Monthly Archives: June 2014

Weekend Offer…Curious?

Hi

Curious? is on offer at a fabulously low price to download this weekend.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JVW8GTK

 

Curious? is an anthology containing contemporary poems about love, relationships, romance and poetry celebrating life, its funny and inspiring moments.

Titles include When Your Mind Wanders (Love.)
The Bridge (Love and life.)
Rhyme Time (Funny poetry.)
Curious? (Inspirational.)

Please enjoy my poetry and its positive, motivational messages.
The poems are thoughtfully written but they are not demanding or overcomplicated.

I write from the heart and let the words flow rather than obey all of the poetry techniques religiously (although I respect those who do!)

If you wish to leave a review, please do.
I welcome feedback on my poetry book.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Joanne

 

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Poll – Opinions wanted please:-)

Hi,

Further to my last blog post…

A poll this time. Thanks for helping again! (Last question for now.) Joanne

 

 

Would you perceive someone who has a mental health issue as being weak in some way? PLEASE BE HONEST!!!

 

Doing a little research….wanna help?

Hi

I have a pretty good idea of the way the UK thinks about mental health (and sometimes discriminates) but I would love it if you would take a couple of minutes and answer the 5 questions below for me so that I can get a more global picture.

Please feel free to e-mail me directly joannehayle@gmail.com to ensure your anonymity rather than using the comments option here. (Please use the comments section if you don’t mind people seeing your views.
NO names, e-mail, blog or website details of yours will be made available to the public via any article or blog post that I write.
The results will be written in terms of age range, nationality, male/female, not about specific people.

Question 1:
If you find out that someone has a mental illness do you feel uncomfortable?
Yes
No

Question 2:
Would it be easier if the person had a broken leg i.e. you could see the problem and how severe it was?

Question 3:
Do you feel that there are enough resources in the public domain to help people understand mental issues?

Question 4:
Would you say that having a mental illness carries a stigma with it?

Question 5:
If you developed a mental issue e.g. depression would you seek medical advice or try to battle on alone?

*Please add your age, sex and country details to your response.
Comments are very welcome.

THANK YOU for your help.
Joanne.
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A, B, C – Anxiety Borrows Creativity

Hi

At the end of last week I looked at what I wanted to work on before the end of the month including competitions that close on 30th June and publications that are closing for submissions over the summer.

As I tried to work out how I could achieve my gargantuan tasks confidently and competently my OCD and anxiety voice started to murmur that it all had to be done, every opportunity had to be taken or I just wasn’t trying hard enough.

And the strangest thing happened, although it’s perfectly logical too.

My creativity, inspiration and flow lessened as the business end and my unrealistic expectations of myself, the should do’s and the must do’s, drained the writer me of fluidity and entertaining writing.

I couldn’t find strong ideas and I wondered about the standard of work that I was producing, the twists for the plots lacked something…the sparkle just wasn’t there.

However, I am proud and delighted to say that my creativity came back before Monday dawned – when I took the pressure off myself, realised that I, as my own boss, can pick what I work on rationally not because the calendar says that in X amount of days the month is ending but because the inspiration, the nugget of a plot is there to be nurtured.

Interestingly, I haven’t done one of the pieces of work that I had deemed essential last week.

I’ve been working on something strong, non fiction, that a week ago hadn’t even been a whisper in my mind and it’s going well, thankfully.

I am sure that if I want to enter any competitions in the coming months then the work will be completed and of a better standard than if I tried rushing something through for June.

The world isn’t going to end whatever I submit to wherever, whenever!

 

Anxiety up = frustration until I remember that I enjoy and love writing for writing’s sake. Yes, whilst I need to make a living that should not at my wellbeing’s or my writing’s expense.

I’ve been taking care of my Mum this week too as she’s been ill so in a “God works in mysterious ways” manner events refocused my priorities and perspective as soon as she needed me to help out.

Competitions and deadlines come and go, but helping someone through a tough time and keeping my brain happy and healthy are always going to be more important.

As my therapist reminded me, in January 2014 starting this career still seemed like a far off dream but now I’m living it.

The moment should be savoured. I’m taking time to smell the roses. 

I guess the future will turn up when it’s ready.

Have a great day.

Joanne:-)

Where did the last hour go??!!

