July 2017 Wallpaper Calendar

July 2017 wallpaper for desktop

Is the summer heating up, or is that just me?

Honestly, I don’t even like summer. I hate being hot or even remotely warm. I overheat easily. It makes me feel sick, gives me a headache, and makes me feel generally icky.

But since I started following the planner community, I’ve discovered a new love for all things summer fun. Flamingoes. Summer blooms. The colour red. And, you guessed it: cacti.

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How to use Auto Text Complete in Liquid Story Binder

How to use the Auto Text Complete tool in Liquid Story Binder


Denahih Jhiah. Ishidah Tahnih. Azhela Qhashiil. Epheni Qhaarqhiin Tiqhomh.

As you can imagine, writing out such strange names can be a chore, even if you don’t suffer from Frequent Typo Syndrome. Stopping to check how a city name is spelled or if it’s “i before e” can really slow your writing — or kill your muse dead right where you sit.

Getting it right doesn’t matter for the first draft. But there’s a neater way. A better way. A brilliant way: Liquid Story Binder’s built-in Auto Text Complete tool.

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9 more ways to keep your cat cool in summer

KitKat in a box

Last time, I gave you 8 awesome ways to help your cat stay chill in the summer heat. That post was all about staying hydrated. This one’s more about getting some cool air circulating. (Are you sensing an elemental theme here?)

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Why you should use placeholders

Why you need placeholders in your writing

Only some of Kaska’s edginess was reflex born of [#that thing you feel when you’re scared]


These are quotes from the first draft of the second book in my Guardians trilogy.


Kaska’s head jerked up to look in the direction Rastik pointed, a stick of [#liquorice] dangling from between his teeth.


I hadn’t explored much beyond the main setting of The Dragon Lord, so I was pretty much world-building as I wrote. I was working on NANOWRIMO and using Liquid Story Binder’s typewriter mode, so I didn’t want to stop every couple of sentences to name the stuff I was talking about. Doing so would have distracted me from the story; I didn’t want to risk losing the inspiration because I’d already had to ditch one version of The Spy Master and I didn’t want to have to abandon a second.


Kas frowned dubiously at the creatures Rastik had pointed out. They weren’t [#flatrunners] as Rastik had hoped for, but the [#cliff-riders] were good enough climbers that they’d make up for the loss in speed.


So, how do you write when the words won’t come?

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June 2017 WriMo Free Printable

June WriMo 2017

It’s been a while since I released a freebie for tracking your NANOWRIMO word count. Since Camp is just around the corner again, here’s a mini booklet for your Happy Planner!


June WriMo 2017


There are three pages in this booklet: the tracker in the preview above, a month-on-one-page calendar, and a before-and-after summary page.

The border is large enough for punching along one side, or you can tape it into your planner and trim the excess instead.

You can either print all three pages (which gives you a blank side for extra notes) or print just any two pages you need double-sided. You can even fold it in half and trim one side so it opens out and doesn’t cover your weekly spread altogether if you want it where you can’t forget it.

Print on A4 (make sure to uncheck “fit to size”) and trim the excess.



June 2017 Wallpaper Calendars

June 2017 for desktop

Are you ready for summer, guys? Remember to grab your June wallpaper!

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How to create a gallery in Liquid Story Binder

How to create a gallery in Liquid Story Binder

In previous tutorials, I’ve shown you how to create both a standard dossier and a custom template. I’ve also explained how to import images to attach to the dossiers you’ve made.

This week, I’m going to show you how to create and attach an entire gallery of them!

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2017 Stash Busting Challenge

Knitted hat & scarf

Once I finally learned to knit, it was an easy decision to take back all the yarn I’d de-stashed for charity and use it as a stash-busting/practice project instead.

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5 things I learned from NaNoWriMo

5 things I learned from Camp WriMo

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll already know that I took part in April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. I didn’t want to write a novel this time (I’m still working on my Guardians trilogy that I started in 2011!) so instead I focused on simply writing every day using a handy prompt sheet by Eva Deverell.

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May 2017 Wallpaper Calendar

Grab your calendars and desktop wallpapers for May! iPhone? iPad? iMac? No problem!

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