I’ve been writing rest home profiles over the last couple of weeks. It’s part of my job as Pen-for-Hire. I’m lucky to have the work, but it’s been a little depressing. I’ve been making God’s waiting room seem attractive, and it’s got me thinking… Don’t get me wrong, these rest homes really do sound like … Continue reading This too will pass
Yesterday was International Suicide Prevention Day. I’d never heard of it before, until a friend liked a link on Facebook. It resonated because two teens have recently committed suicide in the town where I live and, like many people who work closely with teenagers, I found myself deeply distressed by it. I was helping a small group of Year … Continue reading Live for Tomorrow
Two weeks ago, we hooked our very cool 1974 Classic caravan to the back of the station wagon and hit the road. We’ve stopped off at a couple of places on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand and we’re planning to stop off at a couple more. First stop was … Continue reading At last, an adventure… (part one)
I shouldn’t neglect my blog, but I have in recent weeks. My followers have been steadily rising in number since I began blogging last year and I am very close to a thousand email subscribers. I had no expectations of stats like that; it amazes me, in fact. I imagined I’d get a few fellow … Continue reading Where to from here?
"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." - Ernest Hemingway I have my nose to the grindstone almost all the time at the moment. I give myself breaks for being a mum and sleeping. Or rather, I have my fingers to the keyboard. I’ve challenged myself to write a short … Continue reading Good Writers Bleed
I’ve been thinking about all that my daughters are teaching me. It’s the big ‘life’ stuff: Love. Laughter. Fun. This morning, I taught my two little girls to dunk their croissants into small bowls of hot chocolate, because nobody breakfasts like the French. I’m also teaching them to read and write and count. All that’s important, but … Continue reading Love. Laughter. Fun.
I’ve sent the email; the one that makes me feel like Hamlet. It’s just three lines long, but has been the cause of a week’s worth of sleepless nights. Last night however, after I blogged about how I was feeling, I slept beautifully. That particular rant had obviously done me the world of good. My … Continue reading Just being normal…
I’ve been preoccupied by thoughts about Hamlet lately. The Shakespeare play. That’s why I was trawling around the internet the other night, when I found that prime bit of Shakespeare porn. (Is there anyone more attractive than Peter O’Toole in his prime, discussing something he was obviously passionate about and an expert in? Just gorgeous. … Continue reading To Be or Not To Be
A few days ago, I took a deep breath, felt my addicted heart palpitate, and ‘Deactivated’ my Facebook account. They say the only way to deal with an addiction is total abstinence, right? Thus, I had to say goodbye to that virtual highway of insecurity, banality, and vanity. Don’t get me wrong - I am guilty … Continue reading Farewell, Facebook! I’m Off!