I suddenly realised that the end of the month was almost here again and panic set in, knowing I still had a blog to write but no ideas. The blank screen sneered at me as my fingers hovered hopefully over the keys. Which ones should I press? What phrase or combination of phrases would start … Continue reading WRITER’S BLOCK
The email I didn’t want to find in my inbox arrived this morning. True, it tried to end encouragingly in order to soften the blow, “Thank you again for entering. We look forward to reading more of your work in the future,” but it couldn’t take away the plunging-six-floors-down-a-lift-shaft sinking of heart I experienced as … Continue reading REJECTION
Imagine a small space, about the size of a large sitting-room, where somebody who must be rather good at jigsaw puzzles, has ingeniously managed to insert the maximum number of tables of various shapes and sizes while still avoiding any possibility of jogging a neighbour’s elbow. It could feel cramped, but somehow it doesn’t, and, … Continue reading Paella anyone?
Kicking myself, because this month, in spite of all my good intentions, I’ve found myself back on that good ol’ merry-go-round. The music blares, bright lights dazzle and you get lost in the movement and feel you’re going somewhere, but the truth is you’re not. Glitzy ride it maybe, and one part of me loves … Continue reading MERRY-GO-ROUND
© GhYp (Flickr) 50 REASONS WHY I DON’T WRITE 1) My mouse got stuck 2) It’s sunny today 3) I’m really tired 4) My plot is going nowhere 5) A friend dropped by 6) My print cartridge ran out 7) Didn’t like what I’d written 8) Mum rang 9) I don’t think I can do it … Continue reading EXCUSES EXCUSES
That’s it – I’m taking a stand. Over the last two weeks I’ve felt increasingly pummelled and pounded and squashed and squeezed by trying to meet the demands of too many things coming in too many directions from too many people, and I’ve realised for my own sanity, and the sanity of those around me, … Continue reading THE KEYWORD FOR FEBRUARY– SLOW
Gap – a scary word. Mind the Gap it says in capital letters painted at the edge of the tube platform – Mind the Gap or you might fall into it. That’s exactly what I did last year. Not the gap between platform and train of course, but the gap between what I thought I … Continue reading THE KEYWORD FOR JANUARY– GAP