How I Deal with the Inner Critic

April 8th, 2016

SHUUUT UUUUUUUP! Does that work for you? Mostly, it does nothing for me. Zip. Nada. Bupkis. The inner critic won’t listen. All writers have to contend with one, but writers don’t have the monopoly. This bitchy, nit-picking predator of the psyche doesn’t pick and choose. It assails everyone. I couldn’t silence mine—and I was loath… See More

Sleeping with the Enemy? (Why It’s Worth It.)

February 22nd, 2016

Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed? I’m sleeping with the enemy. And there’s more than one. Oh, I don’t know them in the biblical sense, and I haven’t seen them, as such. Then who are they? My personal demons, that’s who. Yes. I am in bed with my demons. United We Stand, Divided We Fall?… See More

Going Down … Are You Doing It Regularly?

November 1st, 2015

Down on Down We’re okay with ‘calming down’; we’re cool with ‘cooling down’; we’re hot on ‘going down’ —yeah baby!—and we rhapsodise about ‘falling in love’. Mostly, though, down gets short shrift. Up and Down Are Not in Opposition With our leaning towards one part of a pairing over and above the other part, up… See More

Digging up the Dirt on Happily Ever After

October 6th, 2015

‘And They Lived Happily Ever After … ’ This blah-blah tagline that full-stopped many a fairy tale from my childhood rubber-stamped itself on the fantasy-craving part of my brain. (It was probably passed down and became encoded in my DNA when I was in the womb!) As I got older, it drove me to devour… See More