The Metanoia Phases: The Change Of Heart – Book Review

“My mind was ready to speak, but my mouth was reluctant.” Whatever you’re doing right now, stop. Put down your cup of coffee, step away from your computer screen and just listen for a moment. Maria knows how to keep a reader hooked!  Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve spent my evenings reading The…

Gaming Influences and How They’ve Shaped My Writing

“Life is more fun if you play games.” Remember those games you used to play in the playground as kids? You know the ones. Acting out The Lion King on the field or running around like you’re on acid to catch your friends. We thought those games were incredible at the time, and when that…

Dear Younger Me…

“The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.” Dear young Emily, Today I sat for a while. I thought about your childhood. I thought about your teenage years and what you were about to witness in the years after that. I thought about your happiness and your sorrows…

Ronaldo: The Phantom Carrot Snatcher – Book Review

“He wouldn’t hurt a fly ( unless it was tickling his fur, in which case he would probably swat it.)” This week I picked my Kindle back up; my second review of the year is finally here! I’ve been looking forward to doing a children’s story review mainly because I’ve written one of my own….

Advice from a writer: Career vs Leisure

“Don’t be afraid of change. You may lose something good, but you will probably end up gaining something better.” If you enjoy something, you stick at it. You practice that ‘something’, perhaps not even realising it at the time, but you do. Now, when I was at school, everyone was always encouraged to follow their…

Holiday #1: Tenerife!

“I do believe it’s time for another adventure.” I’ve been rather quiet these past couple of weeks but for a good reason; we’ve had a visit to the Canaries! A very much needed break/unwind/chill or whatever you want to call it, and we had an absolutely amazing first holiday together. Oooh arr! Update #1 –…

What to do when you’ve hit a dead end.

“Everything begins with an idea.” I’ll be honest. I really struggled coming up with an idea for this week’s post. I seem to have covered a lot already, even though I know there is a hell of a lot of other topics to write about. I felt like I’d hit a bit of a dead…

Why You Should Accept Criticism.

“If you have no critics, you’ll likely have no success.” Being told you’re doing something wrong does tug at your heart a little, and thoughts along the lines of, “Why am I even doing this?” may play across your mind over and over. It’s normal. When you think you’re doing a good job and someone…

Get inspired and inspire others.

“If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.” Do you ever get those sudden bursts of inspiration? You’ll be doing something totally unrelated to what you’ll feel inspired about, and then ping. You really, really want to do said thing, or get something done that you haven’t felt up to until…

Do I need to plan my novel?

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” When you go to work, do you plan your journey around rush hour? How about when you get there? Do you have a plan of what you need to get done that day? What about food? Do you plan what you’re going to cook for tea…

Meet Clara Andrews – Book Review

“I’ve always hated receipts. They remind me of little death certificates for the money you no longer have. “ Through doing my daily Twitter scroll a few days back, I stumbled across a post which instantly caught my eye. Author, Lacey London had Tweeted about a free digital copy of her bestselling Kindle book, Meet…