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Found a new home! July 16, 2012

For a long time I felt all blogged out, Postaday 2011 used up all my blog ideas and words and I was starting to feel like I was trying to find topics to write about and I didn’t want to pollute the web with unnecessary words, so I went quiet, left my keyboard alone (well sort of) and did some creative writing instead; but now I’m back: but I’ve found a new home over at http://clairewade.com I’d love it if you came over and checked it out!

I feel inspired again after a very long time and I’m eager to get back to blogging, maybe not every single day, Postaday was truly hardcore; but certainly once a week if not more, depending on when inspiration strikes. So if you have enjoyed what you you’ve read here, find more of it here…


Blessing 102 – Writing to release the ache in my chest April 12, 2012

I’ve set myself the challenge of writing 500 words every day, I know I’m meant to be doing Script Frenzy; but unfortunately life’s been so busy I haven’t been able to start, so I decided to stick to my novel instead. I sometimes get this ache in my chest – don’t worry nothing physically; but its like there’s a whole, empty feeling that I couldn’t shift. I thought it was some kind of emotional ache, the loss of not being  able to do all I want to because of my ME. Then I started to write again and it felt better. I’ve realised its not something missing in my life, it’s all the words and stories trapped inside. If I take the time to write, I actually feel better, so much freer and lighter, it’s magical.

The thing is I have to do it every single day. If I miss one, just one, I go back to feeling the ache again. It is the weirdest feeling and one I’m only just realising. At least now I know I can do something about it; but I wonder if anyone else feels like they have to write every single day? If it’s as important a part of their day as  say eating? Maybe I’m just nuts, all I know is that writing not only makes me happy; but it seems to be keeping me sane to. That really does sound nuts!


Blessing 87 – Having the courage to share my writing March 27, 2012

For the first time I have actually let somebody read some of my stories. Admittedly it was only my Mum; but it was a huge step! I hadn’t realised quite how big until I was sitting nervously waiting for her to read the first chapter of the novel I’m working on. I felt sick with nerves.It was silly really, she’s read my other work, like my blog and my virtual holidays; but I’ve never shown anyone my fiction work.

Of course she was lovely and positive; but it really boosted my confidence. She’s a teacher, so I know she’d have had to say something if she didn’t like it. I also know it will be much scarier showing it to strangers; but this was a really important first step!

I’m having so much fun writing again, I can’t really believe that I stopped after NaNoWriMo. I definitely won’t be stopping again.


Blessing 86 – Creative Community March 26, 2012

I’ve just joined a group on Facebook for people with chronic illnesses who enjoy creative activities, like arts and crafts, cake making/decorating, photography and writing.  A friend set it up and I wasn’t sure what to expect; but it’s really cool. Everybody is sharing things that they have made and done and it’s inspiring to see what incredible things people can create despite being really ill.

I always feel in awe of people who can make things, especially artistic/graphic design people. I can take things and put them together, like patchwork or even scrapbooking; but people who can start with a blank canvas (real or digital) and then turn it into a piece of art is amazing! I guess writing is the literary version of that and I would rather be a writer than an artist; but it would be lovely to be both!

I’m enjoying doing my quilt, which is nearly finished and of course all the writing I’m doing at the moment. It feels so good to be back into writing properly, not just the virtual holiday; but I’m working on a novel and planning my script too – no writing until Script Frenzy in April though.

I’m looking forward to getting more inspiration from the group and the chance to share some of my own work with them.


Blessing 85 – Script Fenzy – I must be slightly mad! March 25, 2012

Yes that’s right I have signed up to do Script Frenzy! Eeek! For those of you that don’t know, it’s an off-shoot of National Novel Writing Month  (NaNoWriMo) with the aim to write 100 pages in 30 days. Doesn’t sound too bad, that’s four pages a day; but I don’t think it will be that easy.

I’ve been umming and ahhing about it for a while; but going on the script writing course yesterday has inspired me. I think it’s a little mad, as I’ve got lots to do for Holidays From Home with the virtual London holiday, that has to be done by the end of July. I’d also love to do a virtual Diamond Jubilee party and I’m doing a virtual party for a friend; but I really want to give this a go and I’m hoping that I can manage it on evenings and weekends. We’ll have to wait and see.

I’m not as determined as I was for NaNoWriMo; but I would really like to complete it. I think I’m going to use the idea I came up with at the course; but I also have a back up story that I had been planning on writing. I’m going to do my best to keep up with my regular blog posts; but I’ll have to see how I go. I’ll probably end up doing a few short status posts about how I’m getting on. Is anyone else doing Script Frenzy? I don’t think there’s anybody near me doing it, which is a shame as I really enjoyed the support and companionship of NaNoWriMo. Let me know if you are and we’ll have to do a bit of online support.

I’m excited and now want April to begin, so that I can!