Most writers, even the famous ones, have suffered, at some point in their careers, the pneumonia of despair. Cheeky little thoughts play on repeat. I’m no good. I can’t write. Nobody will read or like it. But take heart. I’ve learnt that Failing is Good! Failing is Necessary! Anne Enright, a Man Booker Prize winner, […]
Original Love (youtube) I have this album on repeat, especially the track Original Love, which seems so apt for Valentine’s Day. Just dance!
When I was around 9, I received a Valentine’s Day card from a boy who was at the same local village school. I was mortified. Confused. Terrified. Why? Because, as he thrust his card in my hand, he nervously asked me to marry him. By his very asking, was I obliged to say yes? I […]
Years ago, in another life, before children, I asked Paul Theroux if he would write (for a princely sum) an introduction to a magazine I was publishing for the World Bank. He was very efficient and business-like (some might say prickly, or even snooty) in his communications about the project, and he produced a thoughtful […]
When is NOW a good time to start a new blog? As a master in procrastination, I have put off starting a new blog (and creating a website) for far too long. Mind obstacles kept getting in the way. Where do I start? What will I say? Who will want to listen? Not another blog! […]