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In 2012 I participated in an Arts Council funded literature lab at Metal in Southend. To see what I got up to you can watch here. Personally, I can’t bear to…

Ink drawing by Daisy Spiers

The stuff in my head needs space on a page so I can think straight – sometimes.

It is said that Graham Greene wrote 500 words a day; I have no way of knowing if this is true but I like to believe it is, mainly because it makes the faraway and quite out-of-reach things seem achievable, to me anyway. He also said in an interview with the New York Times in 1971:

"My chief sickness is getting easily bored- a symptom of manic depression. What I cherish most is probably escape from boredom, escape from oneself. That can come from loving somebody, or from a good wine, or from travel. Or from getting involved in something which isn't one's own problem- the days when I used to go out to Vietnam during the French war. Something that will make the adrenalin work, too."

Apart from the war I identify with that!

I also choose to believe that blogging is a good habit for me to get into. Time will tell.

  1. I identify with this entirely. including the vietnam bit! although hopefully the only war i’ll encounter is trying to get my scooter into the middle lane in the rush hour. well done you for finding that quote.

    i like your blog. x

    • Thank you Mrs 🙂

      Of course, you are way more intrepid than I am! Remind me of your blog, because it has slipped from the page and I will save to fav…

  2. In this new “About” pic it may look like I am holding the doglet down.

    Don’t be fooled: I am.

  3. I’m thinking of doing a new “About”.

  4. Don’t think, do!!!

  5. Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose!

  6. Please leave the about alone

  7. Well the only “update” would be that blogging has become not merely a habit, but more of a compulsion!

  8. Sadly, it is more about the wine lately than any travel. Someone said on the tv yesterday, ‘there is nowhere in the world I want to go so much that I am prepared to get into a tin can with hundreds of people and be fired at it at 700 miles per hour!’. I want to go to Mongolia and back to India – I may have to walk…

  9. Beautiful, intense, soulful writing… I initially was attracted to your blog because of the title as I watched The Horse Whisperer this past weekend and the truth underneath it all came through into my own life. You have a way of touching people’s souls in your writing, just wanted you to know.

  10. Thank you – I read the Horse Whisperer when it came out; it seems like an awfully long time ago now. I still recall that it was very powerful.

  11. Sometimes I worry about the picture on here, but the last one was redundant so it had to go. The current version is by my niece who has just received her First Class degree in an artistic field so I am proud to be able to showcase her earlier work on here. It’s a detail from a pen and ink study of the six of us sisters. For more of my niece’s work go here http://sirsmudge.tumblr.com/ and enjoy. My particular favourite are the edgy bantams.

  12. I came across another Graham Greene quote today that resonated strongly, so I thought I’d pop it on here, because I can.

    “Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.”

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