…Or rather, I’m now turning the fledgling blog in to a book – because I can and it’ll be fun to collate all the days in one volume. So, I’m going to be a busy bee for the foreseeable with freelancing and working on two books simultaneously…lovely!!!
As my brain is not so troubled by the past and I am seeing a bright and breezy today with sunshine and smiles in the future, I am positively getting on with life and that is phenomenal when you consider that depression told me a few years ago that life was pretty much “game over.”
Fingers crossed, toes crossed and eyes crossed that Prince Harry talking about mental health will help to diminish the stigma. I know that I am so much more than my thoughts and anxiety AND also far more than some people (no longer in my life) would ever have given me credit for.
They wouldn’t like me now…Me, myself and I answer back!! Nicely, of course.
Remember, nothing lasts forever and sometimes the calm after chaos can be a revelation.
Happy rest of the day!
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I hope that everyone had a great summer/winter depending on where you are in the world. If your brain is misbehaving I sympathise and just keep going even when you really don’t want to/see the point. Keep walking towards sunrise. It’s beautiful when you reach it, promise.
First a brilliant quote I read from Joanne Harris, writer of Chocolat:
Depression is no more curable by saying it’s “all in the head” than cancer is by saying it’s “all in the cells.”
That lady talks sense…and writes great books!
I, unsurprisingly spent a lot of my time writing. I know, anyone would think I was a writer…oh yeah, I am! Lots of freelance work and regular work…happy, happy, on anti-depressants-happy! And grateful.
Also writing the next book:-)
Occasionally I look at reviews for my books on Amazon and Goodreads , not too often though because it can be a teeny weeny bit scary seeing what people think of your writing.
Guess what? There is no definitive rule about taste and reviews. For the same book I have had a 1* and 3* and a 5* so for any writers out there who get disheartened by reviews just remember that a review is someone’s opinion. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be respected but you can agree to disagree with someone’s opinion.
It’s very easy to read a review of your book that showers with praise and very tempting to kick the furniture when you see a less friendly one. A 1 star makes you want to shout “I put blood, sweat and tears in to this and you gave it a 1????” A 5 star lets you puff out your chest proudly in the knowledge that “someone appreciates talent/dedication/late nights and rewrites.”
My 5* counsellor led me to devise a system where when I read reviews, good, bad or indifferent, that I spend no more than 30 seconds reviewing the review. I assess whether there are useful points which would enhance the book or if I should agree to disagree. Then I move on. This means my emotional state doesn’t fluctuate with the reviews. I can be objective. Just think if mood was dependent on reviews, it’d be like being attached to an internal unpredictable bungee rope!
Happily, my brain is still healing and the progress is promising. I just have to remember not to make myself too busy, too under pressure and too focused on work. Relaxation and rest are important too! Who knew?
I have also enjoyed more reading time lately, currently reading Sabine Durrant’s new book Lie With Me and it’s very good so if you fancy a psychological thriller you shouldn’t be disappointed with this one.
Of course, being the history buff that I am I have been looking at a book by Anita Leslie on her great aunt Jennie Churchill, Winston’s mum. Interesting, inside view of the family.
Happy rest of September and as the seasons change try to find the poetry in the moment.
PS: If you’re giving a review please remember that there is normally a hard working person behind the book/piece so please be constructive, think helpful!
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I’ve been kept very busy recently with freelance work so thanks everyone, I think I’m becoming not quite expert in an expanding number of areas, but I love information and trivia so my brain is happy.
Excellent news is that I’m still kicking OCD’s butt, THANK GOD! Had an appt. with my therapist last week for the first time in a while and (not to tempt fate) my brain is mending and it’s definitley more recovered than recovering.
Funny isn’t it, how when you’ve been ill for a long time that when you are reminded that you’re ill it is almost odd? As I’ve been focusing on other things the realisation that my brain is still a little bit poorly actually felt strange…I’m more normal these days and less beseiged by OCD rituals and safety behaviours!
Excellent book – and no, I don’t know him, owe him or get paid to say this! but Matt Haig’s book is brilliant. Titled, Reasons to Stay Alive, it is worth reading whether you’ve been through depression, are going through it or want to understand what someone goes through. It’s got a ton of celeb endorsements too if you like reading those!
My Mary Queen of Scots book is still a work in progress but it will be out before the next millenium, honest!
Have a fab week and please remember to be kind to yourself.
