Slow Progress is Still Progress

Today I set a fifteen-minute timer and let my mind loose on an unwritten scene. A release from the minutia of revision, I'd like to set more time aside for this, a chance to let the characters develop organically through dialogue and action. If you've been following me you'll know I have set up a … Continue reading Slow Progress is Still Progress

Reconnecting

Reaching out to family and friends has been a massive boost for my mental health, I saw my little sister for the first time since lockdown, at a Social distance of course. It was exceptionally hard not to hug her. I left the stress of getting tea and cake to my husband. An incredible amount … Continue reading Reconnecting

Asking Permission

Today I learned to slow down and ask permission. I have not gone back to normal. I am educating myself everyday on issues surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement researching more black businesses to buy from and donating to causes when I can. My online profile doesn't necessarily reflect this. There have been so many … Continue reading Asking Permission

Pause

It's just a quick one today, I'm exhausted. Since the death of George Floyd and the calls for action I have thrown myself into the Black Lives Matter movement. I really don't want this to come across as feeling sorry for myself or patting myself on the back. Any depression anxiety or frustration I am … Continue reading Pause

Me and White Supremecy

I was hesitant to write this post being painfully conscious of the fact that this movement is not about me. However, seeing as I have stayed silent in the past for my own comfort I will speak out now. Any examples or lessons I share are not meant as a teaching tool, I only want … Continue reading Me and White Supremecy

I’m Trying

Lordy it's hard to get into routine again. I'm now steroid free and my asthma is pretty well controlled. However, I am also not likely to be dressed before midday. However, yesterday I did a bit of reading from The Emotional Craft of Fiction exploring the ways in which to portray a characters emotions. It … Continue reading I’m Trying

Damn It Asthma, Could You Not?

I wish my body wasn't at the whim of various ailments. Days after recovering from a hellish migraine asthma kicked in yet again. Another course of steroids started yesterday. I despise the combo of low oxygen levels and steroid induced manic moods. Plus the debilitating pain in my rib cage caused by the strain of … Continue reading Damn It Asthma, Could You Not?

Virtual Birthday Party And Character Motivation

It's a bit of a late post tonight. today is my mum's birthday and we've been having fun playing virtual board games, Saboteur to be precise. We managed to get the whole family together for a games night. Earlier in the day we sang happy birthday with the two grandchildren. They had a cupcake each … Continue reading Virtual Birthday Party And Character Motivation

A Good Morning Spent Writing And Revising

Life feels a little easier today. I know many wise people are saying in these times we shouldn't put pressure on ourselves to get everything done. I agree. However, I need to do things in order to feel like i'm in control. Writing helps me. Sewing helps me. Doing exercises helps me. It's all in … Continue reading A Good Morning Spent Writing And Revising

It’s Beginning To Hit Home

I have taken the virus seriously since it began. Not because i'm incredibly altruistic or restrained. I seriously feared for my life due to asthma. I am also privileged because I'm not currently in work, so there were no difficult decisions to make. On wednesday my anxiety reached new peaks. My husband was tired through … Continue reading It’s Beginning To Hit Home