Tag Archives: Mood

What shapes us ~ nature, nurture or experience? A novelist’s view

Today on No Wriggling I am lucky enough to host a guest post from author Vivienne Tuffnell. Vivienne, who wrote for (and inspired the title of) my book, Dandelions & Bad Hair Days, talks here of family history in the broadest sense, … Continue reading

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Speaking to the dead: spiritualism, secularism & seeing the ghosts of the Great War

  Do you believe in ghosts? Can you trust in mediums who claim to commune with the dead? In Shell Shocked Britain I look at the rise of spiritualism during and after the First World War, examining why it experienced … Continue reading

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Introducing ‘Shell Shocked Britain’: how war trauma casts a shadow across a century

I know that some readers of my blog (and thanks for that!) already know that throughout 2013 I was writing a book called Shell Shocked Britain commissioned by Pen & Sword History. We are now in the final edit stage, … Continue reading

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Editing as the ‘last act’ of writing: Louise Bogan on taking words to heart

Poetry, for me, offers an opportunity to live within another’s thoughts as if they were my own. On this blog I have, from time to time, shared a poem that I have come across as I sit at my PC … Continue reading

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Back to blogging with a big, fat bang….

I have been subject to a ‘blogging malaise’ over the past few weeks. Trying to think of a subject to cover; a poem to recommend; a book to discuss etc has seemed too much trouble. No more wriggling out of … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en horror – why we love a great ghoul & the scary art of self-publishing

Well I did it. I doubt anything All Hallows Eve could throw at me could be more frightening. My admiration for all those out there who regularly self-publish their fiction is immense – putting work that has been part of … Continue reading

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On World Mental Health Day – Dandelions, Depression & Desperate marketing

(Please note – this is not just a sales pitch for a great cause! I include some poems to add value so bear with me…..) I am proud to say that today is the first anniversary of the publication of … Continue reading

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On books, writing, and reading with my eyes shut

I was up late last night. Exhausted, I had to put all my books back into my bookcases. They had been taken out because, for the first time (drum roll and complete lack of excitement for anyone other than myself) … Continue reading

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Meaningless, meaningless, all is meaningless

Originally posted on KungFuPreacherMan:
Cheerful book Ecclesiates: ‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless’ (Ecclesiastes 1.2). I don’t know about you but I normally turn to the Bible for encouragement, or wisdom or perhaps guidance. I don’t…

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Dandelions and Bad Hair Days: Everybody loves it so let’s go for the top 10….!

Last month Dandelions and Bad Hair Days; Untangling lives affected by depression and anxiety was published on Kindle. Available around the world to read on Kindle, PC or even iPads and smart phones, alongside the paperback version it is now available to millions … Continue reading

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