Is It Over Yet?

Christmas time is a beautiful and wonderful thing, from seeing family and friends to chocolate oranges and fairylights strewn across buildings. However it is also draining, physically and mentally. Money worries and family politics. That's not to mention the inevitable illness that comes from doing too much and eating out of a routine. It's a … Continue reading Is It Over Yet?

Write Write Write

I this point I shall finish My novel on 8th January. Not the best. My brain feels like sludge. It's not useful that there's only one room I feel safe to be in. I feel like I'm in a goldfish bowl. Builders visible from every window. The noise is jarring. Hammering from the roof, planks … Continue reading Write Write Write

Truth And Writing

I signed up for a course from Writer's HQ. A free mini masterclass for short fiction. The first week focuses on the ideas, stripping everything back to basics. The first task is to write out a true story from your own life.  My pieces tend to err on the magical side. Writing consumed me when … Continue reading Truth And Writing

Things Are Just A Little Bit More Difficult

My husband has been ill with an undiagnosed stomach issue for coming up to two years now. We have seen many doctors and had umpteen tests. none of which have been able to shed any light on what is actually making him ill. The most frustrating aspect of this illness is the unpredictability. it is … Continue reading Things Are Just A Little Bit More Difficult

Mental Health And Self Care

Simultaneously feeling isolated and overwhelmed. Out at a meal today I had the tightening of a dread knot in my stomach, clumsy words and an intense desire to leave the table and never return. I've  not felt this way in a while.  This morning I didn't find any joy in writing my novel. Uncomfortable and anxious at the … Continue reading Mental Health And Self Care

A Cautious Admittance 

So I just noticed that the last few blogs I've written have been to do with my mental health. I think this means I need to do more than simply writing to do lists. I can plan to my hearts content but the reality is i've got a hell of a lot of events coming … Continue reading A Cautious Admittance 

A Bit Of a Catch-Up

I have been somewhat overwhelmed of late. My calendar is full and my mind won't stay still. I find posting relaxing. It gives me a chance to collect my thoughts and process the day. There are times when my anxiety does not want me to take account of my days. I'm afraid that if I stop … Continue reading A Bit Of a Catch-Up

…And Breathe

My week has been a whirlwind of activity. I cannot think of a single day in which I  had time to rest, never mind write! I can feel my mind becoming overloaded. Manic bursts of energy followed by pure exhaustion. Days rush past with unnatural speed. Tight cracking jaw,  the frustrating insistence of a tension headache. … Continue reading …And Breathe

Writing from Experience

I'm  working on sending a submission to Horror Tree under the  headline Ghosts on Drugs. A nasty bout of depression which stole my motivation, which meant I missed the deadline for my novel. The computer is a bit of a scary place now, it's a place where I fail to write my novel. My laptop is … Continue reading Writing from Experience