And the wheel turns

2020 went out like it spent much of the year: strolling empty streets, wondering where everyone went and why it wasn’t invited to the party that wasn’t even going on. At our house, it was bright and cheerful and there was laughter. The one time we went on the motorway I was reminded what it…

The shortest day

God, haven’t the days been dark? Metaphorically and literally, I mean. Today is winter solstice, the shortest, and darkest day of the year. Sunset here in the UK was at 3:49 in the afternoon. When you don’t go to sleep till 10:00, that’s six hours of darkness. But tomorrow we go the other way. The…

2020 Thanks

Thanksgiving 2020. It’s surreal in many ways. It feels like much was taken away this year; for some of us, the ultimate loss of people we cared about. For others, peace of mind, loss of income, loss of companionship. Worry about loved ones became overwhelming. That makes today especially important. Taking the time to be…

Juxtaposition

I love teaching. There’s something magical about helping writers create their stories, about helping them take their craft to new levels. I treasure the moments when they say something clicked or moved forward in their story thanks to that day’s session. I do find it incredible as well, how many of them suffer from deep…

Keep growing

How hard do you work at making your writing better? Like, have you gotten to the point where you think it’s good enough? Do you churn things out and figure that if people are buying, then it must be okay? I think A LOT of writers do exactly that. They write and hope an editor…

All Access?

Artists of every kind have always been in the public domain, of sorts. If you were a painter in the 1800s the rich people wanted you at their parties as a kind of show-animal. Writers were often invited to ‘salons’ where the hostess would boast of her connection with said writer. The same goes for…

Connect with Abandon

Look for the good. I mean it. I had a wickedly scary time last week. My health after Covid seems to be all over the place, much like it is for many people. And last week was a topper for me. You can read details here, if you want. What I want to talk about…

Dream a little dream

I keep having really vivid dreams. My teeth falling out is a recurring one. And being chased or scared is actually making me cry out/whimper in my sleep, until my wife wakes me. My wife, too, has vivid dreams. She can sit up and look at whatever she’s dreaming of and swear it’s there (the…

Traveling in Silence

(I just deleted a whole bunch of bleak stuff so I can get to the heart of things. Yay!) We decided to travel. For two people who do it often that shouldn’t be a big deal, but obviously, with all the stuff going on, it really was. One of us (not me) needed to do…

Call To Me by Helena Harte — Les Rêveur

Sometimes the ideal book falls into your lap at the perfect time and that’s what happened with Call To Me. This book totally gave me the feels!! What was the book about?Ash is ready to start the next chapter of her life. Fresh out of university she’s prepared to get stuck in at her new… via…