How was your morning?
Mine was pretty hectic.
It began with me trying to sew a Santa hat to one of my daughter’s jumpers, because it’s Christmas jumper day at school and we didn’t have time to buy her one.
I had to sew. In the morning. Chugging breakfast and sewing, whilst reminding my daughter to stay on target and eat her breakfast too…
I hate sewing.
Ask me to build a window seat and I’m your woman. But ask me to sew… and it is pure hell.
I had to start over three times. Three times. It was probably one of the simplest sewing tasks in the world… It took me three goes.
Anyway, eventually I wrestled the newly minted Christmas jumper into submission. Then I grabbed all the presents for the teachers and bagged them appropriately. Helped my daughter to dress (she’s three and still needs some help with this and other important things like brushing teeth). Got the dog in the car (to take her to the vet), took child-face to school. Gave the teachers their gifts. Took my dog for a quick walk. Got a call from husband-face. Had to go home to get something husband-face needed and meet him with said thing. Then rush off to the vet. Got to the vet ten-minutes late.
Finally – I am home and writing this.
That’s this time of year – sudden bursts of mania and a bonkers to-do-list.
So, if you also have toddlers and you find yourself desperate for 5-minutes of calm amidst it all… please take advantage of this little Christmas gift from me to you!
Scribble Explores the World is available to buy via Amazon.
If you’ve enjoyed it – please remember leave a review on amazon 🙂
I love horror.
I find its existence both fascinating and, ultimately, necessary.
You don’t have to love horror to appreciate how amazing it is. I’m not writing this post to convince you to start reading or watching horror. But I hope that it may help you realise why horror is good for society.
I love picture books.
I’m even writing one.
Last week, I taught a class on them. We explored structuring mechanisms, pace and the impact of these remarkable pieces of literature.
I’ve continued to think about them for the last few days and I felt that a short video may be in oder…
How do you approach writing?
Are you hesitating so much that you’re not connecting the pen with the page at all? Are you throwing a lot of judgement at those first attempts?
Do you wait for inspiration? Or do you chip away at it?
Give yourself a break. This should be fun. Just go ahead and have a go. Try that exercise I suggest in the video – write for five-minutes non-stop every day. You never have to share what you write (unless you want to). Think of it as a warm up. After a while you’ll find that you have lots of ideas.
Let me know what you think and how you get on in the comments.
This is the first week that I haven’t published a new episode of Diary of a Space Archivist.
Season two will be made asap!
In the meantime, though, I recorded myself making an episode a while back and have edited the footage to make a little video exploring my process and that…
I made a short film a couple of years ago to illustrate how you can muck about and make stuff without grand equipment…
Amazingly, Rob Reed manages not to ruin it. Well done Rob.