Have some chaos in your life. Part 1.


This could be a short series of posts. I might crack up on day 1, which is 5th November. We have woodworm, which means floor out, so why not go for underfloor heating? And while we are at it, let’s have an airsource heat pump. Total cost, around £21000, half I will get back fromContinue reading “Have some chaos in your life. Part 1.”

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 Mindfully


Writing expressionist novels leads me inevitably to write mindful literature. The technique of exaggerating the observed in order to explore its forces, forces me to create situations in which every human emotion is examined. This includes the fears and loves of the reader. The chapter in The Last Stop where Jack and Maria dispose ofContinue reading “Writing Mindfully”

Socialist Art. Really?


Mindfulness not only comes in useful to determine what we thought at the moment, but eighty words might reveal what the model was thinking. Who knows? Damned artists! I sit here, in the altogether, pretending to be a wronged goddess. Thank goodness he agreed to put in the animal parts, later. The smell was somethingContinue reading “Socialist Art. Really?”

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”

Why not try Christmas charity? – Then learn the road to hell is paved with good intentions.


It’s about those in power, who walk away from the consequences and retire to Monaco, leaving tens of thousands unemployed and without a pension fund.
And it is about politicians who short our currency to make a quick few quid, but in the process cease to operate in the best interest of the country and its economy. Both these groups have betrayed their nation.
But above all, it is about the people left to pick up the pieces, pay their taxes and try to make ends meet, for themselves and for the country. They are the heroes.

Refracting a Haiku


Medieval glass makers created the spectrum effect. Rainbows are caused by water droplets altering the speed of colours in white light by different amounts. This separates them and produces a spectrum of supposedly, seven colours – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. And there is the rub. Most people can’t discern all seven, becauseContinue reading “Refracting a Haiku”