The normal noises are missing. It's too quiet. I lie awake waiting for some of the sounds of normality. My favourite music to help me sleep is Rumble (Link Wray). It doesn't work now. There used to be a fox coming to the front window, sniffing around and rattling the blinds. Of course, I planted … Continue reading Not Sleeping?
That is the question. Life is a bumpy road. That's true for most of the moments of a life, but this period of time has me jumping from moment to moment like a critter caught in the instant before being hit by a spotlight -- and waiting for the sound of a bullet. The mind … Continue reading To Journal, or Not to Journal
The madness continues. The request was for dog food, but the shelves are empty. Cat food, too. Dogs will eat cat food, but cats will not touch dog food. What to do? I have a recipe for dog food, a basic one that I've used and adapted for each dog and its individual needs (age, … Continue reading Dog Food Run Out?
It's been a discussion on several different platforms lately. What is it that makes a reader ignore the obvious problems and gush about a story? What is it that takes a story from good to great? If I knew for sure, I'd be writing like that all the time. Well, I am, but it's about … Continue reading What Makes a Story Great?
Hmmm, energy abounds, says one draw. But I'm a bit tired and might have a nap before I consider the message further ... Or maybe pull another card: Judgement. Yes, sounds much more interesting. Oh, Judgement. What does it mean - am I to sit in judgement? Of what or whom? Me or them? Do … Continue reading Read the Cards
How likely is it that all the Kings come out of the Tarot deck in the one reading? If I were to say I'd never seen it before, it's because there might be a few reasons. One: I don't do card readings very often (and usually for a character in a story, who might be … Continue reading A Day of Kings
It's every writer to their own, but I want to warn every writer about the dangers of doing this one silly thing that can ruin your day. It's getting dressed. There's great danger in trying to force your arms into a sleeve while also writing a note about an important thought that just won't wait … Continue reading The Dangers of Changing
Stories of Hope is aimed at helping gather donations for the bushfire crisis in Australia. Submissions are closed, the book will be coming our way soon enough - I'll certainly let you know! - and it will be eBook only to save on the costs of creating a paperback. A friend asked me if I'd … Continue reading Hope
Tomorrow, I have a new task. The lines are drawn, but I'm losing. I saw the enemy breach two main lines of defence. They were in the top cupboards, the ones sealed with rubber. And in the main living area, right next to the bedroom. One step takes them into the bedroom. And I am … Continue reading The Enemy Line
Apart from the usual. I've been editing this story for so long, completed two other projects in between, decided to give up on it a few days ago -- which led to a long dream-session where I saw the finished product so clearly ... And all these other stories keep calling out to me, tempting … Continue reading What Can I Say?