When I was a kid my teacher told me not to try going to become a vet because I just wouldn't make it. At the time I was struggling through GCSEs and trying to pick my A-Level subjects. I chose to follow the arts, because I'm good at it and It seemed easy. But I… Continue reading Nerves, Papers and Academia
So I was invited on a BAME and marginalised voices writing retreat. It was for those who are under-represented in the writing and publishing world. I guess ideally this would never have come about because no one would be on the edges and left out. The reality though is that I am less likely to… Continue reading Writing Retreats and Free Apples
I get nervous all the time. It happens as I sit in my workshop or out when I'm walking, shopping or being with friends. Don't get me wrong there is nothing that has changed except I have friends. Five years ago I would have been hard pushed to name five, now they are everywhere and… Continue reading Nervous
Find your centre... That is the best advice I have ever been given. Find that place where you are you and relax into it. The first time I tried I laughed. Where I'm me? But I'm always me... It made no sense. I get frustrated at language and not being able to put the words… Continue reading Centre
I am super clumsy... I have a condition called dyspraxia and one of it's many quirks is that I can't balance. Not at all. When I was eleven it took my mum six months to teach me how to balance on a bike. We were living in a large town at the time and on… Continue reading Clumsy
I like to stay up with new aids for dyslexics... I mean I have to because I make money at writing and I can't sit at the computer for hours on end and not get anything done, or work too slowly. My real bug bear is the keyboard. Why is it that I can type… Continue reading New Kit
It's snowing here in Wales. What does that mean? Well, more accidents than normal. I mean, so far there have been two in a small village not far away and at least one on the coast road. Doesn't sound like much? I suppose if I lived in a large urban area it wouldn't be but I… Continue reading Snow!
At the beginning of the year it felt like I had loads of time. I set myself some tasks that were a little ambitious, especially if you consider the problems I have with words in the first place. I do have a bad case of the dyslexia... It even hit last night while I was… Continue reading Time.
The last story I wrote I found that I had written far more than I needed. The result was that I cut huge areas of the story and submitted it to the competition. It was turned down and they sent feedback. Some of the problems stemmed from the names I had given my characters (an… Continue reading Over-writing vs not
Sometimes I find that reality can crash into me with a resounding wallop. I reel under the blow and start to question myself and my motives. Technically the business is only just over a year old. And most of the time I am breaking even. But every now and then I find that I flounder… Continue reading Reality and Creativity