Writing

I am a writer

I wrote this in October 2012 and published it elsewhere. I can now say that yes I am a writer – in addition to the many other things I do. I blog, I contribute to newsletters, I’ve published creative and factual ebooks, and I also write stuff in my job. It’s an interesting rambling read…

Blogging and a 9.5 month old baby

Spring has almost sprung, and I now have a 9.5 month old baby. Time is going quickly! Life has got busy, and I have no idea where my days go. So once again I’m going to step back from my blogging. I’ll still be posting photos on Instagram from time to time, but I doubt…

Last week’s ponderings – mainly about snow

I started this blog post when there was snow all around. Now there’s not and it does feel a little out of date. But, some important life questions remain: Do they make gloves for babies? Because mine doesn’t like mittens. What about baby balaclavas to protect their faces against the cold wind? What happens to…

What’s this blog all about anyway?

I see other people with their lovely one topic blogs, and I’m a little envious that they can describe their blog’s content so easily. Not to mention that they’re seen as experts on that subject, which often leads to other opportunities for them. I’ve been writing this blog for almost 6 years and it’s still…

How to overcome the new mum January blues

I’m having an attack of the new mum January blues. Not enough sleep, changes in routine, worrying about stuff that’s a few months away, miserable weather. So what can I do? See people every day – be around other mums and babies, or family or friends. Talk to people – share problems and challenges, ask…

Time to simplify things

So I’ve been through the fourth trimester, had a glorious phase with a great sleeping and napping baby. But right now, she’s not so great at those things. And approaching 6 months we’ve got quite a few changes coming up – the pram, the cot and weaning. So it’s time to simplify my mind and…

In which I publish a new ebook

I published a new ebook! It is (I think) the final in my small series of creative ramblings, published before I move onto some non-fiction projects. Called Creative Connections, it’s a bit of an eclectic mix, as it’s got a few left over pieces of prose, a load of poems, and a couple of styles…

Why don’t people comment on blogs? 

And in a break and slight tangent from recent blog posts, this one is about blogging, not babies…. I’ve been blogging for quite a few years now, and I find it interesting that people don’t comment on blog posts as much I’d like them to. I feel as if a blog post with no comments…

Things I love this week 

There’s no chance of a longer post this week, between a grumpy baby and my lack of sleep. So here once again is a gratitude list….. things I love this week. Fancy shower gel – a couple of people bought me new mum presents of lovely smelling shower gel and bath stuff. My morning shower…

Why I love writing

When I’m not on maternity leave, I work as a project director, managing communications projects and all the associated finances and resources. I like managing projects, but what I’m particularly drawn to is writing and photography. So it’s nice to indulge in both of those when I have time. Why do I love writing?  It…

My creative plans for 2017-18

I now have limited spare time, and if I’m alone with my newborn baby, I rarely get to finish anything in one sitting. Meals, writing emails or text messages, thoughts, blog posts…… (ironically at this point I was interrupted…..) So this means I have to focus on a very small number of projects, not dabble…

A new era

So I had a baby four weeks ago. It’s an easy enough sentence to write, yet it encompasses so much. The moment of finding out I was pregnant. The 2 months of knowing but not telling people beyond family and a couple of friends. The following 6 months of pregnancy and its many ups and…

Is blogging better with friends?

I decided last week to start writing on my blog again, while I have some time between finishing work and baby arriving. However, I’ve been struggling to work out what to write about the last few days. I’ve half written two posts, but neither really came together satisfactorily. Part of that is of course because…

What could you do in 20 minutes a day?

Slightly cheating on my “blogging every day” plan, as I drafted this a while ago but hadn’t had time to finish it. But with a bit of editing it follows on nicely from yesterday’s post about time…. A few years ago, I did a 30 day challenge in which I wrote a blog post a…