 Comments on Friday 4 August 2023: Friday already! 😱
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Friday 4 August 2023: Friday already! 😱

Friday! Well, that came around quick… I don’t want to get ahead of myself, though. Here’s how Thursday went. We had a good night. The dog stayed in his basket…

0 157  2 Comments on Thursday 3 August 2023: Starting to catch up
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Thursday 3 August 2023: Starting to catch up

Tuesday night was a lot better. Rufus got in his basket and went to sleep, and he stayed there for the entire night. Of course, that didn’t stop me waking…

0 132  2 Comments on Wednesday 2 August 2023: A bit behind
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Wednesday 2 August 2023: A bit behind

I’m running a bit behind at the moment. Usually I write my blog posts as I go and schedule them to post the next day. At the moment, or this…

0 147  2 Comments on Tuesday 1 August 2023: The month ahead
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Tuesday 1 August 2023: The month ahead

And here we are, August at last. Where is the year going to? Monday After a very busy and slightly fraught weekend, Monday arrived with a bit of a bang. The…

0 63  2 Comments on Monday 31 July 2023: July wrap-up
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Monday 31 July 2023: July wrap-up

Friday I spent the first hour or so of Friday morning in the living room reading How to Write Short Stories and Get Them Published because there were video meetings going…

0 125  2 Comments on Friday 28 July 2023: I lost half a day
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Friday 28 July 2023: I lost half a day

The man at the garage told me there was no need for me to arrange my MOT on a day when the poet could come with me and bring me…

0 94  2 Comments on Thursday 27 July 2023: A fair day
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Thursday 27 July 2023: A fair day

Yesterday went fairly well. It might be because the to-do list wasn’t very long, but I still shifted a fair few words and pages. I had two writing projects on…

0 106  2 Comments on Wednesday 26 July 2023: More proofreading
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Wednesday 26 July 2023: More proofreading

I had a slow start to the day yesterday, hitting my desk just in time to join in with the People’s Friend writing hour on Twitter… or X, or whatever…

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Tuesday 25 July 2023: Wall to wall proofreading

The most pressing job I have to do this week is proofreading. The entire job is a whopping 527 pages, so I expect it to take the entire week. In…

0 94  4 Comments on Monday 24 July 2023: Publication Day!
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Monday 24 July 2023: Publication Day!

We had an early start on Friday morning. The poet’s car had to go in for some work and as it was going to take all day, I followed him…

0 108  2 Comments on Friday 21 July 2023: Back to normal for a bit
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Friday 21 July 2023: Back to normal for a bit

After the madness that was the previous few days, I took it easy yesterday. I didn’t rush around like a mad thing. I didn’t dash back to what I was…