a baby sits in a retro-looking highchair with a party hat on and she’s biting into an orange segment with apparent trepidation
a baby sits in a retro-looking highchair with a party hat on and she’s biting into an orange segment with apparent trepidation
it’s me!

My name is Rebecca and I was named after a Daphne du Maurier novel.

I’m the kind of person who says “sorry” when someone else stands on my foot and then apologises for saying it. What I lack in assertiveness and social grace, I make up for with sparkling wit. Or something.

My dad was an alcoholic who died at the age of 49 so in lots of ways, I’m a poster child for dADdy iSsuEs and yet, also very much not. Sure, my self-esteem could be better and I’d rather gouge my own eyes out with a spoon than…


Love in the time of Covid-19

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12 months ago, the UK went into lockdown and I know many people are using this anniversary to reflect on what we’ve individually and collectively lost- and in some cases gained- during that time.

A million other writers will be attempting to assemble their thoughts into words today and I must admit, I wondered what I could possibly have to add to the conversation.

I’ve been so fortunate during the pandemic in so many ways, chiefly that I’ve stayed well and haven’t lost a loved one, my livelihood or my home. I felt certain then, that the world didn’t need…


The results of my (failed) Medium publishing plan for May!

monochrome flat lay of a desk with laptop, calendar and notebook and a house plant
monochrome flat lay of a desk with laptop, calendar and notebook and a house plant
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Last month I decided to set myself a writing challenge and came up with a plan to publish 21 new stories in 31 days.

We’re now a week into June so I thought it was about time I shared the results of my Medium publishing plan for May!

Why I Did It

Just to quickly recap- I made the plan because I wanted to see if publishing on Medium more frequently and regularly would make any difference to my overall success on the platform.

What Happened

So, first up I guess the biggest question is- did I achieve my goal? …


Stories that linger past the final page

a man reads on a bench in nature
a man reads on a bench in nature
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One of the cruellest things you can ask a bookworm is “What’s your favourite book?” At best, you’d better strap yourself in for a multiple-hours-long talk complete with PowerPoint slides, at worst you’ll just receive a vacant stare as their brain goes into meltdown.

A kinder way to talk about books with those who love them is to ask about unforgettable books. An unforgettable book might not necessarily be a favourite but it will be one that — for whatever reason — has stuck with someone long after reading.

Here are 5 books that stayed with me after reading and…


Hemingway probably didn’t say it but is it good advice?

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“Write drunk, edit sober”

It’s a quote most often attributed to Ernest Hemingway, though there’s evidence to suggest it’s highly unlikely he ever said it, despite being a total lush.

If he didn’t, he certainly isn’t the first dead (or living) writer to have pithy, one-line advice falsely attributed to him (sorry to ruin everyone’s interior decor but Oscar Wilde also never said, “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.”)

Hemingway was a fan of drinking in general, however, and notorious for over-indulging. …


And 5 things I don’t

a black and white image of a stethoscope
a black and white image of a stethoscope
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After three years of training, I qualified as a nurse at the age of 23 and spent the next six years working as a frontline nurse in the NHS. Deciding to train as a nurse is one of the best decisions I ever made and there’s not been a single day I’ve regretted it. …


Ten spooky tales of spectral animals

a photograph of a white dog with a haze
a photograph of a white dog with a haze
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Animals make everything better, including ghost stories. With that in mind, I went in search of some ghostly encounters of the four-legged kind and found ten spooky tales of spectral animals for you to enjoy.

1. The Black Dog Legend

Legends of ‘black dogs’ are one of the most popular spectral animal sightings with tales from across the UK mentioning a ghostly black dog. The earliest recorded sighting dates from 1127 and reports continue right up to the present day.

Commonly they’re seen as an ill omen or portent of death. Many black dog legends stem from ancient myths…


The truth behind the real-life Ferndean

a photo of the ruins of Wycoller Hall, Colne
a photo of the ruins of Wycoller Hall, Colne
Wycoller Hall, Colne by ARG on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/arg_flickr/27174684298

Wycoller Hall was built in the late 16th century by the Hartley family. Originally a modest, single-storey dwelling on the outskirts of Colne, Lancashire, the house was continually improved upon and rebuilt until it stood as a grand manor house.

Unfortunately, by the end of the 18th century, Wycoller Hall was mostly shut up and only inhabited once or twice a year for hunting season. …


Spoiler alert: it’s not Peter Pan Syndrome

a young woman choosing a book from a shelf in a bookshop
a young woman choosing a book from a shelf in a bookshop
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Are they marketed at me? No. Do they reflect my life? Not really. Do I love ‘em? Hell, yes.

Here’s why I read YA books despite being a fully grown adult.

Old Habits Die Hard

You may find this hard to believe (my kids certainly do) but I was young once.

Not only that but I was a young reader. I started out on Nancy Drew and later graduated into Point Horror, stumbling across Frankenstein and falling headlong into Stephen King. These days I’m much more Agatha Christie. …

Rebecca Laura

Bookworm, author, freelance writer, mum of two. Figuring life out as I go.

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