Italian Gulls are the Size of Small Dogs

Italian Gulls are the Size of Small Dogs

The seagulls in Italy are the size of small dogs and as vocal as any misanthrope Dachshund who believes it must assert its masculine authority over an Alsation. I’m always taken aback when one flies past or perches on an ancient statue nearby and proceeds to loudly...
The Tangled Road to Consistent Writing

The Tangled Road to Consistent Writing

I’m not a very consistent writer. I never have been. To sit down and write at the same time every day doesn’t come naturally to me. Whether I’m working on a book, drafting a blog or creating copy for a client, there are times when the words will not come no matter how...
The Man Who Had Seen Too Much

The Man Who Had Seen Too Much

Our eyes met briefly as he lifted the small cardboard box filled with a couple of TV dinners and some cat food, but it was enough for me to see far more than perhaps a lot of people do. He’d noticed my solitary purchase sitting on the conveyor belt minutes earlier....

When the muse calls

I’ve been writing poetry. ‘What?! You, poetry?’ you could be forgiven for exclaiming in shock. It is unexpected and I’m right there with you in the shock department. The last time I wrote poetry was in high school and I still have some of it in one of my old teenage...

The Accountability Pact

My editor rang yesterday and I cringed when I saw her number appear on my iPhone. It wasn’t because Kristy is a horrible person – she is in fact, completely awesome. But I knew she’d ask about my editing and I would have to tell the truth…that I had barely started. If...

The Relief of Writing

A good friend is going through a tough time and when I asked her if she kept a journal she said, ‘No.’ ‘Start,’ I said. ‘It will always help.’ I’ve found journaling to be my lifesaver in times of pain and turmoil. It helps me clear my mind, focus and get to truth of...