Artwork from postermywall.com I am white. I have two children of mixed race. Their father is African American. I have benefited from white privilege all my life, generally without even knowing it, as all white people do. My ex-husband and all my black family have not. They have all suffered different types of racism and … Continue reading Enough is Enough – Black Lives Matter
Photo credit: Steven Williams Lockdown. We’re all in it together. I think. Everyone's lives will be forever changed by events that are out of their control, for better or for worse. Everyone has their own story of hardship, sacrifice and personal loss that lockdown has wrought upon their lives. Some people will deal with the … Continue reading Lockdown: rules and other non-essential activities
Snow Changes, Two Normals Reality and fiction are starting to merge. Had I started reading Lionel Shriver's 'The Mandibles' a few months ago it would have just been another novel set in an alternate future reality; an interesting idea but with little plausible basis. Starting it six weeks into lockdown, however, puts a whole new … Continue reading Sea Changes, New Normals and Other Clichés
Fully prepared to take the plunge... I have just sent off my first speculative email to a magazine commissioning editor. When I say first I'm not including the time I wrote a (very) short story, typed it up on an actual typewriter (lots of uncorrected and poorly corrected typing mistakes) and and sent it to … Continue reading Taking the Plunge
Rainbow over Windsor Castle We like to believe that every cloud has a silver lining and after a storm there will be a rainbow. We want to believe in the cliché 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger'. It helps us make sense of adversity in our lives and give meaning to bad experiences. It's … Continue reading Will There Always be a Rainbow after a Storm?
There's another storm coming. There's always another storm coming. Sometimes they're relentess, one after the other. And sometimes they appear out of nowhere after a long period of calm. Sometimes you can watch and wonder at their strength and ferocity, safe and secure. And sometimes they rip right through your life, destroying everything in their … Continue reading There’s another storm coming…
Writing - it should be so easy. One word after another. You just need a subject and off you go. Sometimes the hardest thing is the subject. Once you've got one, off you go. I have been writing my baking blog for years now and I'm never short of a subject. There are always hundreds … Continue reading Hello and Welcome