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Published by Icy Sedgwick on June 25, 2016 ★ Featured

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folklore of flowers

Published by Icy Sedgwick on June 23, 2016

The Folklore of Flowers

Today is the first birthday of the #FolkloreThursday tag on Twitter, so I thought I’d devote this post to my first folklore love – the folklore of flowers! Trees and plants are fascinating at the best of times. They follow their own cycles, often independent of human intervention. They’ll often grow in seemingly inhospitable environments….

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why you might have writer's block

Published by Icy Sedgwick on June 20, 2016

3 reasons you might have writer’s block (and what to do about it)

Some writers don’t believe in writer’s block. Writers like Lee Child will liken writing to plumbing. If a plumber can’t turn up to a job and say “Oh I don’t feel like plumbing today” then apparently writers can’t do that either. Bit of a weird comparison. Others are afflicted with writer’s block on a regular basis….

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Old Corpse Road

Published by Icy Sedgwick on June 16, 2016

Take a walk along the old Corpse Roads

Corpse roads might conjure up weird mental images of highways paved with the dead, or possibly byways only used by them, but they’re actually more straightforward than they sound. In days gone by, remote communities often didn’t have anywhere to put their dead. The churches were the only places to hold burial rights, so the…

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sunken cities at the british museum

Published by Icy Sedgwick on June 15, 2016

Sunken Cities at the British Museum [Review]

Sunken Cities conjures up mental images of Atlantis, but the reality is far more extraordinary. This British Museum exhibition explores the lost Egyptian cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. Hidden beneath the Mediterranean for over a thousand years, the excavations have been hugely important. They have allowed experts to revisit the relationship between the ancient Egyptians…

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Published by Icy Sedgwick on June 13, 2016

How can freewriting help writers with plotting or blocks?

Freewriting is quite a trendy term for those who do journalling, and if you’re familiar with the concept of “morning pages” then you’ve probably already tried it. Morning pages, for those who don’t know, are the three pages that Julia Cameron advocates you write. They should be written longhand, in stream of consciousness. If you…

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blogging: why i do it

Published by Icy Sedgwick on June 12, 2016

Blogging: Why do I do it?

Blogging can be a very insular activity, enslaved as you are to your laptop. That’s why it can be super important – and fun – to meet other bloggers in person. Scary, right? I attended the Annual Bloggers Bash on Saturday, and it was cool to meet other bloggers like Sacha Black, Lucy Mitchell, Simon…

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Published by Icy Sedgwick on June 9, 2016

Pay a visit to the Dead-house!

The name ‘dead-house’ conjures up all kinds of ideas, doesn’t it? Is it a house occupied by the dead? Is it a rotten house that is no longer lived in? It’s a common belief that hauntings revolve around the idea of ‘unfinished business’. Spirits are earthbound until they can fix the outstanding problem and move on….

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are you trying to publish too soon

Published by Icy Sedgwick on June 6, 2016

Are you trying to publish too soon?

Is it possible to publish too soon? Of course it is, and with the ease of KDP, it’s happening too often. I’ve been monitoring various Facebook groups, and one of the questions that keeps coming up among new writers is “How do I get published?” WHOA! Hold your horses! Trying to get published before you’ve…

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british museum station ghost

Published by Icy Sedgwick on June 3, 2016

Free Fiction: Ghost Train

The train lurches out of the Tottenham Court Road station and rattles east. Elsa flicks from her Kindle app to the clock – another ten minutes and she’ll be at Liverpool Street. Plenty of time to catch the train to Stansted before her flight to Naples. The train slows, and rumbles to a stop. Elsa…

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