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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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
Here it is again, that time of year
When spooks and horrors draw near
Sugar high kids in macabre costumes
Who cackle, howl and speak of doom
For those rare few who issue no tasty treats
Fear not, there is a way to trick and to treat
For a homeowner so ingenious and magical
Think of Harry Potter, Sooty and his pals
Whip out your old Paul Daniel’s Magic Set
And the kids’ll be tricked, thrilled in to defeat
As to applaud your conjuring skills they’ll be made
Before their hallowe’en debt has been classed paid
A word of caution, from a wise and ravishing witchy being
Give the kids sweets too or rotten eggs and slime you’ll be seeing.
I hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween…try not to get too spooked!
Makes you think, a great challenging piece. Even if it makes you uncomfortable please please read right to the end…thanks to David Snape for reblogging this first:-)
I am so sorry your child does not have special needs, I really am. I am sorry they are typical, it must be hard, and I don’t know how you do it. They say God doesn’t give you more than you can handle, he must have known you could handle a non-special needs child. I think of all the typical kids; all the talking they do, the sports and homework, it is a lot. You must be a very special person.
I don’t want to brag but us parents of kids with special needs, we always feel bad for you. We don’t really ever discuss it, except with each other. We don’t want to be judgmental or sound harsh. I mean who wants to be the person to say “I am sorry your kids might not fulfill your dreams” or “I am sorry your kids might get divorced one day”.
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Enjoy your weekend and remember to relax, your brain works hard and it needs a break…give it a treat, make it smile.
I am forcing myself “Little Miss Workalot,” to take the rest of the weekend off, no popping on to the laptop for a “quick” write or plotting for the children’s book I’ll be working on next week, my brain is telling me it wants a short time out from work. In fact, I think it’ll probably ask for a lie in tomorrow morning!
The rugby world cup started last night so the TV and news is full of that and the Davis Cup tie of GB vs Australia is also happening as well as a gazillion football matches so if you’re a sporty bod you’ll be blissfully happy in Blighty…I’m not that sporty, don’t get me wrong, I respect the talent and appreciate the dedication of all concerned but I’d rather read a good book. (Or write one!)
Or should that be read two? Yet again, I am reading more than one at a time…a chapter of a history book followed by a chapter of a novel in rotation. That is unless a really page turning, “I can’t put this down unless you chop my hands off” good bit compels me to keep reading. Ahhh happy days! This is an embarrassment of riches I love.
I’ve finished editing my book due for release 1st October and have done some freelance work this week and learned stuff while researching that I didn’t even know that I didn’t know that I would ever want to know.
Oh yes, and to the client who asked me to write an article about football betting strategies I had to respond that “a newborn baby has a better concept”of all that…see, told you I wasn’t sporty (and I have the coordination of a cross eyed bat. No, really!) I hope that he found someone that knew what the heck they’d be talking about.
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It’s a bank holiday weekend here and surprise surprise it’s raining (again) so I am taking refuge on my comfy sofa later with a book about Catherine the Great so here’s hoping that as I’m editing my book about Charles II at the moment I won’t get confused and start rewriting history, you know, just for fun!
Anyway, here’s what happened early last night, it made me smile…
OK, the British are legends on the subject of weather, we can’t go thirty seconds without discussing it and we probably dream about it too…so, I was a bit surprised when Mr. Weatherman pointed to his sexy graphics of rainfall over Blighty after the news last night and authoritatively uttered the immortal line “but don’t take too much notice of that.”
You can’t give a Brit the weather forecast and then tell them that it might be totally rubbish and containing inaccurate pictures and warblings, the nation will go in to mass bemusement and seek therapy! There just aren’t enough therapists in the land to cope with the crisis – I know that the TV company are changing info providers soon but really, are the old lot just yanking our chains?! Heaven forbid that we actually look out of the window and decide what the weather is up to, the very thought is nonsense!!
Just to confirm that the country seems to be OK, people are going out unsuitably dressed for the weather and moaning about it being the end of summer before it’s started as usual so we’ll be fine. No, we will, if we all huddle under an umbrella in sandals and bobblehats and blame the weatherbod for the forecast being almost right.
