On Life

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What do I have in me today? Alan Rickman died. Now I recall the old “they come in threes” and wait for the other shoe to drop. I suppose it might be Lemmy, but a part of me feels as if they’d have to be within a few days of each other or the magic of […]

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I don’t think anyone was expecting to say goodbye to David Bowie last night. On reflection, looking at the album he left us just a week or so ago, he knew. He gave us the video for Lazarus only five days ago. The timing was impressive.   We like to tell ourselves stories, half-joking, about […]

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Ah, the beginning of a new year. A fresh start! Though it must be acknowledged that January has elements of looking back, as well as looking forward. Thus far, I’m satisfied with how I’m starting the year (hangover notwithstanding). I’ve mentioned that I set goals rather than resolutions; I like working towards making my life […]

"There is but one Paris"

It should come as no surprise that I adore Paris. There’s something about the architecture, the history, the river. It’s one of those alive cities, where every arrondissement has a spirit all its own. The events of this past week had me thinking, in particular, of the years Paris spent occupied by Nazi Germany. I […]

Ah, blue skies and cool breezes. Spring! I am so filled with motivation this time of year. Perhaps it has something to do with the coming of the summer holidays – Christmas and New Years and so on – and the general good feeling of that time of year. The New Year period always makes […]

I’m the world’s least reliable blogger, I swear. One month out of Blaugust and I’m already down to a post a week. *smacks hand* Naughty. I’ve been getting back into Skyrim and wasting my time on that, I’m afraid. (No video games for me tonight until I’ve done my due blogging diligence!)   On the […]

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Look at me, slacking off with my blogging. Things went so well during Blaugust. Now I’ve fallen off the wagon and am dawdling along behind, finding excuses to delay.   My Japanese 2016 planner, the hobonichi techo, arrived last week. I confess that I decided to buy one because I found out it used the […]

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I posted yesterday, but I deleted it around 5am when I decided it was terrible. (I had a bout of insomnia last night. A great deal of staring at the ceiling and thinking angry thoughts about the whole concept of sleep.) It was I confess very much a big whine about a creative exercise that […]

Today is the last day of August, and so the last day of Blaugust. It seems appropriate to look back at the month and see how I did.   I missed five days, and managed 16 without breaking my streak. I’m quite happy with that – honestly it felt like I’d missed a few more […]

You have to get yourself out there, if you want your stuff to be seen. Writers with published novels have to maintain blogs and tweet and so forth. It’s how people know you’re there, how you raise your profile and get people interested in what you have to share. When I decided I wanted to […]