Berlin in Haikus


An author likes to have a project on the go, which isn’t always easy due to the vagaries of inspiration. In such circumstances I look back through some photos and choose one to write about. After all, the act of making a photograph is, in itself a mindful act. I spotted this amazing woman, inContinue reading “Berlin in Haikus”

Being mindful without mysticism


The Microsoft Bing definition or Mindfulness. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something: “their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition” a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. How I applyContinue reading “Being mindful without mysticism”

Writing to cleanse your subconscious.


A revered childhood mentor, Mr Eveleigh, with the football team – a man who tried to get us to a guilt-free adolescence. In my last blog I asked why authors continue to write, despite gaining so few readers. Am I sure that we have few readers? An internet search reveals that average US sales forContinue reading “Writing to cleanse your subconscious.”

Jane Austen knew – fallible heroines create nervous male moments


Three polit novels. Money back if you don’t laugh or cry. See the series of power women heroes.

International Women’s Day – two women’s firsts


I first heard the term ‘Women’s lib,’ sometime in the late 60s or early 70s. At the time we dreamt of men becoming more like women and to a certain extent, some men have softened their approach. It was never going to be enough to make a difference and so the outcome is understandable, but I don’t think anyone expected women to become more like men. E.g. Play rugby, football or cricket, box or wrestle.

How to write your novel – Ask a brewer!


Ask ten brewers how to brew beer and get eleven opinions.  Ask ten brewers – get eleven opinions. As a brewer and a writer and a one-time writer on brewing, I have always been fascinated by the truth of this brewers’ paradigm. More interesting is applying the idea to other creative areas, such as writingContinue reading “How to write your novel – Ask a brewer!”

The Ring Cycle – will it never end?


Another daft portrayal of mighty Brünnhilde. A night to remember – Wagner – Will It Never End? The Ring Cycle, – full name ‘the Ring of the Nibelungen,’ finished its Gateshead run and made that night in 2016, one to remember. Sixteen hours of drama spread over four nights, two long intervals each night –Continue reading “The Ring Cycle – will it never end?”

Keeping sane – lockdown trauma


The news is full articles about increased suicide rates. (France24 – lead article). I decided to act. Around 30 years ago, I wrote a novella on the impact of poverty and isolation on mental health. After a thorough revision I asked beta reader friend for an opinion. She has come back from addiction, prostitution andContinue reading “Keeping sane – lockdown trauma”