11, November 2015

Nanowrimo and the risks of research

‘Stretch goals’ we used to call them, when was that? The 90s maybe, then ‘audacious’ goals and then goals somewhere along the line morphed into either challenges or indicators – depending on if you get paid for delivering them. Nanowrimo is a challenge that stretches what you think might be possible for you to achieve withinRead More …

30, October 2015

Buried stories – digging in nanowrimo

Creative writing is an act of faith. It is, of course, also a process and work and I will be taking my own advice in those regards but none of that can happen without the trust that inspiration will come. Do you believe in your muse? Do you have a creative faith that you canRead More …

8, October 2015

I love and hate a sunburnt country

I have been lucky enough to travel to the other side of the world and visit the ‘home country’ (as it was still being called when I was little). I’d always aspired to this cultural ‘homecoming’  in an unconscious way due to a steady childhood diet of English culture, books, stories, myths, music and television.Read More …

18, September 2015

Rough seas leave me stormwrecked

Evans used to say “Rough seas make for seasoned sailors” and give a little whistle when the new crew went that grey-green and ran for the head. He was forever telling others to look on the bright side of scurvy, no rum and being stormwrecked a long way out to sea. I almost wish he’d madeRead More …

5, June 2015

The moon follows you home

The moon follows you home. It is a dream and you know it is. You walk with your beloved through a market and fall into a deep, warm pool of water. Everything you’d been holding was dropped. All that money. Everything you’d been wearing was washed away. All that jewellery. Everything you thought dissolved. AllRead More …

13, March 2015

Inky Water

Inky water gives no ripple as we enter, no need to sink, it is all deep. Here fears show their own faces Breathe despite your worry you cannot drown. This is you, stripped of illusions, revealed in the shadow’s world. This is your eternal womb, your own mystery. Come, join me in the search. BreakRead More …

20, November 2014

Sometimes a stumble

Our brave face outward. Fierce, focussed on horizons and plans of epic proportions, ready to stride forward, forging success. Oh but even you are human, perhaps you stumble. Can you forgive the foot, the stone, the day? Pause in the eternal moment here, between the trip and the echo, where you explode and reform. Are you ego, emotionRead More …

5, November 2014

NaNo-riffic writing fun

It is November and so the Nanowrimo is upon us. Praise be! I love this crazy, silly fun and free festival that over the years is helping me learn how to write. This is my 8th or 9th year now (? I’ve lost count)  and maybe it has taken that long to learn how to participate,Read More …

18, July 2014

Hermit muse

Jump over to Two Sides Tarot for both parts – the first is the reading I designed based on The Hermit and the second is a sample reading to give a feel for how the positions play off the cards.

31, January 2014

Poetry on Twitter is Tweetery

Twitter’s hard limit on characters is a temptation too delicious to ignore. What a marvellous space to evoke a mood or relationship in. I’m surprised it isn’t more of a popular pursuit to craft poetry inside Twitter. Tweetery To me (and of course to many others) it is our digital age’s haiku. A widely accessible andRead More …