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The Alchemy for Mental Health Awareness Week, 2022

Thursday, 12 May 2022

For this year's mental health awareness week, I am sharing part of the opening section of The Alchemy. Yes, it is a book about writing for everyone but, as I have said all along, I do have a special eye on writers - and those who want to write - who face particular challenges: this includes those, like me, who manage mental health challenges. I also have to work through physical health challenges…

For this week

Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Hello all,

So spead the word about The Alchemy, if you can?

Some things this week. 

I have been talking to the small and rather successful company which makes the YUYU water bottle, because I use this beauty to manage pain. The YUYU is, in fact, a very long water bottle with a strap so you can tie it to your body and use it cold and hot. I have written a piece for the website…

A writing retreat coming your way

Thursday, 21 April 2022

About time we had an update I thought and this one is a little different, because I wanted to show you what else I am up to (and also note that it is VERY LOVELY to go to my supporters' page and see that independent presses, my literary agent, writers and readers of my previous books have been pledging). Oh, you are now part of The Alchemy, its process, inspiration and story, so I would like to…

Don't wait. Thoughts to comfort and motivate x

Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Hello everyone and thank you so very much to those who have pledged to get this book out into the world. It was really important to me to break that 10% in the first week, and we did it in four days. YAY. Now onward at the start of week three. 

I have lots of things coming for you in the next week or so - articles and features and the like - but there is something I have been thinking about…

Something to read and hello new supporters!

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Here is a just-published piece to read. 

Have a look and tell me what you think!

And here is a littlle film from Instagram:

We are also adding some new rewards today and, last night, began to put some other rather exciting plans in place. I am utterly determined to get…

Extraordinary You - from The Alchemy

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

From the introduction to The Alchemy. Here is something which is at the heart of the book. I had to learn this myself, you see, to be able to discuss it with others. My background had left me with little confidence - what you saw was bluster - and I needed to build some of that. Writing has helped me build. Not only books and other shorter pieces, but ME.

'Think also about you: reflect on…


Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Saying hello and a big thank you to those who have pledged already as well as those who are sharing across social media.

I am really touched,

There's something I wanted to say. This is a book for everyone, but I am mindful of those for whom writing and pursuing a book, a creative project, is perhaps more difficult. And I wanted to emphasise that this is also me. I do manage chronic illness and…

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