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The itch

04 May 2014 / 1 Comment / in Me, myself & I, writing

I itch. A scabbing over of my mind causing me to stretch against the tautness of boredom, of same-ness. I have the urge to do. But what?   To write? To travel? To breathe? To walk and walk and walk… I love spending time alone, it’s not that I want company 24/7. It’s that I feel […]

Creative writing morning with Mom

03 May 2014 / 1 Comment / in Family, writing

I spent a lovely couple of hours with Mom this morning, working through some creative writing exercises from a great book she has.  We had coffee, chocolate muffins and apples, sandlewood oil burning, and silence. We’re meeting again next week and have homework 🙂 If I write something worth sharing I may post it on […]

A photo & a poem

20 Oct 2013 / 0 Comments / in loss, writing

Too long, my child Have those rice-paper hands Lain lost in your lap; One holding  Isolation. The other, Dread. Too long, my child Has the soul of you Been a weightless weight on this earth. How I wish I could live  To witness the miracle  Of your magical, Phoenix-like rising, Your bright beauty  Burning on […]

birthday card from my son

26 Aug 2011 / 8 Comments / in Me, Motherhood, writing

R gave me a handmade card with the following message inside. Of course it made me cry 🙂 Had to share it. “I can’t begin to tell you how much I love and appreciate you. You’ve always been there for me and I have so many memories of you. I remember reading stories in the […]

The End of the Road – my final post for Getaway

I’m driving the 7 hours back to East London to fly home tonight. The road is long with many a winding turn, and quite a few cows. Two of them charge in front of me on the N2 when I’m travelling at around 120km / hour and that wakes me up more than the Steers […]

My 2010 Blogging in Review

03 Jan 2011 / 0 Comments / in Random, writing

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s. In […]

Wherein Raph writes a Poem

07 Dec 2010 / 4 Comments / in anxiety, Family, Motherhood, writing

  This weekend past my sis, my mom and R went to Citrusdal hot springs. On the Saturday night we decided to do some writing exercises from a book my mom has – we all enjoy creative writing in my family so this is the kind of thing we do for fun 🙂 R hadn’t […]

I am a Nanowrimo 2010 Winner

30 Nov 2010 / 4 Comments / in Family, Happiness, writing

You may now all queue in an orderly fashion for autographs. 🙂 It was hard going, some days, easier other days, and only missed out on doing any writing at all on 3 of the 30 days. Very chuffed with myself for not slacking off half way through which is my usual MO. But I […]

Random quotes from my Nanowrimo novel.

15 Nov 2010 / 1 Comment / in writing

I should reach the 25000 word mark today but very possibly won’t… lurking around 22000 at the mo – but anyway here are some random snippets… Please remember I said it was crappy. and that I haven’t edited it at all. Lovers of classic fiction, sci-fi, or intelligent Booker prize winning literature you may leave – there’s nothing […]

Short excerpt from my Nano novel (It really is bad)

10 Nov 2010 / 7 Comments / in writing

I am ashamed to associate myself with the total chick lit crap I’m writing for Nanowrimo but I was persuaded to be brave by this woman who boldly posted her own Nano opening for all to see and kinda dared me to do the same. Disclaimer: I wouldn’t read it myself. But anyhow I keep […]