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And so it goes on!

I meant to write an update before now, but the second cycle was so challenging, I couldn’t manage it. I had a succession of side effects, together with extra side effects from drugs given to cope with the side effects. It was so horrible, I began to think I couldn’t... read more

The End of the Beginning

I’ve finished my first cycle of treatment, and today I’m starting on the second, so I thought I’d try to write something before the fog descends again! The first cycle proved quite a challenge in terms of side effects. There were a number of nasty, personal things – which you... read more

National Poetry Day + One

I intended to write yesterday, but ‘other’ events got in the way. I felt sad as for the last twelve years, I’ve been teaching a writing class when it was National Poetry Day, and have always given it a mention, but this year I’ve had to cancel my classes. But... read more

Thank you!

I wanted to say thank you for your support. The comments on here, and the messages from people sent separately, are lovely, and certainly help lift my spirits. It gives me a warm feeling to know people are thinking of me and wishing me well. By coincidence, I came across... read more

September

Outside the leaves on the trees constricted slightly; they were the deep done green of the beginning of autumn. It was a Sunday in September. There would only be four. The clouds were high and the swallows would be here for another month or so before they left for the... read more

Are you still a writer if you’re not writing?

I was going to write a post about not writing, and not really having written any thing much this year when I discovered this post from August 2010: ‘In July I spent two weeks in the Algarve. Wonderful! Blue, blue sky, hot sunshine day after day (bliss after the dismal... read more

Evesham Festival of Words Days 2 and 3

Better late than never! I had intended to post this last week, but events intervened. The festival is not as fresh in my memory now, so I hope I can convey what a brilliant two days they were, and this will only cover the events I was involved with. Others,... read more

Evesham Festival of Words – Day One

So, the Evesham Festival of Words, which I’ve mentioned on the blog before, came and went in a three-day blur of wonderful events, and brief pauses for sleep and sustenance! I think I can definitely say it was a triumph. This is my story of the weekend, or at least... read more

Literary events

I know you’re supposed to have a provocative question as the title of your blog post in order to get more people to view the post, but at the moment I’m all out of provocative questions. (Think perhaps we’ve all had enough of those over the last week to keep... read more

Venice & The Broken Road

I can’t believe how long it is since I last wrote my blog – a combination of not writing very much at the moment, lots of other writing (and non-writing!) related activities, and a trip to Venice! Although I only managed nine days this year, the visit inevitably brought back... read more