Sunday, 29 March 2015

Goal List - Week Commencing 29th March 2015

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Has a whole week passed since last I wrote?

Yes...I've been so busy putting one foot in front of another, and slowly gaining my confidence, I'm late posting. I've been enjoying getting out into the fresh air. Short walks, taken slowly too, but I'm walking!

I've been wading up and down in the swimming pool too. Getting a few odd looks, but thats alright, I just smile, it confuses people. They don't know what to do. Thankfully most smile back, or shout over a cheery 'hello' as they swim alongside.

Endless exercises to strengthen my back and abdominal muscles are being learnt. Its a challenge! Very tiring, but good to know, I can make things happen. I'm feeling much better than last week, and thats an improvement right?

I attended Electro Acupuncture for the first time last week. Oddly, it doesn't involve needles being inserted into the skin, instead, electrodes are stuck onto the surface of the skin, then electrical stimulation is passed through the electrodes and it has the same effect as applying it through needles. You don't take your clothes off, just your socks and shoes. It was a strange experience.

Afterwards, I was supposed to feel a little worse, but that didn't happen, in fact I went home, slept and woke up the next day feeling better than the previous day.

I weaned myself off the real nasty painkillers last week, and I'm managing the pain,  its up and down, and I have to be patient and go slowly. I know it will take a while before the fog clears.

Writing wise, I wrote a short article, and continued to outline my novel, asking myself lots of questions, I guess what I'm trying to do is milk the story idea for all its worth.

Saturday I managed to get along to my writers group, which was lovely, as I got to see my friends for the first time in three months! I realised how much I missed them, as well as how I'd better get myself together and produce something in readiness for the meeting after Easter. Having a deadline is a good thing right?

This week, I'll continue with the walking, go for some more electro acupuncture,  and try to write something fresh, maybe the flash fiction piece I need for the next writers meeting.
The novel outline needs finishing off. There are still some grey areas.

Have a good week, and don't forget, on Wednesday you'll find me on Twitter at 8pm GMT  for #writingchat where Patsy Collins and I will be raising the question, 'Should writers be paid?' I have a feeling that topic will spark some interest.

I'll return to give you a further update on progress on Easter the meantime, have fun with words. Get stuck in and produce something wonderful.

Have a great week!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Goal List - Week Commencing 22nd March 2015

Tiny but powerful changes have happened in the last week. I'm feeling much better. How? Well, Monday I met my physical therapist, Holly, and what a positive experience it turned out to be...
Knowledgable, and above everything else, understanding, and enthusiastic about helping me return to full mobility and good health. I was with her for ninety minutes, and left with instructions to do only two exercises, and begin going out for a daily walk. Warned not to overdo it, and accept that the first few days I was only going to walk several feet if that, she reassured me that I would recover, and she was going to help me. And she has already, pointing out that it might benefit me to talk to my doctor about a a drug that would relax my oversensitive nerve. I did, on Wednesday, and he prescribed it, and since then I've been getting relief from the pain. I feel so much better, I dare to hope that at last I'm going to get my life back.

I don't have much to say about writing, apart from doing a piece of flash fiction and reading more on the subject of outlining and taking part in #writingchat on Twitter, I've been pre-occupied with getting well again.

The week ahead will be more of the same.

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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Goal List - Week Commencing 15th March 2015

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Happy Mothers Day! If you're a mother, I hope you see your children today, or hear their voice on the telephone, skpe each other, or read their words in a card, or you can spend some special time with your own mother, if not, I hope you are able to hold onto your memories for they are precious.

Last week, I rested and made a small improvement with my mobility issues. I've concentrated on reading the papers, kindle, real books and listening to audio books and podcasts. I've dabbled with Scrivener although it hasn't sunk in, I'm going to blame it on my prescription pain killers, I'm not going to give up. I will get to grips with it. I spent a few hours on my novel, and blogged a couple of times too, so all in all managed to get some things done. I've accepted I must take things slowly.

This week is about rest and recovery again, I'm off to physiotherapy on Monday, fingers crossed it will help, and the treatment  doesn't hinder my progress.  I'll be taking part in #writingchat on Wednesday 8pm - 9pm UK time, and apart from that I'll be doing as much writing as I can...

Do you have a busy week planned?

