I'm writing . Lots. I seem to have produced a short story I don't despise, I've got a couple of new poems brewing, and the work for the Hundred House is flying, thanks to a couple of errant Hedgehogs, and a lovely chap who's chatted to me about his chickens.I'm shattered, and think I'm going … Continue reading Every cloud…..
Yesterday was mentoring day. I'm not sure if you remember my overexcited post at the beginning of May ? Just to refresh you, I was selected to be part of Nine Arches Press Dynamo Mentoring Scheme . It was such a boost at the time, but things have gone off the boil a little, with … Continue reading Good News
Why? Why am I so peeved that my assessment result is not perfect? It's not bad, just not what I expected. I've loftily said I'm not bothered about getting another degree, but the fact that I feel so deflated implies otherwise. I think it's that nagging little voice that whispers that one isn't really good … Continue reading Why do marks matter?
I've been studying properly again for about a month, give or take the odd jaunt to the outside world. Looking back through my 'reflective diary' (this isn't as grand as it sounds, it's basically collection of scraps and scribbles of random thoughts), the word that jumps out is "enjoy". I am enjoying this. I am … Continue reading What do I know ?
I went to see a band last night. Gigs are a massive physical undertaking, involving sticks, sunglasses, earplugs and a resilience to funny looks. Last night was important. I had to stand (seating was allocated,and I had the wrong type of ticket) and I desparately wanted to fully experience it, and not be distracted by … Continue reading Exit music
Drizzly old week. Often that's a good writing week, because it means I'm not tempted by the garden. This week has been mixed, some recovery, some writing, and a bit of werriting. My new course feels a little like my old course, lots of exercises on character sketching, and on using memory. But as I'm … Continue reading Drizzle
This is how I feel. I love starting a new course, making plans that will be changed, all the hope that grows from a new beginning. Those of you that follow my blog will know that this has been a frustrating time, a time of waiting, and of handing over decisions to other people. I'm … Continue reading Steady steps