On being an amateur

Amateur comes from the Latin amator ‘lover’, from amare ‘to love’ – one who does something for love. The modern definition is less wonderful, describing an amateur as a person who is incompetent or inept at a particular activity. Curious how it is no longer enough to do something just because you love to do it. The response I … Continue reading On being an amateur

Stepping out

One of my prompts for “Approaching your writing with a beginner’s mind” was to imagine an alien describing earth. Perfect timing – I've had two outings this week, (I only left the house once in the whole of January) and I always feel like a detached observer, especially when it's been so long since I've … Continue reading Stepping out


I hated Record Breakers. It was incredibly dull (except for the domino challenges), and all that wholesome patience grated on me. It still does, even more so now I know it's true. Getting work published takes a long time. The first step is research. Which journal is most likely to like my work? Where's open … Continue reading Dedication

It’s kind of like a drug…..

......this writing lark. The more I do the more I want to do and the more my brain pesters me with ideas and random sparks of  sentences. I'm obsessive by nature, and easily become fixated on things. Sometimes my brain actually hurts (you're allowed to think of the Gumbies) and that is when I have … Continue reading It’s kind of like a drug…..

Winter is icumin in

Winter is properly here. No snow in the Dale as yet but it's forecast and I'm excited. Odd really, but it feels different to be trapped by snow rather than trapped by being poorly. Perhaps it is because it makes me think of being small; playing out till I got too cold, then pikelets by … Continue reading Winter is icumin in

Missed me ?

  Ooh, it's been a while, hasn't it? I've been doing birthday celebrations, which have been marvellous, but leave few spoons* for creativity, productivy, or any sort of ivity you care to consider. Things have been happening in the background though. I’ve had feedback for my second piece for writing short fiction. It was a tricky … Continue reading Missed me ?


This week I've had the pleasure of being introduced to a real life poet. Following my Dynamo mentoring session with Jane Commane of Nine Arches Press, I have a collection of goals to help me develop. One of these is to meet more writers. It's not an easy thing, partly because having a fluctuating health … Continue reading Possibilites