As the sun came out I decided that Alban Elfed would be a good day to go for my first walk in the woods since Marmite died. It was a little bitter sweet but I definitely needed the fresh air and to see the start of the changing of the season for myself. Now for … Continue reading

Thank You, David: One ugly woman’s message to David Starkey

A most excellent response to David Starkey’s appalling comments about ugly female historians:

F Yeah History

This week historian David Starkey, was quoted as saying: ‘

The only chance I have of being on TV again is if I were very ugly. I think only old, ugly women can get on TV. Like Mary Beard,

What a delight!

But it may come as a surprise to many (who have probably heard a few of my feminist rants or seen me light up your tellybox briefly, championing the women’s suffrage movement) to hear that I owe David Starkey, historian and broadcaster, a great debt.

He has been my teacher for many a year, and in the last couple of days I’ve found out that I keep learning valuable lessons from him.

So where to begin? We might as well start with a thirteen-year-old girl, who loved history, and had grown out of Horrible Histories. I found Starkey’s biography on Elizabeth I on a bookshelf…

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Today is National Writing Day

and funnily enough I'm celebrating by writing! Although I'm currently working on a first draft of an Arthurian themed novel that's been bouncing around in my head for years and now has decided its time has come I have also written something else today which I wanted to share. This poem is only on the … Continue reading Today is National Writing Day

Dobby is a Free Elf!

Or rather Carillion has made me redundant, so I am now a free human. I will miss my boss and colleagues terribly as not only were they great to work with but they believed in me at a time when I didn’t believe in myself and their confidence enabled me to find my self-confidence and … Continue reading Dobby is a Free Elf!

I still aten’t dead …

But the last eight months have been more exhausting than the previous two years and although the end is now near (there has to be a limit on how long employees can remain employed by an insolvent company) I still do not know exactly when it will be. Which means - since this level of … Continue reading I still aten’t dead …

Today is a Very Magical Day indeed …

Magical because it’s the first of September. Very Magical because it's 1st September 2017 and thus the day on which the epilogue of the the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows, is set. This means that my thoughts started off, this morning, at Kings Cross Platform 9 & 3/4 and are currently slowly … Continue reading Today is a Very Magical Day indeed …

Kizzia Quarterly Volume 2 – April to June 2017

I’m not going to talk much about the last quarter in this post. In fact I’m not going to talk much at all because with everything that’s going on at work and all the other things I’m trying to do at home, I’m pretty much terminally exhausted. So I’m giving you some pictures instead, of … Continue reading Kizzia Quarterly Volume 2 – April to June 2017

Notes on creativity

I’ve been struggling with creating anything for a while now. This post by Nimue not only makes me feel like I’m not alone but also helps me see that not only am I allowed time out, I actually need it.

Druid Life

Those of you who have followed this blog for a while will know I’ve had ongoing struggles with creative work. The creative industries are a mess, austerity means many people can’t afford books, art or music. It’s really hard making a living at the moment. There’s only so much time and energy available to me. However, over the last six months or so I’ve learned a lot of useful things about staying creative, so, here’s what’s been helping me get moving again.

  1. Not using writing to pay the bills. It’s incredibly stressful and requires a rapid output, which I have found depressing and exhausting every time I’ve tried it. I am more likely to make money from writing if I write the things I want to write and then try to find a home for it, and not have making it pay be my primary concern. If I’ve got my…

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Tips for angry arguments

Druid Life

Politics doesn’t bring out the best in people, and angry political exchanges can put strains on otherwise viable friendships. What to do if someone you thought was ok starts spewing hate, insults and what looks to you like madness?

  • Don’t respond in kind. You’ll just cause them to dig in and may confirm their prejudices.
  • If they respond to facts and evidence with insults and unfounded belief, you won’t shift them by hitting them with facts. Instead, ask for their facts and evidence. Ask for the underlying philosophy of their stance. The odds are they are regurgitating unconsidered propaganda. By asking them politely to explain it, you force them to look at it, and this can be rather effective.
  • People project. If greed and self interest are their major motivators, they may be unable to imagine that anyone else has other motivations. Thus it is normal for anyone defending the…

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