This week, I acted on instinct for the first time in a while. There are a PHENOMENAL number of online portals, websites and magazines that take submissions. A magazine such as Mslexia will give a vital insight into such places, but it is only the tip of a considerable iceberg. Countless places exist to send … Continue reading Right Now
Okay, it's official. I need a break from poetry. That's not strictly true, but it's close. It's become impossible to throw my brain into poetry mode at present, and the last time this happened a month's break was EXACTLY what was needed to reset the gauges. A lot of this is wrapped around the two … Continue reading Hard Habit to Break
https://twitter.com/InternetofWords/status/1085563549215322112 It was coming. There shouldn't be any surprise at all, on reflection, and (quite usefully) this latest piece of news was learnt after I'd done the incredibly mentally draining 'thing' for the day and therefore, it couldn't make anything worse. Nobody wants to be told they're not good enough, especially in the current climate. … Continue reading Another One Bites the Dust
It is only now becoming apparent how much has changed around these parts in the last year. Some of it has been dictated by circumstance, other bits are a consequence of hard work and application. 2018 is the year I learnt to love poetry, a format that was previously pretty much ignored. It begs the … Continue reading The Lark, Ascending.
Sometimes, I take things WAY too seriously. It's been like this for decades, too: it isn't just a mental shortcoming, either. I'd love to be able to say the wiring in my head is to blame, which means I'll often completely misinterpret signals. Yes, that happens, and there's comprehension as to why... but other times, … Continue reading Things We Lost in the Fire
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIgxm039CYM I'd love to know how Normal Brains work. By that, a couple of assumptions are made: there are people who do not go through the mental turmoil I seem to cope with on a semi regular basis, and there are people who just write and everything comes out fine. Yes, I know you do editing … Continue reading In and Out
I have a problem with self-promotion. Things have improved over the last couple of years, but the whole 'sell yourself' thing is tough. It isn't just the British reserve either, far more significant worries from beginning to grasp there's been a lifetime of misinterpreting the signals of others in personal situations to assimilate first. Getting … Continue reading Paranoid Android