The Year of Small Magics

DSC_0236In 2016, I want the focus to be on the moment I am living in, and to try and make that happen:

1) I will find something beautiful in every single day. No matter what other things are going on, I will find something beautiful and I will acknowledge its loveliness. I will make a note of it in my diary.

2) I will take a photograph of something every day. Nature, or food, or a view, or just something visually pleasing. A good one. One that takes thought and time to compose. I will really look at it then I will capture it.

3) I will go outside every day. No matter the weather. I will walk or cycle, and breathe fresh air and use my legs, and my arms, and my lungs, and my heart.

4) I will eat good food. Food that looks and tastes beautiful. I will make mealtimes an event to look forward to, rather than a refuelling pit-stop.

6tag_160915-1742255) I will spend more time with the people I love.

6) I will make something – I will write, or make jewellery, or cards, or do something artistic every day.

7) I will light candles. I will curl up on nests of cushions with thick throws. I will have long baths. I will wear a nice dress, even around the house. I will brush my hair. I will slather myself in moisturiser. I will paint my toenails ridiculous colours. I will add luxury to every day until I forget not to.

8) I will stop seeking the attention and approval of people who don’t value me. I will blow them into the wind like dandelion clocks.

9) I will stop investing time in things that don’t interest me. I will learn to be confident when I say ‘that doesn’t interest me’. I will learn not to try and explain why. I don’t have to.

10) I will stop buying ‘things’. In 2016, for every tangible new ‘thing’ – book, CD, DVD, item of clothing, pointless-knickknack-I-liked-the-look-of, etc. – that I buy, I have to give away two other things I already own of the same kind.

11) I will learn to walk away. And to not look back.

12) I will stop running away.

13) But I won’t stop going away. I want more world. More strange streets, and foreign languages, and foods I can’t pronounce. More getting lost. More finding things. More open skies and seas. More impossibility.

I will make all of these small magics into real things. I will put them out into the world and then I’ll reel them back in. That will be my 2016. The Year of Small Magics.

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The Sleeping Prince

This morning a parcel was delivered for me AND IN THE PARCEL WERE COPIES OF THE SLEEPING PRINCE. Twelve months and 93,500 words later, it’s a real book. I know, because I licked it and it tasted like a book.

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For the uninitiated, The Sleeping Prince is my second novel, the sequel to The Sin Eater’s Daughter, and it’s released in the UK on Feb 4th, 2016.

Here’s what it’s about:

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin’s life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won’t reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help Errin, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds splits the world as she knows it apart,  and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

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And now it’s a real book, I have it in my hands. And in just over 6 weeks, you can have it in your hands too. But for now, let’s just look at it.
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It’s right pretty.

You can preorder it from Waterstones by following this link.

Or from Amazon UK

And at any independant you can think of! A good place to find your local indie is here at Hive.

One more for the road:
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Beautiful.