Written by Philippa Iliffe on April 09, 2021

As someone with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder, part of my ongoing therapy is to keep a log of distressing feelings and link them to the thought or event that triggered them. The physical act of writing them down helps to empty the brain and reduce their power. Nowadays, this is called therapeutic journaling. In my day, it was called “Dear Diary.” Expressing these feelings is like unburdening yourself to a good counsellor whose job is to listen without judgement.

My writing career began as a trainee journalist on Vancouver Island where I covered local events and small-town news stories. When …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on April 09, 2021

As part of our membership with the IPG (Independent Publishers Guild), we are invited to attend their many publishing events across the year. IPG conferences are renowned throughout the publishing industry and their two-day conferences boast presentations, training and discussions across the publishing sector. This year, however, the current circumstances have meant that physical events are out of the question and the IPG Spring Conference was therefore taken completely online.

Using a state-of-the-art platform, members of the IPG came together to celebrate the rich and vibrant culture of the publishing industry. The IPG kindly opened up attendance to all staff …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on April 09, 2021

No doubt the dream of many independent writers – and fledgling writers, in particular, is to walk into Waterstones to see their book boldly displayed on one of the prominent tables, grabbing the attention of every browser and customer loitering in the shop. I must be a real writer – a professional! the feeling would surely be.

But the dream is entirely misplaced. It’s an aspiration that should be redirected away from the giants of the book trade and onto the independent stores.

After all, as an independent writer – the focus should be on the markets and outlets that best accommodate …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on April 09, 2021

Martin Smith, author of Are We Doing the Stelvio Today? shares a short travel story about embracing the pre-adventure:

Pre-adventure is having to make changes on the fly before departure. Is this classed as part of the adventure? If you accept, as I do, that the planning is part of the journey then the answer is yes.

I had been planning for the next trip to the Picos, Asturias, Galicia and Portugal. With the route selected it was time to kick back and enjoy a nice cuppa while admiring my work. That was, until, the email dropped into my inbox like a …

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Written by Philippa Iliffe on April 09, 2021

Jane H Wood, author of GoldenEars: The Whispering Mountain and GoldenEars: The Pale Skulls shares a short story which raises awareness of Compassion in World Farming:

It was another dark-time; for the lights that glared overhead had, at long last, been extinguished. Long hours of darkness lay ahead. She could hear bodies either side of her shift restlessly. The hours passed in a bored stupor, standing on the hard concrete floor, though she had managed to doze once or twice. They were blissful moments that had been all too fleeting. The ache returned in her feet bringing her fitfully awake. She desperately wanted to …

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