Last week was my first time in the judge’s seat for Flash! Friday. I had a blast (read my comments on the winners here). It never fails to amaze me how one prompt can generate so many different stories, and it was again a lesson to me about how individual we are and how that… Read More Why Flash Fiction is Both Tough and Rewarding
This Christmas was unexpected. For me, the perfect Christmas is sitting in front of a roaring fire with mulled wine, tea and chocolate oranges, the turkey cooking slowly and a notebook next to me for those moments of inspiration. We decorated the house with fairy lights and candles in preparation for my in laws coming… Read More Lessons of a Newbie Blogger and Twitter User
It’s happened time and again over the years, others intruding on my boundaries. It happens repeatedly, determinedly, in a steady drip-drip that eventually causes me to let down my defences. A slow, stealthy creeping into my personal space, a disruption of carefully planned routines. It is the neighbour who comes by for a friendly cuppa… Read More Protecting our Space as Writers
Following my post on how writing challenges can help you make the most of your writing time, I decided to put my money where my mouth is and share some of my flash fiction with you. FLASH! FRIDAY Here’s my entry (and the photo prompt) for yesterday’s Flash! Friday competition hosted by @postupak: Freedom They… Read More Flash Fiction: One Old Challenge and One New
This week I’ve been thinking about how the year has passed so quickly. Do you remember that feeling when you were at school and the weeks seemed to drag? Or how it seemed that you were fifteen forever? Every birthday took an age to come round and you really, really, wanted to be older, worldly,… Read More How Writing Challenges can Help you Make the Most of your Writing Time
Last week, someone I love confided how in me about how low she was feeling. We spent nearly an hour talking about her feelings, what she felt had gone wrong and how she could get to where she wants to be. I walked away from the conversation hurting for her but when I replayed the… Read More How Good a Listener Are You?
This week, I got the chance to be in a quiet room by myself to focus on my writing. Our son is eight months old, and the urge to write has been getting stronger now that he is sleeping better and I have more energy. Some friends and I decided that each week two mums… Read More The Ability to be Alone
After I published my first proper blog post yesterday I tweeted about it and sent the link to half a dozen family and friends. The chosen few, as it were: those who have been supportive of my writing dream or at least know about it. Not everyone does. I didn’t share the post on… Read More Leaving Fear Behind