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Pail Flowers Featured

Photography@Redbubble Posted on Wed, February 27, 2019 10:58:13

‘Pail Flower’s has been featured in the Redbubble Group
Still Life Floral Arrangements. I am absolutely delighted with this news. You
can view the image here:

I hope you all like it. Happy Wednesday!


Creative Update Feb 2019

Creative Update Posted on Thu, February 21, 2019 11:18:09

Possible 2019 publication:

No, I haven’t forgotten about
this but the thing is when you are waiting for your draft copy to arrive it
does actually help if you ordered one in the first place….so there has been a
delay. My own fault. The draft copy has now arrived and I can see a couple of
things that need tweaking. Stupidly it’s stuff I don’t think anyone except me
would notice but once you see something you can’t unsee it. And yes, I know
unsee isn’t a word. As a published author I am actually pretty bad with words,
it’s ironic. As well as tidying up the
play script I am in the process of writing another fiction story. It seems to
be going well but as I always say writing is like planting a seed. You’re never
quite sure if it’s going to bloom or not.


The problem with having a full-time job where I sit at a screen almost all day– apart
from the monotony and draining of my soul and not being able to leave because I
need the money – is that when I get home it is very difficult to look at a
screen again. My eyes and head need a rest. Sometimes when I have the
opportunity at home to do things on a screen I deliberately don’t but this of
course slows things such as publication and uploading photos down. This time of
year is always slow for photos: there’s not much open and the weather is poor.
I am considering (please note I said considering)
upgrading my camera this year which is a real pig because I have had a couple
of dodgy cameras in my time and it is a serious knock to my confidence if I can’t
get the images I want and the item doesn’t perform the way I want. Compacts don’t
usually offer the range I need and I don’t think I can be bothered with all the
faffing about with settings and lenses on an SLR so it’ll be a bridge. The
safest option of course is to stick to what I’ve got but the technology has
moved on quite a bit in the last 5 years.


Well, let’s be honest, I don’t really do this anymore.
The crafting of jewellery, button bouquets etc. has been replaced with dot to
dots, jigsaws, Lego and colouring in. Oh and looking after a dog and trying to
keep my sanity. I blame the dog. It’s okay, she can’t read.

Thanks for stopping by,


Introverts Unite (Separately in your own homes)

Philosophy Posted on Fri, January 25, 2019 15:50:52

I have known for a while that I have one of the rarest
personality types in the world according to the Myers-Briggs personality type
system. If you have never come across this I heartily recommend you take a look
and if possible do the test. If this isn’t possible try to identify yourself within
the types. It can help you to understand yourself and other people. For me I
had a wonderful sense of not being alone (hey, there are other people like me
out there and we’re rare!) and also I am
not always good at expressing myself (published author, yes, I know the irony).
Reading my personality profile sometimes helps me with this.

I am very proudly an INFJ (Introvert, Intuition, Feeling,
Judging) which makes me extremely complicated and hard to understand. Here’s a
little bit about INFJs (in English hopefully):

INFJ’s are often referred to as the ‘Extroverted Introverts’
as we have the ability to switch onto a more outgoing side of ourselves when necessary.
I love doing things with my intimate circle…as long as I can recharge by
getting some alone time afterwards. An INFJ will tend to seek out truth and
meaning. Forget small-talk, it just doesn’t appeal. We are very good at interpreting
people. My partner often complains because I can usually get straight to the
sub-text of what people are saying and go into ‘psycho-analyse mode’. On the
upside I am pretty good at solving a crime drama. INFJ’s are people pleasers
making decisions primarily based on empathy. This is exhausting since we seem
to absorb other people’s emotions and problems to the detriment of our own
well-being. No wonder we are prone to anxiety and depression! We’re not good
with criticism and we’re deeply committed to our personal values. Although usually
reserved an INFJ will quickly assert themselves when their values are violated.
I find myself doing this regularly and on other people’s behalf. I was
described this week by someone as ‘the voice of the people’ which I thought was
equally amusing and accurate. I am not going to submit if I believe something
isn’t right. As an INFJ I like a straight forward A to B plan…and I have a
total freak out if this changes last minute. Actually, if it changes at all. So
as you can see life can be very tricky for an INFJ. This is just a brief
overview of course.