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It’s been a while, time flies! I hope you missed me…what? you didn’t notice I’d been away…Charming!!
Anyhow, I’ve been a busy bod freelance writing a lot of diet, fitness, superfood, exercise blogs and lifestyle articles…it’s amazing how you think you know a subject fairly well but there’s always more to learn! I’ve switched white bread for wholemeal and increased almond eating…apparently they are very good for you. I live, I learn.
It’s lovely when you get good feedback too, thank you to anyone who gives me a fab review, I appreciate the compliment and I know that you don’t have to comment. It’s great for the soul though.
What’s not good is that I’ve been naughty…slapped wrists time…I worked without taking a day off for almost two weeks and guess what? My brain and body kicked my butt! As much as I love a searing headache, feeling overtired and wrung out like an old dish cloth (NOT) I have to remember that my OCD, anxiety brain needs a rest or I’m playing double jeopardy with my recovery which thankfully has been very good these last few weeks. I’m fine now and lesson learned – the hard way. Hmmm.
I’ve also been working on a new book for my series Royal Rifts, this one is on Mary Queen of Scots and her marriages. Stormy! It will be out in the spring. Publication date to follow.
Well, that’s me, and my brain and writing life for the last few weeks so take care and remember to rest your brain cells. They’ll be glad you did!
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I hope you have had a fabulous holiday time and I wish you a happy, peaceful, healthy, joyful new year!! (To those who overindulged, I hope your hangover has gone by now!)
Our Christmas decorations are coming down today:-( and the holidays seem to have passed by in the blink of an enjoyable eye – but here we are already on day 2 of 2016 with the rest of the year like a huge blank page ready to be written on.
My aims for this year, apart from – spreading joy, love, positivity and hopefully a bit of helpful wisdom while appreciating my blessings – are to build on the progress that I made last year, both in my writing career – thanks to anyone who’s bought/read any of my books – I officially LOVE YOU! and also with my OCD/PTSD/anxiety which has improved miraculously over the last couple of years. In fact, talk about Christmas miracles and I can tell you that an OCD habit (or ritual as it’s known) that I wasn’t able to shake off on several attempts just magically disappeared on Christmas morning, I simply wasn’t doing it. See, miracles do happen. THANK GOD!!!!:-)
As I couldn’t stop myself from writing completely over the Christmas holidays I have got about 9000 words of a book about the Hanoverians written. Call me crazy but if I don’t write for a couple of days (which is rare) I get what I call itchy fingers – in other words I need to write, my hands are ready to spill what’s jumping up and down creatively in my brain on to my laptop and they can’t wait!
I have also indulged in a bit of poetry – I hope you like this one, it’s a reminder to me but will work for all!
This today will soon be yesterday
Let’s make it the best we’ve ever written
For each tomorrow is a chapter away
We often forsake our now for it, bitten or smitten
Try to live in the moment, savour each one
That’s a hard lesson to learn and maintain
But your mind wants to be in the present, having fun
Smell the roses, see sunsets, feel gentle rain
It’s not easy to be in the here and now
There are many invitations to fret, false clues
Tomorrow is a mystery, a tremor or still, for now
It will explain itself soon but it isn’t motivated by the blues
Tomorrow’s blank page betrays invisible ink what if’s and when’s
Willed for answers won’t always be found in our today
Questions unanswered, we take up our mental pens
Where we normally write a far too dramatic play
For when the dreaded tomorrow morphs in to today
Our fears quite often are found to never have in truth lain
Yet for hours, our eyes off course, they’ll have led us astray
A new merry dance for us to review on memory lane
Plus, being human, we flick back to see our faults
Liberally douse our life tomes in inner critic stress
Instead try to live in the moment without thunderbolts
Read each word you write and enjoy the ink blots, they’re heaven blessed.
Have a wonderful 2016 and remember to treat yourself well and kindly – everyone should feel special!
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Tis the season to be jolly so here’s a fun Xmas poem…enjoy!
The keen little elf said “Err, hello.”
In a tiny voice, not an elfin bellow
“Have you seen Mr. Santa Claus?
Is he in his office behind those doors?”
