Soon we will be faced with the astronomical cost of having two children in childcare. If we thought that forking out for one child was bad, the thought of paying for two is off the scale. Last night we sat down and added up the eye-watering costs, and have been left wondering if we are … Continue reading Becoming a Stay at Home Parent?
Recently I have been feeling very positive about writing and the progress I have made on my novel. A year ago, the idea of writing a novel was merely a dream, but after allowing myself the time to daydream, scribble down notes and thrash out some plot ideas, I have now written over 20,000 … Continue reading Novel Progress
At the start of 2016, we started planning a downstairs extension to give us a large family room and open plan kitchen at the back of the house. Getting planning permission was a bit of a drawn out process, but finally our builders started work in October. Staying in the house was no problem whilst … Continue reading A Move to Dorset
I read an article by Yassmin Abdel-Magied in which she walked out of Lionel Shriver's speech at the Brisbane Writer's Festival. Shriver had suggested that we are all free to write about whatever we want to, whether we have experience of it or not. Abdel-Magied suggested that this view was 'wrapped up in arrogance and delivered with … Continue reading Where are the lesbian writers?
Our toddler, S, has started to show the effects of feeling a bit displaced by the arrival of her little sister earlier this year. Of course we make sure our eldest still gets lots of attention, but after being the ‘one and only’ for two and a half years, it is only natural that she … Continue reading 12 activities with a toddler
I wonder if there will ever be a September when I don’t feel the fluttering of fresh starts ingrained by a new academic year every year from primary school right through to university? Despite being well out of education, I still feel the familiar mix of excitement and apprehension as the start of the new … Continue reading Writing Goals