Wednesday, 31 March 2010


I came on holiday optimistic that I would write reams. In reality I have written very little. Well on paper anyway. My husband took us for a six mile yomp and in between concentrating where I was putting my feet and trying to get enough energy for the next step, I did write two poems. I could only vaguely remember one when we returned to the holiday barn. My excuse for not writing is that I am having a head cleanse. I’m enjoying the slightly spaced out relaxed feeling I have in the Lake District. This was enhanced greatly yesterday evening by half a bottle of red wine. I’m getting ideas a plenty, particularly from reading Cumbria Life, the local monthly magazine. There seems to be a theme in their real person stories. That is that human beings are incredibly adaptable and from adversity or life change they produce new lives with positive purpose. I am just hoping that when I return home the rest and relaxation will result in increased writing productivity.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Writing Quotations

I felt the need to blog some quotations from April’s Writing Magazine. These really resonated with me.

Alison Chisholm – “The beauty of interpreting poetry is that it does not matter if the vision conjured in the reader’s mind is different from the one released by the poet’s pen.”

Russell T. Davies in his book ‘The Writer’s Tale’ – “There’s not the writer and then me, there’s just me. All of my life connects with writing.”

Tony Rossiter – “The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out and taken yours.”

Douglas McPherson – “The only way to keep technical ability up is to do it all day every day so while you can dabble in lots of things, if you want to be really good at something you have to choose one thing and stick to it.”

Some good advice I think!