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…

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…

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….

Poem: Took Off the Lid

I built a dream around you I fucking did Shook up my life Then took off the lid   I made you shine in my mind Each bit of you was brilliance I worshipped you You just saw me as a convenience   I left myself behind I fucking did Shook up my life Then…

Happy 200th Birthday, Branwell Brontë

I didn’t remember to wish any of the Brontë siblings a happy birthday on here yet, so today, as it is their only brothers birthday, I thought I’d acknowledge it. Branwell Brontë is 200 years old today. He was a rather troubled soul that many see as a tragic character who always seemed to lose…

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…

NaNoWriMo 2016 – Just the Shove I Needed

I’ve entered NaNoWriMo twice and won in 2012 with a stonking 60k+ word count. That story I wrote though, was just drivel. It needed scrapping and starting again, but this time, more planning and less pantsing. This year, I lost. I did not even come close to being near the fifty-thousand words I needed to…

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…

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…