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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 5,615 other subscribers.

RAWRR!

RAWRR!

In the 1970s I remember watching game shows where the (always) male host would ask female contestants what their husbands did for a living. You know, the half of the marriage who wasn't on the TV trying to win £50 and a radio. Last night on the BBC TV news, the highly...

read more
Flashes of Creativity

Flashes of Creativity

Last night I spoke to my husband about my recent burst of creativity. I suggested that now I've lost the physical ability to create life, my need to create has found new outlets. I mentioned this to my lovely, creative friend Mairi and she said that she, too, had...

read more
I’m Still Here

I’m Still Here

2016 has been a dreadful year for many of us. It seems that everyone has lost an idol: so many stars of the entertainment world have left us with naught but their ghosts on screen and whispered songs on our radios. Many of us have lost someone in real life. Several of...

read more
A Christmas Ghost Story

A Christmas Ghost Story

‘Know whit’s traditional at Christmas?’ he said. ‘Ghost stories. Everybiddy loves a Ghost story’ I swirled the beer at the bottom of my glass and smiled. ‘Load a shite, in’t it?’ ‘Naw, naw. Look at Dickens and A Christmas Carol. Classic ghost story that.’ I raised an...

read more
We need to talk about Collin*

We need to talk about Collin*

I was recently talking to a friend about depression – we have both suffered with it off and on and they are one of the first people I go to when I'm 'having a sad'. Talking to them made me think about my own history. I have always tried to be open about my mental...

read more
No Looking Back

No Looking Back

I’ve been doing some research recently for a novel I’m beginning. It’s a crime fiction set in Glasgow and I’ve been using Google Maps to investigate the streets where the story takes place. I had two possible locations in mind: the Southside, where I lived last in...

read more
A rose by any other name…

A rose by any other name…

When it comes to ideas of what to write about, I am never short of ideas. One of my main problems is choosing one from among the many ideas flashing around my brain at any given moment. I can usually get a quick grasp on the most important elements of my characters; I...

read more

I like books.

  Why do I have so many books? No, seriously, I want to know. I’ve been giving this a lot of thought recently and I have to say I’m not exactly sure. Not only do I have shelf after shelf of books, most of them are unread. I gave up buying fiction in a physical...

read more
My Top 5 Scary Movies

My Top 5 Scary Movies

Last week I blogged about my top five favourite scary books. This week it’s the turn of the silver screen. I love a good horror movie. There’s nothing to beat going to the cinema and sharing a “jump” with the audience, inevitably followed by a wave of nervous...

read more
My Top 5 Horror Books

My Top 5 Horror Books

Do you like to be scared? Not the oh-my-gawd-there’s-a-madman-with-an-axe-chasing-me-down-the-corridor type of scared, but the ‘safe’ scare of a good horror film or book, the type of scare where the monster stays safely inside the cinema or the pages of your book? I...

read more
This will pass…

This will pass…

Depression is a bugger, isn't it? You can be bumbling along, happy as Larry, nary a care in the world when you suddenly stop short. There before you is a huge black hole, sucking all the joy, the fun, the light from your life, leaving you empty and unable to put one...

read more
To Bullet Journal or not…

To Bullet Journal or not…

Bullet Journalling seems to be flavour of the month, doesn't it? Everywhere you look nowadays there are people expounding on the benefits of what its inventor calls the "analog system for the digital age." Do we need such a thing? Is using a notebook and pen a better...

read more
Enjoy Yourself…

Enjoy Yourself…

...it's later than you think. There is a freedom that comes with getting older, a freedom to be more yourself than you ever were when you were young. When I was young and skinny I spent hours sucking in my non-existent tummy, worrying whether people would look at me...

read more

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This