Author Archives: alyseinion

About alyseinion

Novelist and Writer, midwife, Associate Professor, mother, vegan, pagan.... the list goes on.

Words, Tea and Synchronicity

It’s Saturday, a day which conjures up rest, relaxation, and for many people, socialising. Finding my plans for the evening scuppered, my first thought is housework (overdue hovering, a desk that needs tidying, etc). But my second thought, as always, … Continue reading

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A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story The flickering, impossibly bright Christmas lights hung chaotically on the small, artificial tree perched on the table in the corner. Anthea acknowledged its ineffable cheerfulness as she took her first cup of tea to the love seat … Continue reading

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Keeping on Keeping On – Writing Through the Horror

This weekend, I took a draft of my next novel with me to some study days, and one of the facilitators read the first page. “Wow,” she said. “I already want to read on, and find out what happens.” I … Continue reading

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How to be a Successful Writer/ Human Being

How to be a Successful Writer Human Being I see memes and posts all the time, littered with adverts, on how to be a successful writer. I often read, them, as I am curious about these people who purport to … Continue reading

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That Watershed Moment

That Watershed Moment We all have them in our lives, the moment when something changes. The moment when the catalyst appears and is activated. The moment when everything shifts. Sometimes we are aware, at the time, that this is a … Continue reading

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The Weaving – Creative Non Fiction

This is a brief creative non-fiction piece I have been working on as I make sense of some significant life events. THE WEAVING This is how it starts, the push and pull and the rise and fall. In the centre, … Continue reading

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Packing Light – a Writer’s Travelogue Part One

Packing Light – a Writer’s Travelogue Part One I know a lot of people make a living at travel writing, and I must confess the thought crossed my mind as I set off on a week-long, midwinter family break to … Continue reading

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My Funny Valentine

My funny Valentine I wonder if it has always been the case that love is the focus of most fiction. Creative, twisting plots, thrillers, tragedies, romance . . . all seem to be focus on the concept of love. Getting … Continue reading

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Taking it to the Next Level

Taking it to the Next Level Well, this has been a roller-coaster of a week. It started off with a January low, the post-festive energy dipping and the darkness and cold shrinking my world to the daily necessities. After an … Continue reading

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Writing About Islam – Questions about Paris, Art and Freedom

I never expected to be getting into a political cataclysm when I started this harmless blog about my writing, but today I find that only grasping the nettle works in relation to addressing my ongoing writing life. In the light … Continue reading

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