Sunday, November 19, 2017
Saturday, November 04, 2017
|Photo from Amazon.com|
Sunday, October 15, 2017
|Me and Bella last summer|
Sunday, October 01, 2017
|In a helicopter.|
- Youngminds - reports on mental health for younger people and charity
Photo: from Pinterest (no credit identified)
Footnote: since first publishing this, a comment came in that it isn't always appropriate to contact someone who is off work for mental health reasons. Yes, that's true, and contact may in fact increase problems rather than offer comfort, but the very principle that people off sick because of a mental health issue is 'taboo' is what is challenged here. If you have a colleague off sick for any kind of mental health reason, check before contacting them with your HR department or boss. Maybe a get well soon card could be the best thing they ever got.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
So - wish me luck! And if you get a chance, visit my webshop. I'd also appreciate ideas and feedback, of all the commercial undertakings I've ventured into, selling jewellery is not one I've done before.
Now to try and add a buy button! I think it's worked...
Saturday, July 22, 2017
|Cows - because you don't want to see this post illustrated!|
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Last week I got on the train to home from King's Cross and had just opened my computer up ready to draft something, when a man sat opposite me. As luck would have it, he was a friend of mine who - up until the previous week - I hadn't seen in about 18 months. Twice in one week, sort of happens that way doesn't it?
We got chatting and he told me about his day - a 'scenario planning' session on an imagined Ebola outbreak in a war zone - fascinating stuff. I also shared my day's event with him - a data protection conference! I think I got the better end of the deal.
So no blog written that day, but what about all the other days, evenings, etc? Oh I have plenty of excuses... I am still managing to play bowls occasionally, still managing to visit the occasional storytelling session (this one at the British Museum), and visit friends who have animals! But all of this leaves me little time to think, and I need to think to write.
My job means I spend a lot of time in the car, and during that time I come up with lots of ideas, but writing and driving don't mix.
|A card from Sarah|
In the meantime, here's some ramblings (above), and some pictures. I will make time in my schedule to write, because without a Tardis, I'm not going to make any more hours in the day.
Watch this space, and let's see if I really can get better at time management.
Photos: (C) Carolyn Causton. Gallstone artwork (C) Sarah Hockey.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Sunday, March 05, 2017
My friend today posted a ghost picture on Facebook she took in broad daylight - and it's a ghostly shape indeed. Ghost? Maybe, maybe not. Depends on your definition of what a ghost actually is. I've just put one of my stories into YouTube to share - there is a CD of my short ghost stories available (contact me and I can sell you one - can't give 'em away, sorry), and this is one story from this collection.
I enjoyed putting visuals to the story, but it's really for listening to, not watching. But why did I write a few ghost stories? Because, like my friend on Facebook today, I've been aware of the presence what we call ghosts in my own life. And they do say write what you know.
What are ghosts? I'm open to any interpretation you like - from Stone Tape Theory to good old fashioned spirits. Oh, and of course a good healthy dose of human imagination, visual distortion (a great one for the 'grey ladies') and indeed pranksterism (I know that isn't a word, but it fits).
In my personal experience there have been incidents that are impossible to explain, even with all the options considered. But most of my stories are fiction - good old fashioned story telling designed to entertain and intrigue, rather than to scare.
If you have five minutes to spare, do listen to The Resident. It's not the most polished piece of work, but even so I hope you find it entertaining.