“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” Agatha Christie
The Agatha Christie quote is very apt because I am one of the ninety-five percent of writers who has a day job. In fact, I have two: I run the online creative writing school, www.writingclasses.co.uk, which I set up in 2002 with the help of a small business award, and I run a small bed and breakfast, called The Balmoral. I have washed a lot of dishes ;o).
We bought the guesthouse when we came back from living in the Pacific for ten years. I thought having a Bed and Breakfast would give me some free time during the day to write. If you’ve ever run a guest house, you’ll know what a ridiculous notion the idea of having free time is. However, I got organised and got help and eventually got myself a masters degree in creative writing, which I studied for all online. It was this online studying experience, which inspired me to set up the online writing school: I wanted to share what I had learnt with others.
Okay, so what’s the blog about? Well, anything and everything that goes on in my life. Mostly it’s about writing things and what’s happening with my books, but I also blog about Leith, Edinburgh and Scotland (as this where I live), and France, because my long and suffering partner is 50% French and we visit France quite a lot. I even occasionally blog about the guest house. So, whether you’re a writer, reader, student, or just curious about running a guest house, I’d love to hear from you.
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PS: Before becoming a writer I did many things, including being a croupier, a marketing manager, a chambermaid, a cashier, a Brussels sprouts picker, but mostly I was a teacher. I taught English and/or Drama in Germany, Spain, the Republic of Kiribati and Papua New Guinea. I also wrote plays.