23rd February, 2024

Before I start, let me say that I have a couple of positive things to say - near the end!  Merely addressing the fact that some may say these posts are all doom and gloom.  Ridiculous, I know.  On saying that, I can only work with what I am given, daily, on a plate,...

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16th February, 2014

'When he shall die Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine.' 'Romeo & Juliet' (Act III, Scene II) To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016, the Royal Shakespeare Company commissioned artist and...

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9th February, 2024

Just keep adding the layers ...  I do wonder what it is that is stopping me from turning on my electric blanket and climbing straight back under the covers?  Am I nuts?  There's nobody here.  I feel exhausted and the driving wind and rain battering the windows is...

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2nd February, 2024

I planned to limit myself to an hour to write this - and I have managed to do so in the past - but not really feeling it today.  It's 17:24 now.  Who's to know whether I stop at 18:24?  The answer is, of course, nobody but me.  However, the 'but me' is what matters. ...

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28th January, 2024

No excuses.  Just busy.  Now, I'm writing on my day of rest, for goodness sake!  By the way, did it even get light today?  Overcast and miserable, I am being taunted by messages from Becca, sitting in 'our' piazza café in Monti, ordering Prosecco!  Remind me, again,...

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20th January, 2024

Good intensions ...  I'm supposed to write this on a Friday and, oft times, I just date it the Friday, anyway but, no more.  My good intentions are exactly that, good.  Not my fault if life gets in the way - and does it really matter if it's, actually, Saturday as...

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12th January, 2024

Ready for some waffle?  Twice in one week ...  Oh, the gift of spreading good cheer!  2024.  Weirdly, I have no problem typing that.  Seems to have sunk, effortlessly, into my psyche.  Should I take that as an omen for good?  One can but hope. Now, what does one call...

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8th January, 2024

Start the year as one means to go on, that's what I say ...  Deadlines?  Who needs them!  Avoid pressure at all costs.  Live organically - on 'handmade organic food' (see my future bestseller/mini-series/film for context) - and practise the art of laissez faire.  Did...

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31st December, 2023

Have I mentioned before that I love Christmas?  Well, I dislike New Year in equal measure!  Does anyone actually like it?  It's the unknown and the unknown is scary.  Of course, 2024 may turn out to be the best - and it certainly sounds better than 2023 - but, in the...

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22nd December, 2023

I love Christmas.  Always have, always will but ...   Why is it that every year, time gets shorter and life gets more exhausting?  The tree is still a work in progress.  The lights are on - tempting to leave it like that - but we are talking basics here!  Today's...

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15th December, 2023

Done it again!  It's after five-o'clock and this is me just firing up.  No excuses, really, although my future best-seller/mini-series did happen to be open on my screen and, thus, I ended up adding further genius to that!  Fifty-seven thousand, five hundred words, to...

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8th December, 2023

Friday again and, once again, I feel as though I am late with my homework!  Why?  It's just gone 5pm, as I sit down at my desk, and I have successfully procrastinated all day.  Not that I haven't been productive, just not productive in the way I'm supposed to be...

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