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Get More Done: 3 free apps and sites I use to make myself more productive

I am someone who often struggles to focus at work, and who has particular difficulty with maintaining an even work schedule.  Of all the (many, many) sites, apps and productivity aids I’ve tried, these three have been some of the … Continue reading

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Use Your Voice

This blog is mostly about writing, editing and freelancing, not politics.  I’m saying that now so that you know I’m not going to make a habit of this.  There is a pretty important election on tomorrow though (you may have … Continue reading

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Freelance Fail #4 – In Defence of Editing

“[T]o write is human, to edit is divine.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (2000)* The relationship between writers and editors is often a fraught one. Whether you write novels or marketing copy, writing is almost always personal.  … Continue reading

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Freelance Fails #3—Work Experience or Working for Free?

Not all unpaid work is created equal.  Images from Pixabay. “She often said/ She’d never make the same mistake again:/ She always made a new mistake instead” – Wendy Cope* I’m sure you’re all familiar with the following Catch-22: you … Continue reading

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Writing Practise #1: 92% of a Sestina

When I set time aside to actually practise my writing, I consciously try to experiment, to play around with different styles, approaches, genres and tones. It’s an attempt to broaden my repertoire, flex my creative muscles, and learn new ways of writing well. Continue reading

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Freelance Fails #2 – Late Mornings and All-Nighters

This week, I’ve decided to focus on a problem that’s not unique to freelancers, but which you’ve almost certainly faced if you’ve ever worked from home: sorting out your work rhythms. For me, this has been one of the hardest … Continue reading

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Freelance Fails #1 – Working for an IOU

“Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.”  – Otto Van Bismarck* It’s been just over three months since I gave up pretending to look for a real job, and decided … Continue reading

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It’s OK to have a crappy Christmas

Christmas is upon us once again, that most wonderful time of the year when merriness seems all but mandatory.  Yet in spite of- or perhaps because of- the widespread insistence that Christmas is a happy time, there’s an awful lot … Continue reading

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New Site!

Hello and welcome to my new website!  It’s designed to showcase my work, and as a handy place to contact me with commissions and other work.  Check out my Portfolio and Hire Me! pages for more information, or read my … Continue reading

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