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Dip in and out of my recent thoughts on writing, web design, family and lifestyle

I thought SATs couldn’t get any worse

Last year, our little boy was 6 years old, and in Year 2. Nobody told him he was doing SATs, but he knew something was up - here's the account of what was happening then: SATs: this is what they're doing to our 6-year-old. When I shared that post, the most surprising...

Cautionary Tales about Proofreading

I was delighted to get some proofreading work my way this week. It’s one of my favourite jobs. The writing is all there, the words and voice are already the customer’s own, and all I have to do is buff it up, and make it the most beautiful version it can be. If you're...

Networking – Magic for your Small Business

Years ago my Dad told me that the key to success is not what you know, but who you know. I was quite peeved by that thought, because I was working hard at school to know things, and I didn’t know that many people. Plus, as a natural introvert, I didn’t feel overly...

What was your very first job?

My first job was in 1992. I was 14, and became a waitress in a family-run restaurant in a little North Yorkshire market town. My trial week earned me £1.50 an hour, which rose to £2 an hour once I’d made the grade. I did this every Saturday and most holidays until I...

Do you really need a website?

Yes, you do. (And not just because RLC Words has recently branched out into website design, under the expert tutelage of Mr RLC Words.) I’m really rather proud of the sites I’ve produced so far though (see some here), and another lovely one went live just this week,...

Blood Test or Bloodshed for the Five-Year-Old?

The little one (LO) needed to have a blood test. We’ve known about this for a few months, and the appointment came through for this week. In an ideal world, this is how that first conversation would have gone: Me: So, you need to have a blood test, darling. The...

LinkedIn Makeover – perfect profiles and clever connections

Last week’s brilliant networking session wasn’t just about meeting a Dragon Slayer – I learned some really interesting things about using LinkedIn to your advantage as well. Here are some of the top tips I came away with, kindly imparted by the fantastic Jules White....

Networking – Magic for your Small Business

Years ago my Dad told me that the key to success is not what you know, but who you know. I was quite peeved by that thought, because I was working hard at school to know things, and I didn’t know that many people. Plus, as a natural introvert, I didn’t feel overly...

Should I be more sad that the last one’s gone to school?

This blog post title sounds like a post on a mums' forum, and in some ways, it could be. I’ve just waved my nearly-five-year-old off to full time school. He loves it. He bounces in first thing in the morning, and bounces out again full of his favourite anecdotes from...

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