Who Had Wildfires, Pandemic, and Mass Protests on their 2020 Bingo Card? (My Year in Review)

When I have looked back on past posts defining my expectations for the year ahead, change seems slight and incremental. Little changed between the January and the December though I’m typically heading in the right direction. But this year, all bets were off. The post from December last year looking forward to 2020 seems likeContinue reading “Who Had Wildfires, Pandemic, and Mass Protests on their 2020 Bingo Card? (My Year in Review)”

This World Mental Health Day, Give Yourself Permission to be Creative

It’s 10th October and that means one thing – World Mental Health Day. Last year, I essentially “came out” to my family about my own struggles with depression. It took me a long time to come to terms with the mood swings, the inexplicable low periods, the periods of anxiety and especially the SAD. NowContinue reading “This World Mental Health Day, Give Yourself Permission to be Creative”

How You Can Support Independent Sellers This Pandemic Christmas

Article originally published in 2018 updated in 2020 with pandemic information. Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Over the last few years, there has been a movement in retail trends imploring consumers to have an #IndieChristmas – buying Christmas presents from places other than big business and to prioritise independent sellers.

The Pandemic Has Given Me Time to Write Fiction, and Think. How About You?

It’s been a weird year. I don’t know any other year like it. Even 2016 with its celebrity deaths, Brexit vote, and Trump’s shock election doesn’t even come close to the worst Australian wildfires ever, the biggest social justice marches ever, and a pandemic that led to many countries shutting right down.

My 2019 Maltese Adventure – Part 2

I wanted to break these posts down because the last two days of my holiday were arguably the busiest. Realising we were running out of time to see the things we wanted to see on the islands, we decided to make a plan. But the plan never went, um, according to plan.

My 2019 Maltese Adventure – Part 1

I promised I’d blog about my holiday to Malta and here I am, finally here with some images and a run through of our holiday. After a difficult year in many ways, Cat and I were looking forward to this much needed holiday to Malta, (Ancient Roman Melite, the honey island although by rights itContinue reading “My 2019 Maltese Adventure – Part 1”

The Images and Copyright Minefield and Where to Get Free Stock Photos

How do you get people to come to your blog without promising free cake and then disappointing them a la Portal? You need a good headline for starters or people are not going to be enticed to read it.

My Love of Dartmoor – a Photographic Journey

It’s Easter 2019 and we’re presently having the hottest weekend of the year so far. It’s been fabulous. Yesterday (Good Friday) we went up to Dartmoor – always a favourite place of mine – and I took my DSLR. This was not only the first time I’d taken my “new” camera, I also went upContinue reading “My Love of Dartmoor – a Photographic Journey”

Importance of a Good Blog Theme

It’s all moving a bit fast, isn’t it? The more blogs I read, the more I see how website aesthetics have changed with mobile internet and touch screen technology. The most noticeable change is the move toward touchscreen functionality which is no longer limited to mobile devices but now common on laptops too. So I’veContinue reading “Importance of a Good Blog Theme”

Free Things to Do in Cornwall in Winter to Inspire Writers and Photographers

Our lovely little corner of the country attracts millions of visitors every year. Coastal resorts such as St Ives become choc-a-bloc with tourist from the spring through to early autumn. Land’s End and Sennen Cove and the striking coast of West Penwith are amazing and inspiring for creatives. If it isn’t the coast, there’s theContinue reading “Free Things to Do in Cornwall in Winter to Inspire Writers and Photographers”