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Is it wrong to blame the horse?

I haven’t got as much writing done as I wanted to lately. Despite being prepared. A schedule was pinned up above my computer with an easy to understand time line for my editing, I had ample coffee, snacks, even organised the odd sleepover for my son, but then the horse arrived.

The horse is cute. A paint mare, who my neighbour suspects is pregnant – aw, even cuter. Her name is Lady Ga Ga. She is doing a champion job of mowing my lawn, and I’m filled to the brim with gratitude that I don’t have to be out there in the forty degrees heat cutting it myself.

In theory, this horse should be low maintenance. But I can’t help feel that she’d like an apple [she came inside the house on the weekend and took one herself], or to have her mane plaited. And I have to check that she has enough water, hay, love, pats.

Anyway, that’s my excuse. Not enough writing. Too much horse adoration.

But there’s always an excuse for not writing, isn’t there?

What’s yours today?



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Something’s missing, but I don’t know what it is…?

This is going to be one of those posts I’ll wish I never posted. No matter how bad it is though, no matter how silly I feel, I won’t delete it, because I promised Ms Ruby, most sincerely, that I would never ever delete another post. Of course, I could always draft it first, but drafts are boring and for sissies, so no, I’ll take my chances on regret.

Something is missing in my life. There is an emptiness that chocolate wont fill. Nor red wine. I have everything I need for happiness. I really do. And Spring is 14 days away. That always cheers me up. But for some reason, not this week.

Whatever this thing is, it’s also missing from my writing, which strangely enough is about missing things. I can feel it missing in my voice when I chat to friends. It’s missing all the time. But I don’t know what it is.

Perhaps it’s human nature; the need to fill spaces. Handbags. Cupboards. Houses. Minds. All getting crammed with stuff.

Anyone else feeling it? Perhaps it’s got something to do with Saturn moving through an empty part of the sky. Who knows?

At this point I could hit the “Move to Trash” button….

But no, despite this post having nothing to do with writing. I’ll leave it here.

Filling up a little bit of space on the WordPress site. Making one tiny spot less empty.


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Invent a theory day

Theories are not just the domain of scientists and philosophers, anyone can create one. In fact, I recommend coming up with a spectacular or ridiculous theory every day.

It’s fun. It’s free. And it stimulates your mind and heart to come up with creative ideas for seeing life.

Jpcabit thought my theory on many earths, which I shared on my “50 posts later post”, was a little OTT.

Let me explain it here, in more detail. Deep breath. Thinking cap on.

Right. Here goes: Let’s just say that there are many ways of feeling life. My way is different to your way. Also, we only use a very small percentage of our brains, which really opens up billions of portals just there for other ways of experiencing life. We are basically just energy. And this world is perceived through our senses, which perceive energy. So matter is a bit of an illusion. And really [she’s faltering here…] consider how many varying ways there are of looking at life. Aren’t we just like sophisticated holograms?

Perhaps it’s a dimensional thing.

Okaaaay, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but that’s the exciting thing about some theories, I guess, they only work in your head and then as soon as you share them with someone else you can see that there might be one or two insy-winsy flaws.

But then you can simply think of another one.

So, come up with a theory today. Make it silly. What’s your theory on why men won’t look at the instuctions for IKEA furniture and wonder why they have bolts left over?

Why does the bus arrive when you light a cigarette? As a non-smoker my theory is because some higher power is looking after your health, buddy.

Why do I feel compelled to share ridiculous ideas on my blog….?


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Game is up Redshirt22. I have found you

This time I’m certain.  The editor left clues big enough, that even I couldn’t miss them, for example, using my name on his blog.  Bit of a give away, petal?

But now I think it’s back to work for me.  I must try and get the ending right on my new novel.  And then there’s the reader notes to do for Milk Fever.

You too, my sharp-eyed friend, you need to get back to editing the paper; I fear there will be typos missed on the front page!! And that won’t do at all.



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Apologies to the New Romantic who is probaby scratching his head over my recent comment

I got ahead of myself again.  New Romantics was not a clue,  although I rather enjoyed reading the blogs in that section.

No, it seems I was in the right place all along: writing.

If anyone can help in the search I’d be very grateful.  I’m looking for a blog somewhere in the Writing section with correct grammar, punctuation, elegant prose, quite possibly discussing the process of editing.  There might be a mention of kale in there too.

Not much to go on, I know, but the other clue is it’s a fairly recent blog.  Started this month.

With breadcrumbs in hand, I wander forth… again.


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By jove, I think she’s done it!!

Wow, I think I’ve found him; the mysterious editor.

I was given the clue, ‘new romantics’ – an interesting group  and well worth perusing by the way, when I stumbled across a blog that I think belongs to Mr A.

I left a note on his blog (and an apology, in case I got it wrong) but I’m about 98% sure I’m right.

And you have to come clean if I’m right, buddy!

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I will leave a trail behind me

It just occurred to me that if I leave a comment on every blog I visit, it will provide a trail for me, like bread crumbs through the forest, until I discover the editor’s hiding place.

I feel ever so slightly nervous about announcing the identity of the mystery editor/ blogger, just in case I get it wrong.

So far, I have three blogs I think might be his, but need more clues…

That’s a hint, A.

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