#139: Your Sister, the Ghost Zombie

Apologies for the delay in posting the link to last week's episode of the Write for Your Life podcast podcast. We talked about writers and mistakes in job applications, the huge fuss over Zoe Sugg's ghostwritten debut novel, changes to the Pulitzer Prize, and the importance of celebrating our small victories as writers.

Visit the page for episode 139 on 5by5 to listen, subscribe and find show notes.

Full-time at Cornerstones Education

If you listen to the Write for Your Life podcast, which you absolutely should, you may have heard me say on episode 138 that I am back in full-time employment. I thought I should confirm as much here.

And yes, it's true.

On 1 December, I became a full-time employee at Cornerstones Education. They were my main client since going freelance in April, they're a great company and I'm very happy about how it's all panned out. It's the right place to be for me and my family.

That's not to say that I didn't love being a freelance writer. And I was all right at it too. I did it for nine months and I was never short of work. I worked on interesting projects for interesting clients and I was able to pay the bills. But sometimes the stars align and, life-wise, there is only one clear option.

My new role at Cornerstones is interesting, challenging and I am using all the skills I've developed since leaving university 11 years ago. The company writes, produces and sells a creative curriculum for primary schools. I’m now Curriculum Editor. It’s a big responsibility, but I’m enjoying it.

What does it all mean?

For me, all sorts of things, but you don’t need to worry about my mortgage or whatever. For you, it will hopefully add another angle to what we talk about on the podcast and what I write about here on the site.

Speaking of which.

After jazzing everything up to make the site look all freelance writery, I might well scale it back again. I’ve been toying with putting the blog back on the homepage for a while, so I might do that. We’ll see.

#138: Secret Snuff Hole

Pronunciation wars; the #wfyl hashtag; performing at spoken word events; writing workspaces and my new gold iPad; problems with Kindle Unlimited for indie authors; that voice in your head when you're writing.

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#137: Nine Cards

Pronouncing a dear listener's name; Iain's new job; the success and storytelling of Serial; how to include simile and metaphor in your writing.

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#135: Even Wingdings

Abandoning your muse; the importance of typography when reading and writing; how to handle insecurity as a writer; a new novel writing app called Novlr; the listener's question Christmas single.

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#133: Pencil Cuddle

The fine art of dealing with negative reviews online; the astonishing number of books published in the UK every hour; whether or not writing is an act of compulsion.

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#131: Racy Romp Bonk

Donna's exciting news; more on fictional animals; meeting other writers; censorship, politics and books as life teachers; royalties and discounts; what to look for in a writing group.

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#129: Brouhaha!

Writers feeling obliged to blog; Hilary Mantel and the fuss over her story about Margaret Thatcher; measuring how 'good' you are as a writer; and should some subjects be off limits?

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Website v5

The latest version of my website is live on the internet for you and whoever else to read, listen to and gawk at. Find out what's what and enjoy a potted screenshot history of what went before. 

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#128: Knocker Blocker

Characters' voices in your head when you read and write; how to balance light and dark when your book is sad; daily word counts and how long what we write should actually be.

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#126: Full Stop space X

Amazon's newly launched Kids' Book Creator; picking names for characters; Eleanor Catton's grant for writers to read; and just how useful are writers' notebooks, really?

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