On the 24th May 1972 Spaghetti Junction officially opened after 4 years of construction and over £9mill spent. The wiggly roads are laid out across 5 levels, serves 18 routes, spans 30 acres, and in the most appropriate Brummie way, it crosses a canal. 50 years later, I’m taking time to reflect on why thisContinue reading “Happy Birthday: Spaghetti Junction, 50 today”
Writers tend to be multi taskers which a couple hats to wear.
As I discussed in a previous post, I had never had much luck with the Morning Pages, so decided to take more of a journaling approach. Using questions that ask about joyful things, I let my writing bring out what might be bothering me under the surface. If I start to feel uncomfortable, I leanContinue reading “Light Journal Questions”
After many failed attempts at the Morning Pages in an attempt to unlock my creativity, I decided to just accept that the system didn’t work for me.
Earlier this month, a literary journal I followed on twitter was revealed to be a scam. This was devastating news for those who had been accepted (and rejected) by the ‘organisation’ but it was refreshing to see the online poetry community rally around each other and offer genuine support (such as allowing subs from peopleContinue reading “The Scam”
Happy Burns night! I thought I would share a few words today since I grew up in Rabbie’s hometown – kind of, I went to school there and lived rurally. Robert Burns was a prolific writer. Often unnecessarily compared to William Shakespeare, you will have heard his songs without realising it : Ode to aContinue reading “Burns Night”
The past month has scooted by and to my surprise, I have hit my final word count and completed National Novel Writing Month a little early. It snuck up on me, if I’m honest. I’ve been updating the official websites count, but my main focus was on my own little graph, where I thought IContinue reading “NaNoWriMo: 29. She Thinks It’s All Over”
In light of my attempt this month to embrace and allow for my limitations and mistakes, I’m not going to let myself focus on the days I have not hit my targets. Instead, I’m going to celebrate that I have finished the first draft of Part Two and reflect on what may have been holdingContinue reading “NaNoWriMo: 22. Getting Sluggish”
As expected, this week was harder than the first. My energy was draining and I struggled to prioritise hitting my word count each day when it was no longer a shiny new task. I also moved on to the second act of the novel and I find the middle part of a story can beContinue reading “NaNoWriMo: 15. Half Way Through”
One week in and it’s going well. Todays word count finished off part one and I’m about one third of the way through the book. I’ve found today and yesterday much harder than the previous days and I think it is because of the point at which I was in the story. I struggle withContinue reading “NaNoWriMo: 8. No looking back”