Alice’s first flight

What sights to wake up to, from my Australian team: first glimpses of my novel in book form. As in, a real book. That people…

This is Paulina

This is Paulina. Before this afternoon, we were strangers. It was a good, productive morning. I had a video call with my Aussie publisher. Worked…

True courage

“All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in…

Paradise found: Scarthin Books

On a recent weekend adventure, we discovered Scarthin Books, the most beautiful English bookstore I’ve ever stepped foot in. With its own veggie (gluten-free, vegan!) cafe,…

I will not waste my speck: my Manchester + first glimpse of my novel as an Actual Fucking Book

As more details emerge it’s growing increasingly clear Monday night was, as Slate has called it, ‘an attack on girls and women…on girlhood…a massive act…

The oldest public library in the English-speaking world

A heavy boots day. The kind that pulls your heart into your feet. So, I dressed my heavy-hearted-boots in sunshine, and treated myself to something…

OMBT: The Girls

Reading for PURE PLEASURE, post-novel! I’m feasting on my TBR pile with reckless abandon. On My Bedside Table: THIS. The Girls by Emma Cline. “We…

Everything and nothing

Holy mother of all things sacred and vulnerable: THIS. A snippet of the text my publisher sent me in response to my final edits. I…

Waiting…

April 27 Spring solace. April 30 A long weekend full of the very best big-little things. May 3 I was leaning against the sink, reading.…

The next finish line: time, magic, and running wild

My edits are done. I finished on the weekend, and sent my reworked manuscript back to my wise and intuitive publisher. “You know it is…