Wild & Improbable Tales – Which Way Up?

All it took was one step, one sip, one tumble down the rabbit hole, one big shrink spurt for everything to change. It always struck me as strange that a nonsense world could make so much sense. Even the vicious queen in her house of cards is not so bad as she seems - after [...]

Unconventional Wisdom

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of attending TEDxManchester. It was a fascinating, inspiring day and my brain is still mulling over all the interesting ideas that were presented. Eventually - when I've had time to fully digest the day - I will write a post sharing some of my favourite ideas and take-aways. As [...]

Still Thriving

Five years ago today, I launched Thrive In Chaos and sent this post out into the world. I established this blog as a means of dealing with a difficult time in my life. I wanted to create a place where I could foster positivity and find a way to thrive, even when I felt that [...]

Who Are You?

Maybe it’s judgemental to think we know what someone else’s ‘best self’ should look like, but when someone seems to go out of their way to be rude or disrespectful, I can’t help but wonder why they choose that instead of choosing to be better... Who are you To look at me like that? Why [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – A Ghost Of Warmth

At first, it looks like a room full of people. With a languorous certainty, they circulate, moving like the inexorable grace of a glacier, the entrancing dance of the fire. And then you notice something strange: there are no heads, no hands, no legs. They are a sea of jumpers and sweaters, moving as though [...]

Winter Joy

My heart is so full. It's Christmas and my brother is - wonderfully, unexpectedly -home. There are no words for the joy this has brought me. So instead, I will simply wish you joy and peace of your own and leave you with a wintry poem about light in the darkest part of the year. [...]

NaNoWriMo Check In – Days 3 & 4

Day 3 of #NaNoWriMo and #wrimohero's prompt was #calltoadventure - how do you generate ideas? I get a lot of my ideas from the environment around me. Places, found objects, the weather - my imagination spots the most random and insignificant things as I’m going about my day and runs riot with them! I collect [...]

#NaNoWriMo Check In – Day 2

Day 2 of NaNoWriMo is here and the prompt for #wrimohero is 'Ordinary World: What's your setting like?' This is the beautiful building that inspired the first seed of my story: it's the incredible John Rylands Library in Manchester. A key part of my setting is a stunning gothic library. I'm also going to be [...]

Taking The Plunge

I wasn't going to do this. I really wasn't going to do this. Why would I? November is ALWAYS one of the busiest months in my year. Extra intervention programmes to run at work means increased workload and longer working hours. My birthday (Yay!) means fun outings with friends and family. Drawing closer to the [...]