Good Days and Tolstoy


Another busy week, writing poetry and editing a short Christmas story for Amazon Kindle.

I started the week wearing t-shirts and this end of the week, I’m layering up which can only mean one of two things…

* Writing about Christmas and snow has made me feel cold so my mind has moved to Siberia (eek!)


* Autumn has arrived! Bye to summer. (sob!)

I think my Christmassy writing is done for the moment so perhaps I should write about sunshine, sipping Pina coladas and tropical heat…then my brain can move to the Caribbean!!

Next, I’ll be working on a quiz book, then a children’s story and then, and then, and then…Lovely! I can’t do “not busy” it drives me mad or, more accurately, gives my OCD/PTSD time to encroach on my brain space.

I have had the honour of a few compliments about my writing in the last couple of days from people who weren’t biased (yay) and I have to say that it was very nice to be appreciated and to feel that my writing is growing and moving in the right direction.

It reminded me that people often concentrate on the negative rather than the positive…maybe we should make it a habit to say something nice to someone, pay somebody a compliment each day and to ourselves!!!

My therapist has been retraining my brain for months to think positively and it really does make you feel better about things.

Who knows, you might change someone’s day from decidedly average to fantastic which is never a bad thing!

And yes, particularly in the UK that may well be greeted with surprise and an “is she mad??!!” look but hey, at least it’s a good deed!

And I’ve also set myself the challenge of reading War and Peace – Thank goodness it’s the Kindle version my arms would break holding a paper/hardback version!

Have fun and keep smiling peeps.




About Joanne Hayle

I am Joanne Hayle, I love writing. It is the best way to express myself. is my website which links to here. I have O.C.D and P.T.S.D. This site is a testament to the fact that with expert help what can feel like the end of the world, isn't. THANK GOD!! I have books on Amazon, have been included in poetry anthologies and children's books plus a really lovely amount of freelance work. You can also see my children's stories for free on

Posted on September 25, 2014, in Books, christmas, Mental health, O.C.D, P.T.S.D, poems, Poetry, reading and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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