NaNoWriMo Winner 2019

So yesterday on the 22nd November, I finished this years nano novel, yesterday I was in the zone and pumped out over ten thousand words in a twelve hour writing marathon.

The story came out faster than my arthritic hands could cope. But I did it. Such elation, a celebratory gin and tonic and I was done.

Delilah is printed and resting until edit time in the new year. I can’t wait to tear it open and polish her to perfection. I love this story. It’s of growth and adventure, it is about a women coming of age, of seeing the true light in her life during unusual and difficult circumstances.

I am so grateful to the team at nano for giving us writers an opportunity to take time out of our everyday lives and focus on our novels. This is my fifth year competing nano and I already have plans for next year’s novel.

I am grateful to my family for putting up with nano and letting me nap gratefully this afternoon when we get home from work.

My next task is editing Allison, due for release early 2020🙂

(First posted on 22/11/2019)

Scheduling Your Day for Writing… Simply.


Don’t try to remove obstacles- they will never be gone.

Do it first- even before you get dressed if possible.

Before the housework is finished. Take a leaf out of Sarah Millican’s book and just put the staff to work (dishwasher washing machine dryer) then ignore the housework.

Put your phone on ’do not disturb’ – Joanna penn has hers on do not disturb (me too but now and feels okay, friends have learned not to call me).

Make yourself a cuppa and write 45 mins and take a break, then do it again and again and again until you are done 🙂

Lemon Essential Oil

About Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon oil is mainly made up of Limonene, a popular ingredient in many household cleaning products.  This essential oil is derived from the rind of a lemon and is a great natural alternative to many cleaning products we use regularly around our homes.

Lemon essential oil has so many uses in and around the home.  Here I will mention a few that I practice at home with much success :

  •  Add a couple of drops stirred into a cold class of water for a refreshing drink.
  • Same to a cup of tea with honey.
  • Use as a flavoring to food both savory and sweet.
  • Surface Cleaning – add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use to clean benches in your bathroom and kitchen.  Smells amazing.
  • Mix with olive oil and use with a soft cloth to polish furniture.
  • Use neat on sticky goo, to dissolve and clean.
  •  Add a few drop around spider entries, along with peppermint oil lemon oil is a natural spider deterrant.
  • 10 drops in an atomizer to refresh your home and clear out any left over cooking smells.
  • I also use 10 drops in the rinse tray of my washing machine cycle will freshen up our families karate uniforms after a hard nights training.  Use on any other laundry for that matter, lemon oil leaves the washing machine smelling great.


Lemon essential oil is non-toxic and not known to be an irritant.  However it should not be applied neat to the skin (can cause burning) and should not be used even diluted prior to exposure to the sun and it is phototoxic.


As a citrus oil, lemon oil is prone to oxidation caused by temperature changes.  It is a good idea to store your lemon oil and other citrus oils in the refrigerator if you do not have another balanced temperature storage solution.

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Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions about essential oils, their use and where to purchase.  Look out for my book Essential Oils at Home, filled with all you need to know about safely using essential oils at home. Coming soon.

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An Isolated Disposition

Writers are often alone, we need to be alone, clear and silent with our projects, listening for our muse, our characters, our direction. Whatever it is that you as a writer listens out for, you need silence to hear it. That silence does not mean the absence of noise, perhaps you like music, storms, rain, birds, nature, cello? It is what you need to put up a veil between you and the busyness of the world around you. There is bliss in settling in to write, in stepping behind this veil.

An online dictionary describes isolated as the following:

isolated/ˈʌɪsəleɪtɪd/ Learn to pronounce adjective adjective: isolated

  1. far away from other places, buildings, or people; remote.”isolated farms and villages”synonyms:remote, out of the way, outlying, off the beaten track, secluded, in the depths of …, hard to find, lonely, in the back of beyond, in the hinterlands, off the map, in the middle of nowhere, godforsaken, obscure, inaccessible, cut-off, unreachable; Morefaraway, far-flung; in the backwoods, lonesome; in the backveld, in the platteland; in the backblocks, in the booay; informalunget-at-able, in the sticks; informaljerkwater, in the tall timbers; informalBarcoo, beyond the black stump; archaicunapproachable “railways are not flexible enough to be able to serve isolated communities”antonyms:accessible
    • having minimal contact or little in common with others.”he lived a very isolated existence”synonyms:solitary, lonely, companionless, unaccompanied, by oneself, on one’s own, (all) alone, friendless; More

So where am I? I long for the silence of my writing time, the soft rhythmic sound of the dishwasher humming away behind me while I write my first blog post on this new site. I am at my desk which is a dumping ground for the life that goes on around my writing and I often guiltily struggle to squeeze in my writing time around it.

There is an oddity to being a writer that I don’t believe other people understand. Who else would: sit in a coffee shop wearing noise cancelling headphones blocking out the chatter while scribbling furiously into notebooks; who else wakes in the dark of night to type words (that make sense only at that point in time) blurry eyed into evernote and who else truly believes a rainy day with nothing to do but outline a new story is bliss. That to be alone is bliss?

I love my family and enjoy spending time with them, my other work is very people orientated and I find it tiring, the introvert in me often silently cries for peace and quiet, then after some rest she wants me to pick up the pen or open up the computer and begin, she wills me to create, to put words out into the world, words she doesn’t want fame and recognition for. She just wants to write. It edges her a place in the world and yes perhaps gives credence to her self imposed isolation.

Isolation is only a problem if it makes you feel unhappy. I will list below some websites that offer great advice in this area. The online world of writers has been the best thing to ever happen to writers since the creation of the quill, don’t be afraid to reach out to positive influences. I find listening to The Creative Penn Podcasts an important part of my writing journey, so much of what Joanna Penn talks about resonates with me and inspires me to strive forward, start there and watch your writing world expand.

If your isolation is about more than your creative aspirations you can find more information at