Archive for November, 2014

I had a great day on Friday. Off work and enjoying the day to myself with my laptop and my imagination. I have spent a lot of time in recent weeks planning the sequence and layout for my next novel.

But now it was time to get into the act of writing again. Something I’ve not really spent a good chunk of time to of late, and do you know what? I loved it. I was on such a high afterwards. Just allowing my creative juices to flow on my laptop screen was the perfect tonic. I love writing about my protagonist, my villain, my hero – Jason Taylor – all one and the same person. He is the lead in my trilogy of books. He’s one heck of a character. He is a villain. He does bad things, but I can’t help liking him. My mind is free to run away to an imaginary world where I can play with a sinister world. But I can also get my voice on a page and use humour to draw you to him – well that’s what I think I do! I also enjoy writing about my lead female too. Turning a shrinking violet from my first novel into an entirely different character, full of menace and subterfuge is a challenge and fun.

I’m currently working in a school whereby I am trying to do two things:

1) motivate some lower level writers to write. Period! Trying to get them to love the art of writing. It’s hard when you’re only 10 and 11 to enjoy writing because in school it’s forced on them. It’s something they have to do. And if they haven’t got the creativity or the skills, it can be a frustrating process.

2) nurture some very good level 5 writers into the realms of Level 6 with consistency. This is challenging. More so that the other task since the group in question can clearly write – and write well. I have to push them to bigger and better things. I hope I can do that for them by influencing them with my passion and by giving them the necessary skills.

Writing is a habit – a good habit to get into and a hard habit to break once you are in it. I remember when I first opened my blog, and I wrote every day! That was an impossible routine to maintain, and my blog has been an infrequent past time of mine in the last couple of months, but I enjoy posting on it. I enjoy writing about day-to-day experiences and emotions, and I enjoy the influences of my muses in my work.  I hope to influence the children I work with the enjoy writing.

If someone came into my primary school when I was 11 and started parping on about writing, I’m unsure if I would’ve been stimulated to do so. So I cannot expect the children in my class to jump on the bandwagon suddenly! But I’ll enjoy trying.


Happiness is…

Posted: November 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

Simple this…

Happiness is seeing my son smile and laugh… Great… Knowing I have made him laugh is priceless.

I love my boy.

Be happy, Ben. xx

How many emotions…???

Posted: November 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Just how many emotions can one person go through in one week?

I’ve been thrilled, excited, scared, worried, enamoured, anxious, envious, raptured, confident, vulnerable, shy, irritated, content, relieved, in awe, and in amongst all this raw emotion, a certain amount of apathy has existed within me.

I’ve spent a fair bit of time with friends old and new and had numerous phone conversations with some really interesting folk.

Life really is a rollercoaster – Blimey, that Ronan Keating is a lyrical genius… and you’ve just gotta ride it.

I’m really looking forward to Wednesday this week and the weekend. I’m sure to experience a whole manner of emotions again this entire week. Some will be fantastic, and I’m sure the opposite will happen too.

We are a complex species. The head and the heart together is enough of a partnership to blow anyone’s socks off.

‘What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger’ – I think I’ve quoted that twice this week. And you know, I think that’s pretty spot on.

I’m beginning to trust people in my life, and I’m also losing faith in certain people. People I hoped I never would. People I thought I never would. People who really are not worth losing sleep over. People who really couldn’t give a damn about me. My eyes are opening, and they’re opening wide and quickly. These people need kicking to the curb – and fast.

Time to focus on the ones who have got time for me, who show me that I have worth.

Thank you to my friends and family who show me love.

Here’s to emotions! WTF??? You kill me, you rip me to shreds. You irk me greatly, but I wouldn’t do without you.