• 2018,  C-A-B,  Crochet,  Decopatch,  musicals,  NaNo,  NaNoWriMo,  writing

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    For the little things in life worth recording but possibly not worth a full entry I usually tell people that if an entry appears on my blog before about 9:30 it’s because I wrote it in advance and scheduled it.  But it’s 08:42 and I’m actually writing this live so to say.  I’m waiting for carer, it’s been put back to just after 9 today. Lately I have not been reading.  I did just start an audiobook which I like (Where Love Lies by Julie Cohen which I got from the e-library). And I must finish my library ebook this morning as the time on it runs out just after…

  • 2018,  fiction,  Flash Fiction,  writing,  writing prompts

    Flash Fiction: Friends Request

    My writers group have started posting a monthly prompt competition for a piece of no more than 500 words.  I submitted this for the March competition and was unsuccessful so thought I would share it here instead.  It’s the first time I entered – it was given as an exercise at the flash fiction workshop  I went to at the end of February (as the tutor was the one who set that prompt and did this month’s judging) and I wrote it there and then typed it up and tweaked it to submit to the competion.  The prompt was “The Last Request” Friends Request Claire smiled when she saw the…

  • 2018,  quotes,  thinking,  writing

    A Writing Quote

    A daily commitment to writing seems to be doing me a lot of good.  I’ve spent almost 5 hours on writing and writing related things (editing mostly but some research) over the last two days.  And maybe something will come of it, maybe it won’t. I just read an interesting quote about writing from Ray Bradbury and I wanted to share it here so I can remember it and find it again when I want it. “If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life.…

  • 2018,  creative writing class,  fiction,  NaNo,  writing

    A Few Writing Thoughts

    Since the end of September I’ve been going to a weekly writers group most weeks. It’s been good for me to have the space each week which is given over to writing and makes me focus on actually writing rather than thinking about it and talking about it.  It’s also very inspiring to hear others talk about what they’re writing. Sometimes I struggle to find things to fill the time with and others I struggle to concentrate for the whole time (it’s 2 hours split into two 45 minute writing sessions and coffee breaks).  Sometimes I end up googling things I want to know about for my writing and others…

  • 2018,  books and reading,  interviews

    Q&A with Rachel Hore

    Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Rachel Hore’s new book Last Letter Home – Rachel has kindly answered a few of my questions about the book.  I’m in the middle of reading Last Letter Home at the moment and won’t say too much because I plan to review it soon. I will admit that I’m really enjoying it. Can you describe Last Letter Home in 6 words or less? ‘Love, loss and secrets in wartime’ is my best shot. Where did you get the idea for Last Letter Home from? I love wandering round old walled gardens that you sometimes see at National Trust houses – the…

  • 2018,  creative writing class,  fiction,  Flash Fiction,  writing

    Flash Fiction: The Truth About Penguins

    I recently took part in a one day workshop on flash fiction. One of the exercises we did was to write a piece inspired by a picture. The photo I got was of a penguin diving underwater. I’ve typed it up to share in this blog and would welcome feedback. I’ve not edited it beyond breaking it into paragraphs and changing the odd repetitive word. The Truth About Penguins   The penguin took the fish from the trainer. She was giving the talk about “penguin behaviour” yet again. And as always she was getting it wrong. Personally he couldn’t understand how humans could be so stupid. Wasn’t it obvious? Still…

  • 2018,  books and reading,  Reading Down My TBR Pile

    What I’ve been reading

    I thought it might be nice to start posting a semi regular blog about what I’ve been reading again. And to post it on a Monday so I can link it up with the It’s Monday! What are you reading? meme over on The Book Date. This will be a longer list because it’s what I’ve been reading over the last several weeks. And for some reason most of these are audiobooks. I hope that will change to more actual reading soon. And One Last Thing by Molly Harper I’ve had the audiobook on my TBR for years and I’m trying to tackle my audio TBR rather than by new…

  • 2018,  mental health,  snow

    Snow Days No More

    I started writing a blog post on Thursday about how it was a snow day and what I was doing (mostly crochet and audiobook that day) but then my carer came and I saved it to drafts and never went back to it. And now it’s Sunday and it’s finally snow free and I’m out of the house for the first time since Wednesday. So this entry is now snow days no more. If memory serves there were no stuck in the house due to snow days last year. Which is good. I think maybe I coped better this time to previous snowbound times. I don’t know why that is.…

  • 2018,  care

    Five Things I had Forgotten About Having Carers

    According to this blog it’s nearly 9 years since I stopped having carers.  My care package to manage my lymphoedema has been in place for just over three weeks now.  And it’s going well. Most of the carers I’ve met I’ve got on well with (some I’ve only met once so it’s hard to know how I’ll get on with them) and there haven’t been any of the problems I anticipated with getting my wraps applied tightly enough. I am however remembering several things I had forgotten about having carers.  Here are five of them. 1) Your time is not your own. Just because the evening visit is scheduled for…