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What you really need to know on Boxing Day

As the old year comes to a close I  start to think about life, the universe and everything – looking back and looking forward.  I decided this year to seek some words of advice from my friends and share them with you so that we can all be fully prepared for the New Year.  I ended up with lots of contributions – all of them are worth  thinking about. Once you’ve had a look, you are welcome to add your own!

From author friends

On writing: read everything out loud – it’s the best way to ‘see’ the text clearly and detect irregularities/false notes in the rhythm of a sentence. In life: be nice.- William Hussey – he writes the brilliantly scary Witchfinder books! 273191_WITCHFINDER_GALLOWS_AT_TWILIGHT_JAN111

Never be afraid to rewrite something. It will only get better.


Never eat anything bigger than your own head.

sebastianPhilip Caveney (Sebastian Darke and many other stories)

‘Don’t waste energy worrying about things that aren’t under your control.’ That’s from Jo Cotterill, who you will all know as she runs this site!looking-at-the-stars

Food is medicine; if you eat rubbish, you’ll feel like rubbish! – that’s Caroline Lawrence (Roman Mysteries – great books if you haven’t already read them!)

Comparison is the thief of joy. Harriet Goodwin (author/singer)

Don’t give up. The only way you can fail is if you give up. Victoria Connelly, (author for adults)

Aim higher than you think you can go. Julia Bertagna (author of Aurora and other stories) 51JtQFW-m8L._UY250_

Never go anywhere for the first time. Actually, that’s advice for aurorapeople learning to drive, but it’s worth thinking about. Thomas Taylor (author/illustrator)

You catch what you throw. And always have your cab fare home. Nikki Sheehan ( I shared a book launch with Nikki back in January, author of ‘Who Framed Klaris Cliff?’)

From old friends around the world

Be self aware, learn mindfulness.

Whatever you say or do ensure you are clear what your intention is and that intention is based on kindness.

KlarisAlexis (a friend from secondary school)

My standard advice to my 3 kids – (a) “Who said life was fair?”, (b) “you will never know if you like it or not unless you try it” (c) “Don’t just take a simple answer, always ask why” Ben (a university friend from Singapore)

Don’t waste your time matching your socks! Kimberley (a Canadian friend)

Here’s one from my daughter to me: “It’s never too late to give up” Bhavin (a friend from India)

And finally…

Just because Boxing Day is called Boxing Day doesn’t mean you should punch the relative/s you blame for spoiling Christmas Day. The inimitable Philip Ardaghphilip

2 thoughts on “What you really need to know on Boxing Day

  1. GREAT Advice!! I love Jo’s!! 😀

    I struggling with that problem right now. I wish I could do something to help the person but they don’t want to be helped and thinks everything’s a game.. What do I do if I can’t help someone should I just stop trying to explaine stuff to them?

    • That’s a tough one, Laura. Sometimes I think people really do appreciate knowing that someone is trying to help them. In those cases I think it’s worth persisting because it shows them you care. On the other hand, sometimes trying to help people who don’t want to be helped is just so exhausting that it’s destructive to your own life. And then I think it’s better to walk away. But usually you only know through time and effort. Good luck x

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