Ten Years Ago: I Met My Daisy

This time 10 years ago, I was terrified. I’ve been in and witnessed things by that point in my life that had sincerely scared me, but nothing was comparable to this. The possibility of losing a baby. Again. Every move my baby made was just a tiny, quick wearing off injection of reassurance. Every time…

Letting a Character Move In(to your head)

I write, as you know.  For me, I write therefore I am. I write professionally in fits and starts these days, but most of my work is for my own enjoyment. One of the many complicated side effects of being a long-term writer, is living with the characters. I share my head with a varied…

Met Office Announces Storm Names 2018/19

The autumn is upon us and for weather watchers, this doesn’t just mean the cooling temperatures or darkening days but the announcement of this year’s storm names. The Met Office (and Met Éireann) have sent out to email subscribers (of course I am one) it’s list of names. According to the Met Office’s Head of…

Responsibility to History

Last Night whilst I was in bed, I turned on the TV and put on some YouTube videos. I love factual content or something that makes you think, so, for some reason, I was drawn towards a few short fact files on the 11th September attacks. I watched  few and it was only later that…

The Post-Facebook World

If you are reading this, the likelihood is – you are probably one of the 2.23 billion members of social media mega-giant Facebook. As most of us are members, would it surprise you to know that I’m post-Facebook and no longer post on there? I joined up in 2006 when the social network was just…

NEW Poem: Mothers Heart

This is a BIG one for me. I haven’t written new poetry for 11 years. The reason for that, was due to the fact that the last two poems I wrote were about my daughters, who devastatingly passed away in 2007. I figured that there was no way I could write about anything more deserving…

Graduation: Getting Your Name Right

I glanced at an article on the BBC News website concerning the tricky territory faced by many a student and academic – pronouncing someones name right at a graduation ceremony. From being both a graduand with a difficult surname and a person who makes gainful employment at a towering institution of higher education (perhaps not towering), I…

Eva, 20

To my little sister Eva – wherever you are, whoever you’re with: Happy  birthday darling. You were such a beautiful baby and I am proud of the beautiful young woman I believe you are. I’m as proud and as in love with you as I was the moment we met. I know our mother will…

Bad Writing Advice – Probably

I missed the #NationalWritingDay to impart some kid of wisdom – which I wish I had in the first place. However, two bits of advice come to the fore. This is mainly because my older daughter is currently writing and illustrating a book of her own and knows Mummy can knock a few sentences together….

Random Thought Friday (trust me, it’s a thing)

I know that each country in the world has somehow generated a stereotype image of its people. A two dimensional, card board cut-out of what we are all meant to look like, sound like and behave. One thing that bugs me, is queuing. Why is it a quintessentially British thing to wait your turn? Does…