Happy Holiday Season

christmas-2016It is the end of another great year.

I didn’t quite reach the goals I planned at the beginning of the year but goals can and do change.

Over all I’m happy with what I have achieved.

I’m taking a little break over Christmas this year. I’ll still be writing but not sharing as much.

I won’t be blogging as regularly next year but I’ll be back on 15 January to tell you about my plans for 2017.

The newsletter is moving to the end of the month, expect the next one at end of January and will fill you in on all my holiday fun. If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter, did you know that you get a free book?

Thanks for a great year.

Enjoy the festive season with family and friends and have a safe and happy New Year.

Writing through loss

toddThis is not the post I planned to write this week, nor is it one I would usually write and share.

Last weekend, when it appeared for the rest of us that his life was falling into place, my friend chose to end his life.

I’m devastated at his loss. I’m angry that he would be so selfish in his actions. And I’m sad that he thought this course of action was his only option; that beyond his own despair he could see no light, no hope.

From this loss I’m trying to take something useful, something meaningful. Because I don’t want to give up. I don’t want to stop living just because he chose to. I’m not sure how that fits with my feelings of grief, or it is some selfishness coming to the surface. Maybe it is because I have a daughter I don’t want to leave or that I can’t picture a world so bad, or things so difficult that leaving her would ever be an option.

Grief affects us all differently. I have found writing about it helped far more than talking. Generally for me, when life gets hard or stressful, writing is my outlet.

In some ways my friend’s choice has reaffirmed mine. It has refocused my writing and my clarity that I should be doing what I want to be doing. My friend has gone, and in one of the worst ways – he chose to go. But in his passing I have found a determination to go on living. Not just for me, but those around me. To go on loving those in my life and give all I can.

If you are struggling with depression, please seek help.

On Retreat

Little house

A reminder that I am on my annual writting retreat until 28th August.

I am completely cut off from the world while away (yeah) and so will return with news of just how wonderfully productive I have been.

 

Image by Philippe Teuwen

 

The Heart of the Family

Image courtesy of Louise Docker via Wikimedia Commons
Image courtesy of Louise Docker via Wikimedia Commons

My new schedule already appears to be out the window…but it’s not for lack of trying.

On Friday (the 13th of all days) my uncle received a new heart. At least a second hand heart that replaced the pump powered one he had.

He has been waiting a long time for this and on Friday the excitement level was high. Then we slowly realised that this was not going to be the quick fix we had dreamed of and that the road to recovery was going to be long, assuming all went well on Friday.

Needless to say it has been a very long few days since. In fact, Friday seems like years ago, and he is not based locally so we couldn’t all be there. And I’m an over-thinker so I must have played out every possible scenario (twice) between phone calls.

It is a waiting game now…and so far it looks good. So while I wait I might try to loss myself in an alternate world of my own making…

Welcome to The Flow of Ink

The Flow of Ink

The Flow of Ink comes from the image of ink flowing across the page. It is for that flow of words that I write. I find it truly magical that any story can appear through my fingers onto the page with little understanding of where the words themselves have come from. As though the characters write themselves, telling me their story and I am simply the scribe.

Starting a website of my own is something I have wanted to do for some time, but it was only recently that I plucked up the courage to dive in. The idea behind the site is to improve my own writing practice and in the longer term reach a broader audience.

This blog will cover my writing journey, including what I am writing, how I write, my practice and reflections. Part of my practice involves time and energy management, goal setting and action planning to ensure I write as much as I can. I, like many others, write around a day job and family. So making the most of the small amount of time I have is very important.
In the past I struggled to use time efficiently, as well as dealing with procrastination and writers block. I have developed tools now to work around these areas and I would like to share them with you in the hope of helping other emerging writers get the most writing out of the time available.

I am excited that you can be a part of this journey. Please use the comments section on any post and if you would like more information or have a specific query you can also contact me via the details on the contact page.