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Back from a break

Working from early morning to late at night to launch a major project left my head in need of a few glasses of wine and my fingers loathe to venture near any keyboards.

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Writer’s Block

Writers’ block. Everyone I know who writes – or tries to write – hits it some time. You sit down ready to spew a whole load of graceful prose at the page and nothing comes. Or worse, something comes but what you write is pure and unadulterated rubbish.

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Was Christmas awful?

Enforced family gatherings, gift exchange and a general spirit of goodwill can get to even the most sane. It’s not that you don’t like or even love these people, it’s just that you’ve made a conscious choice not to live with them.

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The snow in Amsterdam

I’ve hit a strange crossroads. Part of me wants to write something new, but the stuff I’m churning out feels like a series of detached scenes. The narrative drive isn’t there. I have a notion where I want to take it, but I’m still getting to know the characters.

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A short break in France

What a close-to-perfect week the Fanning clan had in a remote French farmhouse, miles from the nearest shops with no Internet, no phones and no English language TV – we watched the French version of Wheel of Fortune twice and didn’t quite get why a small white dog was part of the proceedings.

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My world is full of dead birds

Sorry for the dreadfully irregular updates, but it’s been a dark and miserable time, which I hope I’m coming out of.

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Get thee to a gym

So this month, I joined a new gym.

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An agent came a-calling

Guilty as charged. Months have flown by with no diary update. I am truly sorry. I never meant to be such a lazy sod, it just happened.

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Take a seat Mo Fanning

It finally happened to me this month. The moment I’d been dreading – and I should be honest and say I didn’t deal with it particularly well.

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