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”

Haikus add fun


The narrative is clear. Find something inherently ugly and write something about it, to its advantage. After all, concrete might have feelings and all art needs recognition. I found some ghastly slabs, on the green central reservation of the street where I live, near the smart apartments, (above). The strip was popular with drunks andContinue reading “Haikus add fun”

Inspirational Structures


Inspirational structures can lead to a new, simpler, less mystical mindfulness. The Hafnia Sea did it for me. The brilliance of the engineer and architect who put it there, need celebrating. Drawing board moment, Captain’s juxtaposition. Art is everywhere. Haiku – 3 lines, 5,7,5 syllables, turning point after second line, should include a reference toContinue reading “Inspirational Structures”