October: Infant Loss Awareness Month Begins

Grief is a very peculiar animal. You can go for seemingly endless time periods without it overwhelming you and then it hits you, violently, like a tidal wave. I lost my daughters eleven years ago and there are times I suddenly feel like I have been lifted off my feet by the strength of my…

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…

New Blog

Hi I’ve decided to create a new blog that focuses on my battle with mental health. In order to allow myself the freedom to express myself without worrying about what others think, it will be written under a pseudonym. I’ve posted once so far and I am still scrabbling about with the design of the…

The Ever Evolving Blog

Periodically, I tend to just get terribly bored of the way my blog looks, so I recently threw caution to the wind and changed the theme and form. It took me a long time to get it how I wanted it (even then, I am not completely enamoured). It needs to happen though – I…

Happy 6th Birthday to My Blog

Continuous Strings has been around for six years now, how awesome is that? It has helped me express myself in a way that has kept me encouraged to write. I just wish I could win the lottery, buy a flat in Whitby and just spend six months writing… That is how much a I love…

Little Memories

Do you ever find yourself remembering really insignificant little things from many years ago, like in childhood? I struggle to remember what I was doing last Thursday, but I can remember all of the October birthday’s from my primary school class. Even as the faces of those children fade into the obscurity of my memory,…

Look After Your Blog…

I was recently involved in something that meant my online presence was looked at in order to appraise my overall writing. It’s funny really, I never expected my blog to be looked at in a semi-professional way. I kind of see it as a humble trickle of my mind, made real in text form on…

100 Object Project: #21 The Baby Sock in my Desk Drawer

I have had this sock in my desk drawer for many years. It belonged to my older daughter, Daisy. I can’t remember the exact set of circumstances that resulted in this baby sock ending up in my desk, but I can imagine. When you’re a mum, you tend to have a lot of random things…

Thing 1 & 2: 23 Things for Digital Knowledge

My manager came across a course ran by the University of Edinburgh called “23 Things for Digital Knowledge” and felt it was something I could do for personal development (my role, like so many these days, is leaning towards more digital output). It is a step-by-step programme, mainly aimed at their own staff and students (but…