• 2018,  NaNoWriMo,  writing

    Yet another thing I failed at

    I am very good at saying I’m going to do stuff. I’m good at the planning. I’m very bad at actually following through and doing what I set out to. Particularly when it comes to writing. Every new year since probably 2014 I’ve declared that this is going to be the year that ends with me having written a first draft of a novel. And every year has ended with me declaring that actually, no, I’m going to achieve it next year. I haven’t written any of a novel this year. I said I was going to, but I haven’t yet. But I am planning to take part in NaNoWriMo…

  • 2018,  Poetry,  writing,  writing prompts

    Instructions for a Wedding Speech

    This was supposed to be my entry for the Didcot Writers monthly competition back in June but I forgot to submit it. The theme was ‘toast’ Instructions for a Wedding Speech Rather than have a best man panicking About having to make a toast I thought I’d offer instructions Speaking in front of a crowd is scary Even when you do it all the time You should Open with a joke Understand your audience Regale with tales of years gone by. Give them a toast to remember Let the couple know you care A hope, dream or wish Should be shared Speak from the heart Eloquence is required Some gentle…

  • 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,  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…

  • 2016,  books and reading,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Writing Thoughts

    I’ve been writing a few things over the last few weeks but haven’t really written here lately.  And not much is finished. I’ve come to the conclusion that March is just going to be quiet for blogging and then I’ll be back with a bang in April because it’s the A to Z challenge and I’m looking forward to doing that again this year.  Last year I did the A to Z of Emma.  This year I think I’m going to do an A to Z of books and authors I love.  More details when I’ve figured them out. Yesterday I finished reading The One We Fell In Love With…

  • 2016,  honesty,  mental health,  perceptions,  personal,  Self-Care,  sharing,  Things I am proud of,  twitter,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Safe Space

    A couple of weeks ago, a new collaborative blog – Safe Space – was launched. For the past year or so I’ve been unconvinced by the concept of “safe space” on the internet – a space where people can be free to share/be who and what they are completely without fear of abuse, hate, ridicule, triggers or trolling.  It seems like too big a goal both with how massive the internet and it’s trolling problems have become and the fact that for some people what is acceptable and OK can be what’s triggering, abusive or upsetting for others. Online (and in person) safe spaces are a worthwhile goal and one…

  • 2016,  Uncategorized,  writing

    A Writing Day

    Today has been a writing day. I felt quite overwhelmed this morning about how much I have to do so today was going to be a day of getting stuff done. And because a lot of what needed doing was writing it was writing day.  I was going to go and write in a coffee shop for a while but it was raining this morning when I was going to leave so I thought I’d go after lunch.  Only I never actually got out of the house.  To make myself feel better I’ll blame that on the last lingering remnants of my cold.  It’s not really but we’ll pretend it…