It’s been a long winter. Helped by the support of other writers – those in my local writing group and others at a distance – I’ve carried on writing stories through the dark days. I’ve submitted some of them here and there. I’ve had some acceptances, more rejections. I am grateful for those acceptances, believe me. But I’m always striving for more.
Sometimes I feel like a cat going round in circles, never quite able to catch its tail – or in my case, tale. So it’s good to come across a new writing exercise. Here’s one I came across on twitter courtesy of the writer Kathy Fish. I tried it this morning with remarkable results – and now have ideas for ways to start at least half a dozen new stories! I think the exercise gives you access to a free-thinking part of the brain. Perhaps this is what the Surrealists did with their automatic writing. Follow the link to Kathy Fish’s post and try it yourself.
Relish your dreams for the year ahead. If you wake in the night turn your thoughts from your worries to your dreams, your dreams of what you would and can do. As we plunge into 2018 here are my wishes for you, the person reading this (thank you!):
Quote from Goethe
Quote from Neil Gaiman
I take at least one photograph every day and post it online. I also like to use photographs as inspiration for my writing. I particularly love the old black and white photographs posted on twitter by
John Bulmer, Black Country, UK, 1960
Making things yourself is satisfying. Over the years I’ve tried my hand at various crafts. There’s a group of people in the town where I live who not only make great crafts, but also support others to do so. The group makes a huge difference to those people’s lives, so my craft shout-out this year is for
Abergavenny Crafty Women
Abergavenny Crafty Woman at Monmouthshire Housing
Making a Difference Awards 2017
Earlier this month I wrote about joining when The Lonely Crowd, when my story The Wood has Ears, The Field has Eyes was published in the magazine of that name.
I’ve now written an essay about how I came to write the story and you can read it here
That particular story is one of what I hope will be a collection of short stories inspired by the work of Hieronymus Bosch. Read more about how that came about in my essay.
Owls feature in Bosch’s work and in mine. They are beautiful creatures – but are they always benign?
Statue on flying buttress, St John’s Cathedral, Den Bosch, The Netherlands
(Photo: Cath Barton)
While you’re here, do hop over to my Stories page for links to my latest flash fiction on-line.