• 2016,  comedy,  friends,  musicals,  Uncategorized

    Matilda!

    Earlier this week I went to London, had a wander round by myself (getting slightly lost) and then met up with friends (including a very excited almost 7 year old) and we went to a matinee of Matilda the Musical. It was fab.  I did expect it to be funnier than it was – I had high expectations for that because Tim Minchin who is a musical comedian (and one of my favourites) wrote the lyrics. But when I thought about it afterwards he’s known for clever humour. And this was certainly fully of clever lyrics with humour woven in.  I would much rather have that than it be full…

  • 2015,  books and reading,  friends,  Uncategorized

    The Cherry Tree Cafe by Heidi Swain

    Last November  I went to the Books and The City Creative Writing Masterclass (I wrote about that here).  I had a great time and I’ve since kept in touch with several of the other writers who were there. One of those writers was Heidi Swain. And she now has a publishing deal with Books and The City.  I was lucky enough to hear Heidi read an extract of that when I went to the Books and the City blogger evening in March and I’ve been really excited to read it ever since. Her first book, The Cherry Tree Cafe by Heidi Swain is being published on 16th July (ebook only). …

  • 2015,  A to Z blogging challenge,  friends,  NaNo,  nano group,  NaNoWriMo,  Uncategorized

    N is for…

    N is for NaNoWriMo For those not in the know NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.  It’s a yearly challenge that takes place every November to write 50K words in those thirty days.  I’ve done it several times since 2004.  I’ve won a few times but I’m lost many more.  Only not really because every word written is a win if you think about it. NaNo has been great for me because it got me writing properly.  My first ever long piece of writing was a NaNo project, specifically a very bad Harry Potter fanfiction which before anyone asks was never posted in it’s entireity online.  I think I’d…

  • 2015,  depression,  doctors,  friends,  Self-Care,  Sertraline,  Uncategorized

    Self Care Sunday

    It’s generally been a terrrible week but there have been a few good moments and I’ve had a great day today despite a few moments of anxiety (new people, train faffing) I’ve had three days of antibiotics (nitrofurantoin 100mg x 2 daily) for a UTI. And I ended up feeling physically appalling. Sick, dizzy and yucky on top of the usual UTI symptoms.  Finished those yesterday and feel better today which sort of proves the theory that I’ve had for a while that nitrofurantoin makes me nauseaous. As UTIs can make me feel sick it’s been hard to tell.  I’m not 100% right yet. I had a whole night of…

  • 2014,  books and reading,  friends,  good things,  Uncategorized,  you know...

    You Know You’re a Bookworm When…

    You get an email from Amazon that someone sent you a gift card. And the message from your friend is that she was going to send flowers to say thank you but she figured reading or free spending would be more appreciated.  She didn’t need to send me something to say thank you, I didn’t expect it. Just the words were enough I would have enjoyed having flowers. They are always a rare but nice surprise. But my friend knows me well.  I’m definitely a massive book fan and they last forever or there abouts. So I’m loving that.  Currently trying to remember when a book I’ve been looking forward…

  • 2013,  achievements,  friends,  NaNo,  nano group,  NaNoWriMo,  Uncategorized,  writing

    The End of NaNo

    So it’s the end of November and Nanowrimo ends at midnight. I’m a nano winner in that I’ve written over 50,000 words this month. I’ve not written a book. I’ve not even written anything vaguely like a first draft of a book. Some of my friends are talking about submitting for publication pretty much straight away. They are either much better writers than I am or totally insane. Or both. What I’ve written is a mess. It’s a variety of scenes from the idea I had. Some I planned and some I didn’t. Some work and some make me cringe just to think of them. I suspect when I look…

  • 2013,  anaemia,  courage,  depression,  down,  friends,  memories,  personal,  Uncategorized,  unexpected things

    Surrounded by Sadness

    After I wrote the things that make me happy post on Saturday I’d planned to write some more on the subject. I will write more on the subject I’m sure but tonight sees me writing about the opposite of happiness. Because there is a hell of a lot of sadness around me lately. I heard of the death of a friend of mine and my parents yesterday. It was I think the sixth death I’ve heard of in the past seven weeks. Plus my Dad was saying he and my mum know of two others who have died recently. Two distant family members. For one she was in her nineties…

  • 2013,  crafts,  Family,  friends,  Self-Care,  Uncategorized

    Self-Care Sunday: Something New and a Surprise

    I’m continuing in my quest to spend less time online. I didn’t come on at all yesterday. Which is now two weeks running I’ve had a day off. And I suspect I’ll have one next week too if the weather doesn’t put paid to certain plans. I quite like it. Mum and I went to a two hour craft workshop yesterday. It was on Mono Printing. I’d never done it before and to be honest I didn’t really know what it was. To start with I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it. It was a bit late starting because the majority of people doing it were late. And…

  • 2013,  acceptance,  achievements,  Attempts at World Domination,  disability,  friends,  Uncategorized

    The National Diversity Awards

    So if I were to mention the name Hannah Ensor or Stickman Communications I suspect a lot of people who read this would know who I meant. Hannah and I have known each other since our school days. Back then I was rocking the wheelie thing but not quite as well as I do now. I was walking a lot of the time which took a lot of energy and I’d fall a lot. I didn’t hurt myself often having learnt mad falling skills. And the level of acceptance i have now (possibly better referred to as my “sod it quota”) was an unthought of dream, Hannah was this accident…

  • 2012,  acceptance,  access,  discrimination,  freedom,  friends,  frustrations,  I want to change the world,  influences,  Life,  mental health,  nano group,  personal,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  quotes,  Uncategorized

    Rekindled

    I’m reading a good book at the moment.  I hope to finish it tonight and I’ll review it for my blog in the next few days most likely.  When I flicked to the back to see how many pages it has I noticed that on the page after the end of the story there is the following quote. “Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.” Albert Schweitzer I’ve had a tough year I think it’s fair to say.  And things are greatly improving and I feel like I’m not in…