Have a fab rest of the weekend and remember to relax and to dress weather appropriate, sixteen layers should do it!
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If you’ve had a nightmare/not great/don’t even go there! kind of a day I hope this relaxes you a bit…and if you’ve had a fab day then it’s high fives all round!;-)
A Fresh Brew
After raindrops pitter-pattered
The aroma of freshly brewed
Rejuvenation on parched land
Mother Nature douses liberally
Watering for life’s longevity
Listless earth is stirred, made sprightly
Its cooling drink of invigorating rain
Supped, sodden land shifts, settles again
Beneath hot rays moisture will drain
But her sense of survival is imbued
Mother Nature will pour another enlivening brew
The scent of life will permeate as nature renews.
I’ve had one of those poddlingly productive sort of days, I know that I’ve got a lot of little tasks ticked off the list (imaginary!) but it feels like I’ve been sat here all day not doing much – crazy huh?!
Remember to smile and to make someone else smile, Joanne.
OK peeps, step right up and call me a change-your-minder! (And no, this is not what I look like, well maybe it is before the first gallon of coffee a day!)
No, I’m not going to change YOUR mind, no need to hide behind the mouse mat, I have changed mine about my next book. (Some say it’s a woman’s prerogative)
Talking of changing minds, even with the “faulty” bits in mine I wouldn’t change my brain, I have far too much fun with it 😉 And intrigue and puzzlement and therapy!!
Anyway, I was going to write about Victoria, Prince Philip’s gran BUT despite writing the introduction and at least half of chapter one I was just not feeling it, the vavavoooooom didn’t fire up for this book so I’ve relegated it to the back burner for a future project. It’ll get written, just not right now.
A new history subject or person had to be found so I used up my brain energy thinking – sorry brain cells – and I’ve started a book called Charles II: The Merry Monarch, La Belle Stuart and The Uncrowned Queen about Charles, his most notorious mistress Barbara and Frances, the one that got away – a unique achievement given Charles’ reputation and zealous amorous advances.
I’ve even put this one on to pre-order on Amazon so it’ll make its debut on 20th October this year.
And I even managed to read about Florence Maybrick today too (google her!)…what a good day, hope you’re having a good one too, if not, tickle yourself on the tummy until you get the giggles!
I love this too, fab to reblog…I’m a polygamist with a hint of atruist reader.
Enjoy your reading whichever category you fall in to! :-)X
I just saw this on TheLiterarySite.com and love it so much that I simply have to share it:
So, what kind of reader are you? I’m a cross between a monogamist and an introvert—I stick to one book at a time and I identify with (aka: obsess over) the characters. I also love re-reading my favourites. Your turn!
This last week has been a tale of two halves, I finished editing my book on Marie Antoinette, uploaded it to go on sale on 1st May and then I started to plan my next writing project. All good.
I realised that I haven’t done a lot of reading lately while I’ve been writing like a ninja and I felt that I had missed the lovely process of reading and being absorbed in another world with characters that you can learn to love or loathe as the pages pass by.
You know what? I set aside the writing and dedicated myself to reading, in the last few days I have happily devoured a book on creative writing – OK, that’s a bit workish, half of a historical biography on Queen Mary, wife of King George V and I tried to read Glenarvon by Lady Caroline Lamb, one time love of Lord Byron the notorious poet.
I say tried because her writing style suggested that her mind was on fire, it was so overwritten that it made simple melodrama look dull! Glenarvon was the novel she wrote about their affair so perhaps there was a lot of emotion to fire from her pen.
I may return to it on a day when I have energy to spare, it’s not a relaxing read. One day, perhaps.
Tomorrow, I start my next writing project, today you’ll find me luxuriating in a book. I love to do both and I often miss one when I do the other exclusively.
It’s true, they’re two sides of the same coin. One can’t thrive without the other.
The London Marathon was held today – big respect and congratulations to anyone who even contemplates running 26 miles – I quickly penned this tanka this morning…
I confess I’m pooped
In my sleep I’ve somehow run
The great marathon
Tortured for twenty six miles
Finished first, collapsed in style.
Have a great week.