#TenTweets

If you follow Joanne Harris on Twitter, check out her #TenTweets from today all about Rewriting. Very helpful little nuggets of info if you’re in the rewriting stage. Good to ask yourself these questions…

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Get to know the introverts

This is my all time favourite TED Talk from Susan Cain (author of Quiet). Resonates completely with me…

Listening to it again today, it’s interesting to hear that a third to half of the population are introverts and those individuals have extremely good leadership and creativity skills, but they likely don’t ever get the opportunity to show their force. Get to know them, collaborate.

See what you make of it. Watch here – The Power of Introverts

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Novel

Wartime Liverpool, with a twist. The twist is Little Italy. An area of the city occupied at the time by Italian immigrants and their families. When the May blitz of 1941 attacks Liverpool, 10 year…

Source: Novel

Daily thought…

I walked into work and saw this message stuck to my desk. It doesn’t take much to spread a bit of happiness.

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‘Let me just grab a pen’

22:03 on a Sunday evening and productivity rears its head. Who am I to say no?!

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Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works —Virginia Woolf

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The Calming Effect

 

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This world is frantic. We’re forever running around; either with work, family, children etc etc. So how do we find our peace, our quiet, our stillness?

I’m thinking about this type of thing after reading Matt Haig’s current bestseller Reasons to Stay Alive. Now that is one cracking read. Even if you haven’t experienced any mental health issues, it’s still beneficial to everyone in order to scratch the surface of what someone might go through at the hardest points of their life. The book is full of tidbits of advice and ways to change your thinking. After I turned the last page, closed the book, and got over the initial ‘bloody hell’ feeling you can sometimes get after a good read, I became increasingly conscious of all the things I do to calm myself or relax. Of course, reading is one of them – more of an escapism from stress, but mostly I just need to be still. The image above shows the sea front in my home town. This has always been a place ‘where I go’ when needed. A space to take in the fresh air (well, the freshest of air we can get nowadays), and to compartmentalise my thoughts.

When those moments come when life can get that little bit too crazy and there’s perhaps no thinking space, stillness is the best route I can take. And I’m not talking about being frozen, rigid, or mute. Just time to breathe; in, out, in, out. To let my shoulders drop, and to feel my spine straighten out, to look outside of myself and tune into life. That’s the solution for me. Hope you can find, or already know, your calming effect.

So the darkness shall be the lights, and the stillness the dancing. 

T.S. Eliot