Part 1

I sometimes think I’m like Elizabeth Bennet. I’m paraphrasing, but I never feel like I can write or say anything unless I’m going to utter something that will astonish the whole room. Therein lies my mistake. I think I have nothing to say that is deep and worthwhile, but how can that be? How can... Continue Reading →

Sick Day

The cats nestle at my feet and there’s a mug of hot lemon squash and honey, my fifth, on the bedside table. The home shopping channels have been on the TV in the background all day and there’s a pile of books on the bed beside me. The books are of different genres and lengths... Continue Reading →

Ghost story

Maggie turned her head away and chanted, "You're not real. You're not real. Not real. Not real!" She could feel the cold air in the room and when she glanced back, the form stood over her bed, deathly still and staring down. The thing was perfect. It wore her mother's form and expression. The same... Continue Reading →

Unpack

A friend of mine suggested an exercise. The idea is to take a setup, main characters and a statement and unpack the scene. Rather than telling the reader how a character is feeling, convey their feelings by unpacking the scene. Example: Kevin hated Nick. Brothers, told from Kevin's point of view.  Kevin leaned against the... Continue Reading →

Insomnia

I fell asleep at 5am or thereabouts last night, or, this morning, if you want to be specific. My dreams lately have been anxious. There are worries hiding in there that I can remember and talk myself out of when I'm awake, but in my dreams, I behave logically in relation to the situation I'm... Continue Reading →

Happy New Decade

We're now in the 20's. I have a hard time believing that the decade is gone and 20 years have passed since the Millennium. Remember how all Hell was going to break loose at Y2K? Computers were going to melt down across the globe and we were going to be hurled into another dark age.... Continue Reading →

Puzzles

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 →

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