Category: Blog

2021 (or 2020: Here We Go Again)

I’m surprised that I’m blogging, as I haven’t been able to log in for months. Randomly, my password has appeared and here I am! As for most people, 2021 has been a stinker – pretty much a twin to 2020, except we’ve had vaccinations every few months (or so it seems). I’ll talk about important… Read more »

Short Story 2020

Just You Wait ‘Bloody queues,’ he said, towards the first person that met his eye. He stepped closer and the woman backed away. ‘I’m not toxic, love. Those masks will kill you quicker than a virus. Breathing in your own carbon dioxide – it’s not natural.’     The woman replied but he held up his… Read more »

The P-Word

Panic! I have something called General Anxiety Disorder. I’ve had it for a lot of years and, basically, I exist in a near permanent state of anxiety, to one degree or another. Silly things like having to talk on the phone to someone I don’t know or having to go on a bus. Many of… Read more »

The C Word

Firstly, I hope that you and your family/friends are well. Secondly, let’s talk about the current situation. ‘You’re so lucky, being able to stay at home! I wish I could.’ If I had a pound for everyone who’d ever said this to me, I’d be a rich woman. Now that the advice is to stay… Read more »

I blame the parents!

So, how do you do Christmas? Up until I was in my mid-teens, I thought it was perfectly normal to have people you didn’t know well spend Christmas Day with you, whether it be for Christmas lunch or tea. It was usual to wrap a gift to give to a child you didn’t know (and… Read more »

Social Media Detox

When I was first diagnosed with M.E., it was the mid-eighties and I was a young girl. There were no mobile phones and although there were home computers (we had an Acorn Electron and an Atari console), there was no email or social media. I was essentially house-bound with only books and daytime TV for… Read more »

Class

  I’m about to sign up for another term at a local Creative Writing class and it dawned on me that I’ve been doing these classes for the better part of a decade. People come and go, but there’s a core group that is there more often than not. What struck me as odd is… Read more »

Always learning.

When I posted in 2017, I told you I had enrolled on an MA course. Happily, I graduated in 2018 with an MA in Creative Writing, despite some challenges. I enjoy learning and the academic world, so I thought the natural next step would be a PhD. I am a researcher at heart. The first… Read more »

All new!

It’s been a long time since I updated this blog and WP has changed a lot since then. I might make a mistake (or many). I’m going to try and blog more regularly, particularly about my trials and tribulations with higher educations. This is just a test post, to see if I understand the WP… Read more »

Reflections

This year has passed by in the blink of an eye – it doesn’t seem long since last New Year’s Eve. I always like to reflect on the year gone by, but I don’t really want to dwell on this one: it has been a nightmare. I wish you could switch the year off and… Read more »