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 [...]

Hello Jack Frost

Hello, Jack Frost How have you been? Back again To make the world gleam With glittering starlight Brought to ground I love it when Your time comes round. When what was breath To clouds does turn And icy fractals Plate autumn's burn. The world goes quiet, The earth stands still And arms wrap selves In [...]

Autumn Mornings

Last September we got a puppy. She turned our lives upside down (mostly for the better - who can resist a happy puppy face in the morning and when you get home from work?) but probably the biggest change she made is that I now actually HAVE to get up when my alarm goes off [...]

Ode to Another Week

Monday yawns and Lifts a lazy head. Time for coffee... Or five more in bed? Tuesday insists that It's Thursday already - I'm work worn and Emails just might overwhelm me. Wednesday declares that The worst is behind us But lengthening to-do lists Push next order of business. Thursday is buzzing - The weekend's in [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Hope in Invisible Prisons

Suspended inside iridescence, she watches the world pass by. It is beautiful. But she cannot reach it. Rainbows ripple across the surface of her invisible prison, distorting the view: the hopeful land morphing into looming, shadowed threats; the lilting sound of laughter and music ringing hollow in her ears. She knows those terrors are lies [...]

A Pause, A Ponder And Some Poetry

After a brief, unintentional hiatus, I'm back and trying to figure out how on Earth to balance a busy day job and a more-hectic-than-usual home life with the writing life I crave. During the summer lull, I had managed to start to create time during my days to write or at least play with ideas [...]