Monday, 25 January 2016

POETRY YEAR - update 1

So here we are - one month on from Christmas Day (which means it is only eleven months till the next one!) and I thought you deserved an update on my Poetry Pledge!  So far, so good.  I have written fourteen pieces - mainly haiku - one of which was commissioned and the other of which I entered for my first competition of 2016 just last night.  If I include the sample Tanka I wrote for my Young Writers the other Saturday, the number produced is actually even higher - so I feel as if I am on track and doing well!

I have also taken other positive steps.  I have started reading poetry again - with purpose - and it is feeding the hunger left by a whole year of negligence!  That is not to say I didn't write poetry last year because I wrote quite a lot.  But doing nothing with it is as bad as not writing it at all!  But I am confident I am going to at least quadruple last year's output if I stay as driven as I am right now! And, as well as reading Poetry With Purpose, I have taken out a subscription with a Bristol-based poetry site called Poetry Space! That is where I submitted my first completion entry last night.

Luck must really be on my side as well.  I was checking Linked-In a little while ago and I have been approached by an online poetry magazine and asked if I'd like to submit some work!  All this before the end of January!  If you want to see some of my recent poems just drop me a line (she says hopefully) and I will include some next post. Promise.  And they will only be short.

Away from the writing for a minute - I just have to tell you about a film I saw last night on DVD!  It was called San Andreas and Dwayne Johnson is in it.  From the opening scene to the last I barely felt myself breathing it was that thrilling!  Please go out an grab a copy from somewhere.  If you like films that are not short on thrills and spills, you will love San Andreas!  And it is a great way to spend a winter's night in!

Catch you soon.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Star Man

So sad to hear about the demise of David Bowie over the weekend.  He was one of those musicians that touches everyone's life even if it is with just one song.  In my case there's at least half a dozen that have had an impact on my life for one reason or another so I was as shocked and saddened as everyone.  Okay - so I never actually went out and bought an album or single and I never saw him in concert.  But I still feel his passing has left something of a void in the music world.  RIP David Bowie.  You really are a Star Man now.  But then you always were.

Monday, 4 January 2016

2016! OMG!

Hello and welcome to my first post of 2016!  Doesn't that sound out-of-the-world and sci-fi - ish!How was your Christmas?  Ours was hectic as always but worth every second - especially seeing our grandchildren!  And on 30th December, Steve & I went to Great Yarmouth for our New Year break.  We were actually pleasantly surprised by the weather and we packed a lot into those few days!  We even got to the Sea Life centre and the human circus at the Hippodrome on New Year's Day and thoroughly enjoyed both!

Now we just have to contend with getting back into the swing of things.  Steve was back at work yesterday, I am back at the day job today and last night, our lovely fibre optic Christmas tree, all the cards and the decorations were taken down for yet another year.  Getting back to normal might be a problem because I have got a streaming cold today.  Steve has had one on and off for three weeks so I hope mine is just one of those annoying little 24 hour things!

At least I don't have to contend with the aftermath of the floods!  My heart truly goes out to everyone affected by this natural disaster and I just hope things get better for them.  Fingers crossed and God's blessings!

Have lots of plans for 2016 as mentioned in my last post.  Take my hand.  Let's travel into the unknown together.  But don't forget to keep writing!