Shoulder tension and frown lines

There comes a point where there are so many things on your To-Do List that the only sane option is to curl up into a ball and read a book. Unfortunately, that's what happened to my entire week. If only Naomi Novik wasn't so damn awesome. But the longer you put the list off, the more pressing it becomes. Every minute you're not writing/day jobbing/loading the washing machine is another guilty nail in the coffin of your self-esteem. And getting back on the damn horse becomes all the harder. I've been struggling all week to come back to my writing. And today I've found a solution. Say "screw you all, I'm taking some time" and walk about in the sunshine with an ice cream. Sanctioned time off where guilt is blocked out and the To Do list is momentarily erased. And then I came home and beat my 2A into shape with a shovel. Sometimes, writers, taking time off is the only way to get the...
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Read It. Like It. Note It.

I'm a girl in a digital world. Even as a kid, when I had twenty-plus volumes of Encyclopaedia Brittanica, I only had eyes for Encarta. However, there are just some things books do better. They're better for reading in the bath. And they're better for focussed research. Wikipedia can give you the essence of the thing, but it's not detailed enough. Websites can be tended by experts or fools. A book, as a thing, has gone through some sort of curating process - or so I like to hope. The other excellent thing about books is that you can stick post-it notes to them. (In theory, you can write in them, but I shudder at the thought.) I read 'The Suspicions of Mr Whitcher' in anticipation of writing my first detective novel. For anyone considering the same, it's an excellent primer on how to portray a mystery and provides a lot of useful background information on detective work and the public perception thereof. I...
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