Read for free…or trying to do my bit during this madness


Okay, how many of you have a scratchy throat at just the mention of coronavirus? I'm sitting here with my MS and immune system malfunctions and etc and I probably can talk myself into a case of something, even as I keep myself inside. I am avoiding contact, trying to keep from adding to the…

Being Seen (and read) or where the heck did that chin hair come from?


Well, it's out in the wilds. The ebook version is launching on Saturday. The book. My book. By me. All alone. It all seems such a small story, so meaningless. I mean, I like it, but I am having trouble dealing with the thought of my friends reading it and then having to make a…

Faking it til you make it, or Hey! My book is out!!


So, how many of you leap into things, smiling through faces while hiding a certain amount of quavering within? I've done it all my life, think I've come from a family who taught me about this, created another family who can do it. It's a useful skill. Got me through university, job interviews, marriage, parenting.…

Writing classes, or how to spend lots of money without really having to write


I'm guilty. I've been signing up for writing classes since I started writing way back when my youngest was 2 or so (He's in his late 20's). I've done college classes (excellent), online courses (variable).  Like Claudia Casper, I love literary festivals as well (SO fun and full of kindred spirits and one was in Iceland,…

Indecision…


"The problem," says Elizabeth Gilbert, "...is that we cannot choose everything simultaneously. So we live in danger of becoming paralyzed by indecision, terrified that every choice might be the wrong choice."   But then, Neil Gaiman (a person I gush over regularly, unlike Elizabeth Gilbert, who, though okay, is given to bromides) says: "Face your…

On being seen…


There's a lovely foolish Monty Python "military" training film on 'How Not To Be Seen.'  In the clip, people are hiding, NOT BEING SEEN, and then they are asked to stand up. Once they do so, they are either shot or blown to smithereens. I feel viewing this in my formative teens MAY have had…

“If we are not sometimes baffled and amazed and undone by the world around us, rendered speechless and stunned, perhaps we are not paying close enough attention.” Ben Marcus


"So You Want To Be a Writer" - excellent article by the Guardian. I love the Guardian. A voice of sanity in a baffling world.  

The post-conference slump


I am a terrible person. I go to these writing conferences  (Iceland.....) and come home, alight with the possibilities in writing, and then I find myself committing acts of extreme procrastination so I don't have to actually get down to it. And yet, the conference makes me feel like I NEED to be writing. Ergo: guilt…

Fuck-up Nights


Just read about this group of people who get together now and again and talk about their failures over a few drinks  - sharing where they've messed up, telling what they learned, if anything, sharing that's okay to make a complete mess of things.  Here's the article. I think this is a great idea. Ever…

Stardust


There are times, frequently, when I wonder if the world really needs another book, especially one written by my clumsy creative heart. After all, there are so very many BAD books out there, killing trees by the thousands. I really wonder about this, though, when I read something so marvellous, so heart-changing that I am…