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My self-summary
Often found in my natural habitat of South London. Lurking in book shops, cafes with overpriced cake or that nice pub by the river that does the fish finger sandwiches.

Sometimes I write websites, sometimes I write books, sometimes I get to go on holiday and pretend it's work, sometimes I pretend I'm a novelist and one day that might even be true.

I enjoy pubs that have Scrabble boards, have a penchant for cute dresses and always say hello to cats in the street. I buy more books than I can read and write letters that I forget to post. I wear pink lipstick and drink red wine. I still don't understand why Day of the Tentacle isn't available on the iPhone yet.
What I’m doing with my life
Winging it and hoping no one notices.
I’m really good at
Train picnics. Making tea. Forgetting to drink said tea. Sending emails that makes people laugh too loudly at work. Mario Kart. Air-drumming (that's a lie, I'm bloody rubbish at that). Convincing people stay out for 'just one more drink' (sorry in advance). Cobbling together a brilliant dinner with seemingly nothing in the fridge.
The first things people usually notice about me
Despite recent photo evidence, I'm probably not wearing a massive hat.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Oooh, lists. Excellent.

Books - The Poisonwood Bible, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre, Rebecca's World (if you've read this, I'll probably think you're quite brilliant). To Kill a Mockingbird. I Want My Hat Back (seriously, best picture book). Beautiful Ruins was glorious. The Signature of all Things. I've just finished Mrs Hemingway and it was wonderful. Best book I've read all year.

Movies - Training Day, The Prestige, An Affair To Remember, Cinema Paradiso, Lady & The Tramp (yeah, the Disney film), Walk the Line. Greenwich Picturehouse has rubbish cinema snacks but they do let you drink cups of tea and I'm all for that kind of film action. I like smuggling in cookies instead of eating an entire bag of Revels. No one likes Revels that much.

Food - Everything at least once (one oyster was more than enough, thanks all the same). I love trying new restaurants but sometimes I'm playing food writer for work and my tiny kitchen turns into a makeshift photo studio which is a bit of a pain because I'm hungry. I'll buy vegetables I've never heard of just because I'm curious but if I'm hungover I'm likely to just be eating those little triangle hash browns.
Six things I could never do without
My laptop, a notebook for scribbling, cup of tea in the morning (milk, no sugar), kissing, stories - listening to them, reading them, writing them. Oh, and roast potatoes.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Beautiful design, story ideas, where words come from, my friends, whether or not I should check my bank balance, what book to read next, where I put my keys because they could be bloody anywhere and now I've missed my train, what time my next train is.
On a typical Friday night I am
Drinking a couple of glasses of red wine after work and then going for dinner. Or napping on the sofa after more than a couple of glasses of wine. Thai food often features but if I was left to my own devices for long enough, that would probably be true most evenings.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't really like chocolate cake. It's too chocolatey.
You should message me if
You make a chocolate cake that might convince me otherwise.
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