On the value of blogging.

I'm gratified by the number of likes, comments and visits I received to my Not Quite a Post post!  It just goes to show that, when you've said you're on a blogging schedule (in 2014 I've been trying to post at least once a week, usually on a Sunday) it's worth plonking your bottom down… Continue reading On the value of blogging.

Not quite a post

This is an unwritten post, a silence, a caught in the throat, the words in my head, the left unsaid. The scratched out, the scribbled, the scrunched-up, the came to nothing. Doodles in the margins, around the edges. Gazing out there, up there, beyond here. A quick game of Hearts, a glance at Facebook, Twitter.… Continue reading Not quite a post

Writing and backache. What are your tips?

If, like me, you spend a fair portion of your life sitting down, reading, writing, and typing, the chances are you might experience neck and backache at some point, as well as pains in your hands and wrists.  Things got bad for me about two years ago when I first started blogging and I became… Continue reading Writing and backache. What are your tips?

In the wee small hours, someone’s working

In January this year, I took a photo from my kitchen window every day and posted it on Instagram.  The photos I took at night, or very early in the morning,  before it turned light, are the most interesting I think. (The ones taken during the day mostly involve wheelie bins on our patio...).  In the photo below,… Continue reading In the wee small hours, someone’s working

The enduring appeal of a fountain pen.

It used to be dark green but, sadly, the green eventually peeled away (actually, I peeled it away, in moments of absent-mindedness).  There have been times when I thought it missing forever, and I celebrated as heartily as the shepherd finding his lost sheep when it was found: in the dungeon that lies in the depths of our… Continue reading The enduring appeal of a fountain pen.

The holiday’s over…

I'm back to work tomorrow and I'm feeling low that my month off has come to an end.  I'm pleased that I've managed to work on my pamphlet and now have 18 poems which are as ready as they'll ever be to send to the printers - although I haven't had a lot of contact… Continue reading The holiday’s over…

Postcard from Spain.

I'm just back from a week in southern Spain with my family.  As well as swimwear and sundresses, I packed my notebooks, pens, draft poems and plenty of reading material, including these two books by Vicki Feaver.  Vicki was kind enough to send two new poems from her forthcoming collection to my poetry blog, And… Continue reading Postcard from Spain.

Weekly update from bed

I'm writing this post at 8pm on Saturday, 9th August. I'm in bed, eating an apple, there's an oversized mug of liquorice tea on the windowsill, a pile of notebooks, pens, poetry books and magazines sinking into the mattress next to me like a silent lover. Ooo-er. We're not long back from a 12 mile… Continue reading Weekly update from bed

An update about my pamphlet

After the happiness that came with an email from Gareth Lewis telling me that tall-lighthouse would like to publish my pamphlet (which I mentioned here) there was a time of staring. Staring at my computer screen (sometimes on, sometimes off), at my hands, at the wall, out of the window, at a sea of printed… Continue reading An update about my pamphlet