The Loneliness of the Long Distance Writer

I quite like my own company. No-one to comment about what I’m doing/should be doing/have done. No-one to mind the music I’m playing or if the window is open or closed. No-one to share the (accidentally vegan) ginger biscuits. And no-one to interrupt when the creative juices are flowing. But everyone know that you can have too much of a good thing. I mean, look at Tom Hanks in ‘Castaway’.  He started talking to a basketball when he’d had enough of solitary confinement. And I kind of know what that was all about. Because after a while of pleasing myself … Continue reading The Loneliness of the Long Distance Writer

The Details…

I know that I keep going on about how keeping a journal is good for your mental health… So, here are the details about how I plan to share my experiences of journaling through a short writing course at Charlestown Arts Centre , starting on September 7th. Four Wednesday afternoons on how best to keep a journal, the how, why and what and everything in between. Click here for a pdf version of the flyer: journal flyer sept 16 Continue reading The Details…

So I was having a bit of a bad day…

There’s nothing worse than breaking a fingernail on a Tuesday morning. Well, yes there is. Of course there is. But I woke up feeling like everything was a major trial and the joy just seemed to have been sucked out of what should have been a happy day. That was yesterday, when I was charging around feeling cross and snappy with just about everyone and everything, for no good reason. Then I sat myself down and poured out all my bad humour onto paper. And immediately I  felt better, well able to cope with broken fingernails et al. Which brings … Continue reading So I was having a bit of a bad day…

Tick Boxing for Beginners

As a compulsive list maker, I’ve decided it’s time to reveal my interest in Bullet Journaling. I first stumbled across the concept of BoJo (Really? Really?) when I was researching journaling for an upcoming writing course I’m running (more of that later);  God Bless the internet and all who sail in her! (One of the reasons I often work on an old laptop that doesn’t have Wi-Fi capability is that I’d be forever ‘researching’ rather than writing. But I digress.) Bullet Journaling is an organisational tool for people who like lists (me, me, ME!). It’s a system of cross-referencing information … Continue reading Tick Boxing for Beginners