And This Is Why It Takes So Long To Write A Book.

I have spent the entire day 'trying' to write.The entire day.I have a total of 1900 words to show for my efforts. I was hoping for around 5,000.I began at 10.00 am this morning, and it is now 6 pm. Apart from a break to eat lunch, and Skyping with the little travellers, I have pretty much stared at the Scrivener application on my computer screen … [Read more...]

There Goes My Craft

I'm not really sure how it came to be, but I have a ridiculous amount of friends who either are, or have been, reporters, broadcasters, editors, and magazine contributors. As time has gone by I've watched them grow in their careers. They've moved towns and cities, networks and publications. Some have moved from politics to foreign affairs, others … [Read more...]

Nose to Nose and Five Different Accents.

It had been a long day at the end of a very long week. The birthday party was the last item on the agenda. It was on the other side of town. After dropping her off I then had to pick up another child, drop them at home and head back to the supermarket. I'd been earlier that day and forgotten the one crucial element for dinner. Don't you hate that? … [Read more...]

The Day that Dad Auditioned for X Factor

I could hear G wandering around, I didn't open my eyes, I didn't need to, I could follow his movements with my ears. Cupboard opening (jocks and socks) cupboard closed. Electric toothbrush on, tap running. Cupboard opening again (dental floss) cupboard closed. Cupboard opening, a suit came off the hanger, a shirt, a tie. Cupboard closed. A belt was … [Read more...]

Many, many books.

I have purchased "many" books over the past six months. The reason I'm saying many is I really don't want to confess to exactly how many, many is. Some might say my many is too many, some might tell me it's a little extreme, some might go and check the credit card bill. And yes, I may be referring to my husband as "some". One of my book purchases … [Read more...]

We can co-exist

In the lead up to Christmas I started to question our decision to stay. I love Doha, it has become my home and we have slowly made our own little extended family here, a community. But there was something going on. I can't tell you exactly what happened, I don't really know myself, but there was a string of events and a feeling that maybe Christmas … [Read more...]