I started this blog at the beginning of this week. Two days before I turned 55. I was feeling emotional about things. A distinct sense of melancholy and the constant weighing up of where I was in my life. But when I came to re-read it, it was so lame! I cringed at the words.… Continue reading A love letter to my children, 13 June 2021
It's been a crazy time for me. in the last few weeks. I wish I could write more about it all, and I will as I have a thousand little anecdotes floating around in my head- but here's a little snippet of news for my blog. My new book, Searching for Sarah: The Woman who… Continue reading BOOK RELEASE! My new book: Searching for Sarah, the woman who loved Langenhoven.
(Post written yesterday, 13.04.2021) This is called stream of consciousness I believe. A device used by Virginia Woolf and others if I’m correct (but if I pursue this line of thought I’ll be even more distracted and won’t get on with my day. Apologies if incorrect.) But here. Picture the scene. (I’ll help by providing… Continue reading On mountains, mothering and driving lessons.
(This was a review I posted on Facebook's Good Books Appreciation Society Page) DISCLAIMER: I received the book as a giveaway on this Facebook group and was intrigued though not really surprised by the few people who expressed an interest in a giveaway copy. One expressed the sentiment that a book by a 'minor pale… Continue reading Book Review: Tony Leon: FUTURE TENSE: Reflections on my troubled land
Six faces appeared on screen on Friday to Zoom into one of our writer’s Masterclass sessions with Mike Nicol. Some more would be zooming in on Sunday to discuss their writing projects, both fiction and non-fiction. ‘So, how are you all doing? he starts. ‘Any issues, questions?’ I took the gap and jumped in fairly… Continue reading WHY WRITERS WRITE
Before I finally met Wanda, I had been aware of her creator (Lynn Joffe) making noises from the side lines. I’d heard the piercing questions at author events, seen her around and about (online) and somehow – unwittingly - got to even read a short sample of what must have been an early Wanda on… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The GOSPEL according to Wanda B. Lazarus- Lynn Joffe
MONDAY 1st I concentrated so hard on cutting the butternut on Monday night, watching the serrated but blunt knife slice a little strip off each cut circle. It didn’t help. My eyes started stinging (no, not onion) and my heart felt a distinct unsettling. I’d just waved goodbye to my eldest child, my only son,… Continue reading Time MARCH(es) ON
Believe me my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats- The Wind in the Willows Arniston: Around 1995: Recently married, my husband and I hired a little boat (a rubber thingie with a tiny engine, I imagine around 15horse power engine- why… Continue reading Messing about in boats: a short story for our time.
I recently read an article on alternative lives, lives unlived or just doing things differently. The crossroads we reach at certain junctions which don’t appear to be anything like a fork in the road until we look back on it many years later and see that it was exactly that. There was a time in… Continue reading 10 Lessons for Living #LocationFree
I’ve been thinking about how I feel on some days compared to others, and linked to that, how I define myself. How WE define ourselves. I mean, do you think there is one or a dominant defining moment in your life that sets you up for something that endures for several years- or perhaps most… Continue reading How do you define yourself? How would you LIKE to be defined?