Slow January continues

There's that joke about January lasting hundreds of days and then the rest of the year whizzing by in the blink of an eye.  That's definitely what I've been experiencing.  I was just beginning to recover from my knee operation and then I somehow managed to contract viral pneumonia - so my January has definitely … Continue reading Slow January continues

End of the month blog

Rattling off a post before March ends.  I've worked hard on my poetry manuscript since I last mentioned it on this blog.  Now for the final stages of editing, tweaking, rearranging lines, titles, and order with my editor, Jane Commane at Nine Arches Press.  What have I learned from writing a full collection of poetry?  Mostly, … Continue reading End of the month blog

In which I send off a poem 

This week, I've spent a lot of time working on one poem for a competition.  I sent it off yesterday, Saturday, one day before the deadline. I don't know what's made me enter more competitions this year, it's not something I've ever done excessively, preferring instead to send my poems to magazines.  I suppose I … Continue reading In which I send off a poem 

At the year’s halfway point

My children's exams are over.  For my son, a season of campouts and festivals has already begun. My daughter also has exciting, if slightly less grungy, plans.  Four years worth of scrawled-on paper, deep piles of exercise books, text books, files, revision cards, notebooks, stationery, bottles of Rescue Remedy, school uniforms, pots of lunch money … Continue reading At the year’s halfway point

A quick update

A quick update about what I'm up to.  I'm still waiting to hear about a few submissions and I've sent out several poems to competitions.  In recent years I've been trying to focus on magazines rather than competitions but I decided to ring the changes a bit and see how I get on.  In the next … Continue reading A quick update

A visit to The Poetry Business in Sheffield

...and other thoughts about being away from home. I'm just back from three nights away in Sheffield where I met up with all but one of my Aldeburgh Eight friends.  We've been trying to meet up again for some time and we managed to arrange to converge in Sheffield for one of the famous Writing Days … Continue reading A visit to The Poetry Business in Sheffield

A good January, so far

As Januarys go, this one hasn't been too bad, so far, not taking into consideration world events, of course, although yesterday's amazing marches across the world have filled me with hope.  I've had five - FIVE - rejections in the past six weeks, not all poetry or writing related, but, surprisingly, I'm unbowed.  Could it be … Continue reading A good January, so far

In which I entertain a charming visitor

This week has mostly been about me being ill - not seriously ill, just an annoying cold with horrible flu-type symptoms; feverish, aching limbs, bad headache.  Unfortunately I had to cancel our Poetry Society Stanza meeting at Trowbridge Town Hall and I was really sorry about that.  I felt that I might be contagious so … Continue reading In which I entertain a charming visitor

An update of sorts

After my mammoth blogging extravaganza when I posted every day in November, I've been having a little rest.  It's rather delightful!  Almost inevitably, I've done more poetry writing which is a good thing, I think (*peruses notebook nervously*).  I've also applied for a couple of jobs (and been turned down for one 😦 )  - … Continue reading An update of sorts

So, I’ll say, let’s have coffee

So, I'll say, let's have coffee and we'll go to a small café on a side-street in Italy or Spain or Portugal or France, somewhere far enough south that even in December we'll sit at an outside table in our coats and catch a little sunshine.  I'll order an espresso and I'll be wearing a beautifully tailored … Continue reading So, I’ll say, let’s have coffee