Spring!

In two days time it will officially be spring. It’s been trying to get here for the past few weeks. The mock plum trees have been waving their gorgeous pink-blossomed branches at me for some time now. Daffodils have resurfaced after spending time in the Underworld. Birds have even begun collecting twigs and little scraps of used tissues (which have accidentally dropped out of my sleeve, while I was in the garden), ready for nest building. Once more, a mouse (or most likely – mice) has decided to invade the house. And, yes, it’ll soon be “wear a helmet in the park” time as, once again, it’s magpie swooping season. I love spring. It’s nature’s way of giving everything a fresh start. I delight in finding new buds and...

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The swinging pendulum.

A number of people who have styled themselves as the keeper of morals for the American nation (and possibly for the world) have been outed as members of the Ashley Madison – find someone to have adultery with – site. This time the hacker was definitely on the side of the angels. The thing is, if you’re a faker, a cheat, a hypocrite and a liar, you will eventually be found out. There are a number of clichés that suit the occasion: You reap what you sow; what goes around comes around; the truth will out… Some people think that these gentlemen have, by their actions, disproved any claims to legitimacy by the Christian church. And, the problem is that the church is littered with ratbags, paedophiles, drunkards, adulterers etc. When you have a...

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Here we go again

I have a large envelope sitting on my desk, waiting for me to write the address on it and put it in the post. It contains a manuscript, letter to the publisher and a page of synopsis and “marketting plan”. (I put the last thing in brackets because I can’t be sure that’s what it is, exactly. Never having done one before I could only make a wild stab at it.) The novel that was recently rejected has had it’s hurt feelings soothed; it’s been re-vamped, re-edited and re-considered and now, in it’s 20th reincarnation, it’s about to head out into the cosmos yet again. I can tell it’s nervous. Understandably so. It’s hard to put yourself out there again, when doing so in the past has only resulted in rejection...

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Lighten up!

My apologies for not writing a blog last week; I’m sure you were all devastated. Last week, the Old Boy, the Wonder Dog and I went to the coast for a little holiday. (May I just say that, unless you have a divine view of the ocean -which we didn’t – going to the coast in the middle of winter can be a bit of a bust. We spent most of the time huddled indoors, trying to keep warm.) After the last few weeks, watching the tide of popular opinion sweeping over the pages of Face Book, I believe there’s something I need to say and I’m counting on all of my wonderful readers to spread the good word. Here it is: Everyone, lighten the hell up! For goodness sake, people, what happened to your sense of humour? What happened to the wisdom of: Be...

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