I found the most amazing website ‘Introvert, Dear’ a couple
of years ago and this has helped me to realise I am not alone in my weirdness
and complications. This website is for all Introverts but I recommend it for
everyone because Introverts will discover you are not alone and Extroverts may
learn to understand their opposites a little better. The link is here: and I do hope
it is of benefit to you and others you come across

Thanks for reading


Filling Your Calendar

Philosophy Posted on Thu, January 10, 2019 15:00:26

So how’s the New Year going to everyone so far? A bit hard
work? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

I absolutely adored the few days off I had late December
early January where I was on my own watching dvds, eating biscuits and doing my
hobbies (introverts unite separately in your own homes!). I uploaded a few new
images to Redbubble, (please check them out here:
) and did some writing (currently awaiting the 2nd draft of my new
play script) and built a large chunk of my Lego American Diner kit (currently
on stage 4 of a 5 stage kit, if you like Lego buildings I recommend). The other
thing I did a lot of was sleeping. I have never been a particularly energetic
person and have been tested for anaemia several times but never seem to have
it. Afternoon naps seem to do me the world of good. Unfortunately I cannot do
that at my office day job, I would get some very funny looks.

To try and maintain a sense of calm during my first week
back to tediousness (i.e. work and not being able to do what I want when I want
to) I have been getting some early nights and taking some baths. I’ve also been
attending meditation which does wonders for me. The people running the sessions
often put things into perspective for me and I thought I would share a story I
was told yesterday by one of the meditation teachers:

We always have a
calendar. At the start of 2019 we took the old 2018 calendar down and had a
flick through it. At the beginning of 2018 we had put lots of events on it,
days out, holidays, time with loved ones. We thought the calendar would be a ‘roadmap
to happiness’ with each event bringing us joy. Looking back, although we did
have some good times, there were many unfortunate events that were not on the
calendar because we could not for-see them. There was upset and heartache.
There are things in life we cannot predict. We now have a gap on our wall
awaiting the new 2019 calendar and although we feel lost without it; when is
that birthday, when’s the wedding etc. we have come to accept that filling a
year ahead, or indeed a calendar, is not necessarily a path to inner peace and
happiness. These things come from

I found this a really interesting view. I hope you get
something from this little tale even if you don’t fully buy into the idea. My
2019 calendar is ridiculously full already and I am looking forward to almost
all the up-coming events but it’s worth remembering that plans do not always
equal happiness….and neither to calendars!

They say the best laid
plans are made by mice and men…this plan was definitely made by a mouse – Rene
in Allo’ Allo’

Only a bold, brave
plan can help him now….and we do not have one – Mimi in Allo’ Allo’

2019 Publication Expected/Merry Christmas

Writing Posted on Mon, December 24, 2018 11:08:01

I am delighted to announce that I may have another
publication out early 2019. I have written another script which I have recently
acquired the ISBN for and expect the draft copy to come through by the end of
January. As usual the process of proof-reading and editing will take an age but
at least things are moving along.

I don’t feel this play is as emotional as ‘The
Musings,’ nor does it have as many light-hearted moments, however an idea
sprung into my head and the plot stemmed from there. This play raises questions
about what’s right and wrong depending on circumstances as well as a big one:
do we ever stop loving someone or does our love for them just change? I have no
idea either but that hasn’t stopped me writing about it!

As I type this it is approaching midday on Christmas Eve.
Thank you to all my friends, family and followers who continue to read my blog
and check in on my art and writings. The internet never closes so please feel
free to look at my various sites over the holidays:

Merry Christmas and I wish you all a happy, healthy 2019

Love Em x

Wedding Wishing Well Foundation

Philosophy Posted on Thu, December 20, 2018 13:14:42

Earlier this week I got to thinking about dreams and
achievements. I have never been particularly ambitious and I would say for many
years my aspirations were as follows:

1.Get Married

2. Own a dog

3. Have a book published

I have been extremely fortunate that I have been able to
achieve all of the above but others are not so lucky. Today I have become aware
of a charity ‘The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation’ which organises and funds
wedding for terminally ill people. I find this a very thoughtful and touching
cause. If I knew I was not long for this world and was not married I would want
to do everything in my power to have the opportunity to say my vows and have my
special day. It is the happy days that make life worth living and I think it’s
wonderful that so many people attempt to pull together like this to help people
achieve their dreams. You can find the website
I have no doubt the charity will be grateful for any donations. If donating
pennies isn’t your thing perhaps some of you out there are brave enough or kind
enough to donate an old wedding dress if you have one?

