• 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,  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,  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…

  • 2015,  acceptance,  attitudes,  books and reading,  disability,  fiction,  language,  quotes,  Uncategorized

    “Special Needs”

    Language around disability is a really tricky thing. Some terms are acceptable to some people and completely unacceptable to others. Some are fine for disabled people to use amongst themselves or to refer to themselves but problematic when used by strangers.  And there are times when disabled people argue amongst themselves about the terms.  People first language and identity first language are two of the biggest culprit’s there. One term that I’ve been saying I don’t like and arguing against for the last few years is “special needs”  I can explain why I don’t like it but it’s something I find others always agree with although some people do come…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  crafts,  Crochet,  fiction,  knitting,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    You Know You’re a Knitter When…

    …you spend a long time being ranty about the difference between knitting and crochet. I was sent a review copy of The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah.  It’s being released today (12th March) and it was a good read with an interesting style that felt different and refreshing.  I don’t want to say I enjoyed it because it was a tricky subject matter and whilst not upsetting it wasn’t particularly comfortable.  It did make me think and was skillfully done which avoided it being an upsetting book.  Plus it managed to surprise me unexpectedly at the end.  I have seen other reviews saying it made…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  fiction,  mental health,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    Perfect by Rachel Joyce

    I received a review copy of Perfect by Rachel Joyce via NetGalley. I’m not compensated for this review beyond my free copy and this review is in no way influenced by the fact I was asked to write it. Here is the synopsis: In 1972, two seconds were added to time. It was in order to balance clock time with the movement of the earth. Byron Hemming knows this because James Lowe has told him and James is the cleverest boy at school. But how can time change? The steady movement of hands around a clock is as certain as their golden futures. Then Byron’s mother, late for the school…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  fiction,  lists,  Thursday Thirteen,  Uncategorized

    Thirteen Authors I’d Like to Read More by in 2014

    I love to read. I love new books and new authors but I also love to return to old favourites either new books by authors I’ve enjoyed before or rereading books I’ve read before. I also love reading blogs and am partial to taking part in the occasional blog meme. So we have the first in what I hope to make a regular series. I’m calling it A Bookish Thursday Thirteen. This is thirteen authors I’d like to read more of this year. It’s in no order other than how they came to mind. Holly Smale – Geek Girl and Model Misfit were two of the best books I read…

  • 100 days of writing,  2012,  fiction,  Uncategorized

    >A quick note… #100daysofwriting #fiction #amwriting #ukwriters

    >I just lost all the stuff I rote to go before todays piece. Not sure what happened but luckily I have today’s piece still. Pretend like there’s a blurb here about the fact I was reading something in email format and that this was meant to be quick but really took off and was very enjoyable to write. Also: I’ve just noticed that my blog is now appearing on a .co.uk blogger domain. Weird. Not sure what that’s about and not sure I like it. Anyway. A quick note… [# start a new message below this line #] Dear you, Hey, how’s you? I’m just taking a break from the…

  • 100 days of writing,  2012,  fiction,  Uncategorized

    >Rattle #100daysofwriting #amwriting

    >Written on a just under 15 minute train trip home after an afternoon of food and chat with the girls in Oxford. First time I’d seen two of the three since December. Fun times. Rattle I’ve got a right rattle going on he said What sort of a rattle she asked A chesty one Oh you can buy chesty rattles then can you? I didn’t know that. I’ll have to look out for one. You’re going to look out for one? Yeah, of course I am, I’d love to have one. Um… What?! I would. Seriously. Sounds like it could be a lot of fun. Fun?!?! He fumed. Fun?! It’s…

  • 100 days of writing,  2012,  fiction,  spasticity,  Uncategorized

    >A Chest of Drawers

    >I seem to have gotten my fiction writing mojo back, yay! I’m very pleased :-). I’m less pleased about the fact I seem to have lost my reading mojo but, well, you can’t have it all. Something else I’m pleased with is this piece. I started off wanting to work more on description, particularly of a setting. I’d also been thinking about an analogy I used a while ago to describe what the spasticity in my quads is like at the very worst times. This seemed to take on a life of its own as I wrote but for better or worse is the end result. It needs a better…