Pinch, punch, make some plans

Since it’s the first of the month, I thought I’d share with you some of my plans for the rest of the year.  I am a lover of lists, even if  I often fail to cross off all of the items written on them.  I’m not a slavish adherer to plans, I don’t feel likeContinue reading “Pinch, punch, make some plans”

On not blogging and putting your poems first

I’ve been absent from here of late, really since I got back from my holiday in Portugal, and it’s mainly because I’m trying to plough on with my poetry writing, especially as I’m taking a break from paid work.  I feel that I need to make the most of my free time as I’m never tooContinue reading “On not blogging and putting your poems first”

What are your writing plans for the summer?

What are your plans for the summer? Are things staying the same or do you have a project in mind? Maybe it isn’t summer where you are but what are your plans, anyway? Here in the UK, I’ve been away from a regular, paid job since 1st May. This is intentional, I’m trying to useContinue reading “What are your writing plans for the summer?”

This Writer’s Life

On the one hand the cliché of that title, on the other hand the article is off and running and you’re reading it (thank you, by the way). On the one hand I will miss the friends I’ve made during the last 18 months when I’ve been reading aloud every week with people living withContinue reading “This Writer’s Life”

I am not a failure I am not a failure

It’s the end of the first quarter of 2015 and I must admit that my New Year’s Resolution to write for one hour every day has slipped a little.  Argh!  I’ve been writing in dribs and drabs but these little scraps don’t add up to one hour each day.  IamnotafailureIamnotafailure I keep telling myself. OfContinue reading “I am not a failure I am not a failure”

Pinch, punch, the redux

It’s the first of the month! First of March! Mornings are becoming lighter, nights are descending later, birdsong is sounding more exuberant.  The crocuses are out! It’s a good time for exclamation marks! The year is still young enough to make plans! Taking stock. On the first of every month, at least one person arrives at thisContinue reading “Pinch, punch, the redux”

Still writing every day?

I was wondering how your writing is going?  I started off the year by resolving to write for at least one hour a day with all distractions (mostly social media feeds) switched off.  It was much more straightforward when I was on leave from my paid, part-time (ha!) job but it has become more difficultContinue reading “Still writing every day?”

Write for an hour every day

Hello and Happy New Year to everyone.  In our house we are variously curled up on sofas and beds, wrapped in duvets and fleecy blankets, still in our pyjamas or fully clothed, in coats, and wearing gorilla-shaped slippers, and scarves.  (It’s chilly in our house.) The teenagers might have overdone it with the fruity-flavoured cider last night, plusContinue reading “Write for an hour every day”

Best wishes for Christmas

I’m writing at speed on Christmas Eve to wish you all a Happy Christmas. There have been times in my life when I’ve been completely alone on Christmas Day, times when I’ve been with friends, times with family, and twice when I was working (as a Nanny) in a foreign country with someone else’s family.Continue reading “Best wishes for Christmas”

Pinch, punch, first of the month and no return!

First six months gone forever.  Fresh start for the second half.  How is everyone getting on with their ‘To Do’ lists and their plans for 2012? I didn’t make any New Year Resolutions, not really, but I did promise myself to write daily and I’ve mostly been true to my word.  I’ve also made goodContinue reading “Pinch, punch, first of the month and no return!”