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.…

A rabbit in every pot and a saint on every corner- or why Malta was so confusing


I've just been lucky enough to take a trip to Malta, land of my grandfather's birth and burying place of other in-law relatives. It's not an easy place to get to, but my heart has wanted to go there for years. It's the fabulous history. Millenia of history. Footprints of travellers from centuries back. The…

I like these ideas- reposting so I can keep track of them.


link.medium.com/UOlkaZq3j3 It's only Jan 17- is it too late to start? A diary I can get my head around...now let's see if I can do it!

Making money as a writer by means other than cranking out cheap books and advertising the heck out of them


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On being seen or not- the glorious invisibility of the 60+


Way back in the dawn of time, when dinosaurs ruled the earth, etc etc etc, I used to be able to grab the world's attention with a winning smile and a push-up bra. I've even got good eyes. And cheekbones. I felt seen, essential, valuable. I was asked my opinion about things, and I HAD…

Snow Day, or how being psychrophilic can be a good thing…


Psychrophilic: thriving at a relatively low temperature There are times when I know I am meant to live in the north. Today is one of them. We had lashings of snow yesterday, and, true to the Maritimes, everyone except the snowblowers and emergency people had a snow day. The silence here in the city was…

Jack of All Trades, Master of None


Sometime in my formative years, someone used this expression around me. It probably wasn't AT me, but somehow it got encompassed in my brain cellular DNA and I hear the phrase every time I try to do something lately. Primarily because I don't seem to be master of much lately - I can't help but…

I packed Christmas up today…


I'm done. I can't feel it anymore this year. I think it was Boris Johnson being elected. Or maybe it was the sad sorry spectacle of people risking their selfish careers to try to impeach a loathsome orange toad, only to run up against so MUCH BLOODY SELF-INTEREST that it practically oozes out of those…

For some bizarre reason, I thought of you today…


So, today I was trying to clean Gorilla glue¬© off my hands (having smeared it all over them while repairing the bird feeder), and in desperation, poured Listerine¬© over them-- and I was sent flipping backwards in time to when I used to date this silly man who tried to treat his fungal toenail by…

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I don't know about the rest of y'all, but I am just about at the point of torching my email box. I'm frantically unsubscribing from every site I ever agreed to and heading for cyberdarkness. Don't call me, I'll call you... I mean, HONESTLY. Every day for the past two weeks, my inbox has been…