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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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!
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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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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Nelson Mandela: “Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.”
I know I’ve taken the quote out of context for this poem but he was right!
Freedom is not always a matter of physical locks
Imprisonment is a question of the mind too
When my brain housed invisible locks and rocked
I was told a fact my belief system once refused
I laughed gently, scared, not truly meaning to mock
“The psychological response to emotional abuse
Is roughly the same as a prisoner of war’s.” That left me shocked
But I conceded defeat and accepted this news
I was, am, the untrained, expertise was not mine to knock
I had believed that I had no right to my fear and blues
I now believe that Post Traumatic is indeed a shock
But I’m happy to say I’ve been paying my dues
And memory by memory, my mind’s key is nearing the lock
Freedom is on its way and freedom is the path I choose.
I hope that everyone, all 6.5 billion plus of us on Planet Earth finds, loves and enjoys freedom mentally, spiritually and physically. Fingers crossed, toes crossed, eyes crossed…
Whilst reading and editing my next book and pootling about in desktop files (as you do) I’ve found this poem that I wrote about PTSD and freedom and I decided to share it.
Oh yeah, and please make it a mission to make someone smile, go on, you know you want to!
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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