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.