Stephanie Butland

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  1. My brain is not made for juggling

    One thing at a time. That’s what I like. That’s what works for me. One day at a time is the mantra for hard times. When I was struggling with cancer treatment, some days that went down to an hour at a time. On the worst days (and there weren’t many), one minute at a […]

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  2. And we’re (nearly) off.

    Books are LONG. Writing them is LONG. Publishing them is complicated and exciting and – well – LONG. The book that will be published in April has had a bit of a journey. I wrote it out-of-contract with no idea of whether it would ever see the light of day. That’s not really a big […]

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  3. How does it feel to finish a book?

    Last Monday, I Finished The Book (with caveats). I blogged about it (and a shawl) here. In the intervening week, I’ve – well, I’ve reset, I guess. A couple of people asked me how it feels to finish a book – whether it’s a bit sad – and I’m going to take that question and […]

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  4. On finishing a book, and a shawl.

    Knitters often find themselves, unwillingly, playing a game known as ‘yarn chicken’. It’s when you’re nearly at the end of your project and nearly at the end of your yarn, and you’re not sure you’ve got quite enough yarn to get there. The best way to win at yarn chicken is to knit the last […]

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  5. These dreams

    I try to steer clear the myth-making around writing a book. I shy away from talking about inspiration. I don’t think there is a ‘zone’ I need to be in. Yes, some days are easier than others, but that’s the case, I think, with any job. And writing a book is a job of work, […]

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  6. If your 2017 resolution is to write a novel, this is for you.

    First up, congratulations. Just moving your ambition from ‘someday I will write a novel’ to ‘2017 is the year I’ll write my novel’ is a big deal. I wish you well. Writing a novel – whether it ever sees the light of day outside your laptop, or not – is a satisfying, exciting and occasionally […]

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  7. Parentheses

    I love this week between Christmas and New Year. I love the dawdling anything-goes-ness of it, the laid-back ‘oh you’re free this afternoon? then yes, why don’t we…’ of it. I love the watching-films-at-lunchtime of it, the exhalation and deep breath that it makes in my life. Some years we spend this week on visits […]

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  8. On filling the book-well

    Those of you who have been with me since the Bah! days might remember my talk of ‘filling the well’: the idea that, if you have times when you need to draw on your resources, then you need to make sure the resources are there. This is not rocket science. I’d call it ‘life science’, […]

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  9. Loveday and the single earring

    Like many authors I know (and many I do not, including Jacqueline Wilson and Edith Nesbit), when I am paid for a book I buy a piece of jewellery. Let me be clear: I don’t go looking for a piece of jewellery that equals the earnings…. I buy something that I love, and I always […]

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  10. Talking about a book

    Well, hello, world, on this lovely frosty Tuesday (in my corner, anyway). I am sitting by the fire and drinking tea and thinking about how I told you, last week, that I’d tell you a little bit about what I’m writing, this week. And that’s what I’m here to do. When I’ve figured out how. […]

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