Using Pinterest for Writing Fiction

Pinterest is somewhere many of us collect idea for our lives. From home design to fancy dress party ideas, vegan cakes and small bathrooms. If you have an interest in something you can create collections and organise ideas. You can find my Pinterest profile here. I use the secret/hidden board function quite a bit for novel writing. I keep them secret as I don’t want people getting confused over what I’m pinning, but also because things change so much when…

Most Inspiring Places to Write in Manchester

It’s actually rare, as in once a year maybe, that I work on my laptop somewhere other than home. But, I do carry notebooks everywhere, and I’ll happily sit and write free-hand for an hour or two providing the environment works for me. So here are my top five places to write (digitally or by hand) in Manchester. In no particular order; Waterstones Cafe- to sit amongst all the books on the top floor of Waterstones on…

How I Started Writing a Novel

Writing a novel had been in the back of my mind ever since being a young girl playing with my Grandma’s typewriter. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how I started writing my novel. Despite being far from finished (I’m currently editing the first draft) I thought I’d answer a few of the questions I’ve had as a blog post. It is also a great way for me to mark where I’m up to,…

A Photoshoot at Home

Recently I had the pleasure of being the subject of a photoshoot at my home. Today I wanted to share a taster of the shots. I’d known of Alex‘s work through the Manchester blogging scene and could see he held himself to a high standard. I love the tones and the earthiness of his images. He seems to capture a faraway, dreamy vibe whilst still being very much in the moment, grounded in realism. If you…

Reading & Writing

Hello! Despite the title of this post, it isn’t an article about Sesame Street 😉 I want to share my intentions for 2018, I promised I would, and after a happy and restful couple of weeks off, I’m back at it. Only this time from a slightly different angle. To read and write. Writing- here on the blog, writing articles for print publications, and creative writing. Reading- more fiction, and non-fiction and more books in general.…

Where I’ve been around the web lately

Today I’m rounding up what I’ve been doing in other places on the web. These articles cover two of my favoute subjects; Gin and Bathrooms! You are probably sick to death of me going on and on about bathrooms lately so lets start with the gin yes? I created a cocktail for the Joanie Clothing blog. Using my current favorite gin, Malfy which is so warm and Lemony. I wanted to try and enhance the Italian(ness?) of…

Day in the Life~ How to run a blog with 2 kids

Hello! Today I’m sharing some insight into how my day to day life goes and how I juggle having kids and working on a blog. I get asked a lot about this, and when people find out I have two children they ask me how? Mainly one, or a number of the following questions; how can I get posts done how can I take photos that are’nt being invaded by children how can I be all…

Great Vintage Britain- Company Magazine

Ok people at the risk of blowing my own trumpet again and just in case you missed me tweeting about it over the weekend, here it is in all it glory. The article in Company Magazine! I’ve borrowed the scans from Lena at Style High Club– she of the Vintage Guide to London and Queens of Vintage. The article is about Lena, Gemma of Retro Chick & Vintage Norwich, Jo from Vintage Brighton and myself from…

Vintage Life Agony Aunt Column~Tighten those Purse Strings

Here’s my lastest Agony Aunt problem! Dear Susie, Christmas has left me almost penniless. I had sensibly been putting some money aside each month to spend on Christmas presents- which was difficult enough, but obviously now that has been spent and I’m not sure how I can afford much else in the new year. I graduated fairly recently but have only been able to find temping jobs or bar/waitress work. This provides me with enough money…

Vintage Life Agony Aunt Column ~ A problem shared…

Here’s another edition of my vintage style agony aunt column in Vintage Life magazine Dear Susie, I’m having a real problem meeting suitable dating material. I’m 29 and I’ve been single for a while now and would like to find a chap I could share my time with.   I’m really into the vintage lifestyle and try to show this with how I dress every day. It goes without saying that I also do my hair…

Vintage Life Magazine!

Ladies & Gents! I’ve been published!! Get yourselves down to your local WHSmiths and pick up the October issue of Vintage Life Magazine. You can probably tell I’m thrilled! And a whole page to myself!!