Thank you for reading


Some TV from this year

Entertainment Posted on Wed, December 19, 2018 13:53:17

It’s been a while since I’ve spoken about entertainment
because a lot of my entertainment now comes from watching my dog do crazy
things or from my jigsaws and Lego. So I thought I would talk briefly about a
few TV series I have watched this year. No spoilers.

Dexter: My Dad is a massive fan and I have to say my partner
and I got hooked pretty quickly on this too. Hearing Dexter’s internal
monologue was always interesting for me and the aspects about morals,
principles, nature vs nurture. Training your ‘dark passenger’ (as they refer to
it) also rang some similarities with coping with anxiety and depression for me.
Not as gruesome and gory as you might think but if you think you’ve heard bad
language until you’ve met Debra Morgan in this series trust me you haven’t.

Breaking Bad: I never thought a series about a guy with
cancer making drugs would appeal to me and I’m pretty sure most people that
know me would be surprised to hear me say I am a fan as well. The main thing is
it is so well-written. I was surprised at just how many funny moments there are
(although not in the final series – things are going very wrong and dark
there!) and how empathetic you become to a lot of the characters. Many of the
protagonists are victims of circumstance and end up doing the wrong things for
the right reasons. Some of the characters are just down-right evil. I suggest
you watch this series with someone because having the debates about who’s good,
who’s bad, where do you draw the line etc. are part of the enjoyment. My
partner and I disagree on a lot of the characters motivations (he’s wrong obviously)
and I’ve had some great conversations with my work colleagues about some of the
plot lines and unexpected twists. The series is not very predictable – another
thing which I like as I’m really good at seeing where storylines go and it’s
nice to be surprised now and then.

Nashville: This is the series I am currently watching,
currently on series 4 out of 6. Quite different to the above series, this
revolves around the lives of country singers in, you guessed it, Nashville.
There’s some catchy music, strong characters covering a wide age range and
emotional pulls. When I describe this series to people I always feel I am doing
it an injustice because when I say there’s lots of love triangles, people
getting health problems and parenting issues it sounds like a soap opera – but
it is better than that. A couple of the plot lines have been a bit far-fetched but
seem realistic within the confines of the programme and it’s not a show you
have to deeply think about. My suggestion is give it a go.

WestWorld series 2: Brand new this year. Sorry, not a fan.
Far too complicated, far too many characters and time switches. I’m not the
smartest person in the world but I know many people smarter than me who couldn’t
get their heads round it. I immensely enjoyed the first series and I really
wish they’d just ended it there. It’s unpredictability and being a ‘thinking’
programme was what many people loved but I think now they are at risk of
alienating their own following.

Shows I’m looking forward to: Well, more Nashville obviously
as I have 2 series left to watch. I am curious to see the new BBC Les Miserables
– no singing in this one, new production. I enjoyed the first series of ‘Big
Little Lies’ so I am hoping series 2 will hit us soon and there are rumours of ‘True
Detective’ series 3. At the moment that’s all I can think of.

Thanks for reading, I hope I’ve inspired you to check out a
new TV series or maybe reminded you of some great ones


Pink Ribbon

Writing Posted on Tue, December 18, 2018 10:26:01

Please click on the link below to access my latest written

I wrote this for my Mum a few weeks after she was diagnosed with a
horrible illness much earlier in the year. I was angry, upset and confused at
the time and I did not feel it right to release the work until I knew more
about what was going on. My Mum is now in remission (and now my Dad is falling
apart with some other bloody condition, I swear they take it in turns) so I
made the piece public a few days ago. As soon as I released it I suddenly panicked
that perhaps my Mum would be offended or think it was too personal to be out in
the big wide world. Thankfully she is a big fan and appears to be showing it to

So, here is ‘Pink Ribbon’:

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