Mrs. Claus smiled her kindest smile
Newbie elves were sweet, just like a new child
For she and the toy making crew knew
That her husband was turning the air blue
Not in the office, paperwork amassing
But outside in the chill enduring a gassing
The poor beardy guy was again falling prey
To back drafts caused not by his sleigh
The reindeers were enjoying giggling fits
The mayhem was courtesy of Mrs. S’s titbits
She would insist on giving the reindeer molasses curry
Before their MOT’s she’d get cooking, all of a flurry
It’s a strange coincidence Santa thought
As some fresh air and his breath he caught
That it’s always somehow a curry dinner the night
I say the next day it’s MOT’s and practice flights
Dishing up for all, Mrs. S would sweetly smile at him
And say that she’d cooked up curry on a whim
Poor Rudolph’s nose never lost its glow
After the 1924 vindaloo went down below
“Daydreaming, Mrs. S?” Her sleeve was tugged by elf, Ed
“You’d better give it five minutes,” she knowingly said
“Or it won’t only be your clothes that are green.”
Ed frowned, “Whatever, lovely lady, do you mean?”
“Well, Santa’s doing reindeer MOT’s in the snow
With last night’s dinner he’s meeting ho ho ho!”
“Surely you’ve not indulged in foul play, Mrs. Claus?”
She folded her arms, grinned through the pause
“Ask the elder elves, they’ll tell you Santa won’t let me take flight
Or steer the lovely reindeers on any Christmas night
Always it’s a no ho ho when I ask but he’ll get the hint one day I’m sure
In the meantime for his Christmas roses there’ll be spicy manure
And for us an annual work day bonus of entertainment galore!”
Have a fab rest of the day and holiday season, Joanne :-)X
I hope everyone is enjoying December, so far it’s been writing busy, fulfilling and with lovely surprises for me so that’s all good. Great start to the day, a Christmas story of mine will be used on Bedtime FM soon – thanks and Yay!
And this lovely tome went on sale on Amazon in paperback and Kindle this morning too. Another Yay and a Thank God! Some people have already bought it!!! It can be borrowed too – shameless plug moment!!
Here’s a little present from me to you…a senryu poem! I wrote this last Christmas time but it’s just as, if not more so, needed this year…
“Wrote to Santa Claus
Asked for wars and hate to cease
A gift of world peace.”
Have a great, safe and full of love and peace week, Joanne
Bonus flippant Yay…I’m a Celebrity is OVER!!!! not a lover of it, as you can tell.
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We made it to the weekend so chill out and think calm, lovely brainpower restoring thoughts, your brain will be soooooo grateful. You know what? You work too hard! It told me so.
I’m going to try not to do any work over the weekend…I’ve said that before though and normally I can’t resist! but I am reading a fabulous book at the mo, it’s by Victoria Holt who was really Eleanor Hibbert, sadly she died in 1993 but her gothic thrillers ROCK. (By the way she also wrote as Jean Plaidy and Phillippa Carr and her books should all be brought back in to publication!)
If your clocks are changing this weekend enjoy the extra hour.
Just so you know I’m a really really really really wonderfully fantabuously busy bee writing at the mo…thank you brilliant clients!! Yippee and double yippee!
I just have to remember that brain overload/stress/spontaneous combustion is sooooo last season. Thankfully, I have helpful (indispensible) anxiety disorder busting techniques in place so if you see a firework going off soon it won’t be a U.K based writer exploding into a gazillion sparkly pieces!!
Here’s a tanka poem that I hope you enjoy…
Sprinkled rain diamonds
On a web’s silvery base
Adorn nature’s hand
So in glory she displays
Majesty of which she’s fond.
Happy rest of the weekend and remember there’s always time for a smile and to count your blessings.
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I’ve been a busy bee again this week (love it! Thank you God!!) so I’ve been tuned out of the world and tuned in to freelance work. A biproduct is that my trivia loving brain gets to learn lots of trivia that I didn’t know that I needed or wanted to ever know. I am going to be a “not quite expert” on lots of diverse subjects one day soon:-)
I’ve also been working on a new royal history quiz book. The ones I brought out last year went well so, as I haven’t done one this year yet, I’m doing one now in between the freelancing. It’ll make a fab Christmas present me thinks.
Yesterday my brain/body decided that it wanted to rest, it sent me back to sleep for an indecently long lie in – 10a.m. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, just like I was “stuck” to my lovely warm cozy comfy duvet.
So, having written an article and now this blog, I’m off to work on some more quiz book questions before I officially switch mode to quiet chillax – Order me chicken jalfrezi, fab movies, a great book, yep, that’ll be me today just after 4pm. Ahhh bliss!
Have a fab weekend.
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