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

5 Tips For Getting Writing Ideas

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1. Experience - Delve into your memories, mine your own experiences of life. The wedding you went to last year? Living with illness? Losing your purse? Nothing dramatic here is there? But what if? Your purse was stolen at the wedding? Or you thought your husband was poisoning you? Or a very attractive man, or woman turns up on your doorstep with your purse? All these situations can be expanded by asking more questions. Who, what, where, why, and when.  Once you've got the basic idea you can brainstorm it, until you have enough to write a story. Keep asking what if?

2. News - Flick through the pages of a newspaper, turn on the news, or surf over to your favourite online news source. Look at the headlines, read the stories, and come up with your own ideas. Many colourful characters can be found, from sinister criminals to the weirdest, funniest, or most glamorous folk, and we all know that truth is often stranger than fiction.

3. Pictures - Images can spark whole story ideas, try Pinterest, where you can scour through images people have pinned to their boards. Join up and you can create your own boards, pick a location, set the scene, add a few characters, and anything else that takes your eye.

4. Music - Listen to the words of a song, lose yourself and let them paint a scene. Develop your own story, what happens after the final words? What happened before? Instrumental music can conjure up all sorts of images in your head too. Let yourself relax and the ideas will flow.

5. Dialogue - Eavesdropping can reap rewards. Many an overheard conversation at the bus stop, the school gates, or the ladies loo can conjure up ideas for stories. Learn to listen, and read between the lines.

Your turn now, what inspires your stories?

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Goal List - Week Commencing 8th March 2015

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Here we are again, Sunday, the beginning of a new week. As the image above suggests, my life last week was most definitely on 'pause' after the previous weeks adventures with health. I took it very easy, not really having much option. This meant, I did achieve my two goals, one of which was to begin listening to an audio book, and the other was to critique a friend's short story, which I also completed. I've just been so tired, and so full of prescription drugs, I haven't had the energy for anything else.

During the week ahead, I desperately want to improve, but until I am fully functional with standing and walking, I'm not sure how it will go, so Im not making any plans. Instead, I'm just going to focus on rest, and enjoying any small pleasure that come my way.

What have you been up to? And what plans are in store for the week ahead?

Friday, 6 March 2015

Very Inspiring Blog Award

I'm thrilled to accept this award from Rosemary Gemmell and it's great that I don't have to answer too many questions.

The rules of acceptance are:
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Display the award logo
  • Nominate other blogs and provide a link to where they can be found. (I'm not giving a number here, some may have already done it, and it will differ between people)
  • Go to their blog, leave a comment to let them know they've been nominated, and where to find the information they need to accept. 
Mention three things that inspired you the most during the last few weeks.

1.  Listening to audio books isn't just something you do on long journeys. They give you the opportunity to shut your eyes and relax, or you can multi-task and do other things whilst your whisked away into another world. Audio books are so convenient, I listen on my phone, IPod or in my car. They've been invaluable over the last few months. 

2.  Friends who have phoned, texted, emailed, tweeted, sent cards, wrote letters and visited whilst I've been recovering from chronic back issues. People have been wonderful in supporting me, and have been a lifeline to the outside world. 

3.  My collection of cookery books,  without them I wouldn't have been able to create meal plans. They've made life easier while I've been out of action. I've ordered the ingredients online and family members have had step by step instructions to follow, and we've had some delicious meals. 

I'm nominating the following blogs/bloggers for this award, should they choose to accept.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Goal List - Week Commencing 1st March 2015

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Its all gone horribly wrong. I set out last week with best intentions, I even began to believe I was recovering and on medical advice decided I'd wean myself off the heavy duty pain killers I've been taking since December for my back issues. Without side effects I was feeling quite smug and well, I felt like I could see light at the end of the very long dark tunnel I've been living inside recently.

So far, so good I thought, and those small steps forward were working too. A trip to the supermarket, my first since December 2014, and a visit to the hairdressers, as I was beginning to look a lot like a cave woman! I promise I was doing things slowly, and taking my time. However, on Thursday evening I began to feel very unwell, and two days later collapsed, and was rushed to A & E. I was very frightened.

Hurrah for the NHS! Without going into detail, they were brilliant, did everything they could to help me, and even though I have lost mobility again, I am so glad they were there when I needed them. I'm home again now, full of drugs, and feeling insecure about the future, but very glad to have survived the ordeal.

I did some writing, and some reading, but honestly with everything thats been going on, it wasn't a lot. My goal for the week ahead is simply to deal with the changes in my health, and concentrate on getting well.

I've downloaded a new audiobook, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and I'm not sure if I'll like it or not, but I'm going to give it a go...

Apart from that, I'll take a look at a friend's short story, and anything else is a bonus!

Hope your week went well?

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