Lonely This Christmas? Some tips on surviving the festive season (and helping those who might struggle)

[Note – this is an edited update of an earlier post from a couple of years ago] The festive season is just around the corner – or fully in swing, if the TV adverts are to be believed – and once again, it’s worth remembering this isn’t an easy time for everyone. So, while I […]

Use the nice notebook first – the case for everyday luxuries

It’s my birthday this week, and so I have been delightfully inundated with gifts. (This year has been especially bountiful, since my lovely friends have also sent housewarming gifts, or bought me things which combine both. You guys!) Among these have been a fair amount of champagne, which is always welcome, and the usual magnificent […]

Books and other resources to help you get out of a rut with your writing (and your life!)

Now, I must admit I have long had a Bridget Jonesian level of fascination for self-help books. I read them like other people devour thrillers or romances – for a dose of pure escapism. It doesn’t matter if they are not remotely relevant to my life, and sometimes, the more bonkers they are, they more […]