For a few months now, I've had trouble concentrating. It's the drugs. The paracetamol, Tramedol, Paclitaxel, Carboplatin, Domperidome, Ibuprofen, Buscopan, Dexamethasone, Morphine Sulfate and the myriad of unknown drugs I've had coursing through my system for the past three months. Every morning, I wake up groggy and hear "breakfast is here" in a whisper. I... Continue Reading →

Writing: Fantasy vs Reality

I’ve been reading children’s fantasy and teen sci-fi books of late in order to have something to discuss with my 11 year old god-daughter and my teen nieces and nephews. Oddly enough, I’m finding it quite enjoyable. I’ve started “Skulduggery Pleasant” by Derek Landy and it makes me wonder how someone can create a fantasy... Continue Reading →

Writing: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday

I close friend told me that her husband wants a divorce. He told her yesterday, when they were on an outing with their three young children. He said it in front of them. It made me realise that while I’m going through my own hardship and tough time, everyone, everywhere, everyday is dealing with something... Continue Reading →

Writing: 10 things

My brother sent me an amusing gift recently. It looks like a road sign, but on it, there's a silhouette of a record on a turntable and four zombies surrounding it. The sign reads, "In case of Zombie Apocalypse, Please save my records". It got me to thinking, if there were only 10 things I... Continue Reading →

Writing: I, they, you

There are several ways to tell the same story. Point of view is all important in providing the reader with information from one or multiple perspectives. I have had a tendancy to write from the 1st person perspective because it comes naturally, but it has its limitations. I can’t communicate with the reader the thoughts... Continue Reading →

Writing: Family

Most people will say that they have the best family in the world. That, if true, is a comforting thought. The idea that everyone everywhere loves their family is something to warm the spirit. However, that is not really true in all cases. I have close friends that are on bad terms with members of... Continue Reading →

The next step

I might have mentioned that I’ve been going through cancer treatment. It has been a bit unsettling to say the least, but today I had my first at real piece of good news. It appears that 1. My doctors know what they’re doing 2. My treatment is working 3. Chemo side-effects are starting to dissipate... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: Simple Pleasures

Sometimes we think we need to do something grand or noteworthy with our day or else we'll be judged as frivolous or we'll feel guilty ourselves. I know in times past, I've wanted to watch a cheesy film, take a nap or just spend hours playing a game on my iPad or just browse the... Continue Reading →

Happy New Year 2019

So, it's officially 2019 and I'm happy to see the back of 2018. It was the year of a new job, house extension and horrid, bloody, sodding cancer. I finished the first round of chemotherapy (9 weeks' worth) and tomorrow I have my first scan since October. I admit, I'm a bit nervous, but I... Continue Reading →

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