Book Review – ‘The Betrayals’ by Fiona Neill

The Betrayals by Fiona Neill Published by Penguin Random House, 2017 An insightful, intelligently crafted novel detailing the events that happen one summer.  ‘The Betrayals’ is told from the differing perspectives of four family members. With themes that include mental illness and wider brain function, including memory, Fiona Neill tells a readable and thought-provoking story,…

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Nomad With A Notebook – Personal Website & Blog

I Am Very Excited To Announce…. I have just launched my personal website and blog, “Nomad With A Notebook”. Nomad With A Notebook will feature the details about my new life ventures, pursuing my dreams to write whilst travelling. My experiences, alongside hints and tips about how to make life dreams to earn and travel…

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Music And Our Mental Health

Introduction Written in line with BBC Music Day on 28th September 2018, this post considers the impact music can have on our mental health. Music can have a great impact on mood, energy, enjoyment and motivation.  It is frequently used in our day to day lives to help set a tone or add ambience to…

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Books Evoke Memories

Songs and music can evoke powerful memories for people, but can books evoke memories in the same way? MUSIC AND MEMORIES… Science confirms that hearing a particular song or tune can mentally transport a person to their past: the people, the smells, the sounds and the emotions they experienced then. I do not dispute this,…

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Nurse To Copywriter…. A Natural Progression??

Introduction Speak to any two copywriters and you will find that each had a different route into the profession.  Some are professional writers by background; others come from marketing or from working for businesses where they found themselves given the role of writing the advertising ‘copy’. In my case, I went from nurse to copywriter… perhaps…

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Book Review – ‘Dear Martin’ by Nic Stone

Dear Martin By Nic Stone Published by Simon and Schuster, 2018   A book that was written for the young adult fiction market, ‘Dear Martin’ by Nic Stone is a beautifully crafted and moving story.  The message the book offers is also equally (if not more) important for older adults than the young. ‘Dear Martin’, follows…

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10 UK Locations Every George Clooney Fan Must Visit!

Any fan of the silver-haired, sexy-voiced, intelligent, funny, generous and quite frankly gorgeous creature that is George Clooney, will be amazed and disappointed that a ‘George Clooney tour’ of the UK does not currently exist. Surely, any such venture would be an instant success – a sell out in minutes? Since such an organised tour…

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A Parent’s Guide to Arm Fractures in Children

Introduction Arm fractures in children are not always easy to spot.  Any parent dreads the day their child injures themselves and the dilemma of whether an injury is severe enough to seek instant medical assessment has to be made.  This article will address arm injuries in children and how to identify when a broken bone…

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Book Review – I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Book Review ‘I Let You Go’ by Clare Mackintosh Published by Sphere, 2014 ‘I Let You Go’ is a gripping psychological thriller by author, Clare Mackintosh. The context of the book beggars the question of who might drive away from the scene of running over a small child; leaving them dying on the street with…

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Six Morals Pertaining to Books – what do they reflect?

As a lover of books and literature, over the years I have developed in-built values in respect to books and reading. Within this post, I wanted to consider six morals pertaining to books I hold and what they might reflect. 1.  Treat the book with respect I will never turn down the corner of a…

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Freelance Writing – Jumping in and Starting to Write!

In the first blog in this series, I discussed why I have made the decision to take my career in the direction of full-time freelance writing.  The second post addressed the three niche areas I would focus my writing in while maintaining flexibility to still write outside these topics. These decisions and actions discussed previously…

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Book Review – The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

Reading the novel, The Forgetting Time, you would be forgiven for thinking that it was written by a well established and experienced author. The fact that this tale is the debut novel of author, Sharon Guskin is remarkable. Discovering a book that grips, engages and leaves you wanting to know more after the last page…

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Freelance Writing – Choosing Focus Writing Areas

My previous post addressed why I chose to stop nursing as a career and become a full-time freelance writer.  Within this post I will address the process I then undertook in deciding upon subject areas to write about. Generic Writing or Focused Writing? Once I had made the decision that I would like to break…

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From Nurse to Freelance Writer

Why have I chosen to become a freelance writer? A dissatisfaction with nursing… For some time now I have been dissatisfied in my career as a nurse. The work was fulfilling me less.  I had lost the drive and passion for my work and I was despondent at the thought of continuing down this path…

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Book Review – Lyrebird by Cecilia Ahern

Book Review – ‘Lyrebird’ by Cecelia Ahern Harper Collins Publishers, 2016 A modern-day fairy tale which stimulates the imagination, engages the reader with its lead character and leaves the reader with a sense of beauty and romanticism in the nature surrounding us. In the novel, ‘Lyrebird’ by Cecilia Ahern, the leading character is a young…

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Body metabolism and recovery from restrictive eating

People in recovery from an eating disorder (ED) or restrictive eating often raise concerns or have questions in respect to their body metabolism.  What body metabolism is and what hypermetabolism is; whether they have ‘broken’ their metabolism and what impact might this have on their recovery journey. I hope to address a lot of the…

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Body Fat – its role and benefits

In our society today body fat is too often perceived as the enemy – the root cause of all our health problems; the reason for a large proportion of early deaths and we see guidance provided from so many sources, advising how to lose weight and shed our bodies of any excess adipose tissue. However,…

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Mental Illness – Dear World… from the One in Four

Dear World, We are the one in four* people who have a mental illness. You know us but you just might not realise we are ill. We are your children, your parents, your brothers and sisters. We are your grandparents and your grandchildren. We are your cousins, your nieces and nephews and your uncles and…

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