About Linda

Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Since early 2012 this site has been chronicling my writing, my attempts to help other authors get their books into the hands of the reading public and how I storm castles for a living. Since September 2019 it has also become the home of the information from my – now dead – social enterprise, the Hysterectomy Association; and it also houses everything to do with the Hysteria Writing Competition.

These pages offer you the means to change your world and storm a castle or two. Often all it takes to do big things like this is a little information and the encouragement to have a go. I’m a big believer that we all hold the key to our own destiny in our own hands and I know that a little help and guidance can make an enormous difference.

On this blog you’ll find posts about spirituality, health, happiness, creativity, the art of being (add whatever word you want in here), hysterectomy and women’s health. And you’ll get to meet some inspirational people who have all stormed a castle or two themselves in my weekly podcasts and occasionally I’ll share my thoughts and short fiction. This is where I bring the various sides of myself together; it’s where the women’s health advocate and founder of the (now deceased) Hysterectomy Association, melds with the writer and techno nerd, and meets my more spiritual nature; hopefully they all come out playing nicely.

If you’re willing to have a read you’ll find that I challenge conventional wisdom about how life works which dictates that stress and struggle are a prerequisite to creativity and success.

So, who am I?

That’s an interesting question and one I’ve spent a life-time trying to answer. Until this point in time I have felt rather disconnected as I had five websites, three social media profiles and one very confused life. I began to unfragment when I closed the Hysterectomy Association in September 2019. Until that point I’d been very conflicted about the information I was sharing as it wasn’t what I believed, but matched more with the current medical model. And because I wasn’t sure who I was my blog languished, and I ended up in both places simply sharing other people’s stuff.

On Sunday 14th June 2020 I had an epiphany and after 5 decades of living on this planet, not knowing what I want to be, I finally understand and know what I want to do with the rest of my life.

Too often the books I read say ‘follow your bliss’ or ‘do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life again’; and although intellectually I understood what they were saying, in large part they were meaningless phrases I would trot out as everyone else did. And for the longest time I believed I was doing both of these things. That’s not to say my working life has been boring, it most certainly hasn’t and I’ve loved what I do, after all I’ve met many wonderful people and learnt so many things along the way.

But last Sunday, I actually stopped and noticed for the first time ever what I do all the time; what I spend all my free time doing and what has me on a quest to learn and know more. And it’s then I realised that it was my passion and it’s what I want to do with the rest of my life. I also know how to integrate into my working life too!

My father introduced me to a different way of looking at the world when I was a very small child, he was a seeker after truth too. My interests broadened and as a result I did a first degree in Theology. Since then I’ve read widely, studied and thought deeply; I’ve changed my mind about ‘how life works’ many, many times and am always willing to have my perspective challenged.

I love, have always loved, finding out more about who I am, who you are, where we come from, why we are here and how this thing called ‘life’ works.

I am a seeker after truth, but recognise that truth rarely exists – except (apparently) in novels and the media.

I am a walker who enjoys the gentle tramp of feet in the country with my dogs Belle and Pip and husband, Steve.

I read, I think, I sometimes get it right and I sometimes get it wrong!

As of today, the 2020 summer solstice, this is the place I’ll bring the various sides of myself together into one (probably not seamless} whole – I find myself smiling gently as I write this as I know it’s very unlikely. I will share my own experience of what the world is and hope you will do the same with me.

I love a cup of tea and will happily spend time with friends in our local cafe – Bellenies Bakehouse in Abbotsbury.

My Story

The what and the who of Linda

A psychic once told me that it was almost as if I had appeared fully formed on earth at the age of 10 – rather like Mr Bean – with no history or family to speak of. With a statement…

Life, the universe and medicine – part 4

I had my appointment with the breast team on the 19th July. After being told off by the surgeon for not having mammograms, I was then subjected to the examination itself which was excruciating on my right breast because of…

Life the universe and medicine – part 3

By the 7th July I had completed a first week at Silversands, and it was quite surreal as it was full of welcoming, helpful, supportive and interested people – so unlike my experience of much of Dorset Council, which was…

Life, the universe and medicine – part 2

So, I have the two appointments I’ve been waiting for, and I’m still waiting to hear about the blood results – on that score, no news should be good news – in my head at least.

Life, the universe and medicine – part 1

Like everyone, I assume I’ll live forever. Although I often wonder whether anyone would come to my funeral and who would wear black, it never actually occurrs to me that there is an endpoint. It’s almost as if I would…

On being interviewed …. the boot is on the other foot for a change!

My last Thursday Throng Interview with the inestimable Rich Voza, elicited an unusual comment from Bittercharm who suggested that it might be nice, for a change, to interview me instead. Cue, one embarrassed Linda. Although you will often see me out…

Do You Believe in Yourself Enough to Claim the Right to Write?

