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Finding a shiny new pebble in the great ocean of life



nowhere islandLast weekend I was in Weymouth with friends for the beginning of the Olympics. Now, I don’t know about you but to be honest I’m not much of a ‘sports fan’, in fact I’ll go out of my way to avoid it if at all possible; but somehow even I have caught the Olympic fever which is sweeping Great Britain at the moment, at least I’ve caught enough of it not to get too bored when the swimming comes on television.

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Lessons Learned in May – on consistency, making friends and free

The last month has been quite an adventure in my writing journey, I’ve experimented with all sorts of things and made some wonderful new friends along the way too. Perhaps though the most important thing I learnt was consistency, not only consistency in terms of writing regularly, but also of content. Slowly, it seems I am finding my voice and my place in the enormous writing community/

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What happens when life gets in the way of writing?

It came as a bit of a shock to me on Friday when I realised just how much I resented having to work when I’d rather be writing. I’m reasonably lucky (in one sense) in that I work for myself anyway and have the luxury of deciding what I’m going to be doing and when I’m going to do it; but after yet another day spent flitting between my writing, the social networks and client work, with a whole load of procrastinating and sighing on the side I decided that enough was enough and something needed to change.

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I am an author: insight, awareness and admitting the reality

I can now understand the truth of the statement ‘when the pupil is ready, the teacher will come‘, as this is the experience I have having over the last few weeks and the pace is quickening! It has also been the case that those ‘teachers’ have not necessarily been what I would either have expected or wanted had I asked for them; but from each one I have learnt an important lesson.

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Lessons Learned in April – on place, writing and change

April 2012 has marked a sea change in the way I view myself and my place in the world. At the beginning of this year I vowed to make a change, I even did it publicly on my blog but failed to actually do anything about it until mid March when I wrote a post titled The Art of Reinvention or how to start again! This is where the story of lessons learned in April really starts.

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The pen is indeed mightier than the sword – let’s all celebrate national stationery day

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s International Day of the Book and World Book Night comes National Stationery Day. April 24th is a day of celebration of the written word and of all things stationery. It has been launched to get more people putting pen to paper, and writing more often by hand. There’s more to life than email and texting!  Let’s face it, we all love to receive ‘proper post’, something with our name and address hand written on it sent to us personally and containing all sorts of things from a card to a letter from an old friend or a loved member of the family.

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Happy World Book Night, Happy International Day of the Book and Happy St George’s Day

Legend has it that St George Patron St of England and Catalonia slew a dragon and a beautiful rose bush sprang from the dragon’s blood. Whereupon St George promptly plucked the most beautiful rose and gave it to the princess he was defending. A Rose Festival has been celebrated in Barcelona on April 23rd ever since and in 1923 it merged with the International Day of the Book which celebrated the deaths of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes.

World Book Night #worldbooknight is a celebration of books in the US, Ireland, Germany and the US that occurs on the same day as the Unesco International Day of the Book and is committed to improving literacy amongst the hardest to reach populations in the UK. Events take place all over the UK and I shall be off to one at The WatchHouse Cafe in West Bay this afternoon. You can also find out more about World Book Night in the UK here: and in the US here:

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