Sometimes You Write it Twice

New short story is up now, so if you’d prefer, jump straight across to read Coffee, Cake, & Ghoulets. Otherwise read on for a little about the writing process itself! Stories are slippery things, as I’m sure I’ve said before. They never sit where you put them, or follow the course you have in mind […]

The significant human (SH) is ‘tired’. It’s her own fault – she will insist on staying up all day when there are sunny spots to be napped in. All it means is that she oversleeps for my first breakfast, and I have to wake her. I don’t want to wake her, but what can I […]

I won, I won! I’d like to thank the little furry muse, chocolate, tea – wait. Sorry, no. Not that sort of award. Although I’m pretty chuffed anyway. The lovely A.S.Akkalon nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award (isn’t it cool? And shiny??), and I’m both enormously flattered and a little intimidated, because I feel […]

I have a reasonably good sense of direction. I don’t mean I have a compass inside my head that points infallibly North, but I can generally find my way back to hotels in strange cities, I can normally figure out shortcuts that actually are shortcuts when hiking, and if there’s a body of water anywhere […]

In not very long, I will have a birthday, and I will be 39. I actually wrote a whole blog post about this, musing not just on how the hell I made it this far (honestly, in some ways I’m surprised), but also on how society, as represented by TV, movies, and an uncomfortable proportion […]

Once upon a while ago, I used to cook full-time. In fact, I had a few jobs where this was the case, the first time being with the caterers at Waiheke Island RSA when I was still at Uni, and the most recent being in a lovely wee deli/cafe in Yorkshire. These are facts that […]

When we decided to head to Paris for a few nights, I had two things I wanted to do – visit the Catacombs, because they were closed the last time we were there, and visit a few English secondhand bookshops, because this has become a bit of a thing for me. Unfortunately, the Catacombs are […]

Habit. All sorts of connotations in such a little word. You’ve got a monk’s habit, which conjures up thoughts of self-deprivation and piousness, of scratchy brown robes and hand-tended gardens. Bad habits – oh, so many of those. Biting your nails. Smoking. Picking your spots. Dog-earing book pages (shudder). Good habits – putting money aside […]

Okay, let’s talk New Year’s Resolutions. Do you make them? Have you already decided what they’ll be? If so – you know, well done, if that’s your thing. But can I ask why you made them? And if you haven’t made any, but plan to – why do you think you should? There’s that sneaky […]

The last month has been one of those months, not just for me, but for quite a few people I know. In fact, I think it’d be fair to say it’s been one of those years for lots of people. It always is, in one way or another, isn’t it? And there are things we […]