Should We Use Music In Our Fiction?

Diary of a Newbie Novelist This week I have been researching different background tunes for a scene in my current work in progress, the sequel to An Unfamiliar Murder. I need to find an album that is generally well known, atmospheric and melancholic in places, with resounding lyrics; but also upbeat in others. A tall … Read More →

Being a Victim

Many years ago, I wrote a piece for my local newspaper on the terrors of being stalked. The article required extensive research including an interview with a psychologist who had completed a study on stalking. Her advice on the issue was absolute: no matter how times they contact you, never engage. Her words still ring out in my head, “ignore, ignore, ignore”, and report to the authorities.

This week I experienced my own unpleasant incident. Somebody copied my profile picture and bio. and impersonated me on Twitter, sending tweets out to my friends. They used a different user name, but how many of us notice that when we receive a note from one of our tweeps? The details are now under investigation by Twitter. I can only assume that this was a potential spammer, but the incident has left a pithy taste in my mouth.

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