Last week’s news that Uber’s operating licence would not be renewed by Transport for London caused uproar, but it left me thinking. Companies like Uber have made a huge difference to the way we live our lives. In the case of Uber, it’s become easier for many people to find convenient, affordable transport. Drivers can be more flexible, working when… Read More
If you’re a regular reader, you might remember that earlier this year I wrote about being nominated in the Northern Blog Awards. Well the awards were on Saturday and guess what – I won!
A review of Orbiting Jupiter, by Gary D. Schmidt Last week, after husband had gone to bed, I decided to pick up a new book and spend 10 minutes or so reading. I’d indulged in a WH Smith haul on my lunch break the week before, coming home with half a dozen books on a whim, and I was keen… Read More
It’s already been more than a week since the latest series of Game of Thrones finished – and what a series it was! With the final series potentially not on our screens until 2019, there’s a lot of time left before we find out what happens at the end of the story. But that hasn’t stopped me thinking endlessly about… Read More
The last month was much slower than usual for reading, mostly because I spent the best part of the month working my way steadily through one novel, fitting a couple of other quick reads around it.
Recently, I started writing a new novel. It’s still early days, but the process reminded me how difficult it can be when you first begin a project. Although this will potentially become my third novel, there have been several years between each, so I’ve never really developed a process. Instead I try to feel my way into the story. It… Read More
Every day it feels as though we’ve woken into some new nightmare. Whether it’s war, terrorism or white supremacy, there isn’t much on the news to feel good about. It’s a never ending cycle of anger and hatred. Sometimes it’s hard to look directly at it. I know I live a relatively privileged life: I have a home, in a… Read More
Most people avoid rejection as much as possible. It’s a protective strategy and it’s one that’s easy to understand. No one likes being told that they’ve been unsuccessful or to feel they aren’t good enough. But there’s something that is often worse, and that’s silence. If you’ve ever applied for a job, you probably know what I mean. You spend… Read More