I’ve finished first draft of the next Dr Dan book just in time for me to take a break and wear my other hat: the peripatetic granny bonnet. In the olden days this is the point at which I’d lob the typescript onto my editor’s desk, then run away and hide for a couple of…

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It’s a dark, dark day for guardians of the English language or, as we are now regarded, archaic and irrelevant, nitpicking pedants. The Apostrophe Protection Society is pulling down its shutters. John Richards, the man who founded it in 2001, has admitted defeat. ‘Ignorance,’ he says, ‘and laziness have won.’ I’m glad that my husband,…

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for freedom of speech, while we still have it. A British TV presenter, Eamonn Holmes, has been criticised for using the word ‘uppity’ in connection with the Duchess of Sussex. Apparently the television company received a complaint (singular) and that’s all it takes these days to get you pilloried. Just one Outraged of Budleigh Salterton,…

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Bear with me while I do a bit of navel-gazing. Writers sometimes try to explain where their writing comes from and I’ve often been asked how or why I decided to become a writer. The short answer is, I didn’t. I fell into it. Then someone told me I was quite good at it  – …

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It’s been a funny old week. The first thing that happened was an indecipherable item on my To Do list. I’m an inveterate list-maker because experience has shown me that I need order in my life. I accept that there are people for whom chaos is a seed bed of creativity, but I work a…

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Please excuse me for just one moment. You’ve caught me in the dying twitches of an existential crisis, but it shouldn’t last more than a couple of paragraphs and I promise to mop up afterwards.   One of the jobs on my self-publishing To Do list has been to decide whether to spend money on…

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When I first looked into the possibility of self-publishing, I was astonished at how prolific many indie novelists were, bringing out six or seven books a year. Then I figured it. Their books are short, as in 25 or 30 thousand words. What I would call a novella. Book-length fashions go up and down like…

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The comment I’ve heard more than any other since Dr Dan’s Casebook was published goes as follows: ‘I want Trevor Buxton as my GP’.  To which I can only reply, ‘get behind me and form an orderly line.’ In my long life I have known doctors of every stripe. Brusque, impatient, hurried, dotty. The GP who…

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Dr Dan is now well and truly launched, on a sea of tea, Doctor’s Orders cocktails (recipe available on application) and generous goodwill. Thanks to everyone who has bought it, read it, reviewed it and is asking for more. Last Friday, aided and supported by kind friends who know how much I fear social gatherings,…

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I don’t really have anything to blog about today but there’s some new technical folderol about my website which I need to try out, to prove to my webmaestra that I’m not a total dummy. I’ve heard enough pitying sighs for one week. The young sales assistant in the phone shop was very gentle with…

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