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Thoughts on what would have been Terry’s 68th Birthday.

GNU Sir Terry Pratchett

The Cunning Artificer

Terry Pratchett would have loved it!

Well, mostly, you could never entirely predict with him.

Two weeks ago today I was at the Barbican together with over a thousand of Terry’s friends who had travelled from all over the world to attend his memorial.  

They came because of the regard we all have for that remarkable man.

They came because of the way that the very magic of his words binds us together.

And, a whole sodding multiverse was there along-side us as we all played our part in the celebration. I can write about it now because it’s taken a while for me to not just sort my thoughts out but also to recover from the excitement. Because really I didn’t think I would be able to make it. Mine own malady was being more than usually troublesome and I was laid up feeling more than a little poo.

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Camp NaNoWriMo… the progress report.

CNW_Participant nano 2016

It’s a little over halfway through the month. I’m not as far ahead as I thought I would be… in fact I’m a good eight thousand words behind. The only reason for that is that I’ve been distracted by various things and I can’t seem to get my mind focussed enough to do anything.

I don’t like being negative when I write blog posts; because it hangs around forever, and I believe that whatever energy you put out into the universe comes back to you threefold. So if I put negative energy out there, it’s gonna come back and bite my butt.

I’m so tired of putting words on the page and seeing no reaction from the people I thought would like it. It often feels like I’m shouting into a vacuum when I look at how well my books are doing; and hearing about the success of others makes me feel alternately depressed (if they can sell why can’t I?), jealous (I’m just as good as them, why are they getting all the readers?)  and happy (Well at least some of my writer friends are having success). Mostly, though, it makes me feel exhausted.

Anyway, I’m plugging away at this alternate timeline to “Teacups & Time Travel”, posting each new chapter up on Wattpad so people can read it if they want to. They do seem to be interested in it, going by the stats, so I’ll keep on writing. Maybe this one will be the one that will be popular when I finally manage to finish it and publish it.



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Why I’m sending Mr Cameron 34p.

HAH! This sums my thoughts up on this leaflet…

The Other Mrs Beaton

Dear Mr Cameron,

I’m a little confused. If you follow my blog (and let’s face it, why wouldn’t you on your tea break) you would know that this often happens, usually following the announcement of some education policy or another. Then the confusion gets coupled with a bit of research, some healthy debate and then an opinion.

I thought that was what I was meant to do this time, with the whole ‘EU in-or-out’ thing. I’ve been doing my homework as an independently minded, resourceful citizen, and reading up on the EU from a variety of sources. I’ve looked at academic research on various aspects of the EU and Britain’s relationship with and in it. I’ve read opinions from experts on economics, politics, human rights and business. I’ve had some hearty discussions well past my bed-time with my husband on the subject, and with a wider audience (even the mummies…

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