"Write. No amount of self-inflicted misery, altered states, black pullovers or being publicly abnoxious will ever add up to you being a writer. Writers write. On you go."

A.L. Kennedy (in ‘Write' published by Guardian Books)

(Source: jamesgrantbrown)

splendorinthetrash said: Hi,you still in the doldrums? Reset your expectations of yourself. Time to read three popular novels. Pick them apart, keeping in mind that these people have been through rigorous editorial scrutiny, and in places they're still shit, as everything is in places. Listen to some popular music, especially rap. Great and a big money maker, but it's nothing complex. Cut yourself a lot of slack then go back at it. I liked your wedding piece a lot, by the way.

Thank you so much! :D This is really lovely, and great advice!

I just finished reading Lady Chatterley’s Lover for the first time, and that did make me smile quite a lot, so it helped. I dyed my hair yesterday too, which might seem trivial, but it’s given me a big boost of energy! I’m feeling a bit better today, although I still haven’t made any progress with the writing, but I realised I might have to change the whole second half of the book up a bit this morning, so I suspect that might have something to do with the odd feeling of NOPE I’ve had recently.

I think you’re right that I need to take a step back and revaluate my expectations of myself. I’m quite mean to me sometimes ^^” I’m going to try working on some map stuff this afternoon and do a bit of re-plotting, but I will be sure to make up a playlist at your suggestion! Thank you! xx

Maybe one of these days I’ll be a writer who is asked to give advice.

When that day comes, I’ll think back to today and tell them:

"If you’re dealing with fear of failure, crippling self doubt or just basic writer’s block, write a short piece about sucking dick for taxi fare. You never know, right?"

"The Worst Thing"

WARNING: Not for minors. Seriously now, don’t do it.


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In other news…

No writing happened yesterday. None.

Well, it did technically happen, but it all got deleted before I was done because it was so bloomin’ awful. I feel like I’m just wringing my guts out over the damn keyboard lately.

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Quick Update!

Okay, so beta reading! I have two of you left after Camp NaNoWriMo, so I expect to be all finished soon. If you haven’t heard from me and you’re still waiting for me to give feedback on your work, please email me again, because I haven’t received it. Just check you have the right email, also. If it isn’t the “purveyor of words” or “Lorna George” accounts, it’s out of date! Drop me an ask here and I’ll send you the address you need. I know how nerve-wracking it is to send your work to someone and then hear zilch back, so don’t be afraid to contact me! I want to get all of you (:

I no longer write for The Sisterhood Alliance, and have removed all of my work from their site. There are a lot of reasons for this, but the bottom line is that where my work and self-respect are concerned, I will not give way. That’s all I have to say about it, but I wanted to give you guys a heads up. I might repost the articles I wrote in full here, depending on how I feel or if anyone is interested.

I’d like to specifically thank unpollutedsky merplmom and scribbledscenes for the support this past week while I’ve been battling with whatever the heck it is I’ve been battling with. The Man calls it “The Sads” and I think that’s probably the best description. Just really tired and headachy and blah, really. I’m trying to be proactive about it though, so don’t you worry about me! Still, it’s nice to have encouragement when I get flat like this <3

I will be doing a video blog probably on Thursday, so watch this space, chaps! xx






Epiphany One Puck charges your phone!

No need for an electrical power source….it’s ‘powered’ by your hot coffee or ice cold sweat tea.  How awesome is that?

This here is pretty smart.

sweat tea

you southerners are weird




Sweat tea.

I’m actually really disappointed to see this isn’t, as I originally thought, a coffee warmer.

(via heatherharp)


Mighty Cthulhu demands that you push past the pain of writer’s block and ignore the temptations of the internet.
I wouldn’t cross him if I were you.


Mighty Cthulhu demands that you push past the pain of writer’s block and ignore the temptations of the internet.

I wouldn’t cross him if I were you.

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Ten Books Tag!

Tagged by bookish-soliloquies (Thanks! I love stuff like this! <3)

List ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Then tag 10 more.

Here are my 10 (in no particular order):

  • Carpe Jugulum - Terry Pratchett
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte
  • The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
  • The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Men at Arms - Terry Pratchett
  • A Room of One’s Own - Virginia Woolf
  • Night Watch - Terry Pratchett
  • Little Women - Louisa-May Alcott
  • Emma - Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

I tag: sonnywithagoodbook resourcesforthemuse niceguybut merplmom unpollutedsky writingforcamelot writtenrealities writerwasted wafflemancer queenofthemoths

I need inspiration


"How can people hate
when there are dogs, books and cake
and power showers?"

— ~More bad Haiku by Lorna George

unpollutedsky replied to your post“I think I’ve jinxed myself ^^”
It definitely sounds stress related, sounds more like a stress induced migraine than anything which can come from putting too much pressure on yourself. Just try to relax and take it slow and feel better xoxox

Thank you so much for this. I think I just get so obsessive sometimes, I can be really hard on myself and it means a lot when someone reminds me to take a step back. I’ve written another chapter today, and while I’m almost completely certain that it’s quite poor quality, that’s what rewrites are for. I just need to be a bit kinder to myself sometimes, I think (:

I think I’ve jinxed myself ^^”

Either that or I’m coming down with something. I’ve felt like poo for the last two days and I’ve barely written anything. I have had an ear infection, but I saw the nurse yesterday and I can finally hear again, but I woke up with a cracking migraine this morning and my energy levels have just been through the floor since Wednesday.

I’m writing a very difficult scene just now, one I’ve been building up to since early in TRQ, and I just want to get it right. Perhaps I’m just putting too much pressure on myself? It’s only a first draft, after all, but as I said earlier in the week, this is when all the different plot points will start pulling together in preparation for the finale. It needs to be right, or at least as right as I can get it the first time around. I have to make sure I’m dropping all the right information at all the right times.

I also think headaches might be the worst possible thing in the world right now. Also fictional politics. YUCK.




This is a recipe for Ugly Soup. It looks revolting, but was surprisingly good. Unlike Banana Soup Surprise, which is another story.

This soup was brought to the world by neenorroar.

Don’t you talk shit about my Banana Soup Surprise, boy! It was frikkin’ glorious and you know it.

um…I also remember banana soup surprise……..:/

Excuse you both, don’t even start. Banana Soup Surprise was a thing of beauty! Stop ganging up on me just because you’re both clearly JEALOUS OF MY CULINARY EXPERTISE.