Hi

The great thing about researching is that a world of information (and nonsense!) is available online.

Books can be viewed online, authorities e-mailed and advice sought and given without moving from your desk..or the garden where you might be working in the sun! (A perk of the job;-))

The downside…the internet on my laptop has an off switch but apparently it needs me to switch it off…who knew?

It is so easy to just think you’ll spend about ten minutes on something and an hour or two later realise that time has vanished in to the ether or rather, that precious WRITING TIME has been given to the internet.

I went online about an hour and a half ago to look something up, I found an e-mail rejecting a short story so I did a bit of extra market research before submitting to the next publication.
I also sent my OCD “homework” update to my therapist.
So far, so good. Little Miss Productive gets a gold star! 🙂

And then…somehow I ended up flicking into Amazon, and I spent a merry twenty or so minutes there, that reminded me of a conversation that I was having about a celebrity, you know, the “are they still alive question?”…this celebrity is. YAY!

That reminded me of the book that I’m reading about WW2, which in turn got me curious about what the historical figures around D-Day looked like and that made me think of war poetry which led me to post one on my poems on Forward Poetry Social.

And now I intend to post this and then ban myself from going online again until something creatively wonderful has tipped out of my now trivia filled head and on to the sun kissed laptop!!

Have a great weekend.

Joanne

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Hi all

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Joanne

What To Write??

Hi

One of my first thoughts this morning after, “I need caffeine!” was what shall I do/write today?

Was I in a fiction or non fiction mood?
A poetic mood?
A write all day lost in my imagination mood?
An editing mood?
A business mood?

Decisions, decisions! But a wonderful sort of a puzzle too!

You see, I finished a story last night and it is resting before I edit it. (Strange isn’t it? If you edit too soon after writing you sometimes can’t see errors but others ALWAYS do!)

Well, as luck would have it, the question was answered for me as soon as I opened my e-mails.
A publication said “yes” to one of my stories and “it needs work” to another one so the “it needs work” has received some loving attention and rewriting and whilst I left that for a few minutes before a second proof read I wrote a poem.

And to think that after my deliberations I had decided to write a short story set in the thirties about a mysterious disappearance…

Lessons for the day:
1. Don’t plan, go with the flow…
2. Drink more coffee before you start debating with your creative self! (The OCD part of my brain loves to think, rethink, rerethink…you get the idea! so it’s better if I’m actually awake!!)

Have a great day.

Joanne

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As 1900 begins Victoria Fordham finds herself in an unenviable situation and the new century offers her a devastating choice, to salvage her reputation or to hope that it might be saved through inaction over time.

Her mother Eugenie is preoccupied with social position.
Her father is kind and pragmatic but careworn.
Her brother Jack is often a staunch ally and also a harsh critic.
Cordelia Blake is an intriguing guiding light to Victoria but will she hear Cordelia’s timely advice?
Sam Blake, Leo Trewinn and Matthew Peel prey on her mind for different and dramatic reasons.

Her grandmother introduced her to the idea of flipping a coin to make choices.
Heads or tails has a fifty/fifty chance of giving Victoria a chance of happiness.
Can she abide by the coin’s decisions?
Heads Or Tails is a spellbinding tale of family, duty, love, reputation and sacrifice.

A full length novel.  

Time Flies!

Hi,

It is becoming a bit of a joke around here.

I say that I will probably stop writing in say, a couple of hours time, and then four, five (or longer) hours later I actually do stop.

It is miraculous when inspiration hits and like on Monday I sat down and over 5000 words later I finished work for the day and to me time had flown by.

It wasn’t work, it was a visit to another world, meeting new people, seeing what stories they had to tell. My characters often grow much more than my basic framework, they have their own voices and in the editing process I have to make sure that they speak with their voices but with me in charge!!

I look at the page and I am genuinely stunned – how did all those words get there????

Sometimes I have to switch the OCD nagging doubts voice off before the creativity flows freely, and sometimes I am sure that I start off writing absolute rubbish so that my brain is forced to click in to writer mode but the processes are wonderful.

I hope the inspiration keeps on coming and I am thankful for the words that do appear – even if it’s a tough day in the imagination and I seem to spend a lot of time writing bits and pieces.

I love my job!!!

Joanne