We All Have Sock Monsters

If you’d like to hop straight to this week’s short story, away you go – it’s The Sock Monster. Enjoy! Honestly? I hate wearing socks. I hate wearing shoes. Every year when it starts getting cold I go through this novelty factor period, where I love putting my boots on, much the same as I love […]

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 […]

It’s short story week, and we’re returning to Beaufort Scales, High Lord of the Cloverly dragons and quite possibly the most exasperating creature for a clever young dragon to try and manage. Hop right in and read Beaufort Scales & the Toot Hansell WI straight away, or read on for a little background to the […]

It’s short story week, so no need to read all the guff about inspiration and creativity if you don’t fancy it – hop straight on over to The Hole in the Lawn and get reading! Okay, there’s not actually going to be an awful lot of guff for you to wade through – mostly because […]

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 […]

As it’s short story week, here’s your link to jump straight over and get right into reading. Let me know what you think in the comments, or join me on facebook, twitter and/or instagram. See you there! I do understand that a calm, focused mind is to be desired, and that I should work more on […]

Memory’s a tricky little thing, isn’t it? It’s so selective. It seems to have its own (very strong) opinions on what’s important and what’s not, and they very rarely gel with mine. I mean, I couldn’t tell you how many times I get back from the shop without, say, the milk (which could have potentially […]

  I had a scare last week. I’ll admit it. I thought my writerness had dried up and left me. (You may remember a similar – in fact, identical – worry from a month or so back. Yeah, it’s a thing for me.) You can read all the gory details in the previous blog post, […]

I’ve had a lot of jobs along the way. I never got as far as a career – in fact I left university after my first year to take a break while I figured out what I really wanted to do, and just never went back. Since then I’ve taught diving, taught sailing, taught yoga, […]