Back it up.

I'm developing quite a store of writerly stuff, and the only place it's all saved is my Mac. Let's call her Madge. Last week, our house was threatened by a leak in the roof. It's worse than it sounds: we are lucky the power to the lights tripped out before the ceiling ignited. This event …

Can’t blog: writing.

My plan was solid. But my commitment to weekly blogging cramped my creative process. So I'm choosing me, my family, and my made-up worlds with characters I meet in dreams. And I'm sending the schedule to hell. For now. Already, this decision has yielded smiles. Here's a little heart for you, for understanding and for reading, in the hope it brings …

Mad but magic.

Happy new year! How do you celebrate a new year? Do you set goals/resolutions/diets? I don't. Instead, I choose a new year's theme to live by. The idea for my annual theme ordinarily comes to me far in advance, a culmination of the learnings from preceding years: in 2015 I lived to be present and …

How you know you’ve been spending too much time writing and not enough with your family

I hear rummaging in the kitchen, of boxes and packets at the floor. I know who it is, and I know which cupboard she is in, but I don't know why. 'What are you doing, little one?' I call out. No answer. Size three-year-old feet are in a canter down the hall. 'No running inside,' …