A fellow blogger, and regular commenter on this site, left a couple of comments recently that got me thinking about how we, as authors and writers, claim the Right to Write. What they shared was that they felt daunted by…

I’d love you to stop by and say hello

I’d love to know more about you. So many of the blogs I visit seem to lack the information I would love to see which is the ‘who you are, what you do and why you love it’ type stuff…

21 comments

  1. Hello,

    I found your blog via Book Blogger list and I was looking for reviews. I published a short (12 pages) children’s picture ebook a couple of days ago and it is looking quite lonesome without any great reviews.

    Tomorrow, November 22, it will be free and can be found here http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PVT0ECY

    I would love for you to grab it and see what you think. It is called Doggie Went A-Courtin’ and is an adaptation of the traditional song, Froggie Went A-Courtin’.

    Synopsis:
    An adaptation of a traditional song, Doggie begins to court Miss Kitty. After she consents to marriage, the wedding begins with a host of colorful guests attending. Fun ensues, until one uninvited guest, a rattlesnake, arrives. Will his presence ruin the fun or add to it?

    I wrote this little story back in 2009 and it won 4th place in a little competition which gave me the courage to try to get it published. However, I had no luck with traditional publishers and so when Kindle put out their kdpkids publishing format this year, I hired an illustrator and decided to give it a go.

    I know you’re busy, and I appreciate your consideration. Thanks so much!

    Angel Wheeler
    http://www.chroniclesofarocketsurgeon.com

  2. You’re welcome Linda – thank you for responding, very kind of you and hopefully my post will get more people to follow your excellent blog. Have a great day. David

  3. Wow, why thank you very much David – I’m honoured and really pleased that you liked the blog enough to nominate it. I shall go and check out the award on your page and sort myself out later today 🙂

  4. Hi there Linda.

    I just wanted to let you know that I think your blog is fabulous – so much useful information crammed into a terrific blog. This has inspired me to nominate you for an award that I myself have also been nominated for (The REALITY Blog Award). I have provided the link below, I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate the work that you put into your blog and what it means to other writers. You may wish to follow some of the other people that I have nominated, here is the link:-

    http://toofulltowrite.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/the-r-e-a-l-i-t-y-blog-award/

    Well done for making it into my shortlist – you truly deserve it.

    Have a great day.

    David

  5. That sounds fantastic Nikki and when it is finished I’d love to host you here on the blog in my Thursday Throng, it seems that the travel genre is picking up all sorts of interest too and your perspective is nicely different 🙂 I’ve popped over to your FB page and liked you so I can keep up there as well. Thank you for the compliment as well – I’m glad you’ve found the information so useful as well, I shall carry on trying to give more 🙂

  6. Hi Linda,

    I writing a book with my husband it’s called “I woof Therefore I Am” (working title) – It’s A wooftastic ‘tail’ about a loveable ex-pat pooch living in Tenerife. The book is from a dog’s point of view, about settling down in a new country, coping with the cultural differences, and learning the language (although woof-speak is universal, mas o menos, there are still some differences which need to be understood, otherwise a dog can have muchos problemas with his furry Latin amigos).

    The ex-pat / travel genre has been popularised by some very successful books, but until now man’s-best-friends’ take on it has been little explored. We’re familiar with “Walking over Lemons”, but there hasn’t been a “Bouncing over Bones”. Most of Tenerife’s ex-pat Brits know and love Joe Cawley’s “More Ketchup than Salsa”, but we’ve all been waiting for “More Saliva than Salsa”.

    “I Woof Therefore I Am ” is more than an ex-pat diary though. It is a gripping story, with a plot that is the mutt’s nutts, and some wonderful illustrations. Full of twists and turns, it will make you laugh and it will make you cry. Quite simply it’s the dog’s danglies of a book.

    If you would like to read an extract from the book http://tenerifedogs.blogspot.com.es/search/label/Book

    We haven’t finished it yet and this is the first time I have written a book. So when I came across your site it was great to see lots of useful information in one place,
    Thanks and all the best
    Nikki, Richard and Snr Gizmo

  7. Hi Linda, I found out about your site on Goodreads.

    I have a Christian, historical romance “The Unwilling Bride” and a cozy, mystery novella “Death By Broken Heart.”

    If you are interested in reviewing either or both of these books I will send you more info and the links.

    I also have a Christian, contemporary romance “Unforgiving Ghosts” coming out in August.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    God Bless!!

  8. Hi Manhardeep. I’m always interested in new authors and I’d be happy to have a look could you send over kindle versions of the books or do you prefer to send out physical copies?

  9. Hello Dribbling Pensioner and now I must off to your blog to find out more and if my assumptions were correct … 😉

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