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  1. Welcome back!
    I hope your young man is feeling better. May you soon get things straightened out the way you want them.

    I have missed you, dear~ So, lovely to log on this morning, and there you are, front page and center!
    Life is restored!

  3. So very happy you made it to the other side of health, uncertainty and all. You were missed and so welcomed back. Hugs.

  4. I’m so pleased you’re plugging on regardless. I’ve always enjoyed the way you write and thought that the ‘Sledgehammer-to-Crack-a-Nut’ EuroBureaucrats had managed to snuff out your creative light. I even asked my, in-the-know, husband if there was any way at all to help you (… we live in a well-known UK offshore island) …but no. ‘Rules is rules’. If others are right, and you can be exempted from all the extra expense, form-filling and probably ensuing accountancy fees, that’s great. If not, I hope anyway, that you will always carry on writing. …Maybe consider a book of hints and tips???

  5. Really, it’s good to see you’re back online. And don’t worry – you’re not the only one who tends to fall in car parks. Happened to me all the same – when I had some S****bucks Coffee in my hand. You can imagine the mess I left…

  6. Hi Alison. A very Happy New Year to you and yours. How lovely to have you back. I am sure that everything will work out just as it should. Things always happen for a reason and even if it doesn’t seem so at the time, when you look back it will be a case of “Oh yes, now I understand”. There is a saying my dearest Mom used to say
    Life is to be lived forward and understood backwards.

  7. Oh what a lovely surprise in the middle of my challenging day. Finding your return gives my heart just the little lift it needed.

  8. Welcome back lovely Alison!! How I’ve missed your wise words on your lovely blog. Hope Finn is feeling much better soon. Take care of yourself xxx

  9. January should just be renamed too, Sick-You-Wary! Hoping Finn and yourself feel better real soon! I’m glad you’re back. I’ve always adored your writing. Carry On!

  10. I was wondering the same thing. If you wrote workbook type things and published them in Kindle form would that aleviate the tax drama?

  11. Hello!
    This is my first visit to your blog-I had to come along after reading your books.
    Can’t wait to keep up to date
    Ashley x

  12. Glad to see you back, Alison. Your words are helping me through a tough time at the moment. In regards to VATMOSS, it means I’ve also had to scrap my plans for 2015 and I haven’t entirely worked out how to move forward. I had written an ebook which I was going to publish on my site – no longer possible. I had just published a pdf of my stories on my site – had to remove them. I’m not even sure if publishing on Kindle will avoid the new rules, there don’t seem to be any clear answers – it seems as if some of the bigger sites are trying to put the onus on the sellers using their services. As unlikely as it might seem, if we try to Kindle our work, Amazon could still hand the responsibility for VATMOSS over to us rather than deal with it themselves. *Sigh* This site ( ) seems to have a lot more info and is staying relatively updated. There are campaigns in place over the issue. The only exception that I’ve found is in keeping some kind of live element to the course – in my case this means turning the “Getting started in theatre” ebook I wrote into a course for would-be playwrights, in which I offer feedback on the scripts participants create during the course. Would there be a possibility of doing something similar with your work? Obviously it limits the number of participants, and it’s more work, but you could potentially run your existing courses throughout the year by tweaking them slightly and setting “homework” – the participants report back to you and you can give them individual advice and feedback? I don’t know if running a Facebook page for participants, or hosting a live call during a course, or having some kind of forum might also be solutions – but I know if there’s an element of live interaction then the rules no longer apply. It might be a way of keeping things ticking over for you until we’re all more certain of our positions with these crazy new laws.

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