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You Are What You Eat

This short story was published in Flash Flood Journal several years ago. It is very loosely based on something said in a real life incident. You've got to love the internet (and friends who share the weirdness with you). Trigger warning: this story is very dark,...

It will grow

Whenever a woman does something drastic to her hair, there’s a reason. Here’s mine. I’ve been feeling much worse than usual over the past few months. Been so dry of mouth and eye, utterly exhausted, even by my standards, and oh, the pain. I hadn’t seen a doc since...

How do you like the new look?

Spring has sprung, the grass is riz Nettie's site now looks the biz... I'm easily bored and my site has had the same look for AGES, so I asked Gary Parkin to help me give it a facelift. And by 'help me' i mean he did it. Thanks, Gazza! To celebrate the new look, I...

What Horror Means To Me

One of my birthday presents was a kindle copy of Time Waggoner's Writing In The Dark, a how to book on horror fiction. I'm finding it very useful so far. At the end of each chapter are helpful exercises and I thought I'd share my response to the first one: what does...

(Dis)Ableism

Most of you will know I have fibromyalgia/cfs. I also have osteoarthritis, IBS, loads of allergies, chronic widespread tendonitis, bursitis… I’m in pain somewhere every day. I’m not fishing for sympathy, it’s just the way it is.  I recently underwent a...

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Relax!

Relax!

I cannot relax. I do my best, I try to regularly scan my body for signs of tension and make my muscles relax but, quicker than a midnight cramp, they go back to their default state. My legs are so tense they almost stand proud of the chair and my toes are doubled over...

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Blood

Blood

My Glasgow posts and 1970s posts seem to be popular so I thought I'd share a wee insight into 1974 chez Nettie Blood wasn’t a stranger to me.  Of course, there was childhood blood: grazed knees, cut hands, red blooms from lost baby teeth. In our bathroom there were...

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Help Wanted

Help Wanted

FENCER REQUIRED Our current fence is old. It once was straight, but time, winds and snowfall has turned it as twisted as one of grandad’s tales. I guess it could be higher: less decoration, more functionality. What good is a fence that doesn’t keep things out. Or in....

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Metal Tornado: My Cinematic Crack

Metal Tornado: My Cinematic Crack

Last night I watched a film on Amazon Prime. Metal Tornado. It was exactly as you’d expect from the title, and not that different from the similarly titled Stonados.  I may have live tweeted the viewing. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. From its IMDB...

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My Mind Is Blank

My Mind Is Blank

As many of you will know, I’ve been in a shedload of pain recently and I’ve had to stop sewing, crochet...so many of the things I did to distract myself from the shitstorm that 2020 has become. I thought I might be able to try writing again but the laptop weighs a ton...

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Up To My Knees In Frickin’ Cow Pats: 23/10/20

Up To My Knees In Frickin’ Cow Pats: 23/10/20

Today, I want to share with you some of the things I have discovered this week. The world is pretty rubbish just now so I thought I’d find some positives we can concentrate on instead. You’ll still be up to your knees in frickin’ cowpats, but better informed about...

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Re-emergence? Nah.

Re-emergence? Nah.

After more than four months of shielding, George and I are now venturing out into the Big Wide World. While most of the world has been learning how to navigate the "New Normal" we have been sheltering in our little house, spending time in the garden when weather...

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Keep Calm and Corona On!

Keep Calm and Corona On!

Hasn’t 2020 been a cracking year so far? We began with an 80 seat majority for De Pfeffel and the knowledge that we, the disabled, ill and vulnerable, were well and truly screwed. Then came one storm after another, the country virtually sinking and many homes...

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I’m back!

I’m back!

Well, I hope I'm back. I intend to be back but I also intended to be thin and rich and those didn't happen so who knows. Life has been less than ideal of late. My health has deteriorated dramatically, I'm constantly exhausted and in pain and frequently can't remember...

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True Romance

True Romance

I only discovered this morning that it was World Poetry Day. This is what I wrote for it. I started out wanting to write a poem about the Glasgow "scramble" when the father of the bride would release a fistful of coins onto the street for the waiting weans to scramble...

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Nil Desperandum!

Nil Desperandum!

When I had the unsatisfying appointment with the rheumatologist a couple of weeks ago, he mentioned referring me to the physiotherapist to have a cortisol injection in my hip. On Monday afternoon I got a call from Crosshouse Hospital to offer me an appointment the...

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Don’t talk, write…

Don’t talk, write…

Hello, me again. I haven’t been blogging much recently. Not at all, really. I have all sorts of boring excuses reasons but here we are so let’s just forget about my absence and get to work. I’d like to say that all the time I haven’t been blogging I’ve been writing...

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Bye Bye, Mum.

Bye Bye, Mum.

My mum passed on to whatever is next on the 12th of December. I didn’t make it to her in time as I had to take several stops on the journey because I was so tired and my hands in so much pain. I missed...

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The Beast of Bennachie

The Beast of Bennachie

Until relatively recently I thought an Alien Big Cat was a feline visitor from outer space. I miaow you not. I would read articles by cryptozoologists and wonder what in the name of Garfield was going on. An alien or anomalous big cat is one whose natural habitat is...

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