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Lilac Mills

<p>Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer<pwa class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-dictionary-word=" and" data-pwa-hint="You might need a comma before this conjunction if it joins two independent clauses. If the sentence is short and well balanced, some people choose to omit the comma, but you'll never be wrong to include it in this case." data-pwa-id="pwa-561D47DA39C7ECBDCB94FBB2CCBC2044" data-pwa-rule-id="CC" data-pwa-suggestions=", and">&nbsp;and</pwa> her loved ones, but the house will <pwa class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done" data-pwa-category="style" data-pwa-dictionary-word="simply " data-pwa-hint="Readability may be enhanced by removing this" data-pwa-id="pwa-B5FCF9A461832455C00FE375BF6CA5F3" data-pwa-rule-id="READABILITY_1123" data-pwa-suggestions="(omit)">simply&nbsp;</pwa>have to deal with it!<br /> <br /> She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun...<br /> <br /> When she <pwa class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done" data-pwa-category="style" data-pwa-dictionary-word="isn't hunched" data-pwa-hint="Passive verbs make your writing less direct. Try to use an active verb instead." data-pwa-id="pwa-1277C790F2A21E24E296E05A23ECD50C" data-pwa-rule-id="null" data-pwa-suggestions="">isn&#39;t hunched</pwa> over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say &quot;borrowing&quot;) her clothes, and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.</p>