Daily Archives: January 22, 2013

Writing Challenge: the Devil is in the Details


Writing Challenge: the Devil is in the Details.

Didn’t get a chance to do more than speed read this – wanted to share it for any of you in need of ideas for writing exercises.
I am quite a fan of The Daily Post.


Daily Prompt: I Got Skills


Daily Prompt: I Got Skills.

Hmmmmmmm I fancied a tough ‘freewrite’ challenge before picking up the 4 shopping bags stashed under the desk and heading home, the library computer countdown clock is on – so no pressure!

Well to be a Mistress, that’s a start… now skill, well that is different to super power but my head is instantly filled with Cartoon Superwoman and Shera! I’m struggling to wipe that image off my brain. I think of power and leadership and all things important – and then the cynic in me thinks, mostly those at the top are lucky on the whole, in some fields, skilfull yes, but not all.

I guess the one skill I have ALWAYS admired most is the crafters, those who have a natural gift for patchwork, woodcarving, pottery. Mainly all things involving needle and thread, I can (with some instructions from my Gran) just about manage a sewing machine, I can certainly demonstrate several stitches by hand, but I suffered at school through the hands of the DT/ART/PE teacher, who basically belittled us publically if we refused to join her teams or if we were not into sports. I was actually in the school netball team and played at County level and pulled top 5 places (out of 120) in cross country racing, it was the Hockey Team I refused a place on, it was too vicious, I was a dancer and needed to keep both my legs!
I made a tissue box cover (very useful) insert a sprinkling of sarcasm here and a soft frog toy. Both projects took about 3 months, involved sewing by hand and machine and looking back I don’t even know how I survived. It scarred me for life and put me off learning.

My Great Aunt taught me how to knit, my mum taught me how to make pom-poms, I have bought some craft books and magazines and manage to find and teach crafts for children, I have lovely ideas, often seen manifested in someone else’s reality in craft shops and fayres.
I just LACK the skill. Given the opportunity to acquire and be the mistress of any skill in the world I would choose to be a Mistress of Crafts. Why are we limiting ourselves there? Hey, I would be the Goddess of Crafts!

How about you?

Is it really ONLY Tuesday!?!


Life certainly gets busy sometimes. This week is no exception and to add to the flux I have used my data allowance on the smartphone – I actually owe some extra money, when I checked the bill it took a long time to load the website – ironic if that’s where the fee is from! I am blaming Patrick* for making me check population statistics for the local area. This is something all Americans that I know, know – we don’t over here. It would blow our minds daily how many people are squeezed into such small areas.

I had more assessments at work today so my stress levels have been pretty high all day. I kept telling myself ‘it will be over soon, soon you will be home and you will be rested and it will all be in the past!’

I have had lots of errands this evening including buying balloons (a long story) I am one of those people who goes in for a packet of balloons and comes out with 4 shopping bags! They didn’t sell balloons so I had to shop around.

I have managed some writing (which is a miracle) and I have started my 6th book of the year/Month. There are barely enough hours in the day at the moment.
I’m in the library accessing the blog and won’t be at a desk with access until Thursday (and even then there may be no desk)! I will try to read some of the blogs I follow then and over the weekend to catch up with you all in Blogland! I can’t access through my phone as they have started to charge and payments are high enough as it is -gggrrrrrrr @ 24 month contracts.

This week I need to submit my short fictional scene and schedule February’s writing opportunities. I have managed to get one of those ‘Organise your whole family’ calendars and I have started to use it just for myself! Excessive?! Me…. ??? (For people who know me and follow my blog that is funny!)

Right now I am just heading home, to eat fruit (1st healthy shop of the year) and breathe!

* I think you are the 1st person to be named on my blog! What an honour… and the answer in 93,200 estimated in 2011.