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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Kizzia Quarterly – Vol 1 – Winter/Spring 2017

It is now almost the end of May and this is less of a quarterly and more of a half-ly (if Shakespeare was allowed to make up words, I am too) but I’m not going to let that put me off sharing it with you! I should first say that I wrote most of this … Continue reading Kizzia Quarterly – Vol 1 – Winter/Spring 2017

I Aten’t Dead

I’ve just been swallowed by work and the house, getting poorly, having a tooth out, doing all the visiting of family, and reading and writing that hasn’t included any bloggable content for a while. So my apologies for that!  I can’t, however, promise much of an uptick in the blogging stakes over the next 18 … Continue reading I Aten’t Dead

Book Review: A Very British Murder by Dr Lucy Worsley

Rated: 5 stars This brilliantly crafted non-fiction look at the British obsession with murder is not only fascinating in its own right but also perfect if you’re a crime writer who fancies learning some of the history of your genre, providing as it does an excellent feel for the public perception of crime and crime … Continue reading Book Review: A Very British Murder by Dr Lucy Worsley

Monthly Musings – January 2017

Scraping in almost at the last possible minute with this - please excuse any tiredness induced typos! An awful lot has happening in the world this month, and a lot of it has been awful. Part of me thinks that I should be shouting how angry and upset I am about it all from the … Continue reading Monthly Musings – January 2017

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 30 – War as drawn by man who illustrated Winnie the Pooh

I must admit that until I came across this book in my local bookshop I had no idea that E. H. Shepard, best know to us all as the man who illustrated A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, had served in WWI, never mind that he’d drawn his way through the trenches (although that should have … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 30 – War as drawn by man who illustrated Winnie the Pooh

Book Review: London Falling

London Falling by Paul Cornell My rating: 5 of 5 stars I started reading this book and put it aside after the first 30 pages because I was struggling to work out what was going on, wasn’t sure I liked any of the characters and … I just didn't feel like it was going to work … Continue reading Book Review: London Falling

Magpie rhymes

While I was walking the dog today I found myself - thanks to the many magpies who live in the woods we were tramping through - thinking about magpie rhymes. More specifically, I found myself thinking this one: One for a death, Two for a life, Three for a husband, Four for a wife, Five … Continue reading Magpie rhymes