September: focus, failure and dusting off our pencil cases

Eeek!! I can’t believe it’s September already! Soon enough the c-word (Christmas) will start circulating, whispered quietly at first by those who seem to spend the whole year counting down the days till its return and then mumbled grumpily by the rest of the population as they realise that Slade’s Merry Xmas Everybody and an inexplicable […]

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Why I decided to start a blog (and why you should too!)

I’m frequently asked by my non-blogging readers (yes, I’m as surprised as you are that there are people out there without blogs who are actually reading my stuff!!) why and how I got into blogging and so I thought I’d write a little post about it to fill you all in. ***** I’ve always enjoyed […]

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July: blogging goals, friendship break-ups and a (little) summer whinge

Summer is not my favourite season – there, I said it. I know it goes against the summer-related excitement that I spoke about last month, but once we’re a few weeks in my enthusiasm for everything summery inevitably starts to waver. Don’t get me wrong, I love that the days are longer, lighter and warmer; […]

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How to find blogging inspiration

Towards the end of last year I was on the hunt for blogging inspiration. Having neglected Bellyful of Art throughout the majority of 2017, I was desperate to reignite my creative spark, but was at a loss as to how to go about it. Fortunately, I wasn’t stuck in a rut for too long (ten […]

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5 things to think about on International Women’s Day

1. Women’s suffrage should be taught at school to girls AND boys Perhaps this subject is now on the curriculum (and I apologise to teachers everywhere if that’s the case), but I certainly don’t remember discussing women’s suffrage when I was at school, or at least not in any great depth. In my opinion, this […]

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Train travel: A Daydreamer’s Haven

Let me start by saying this: I rarely travel on trains. Some might say that this makes me supremely under-qualified to write a precis on why train travel is a daydreamer’s haven, but I beg to differ. In fact, my general lack of travel by public transport of any means is perhaps the reason why […]

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Good on Paper interview: Craig Parkinson

It’s been ages since I posted any kind of writing update and if you’ve read Goodbye 2017. Hello to a whole new chapter… then you’ll understand why this update is so short! Though 2017 may not have been my most productive year in writing terms, I was given the wonderful opportunity last summer to interview […]

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Goodbye 2017. Hello to a whole new chapter…

I haven’t written on Bellyful of Art for a long time…an embarrassingly long time. 2017 brought with it more challenges than I ever could’ve imagined, and I struggled for a while to see where or how I could find a place for blogging in the clutter of endless paperwork and complex emotions that had become […]

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The Ultimate Writing Prompt

I’ve been fighting my way out of a writing rut recently; wrestling with intangible ideas, struggling to shape words into sentences. I find myself procrastinating, sitting in front of my computer idly searching the web, knowing that the best way to break the block is to write, no matter how awful the result. And yet… […]

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Guest Post: Running Through The Darkness by Chris Cowcher

I am truly honoured to be offering up my blog as a platform for the following guest post. My lovely husband, Chris, has suffered with depression throughout our ten-year relationship and I have seen first-hand how this debilitating disease can drag even the most cheerful person into a state of utter despair. In the past […]

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