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The Art of Possibility

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The Art of Possibility

Finding myself in a space where I urgently needed to work on recovery (Did I really feel so sorry for myself as I did in my post of 2 October? That was a pitiful “Jammer Jannie” moment, as my great teacher would say), I reached out for anything and everything to inspire me and help me through this ‘dark night of the soul’, if you will… cut myself off from the things I would normally do to relax, stopped feeling guilty about feeling guilty about the hurt, nursed a torn intercostal muscle with some outstanding...

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Cerebral love

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Cerebral love

I think I fell in love a little bit today, reading Neil Gaiman’s blog – listening to him talk, an interview with his wife… not in the stalker sense, but in a deep wonder that there is such a person as him and finding in his personal writings something that echoes deeply inside my own heart, writings and attitudes. I love the way he explains himself, that he’s so involved, interacts with the public and talks so freely and prolifically.   He’s the kind of author I want to be someday: one who makes kids and...

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“I too…” – A poem in free verse

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“I too…” – A poem in free verse

I write a lot, but I can count on one hand the number of times in my life when what was in me felt like coming out as poetry rather than prose.   A couple of weeks ago, I wrote this poem. I was filled with anger, disappointment and despair, frustration with circumstances and people around me. Frustrated with myself for caring so much and feeling that somehow I was doing something wrong to create these circumstances. Because I KNOW, your thoughts create your world, but affirmations had become a habit rather than a force and when after...

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The Swan Thieves

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The Swan Thieves

Today was harsh and sad again, but I don’t want to write about that now (or ever actually)…   I wrote the other day about the Black Bull of Norroway story and today in The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova, I came across a similarly tender moment. It’s an artfully crafted and intricate novel, as was The Historian (also by Kostova, which I read a few years ago). Not really light reading, but from time to time I like to look back and appreciate great and artful storytelling. I think that if I could have appreciated art in high...

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The word of the city

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The word of the city

I am reading Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert at the moment. It’s a book I’ve heard a lot about. Everyone recommends it, but I have never really been one for the mushy self-reflective stuff when it’s written also as entertainment (unless it’s someone famous who accomplished something extraordinary) and travel writing is something I’ve never ever ventured into. So it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that I would read it, but I  came across a collection of quotes from it the other day and it intrigued me to the point that I wanted...

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Storytelling

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Storytelling

I sat in a job interview today – probably my ‘personal best’ as far as thinking on my feet and demonstrating my capability  (and faith in myself) to do a type of job I’ve never had. I opened myself up to be loved – shared my dogs, the things I love, with perfect strangers. I also talked about my book, my pet project (since the planning phases are on my CV as a sabbatical), when they asked me how I handle criticism. It was a whole panel interviewing me and the conversation flowed easily and organically. So, one of the interviewers...

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Thoughts on engagement

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Thoughts on engagement

It is some years since I was privileged to have a man ask me to be his wife. Actually, it’s been some time since I’ve been in a relationship at all. I am more circumspect now than I was then and while I long for a fulfilling and complete relationship and for someone to want me to be a part of his life in that way, I understand more fully now that my life is such that I cannot just give myself away. The next time it must be perfect. A bit idealistic perhaps you say, but the impossible is happening all around us and inside us every...

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The secret muse

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The secret muse

From my journal, 23 July 2008: “I read today Pamela Jaye Smith, talking about the nature of storytellers, as unique beings in the world, living dangerously and exploring mankind and its possibilities on behalf of the rest of the human race in ways that are necessary and awesome. And I realised that to live up to what the Almighty has prepared for me , is up to me, and me only. I was filled with such joy in that moment, I can’t even tell you. I don’t know any more today than I did yesterday or when I climbed in my car on the...

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A tribute to Terry Pratchett

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A tribute to Terry Pratchett

I have always believed that the books we read, even frivolous stories, affect our thinking even though sometimes in almost imperceptible ways. I recall as a young girl visiting book shops with my parents, always seeing your Discworld novels on the shelves with their intriguing covers and wild sounding stories and I had never known anyone who had read them. And then, I must have been only 13 or so, my dad encouraged me to try it (although he never had, and never did read the books) and I bought the first two with my meagre pocket money. I was...

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Writings of a younger me

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Writings of a younger me

When I was younger I was an avid journaler – nowadays my OCD has migrated to other things ;) – and I have always loved letters. As a teen and a student I exemplified the “loner”, during the week I was always alone with my own thoughts and I pondered many things, including my loneliness. It was a time of total transformation from the inside out. My early teen years were very dark… I was a girl who thought I would (or wanted to) die young, the world was a dismal place I might never have the courage to explore and things...

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