Blogging, Corona Diary, Lockdown Diary, Weekly Update

Corona Diary: Half year, middle of the week catch-up

A small rambling post about what I'm up to at the moment, what's happening out here in my little corner of the West Wiltshire town that's been my home for the past 17 years, and what's new since my first post about living through the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK. News in the garden: our… Continue reading Corona Diary: Half year, middle of the week catch-up

Blogging, Corona Diary, Creative Writing

Paper Nations: Time to Write

Paper Nations is an arts organisation which commissions writers throughout the South West of England to create new work. Earlier this year, they ran a scheme called 'Time to Write' and invited writers who face particular barriers (time, money, location, opportunity) to apply for up to £1,000 to enable them to develop a writing project.… Continue reading Paper Nations: Time to Write

Blogging, Corona Diaries, Creative Writing

Still here in June

Since lockdown started, and both of my children were sent home from their universities, which I wrote about here, I've had less time on my own in the house and less time to focus on my creative projects. When I wake up each morning, the first thing I do is make a mental audit of… Continue reading Still here in June

Blogging, Discover Prompts

Food, food, food

Have you finished eating the pasta, baked beans and tins of tomatoes that vanished from supermarket shelves when news of the Covid-19 emergency first broke in the UK?  Are you eating all the eggs, which were nowhere to be seen in the supermarket this morning, or perhaps you're baking many cakes? My Instagram feed is… Continue reading Food, food, food

Blogging, Discover Prompts

Being open to criticism

It isn't always easy to be open to criticism, in fact it's something I've learned to do over the years.  When I first started showing my writing to other people, I felt vulnerable and exposed.  Praise bolstered my confidence but criticism could really upset me and make me feel defeated, as if it wasn't worth… Continue reading Being open to criticism