• 2014,  creative writing class,  Uncategorized,  writing

    A Weekend in London

    I went to London for the weekend and I had a busy but brilliant time. Friday I met up with a good friend of mine who moved to London a couple of years ago.  We went over to the Tower of London to see the poppies.  I wanted to see them again and she hadn’t seen them.  It was strange because in so many places there were more than there were when Mum and I went in September but they were very definitely taking them down and there were gazebos and boxes and people in places doing that.  It was also completely and utterly rammed with people looking at them. …

  • 2014,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Chasing a dream

    I’ve always wanted to write.  It’s been a dream of mine for a long time to have a book published.  It’s not one I’ve worked on very consistantly over the years but I love to write and I’ve dreamt of author moments. I’m trying at the moment to use the daily writing mojo I built up doing the book a day prompts to make a big dent into the novel I’ve been planning to write all year. I set a goal at the beginning of the year to have a complete draft by the end of the year and unless I get my act into gear that goal isn’t going…

  • 2014,  guest blog,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Writing Tips from Andrea Murray

    As well as answering some questions for me Andrea Murray, author of Omni, also sent me some writing tips. I’ve been finding my writing hard lately so I was hoping some writing tips might help.  I think they did but I also think I’m getting a bit obsessed with getting writing tips and I probably need to just spend less time reading about how to write and more time actually doing some damn writing. But before we get to Andrea’s tips here is a quote about writing I literally just found and really liked: “The secret of being a writer: not to expect others to value what you’ve done as…

  • 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,  crafts,  creative writing class,  NaNo,  NaNoWriMo,  photos,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    ♥ I got my powerchair back yesterday and I took it out for a very long wander around this afternoon. I came back cold but with the cobwebs well and truly blown away and feeling happier. (An Instagram I took as proof I went out and because I thought it looked nice. Road, trees, sky, cars going past and the power station in the distance) ♥ I can’t remember if I posted here that I was going to take the creative writing class again. It was going to be a five week class with the same tutor I had before. The first one was last week but the rest have…

  • 2013,  freedom,  frustrations,  NaNoWriMo,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  so you had a bad day,  trains,  Uncategorized,  writing

    A Properly Poorly Powerchair

    I’ve got a poorly powerchair. I’ve known for a fe weeks that it didn’t feel right but I couldn’t put together what was wrong with it. Then mum and I went to Oxford to see The Mousetrap and on our way to the station afterwards (I had gone in early for drinks with a friend) she said the back of my chair struck her as wrong. When we got back to the station she had a properly look as we had time before the train and said she wasn’t sure. But I mentioned that I’d thought it felt off and had had a feeling it was something on the front…

  • 100 days of writing,  2013,  Poetry,  Uncategorized,  words,  writing

    Writing Poetry

    Words flow from my fingers Rhythm and rhyme are acknowledged as important yet ignored Imagination and inspiration are the key Thinking too much will throw it off Inside I wonder if this will be any good Never quite convinced that Good will come from my words Poetry plagues me Overwhelmed with the need to write Extremely difficult to find the motivation Trying to do so more often Really trying Yet never quite doing

  • 2013,  5 minute blog,  iPad,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Five minutes of writing thoughts

    So I decided to try a new thing. A five minute blog. I often don’t blog because I don’t think I have enough to say or enough time to write properly. So I figured I should stop using that as an excuse and write for just five minutes. What gets written gets written, and what doesn’t doesn’t. And it’s not abig deal. Allegedly. How it turns out in reality I couldn’t tell you. But hopefully it will mean I blog more often and that’s one of the goals I wanted to work on this month. I’m using write or die for ipad to write this, it’s ages since I’ve used…

  • 2013,  Attempts at World Domination,  creative,  ranting,  thinking,  Uncategorized,  writing

    On being a writer

    I know you want to sing. See. I love to sing. Nothing makes me happier.I either wanted to be a singer or the head of the Ice Capades. Hey. Do you know who the Ice Capades are? Don’t roll your eyes. They were very cool. I went to my mother who gave me this book…called Letters To A Young Poet. Rainer Maria Rilke. He’s a fabulous writer. A fellow used to write to him and say: “I want to be a writer. Please read my stuff.” And Rilke says to this guy: “Don’t ask me about being a writer. lf when you wake up in the morning you can think…

  • 2013,  acceptance,  benefits,  DLA,  ESA,  guest blog,  perceptions,  personal,  Uncategorized,  writing

    File this under “you couldn’t make it up.”

    Last Wednesday I got the news that I’ve been awarded ESA for two years. I’ve been put straight into the support group. It’s definitely the right decision and now I’ve had a chance to think about things and calm down I’m relieved its sorted and ok with it. But it’s not a comfortable place and if I’m completely honest I felt like I must be much more disabled than I realised. I wrote more about that, the ESA process and how it relates to me over on Bea Magazine And then yesterday I got a letter telling me about my DLA entitlement for this year. And all about how DLA…