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James Steven Clark
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Author of Mis-fit, Misplaced, Miss Shelly Clover
Author of Mis-fit, Misplaced, Miss Shelly Clover

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Discovered
"Sir, are you famous?" "Err, not that I'm aware." "You write books though." "How on this earth... did you..." "I saw your picture." (And then, another pupil pipes in about her friend searching for me online.) To say I was taken aback is an understatement. I...

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Oh, what the hell, I'm gonna blog...
A bit pointless doing this really. But, in the vain hope of keeping this a writing blog and not a teaching blog, I'll get the former out of the way. I just tried writing...and there was nothing; no capacity to concentrate, no ability to effectively edit. Th...

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Happy
For those of you who have NetFlix, I very much recommend that you watch a very interesting documentary called Happy :) It's old stuff that I've heard plenty of times, but can't help but feel invigorated by it when presented in a different way :) What makes ...

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Back to being a milkman.
One Christmas, when I was young, I dreamt of unwrapping a
Millennium Falcon. Instead I received a hand-held bottled milk carrier. I
recall it was scarlet in colour. On Christmas day, I walked up and down the garage struggling
to manage the weight of six bot...

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The ‘Jamming’ approach to novel writing.
Used to be in a band.  Played the bass.  Occasionally, I tried to jam. When I zipped the case over my bass for the final time in
October 2006, I knew my jamming days were over. Throwing dirty nappies out of
the window had become my rock n’ roll anarchy. Sit...

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Why teachers/writers love the summer holidays?
Finally, I can write. All I can see are days and days of blue sky ahead. ...in writing terms, that is. (Hey, I live in England, so this is clearly a metaphor.) The plan is (and has been) to visit the coast as much and as often as possible. Charge the laptop...

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What's happening Shelly Clover?
Such a long time since I last updated. I had 43,000 words for book 2 in the can by Christmas. So, what's happening? Well, I have tonnes of ideas. I have written scenes that surprised me, and I'm quite happy with elements so far. But, I need two or three pie...

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Happy 99th Birthday!
This is my Gran. She's cheekily claiming she's only 90! Many Happy Returns Gran. You are one amazing lady! I remember her running around a tree in her back garden on her 70th birthday. She'd drank a bottle of wine and was shouting, "Look at the moon, look a...

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Action sequences
Just finished an action scene. It's not your typical sequence with guns, cars and one-liners. I like to (at least try to) include the unconventional. Human tools don't cut it against the antagonists in the SC series. And, I'm having a lot of fun strreeetchi...

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Back Writing
Viva the half-term break! Just finished a secondment at a special measures school. It was gruelling, but I'm glad I did it. Honestly, I have taught in challenging environments and have thought myself more than capable of handling any class. But, this... Phe...
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