Generosity: in 2 Syllables or Less

6 December, 2008 Posted by Joanna As Reflections, Snippets (21) Comment

One evening, over dinner, the world collapsed around my ears.
I phoned my friend.
“I don’t think I’ll make it on Friday,” I whispered.
“Are you all right?” she asked.
“No,” I said.
“I’m coming to get you”, she said.
And so she did.

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When Good Advice Goes Out the Window: Down The Writing Rabbit Hole

24 November, 2008 Posted by Joanna As Reflections (20) Comment

She generally gave herself good advice (though she seldom followed it)
Chapter 1: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
I found myself down a writing rabbit hole the other week.  I was trying to finish work on a book of writing tips, culled from the best of Confident Writing.  I was two weeks beyond my self-imposed deadline (the end [...]

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Words of Remembrance

11 November, 2008 Posted by Joanna As Reflections (7) Comment

Everyone Sang by Siegfried Sassoon
Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields; on-on-and out of sight.
Everyone’s voice was suddenly lifted;
And beauty came like the setting sun:
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
Drifted away . . . O, but [...]

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Learning from the Writing on the Wall

4 November, 2008 Posted by Joanna As Reflections (24) Comment

This month’s “What I Learned From…” group writing project is what I learned from government.
As I worked for the government in Scotland for just over 10 years my thoughts immediately turned to what I learned from that experience.  And as I like to try and weave the ‘what I learned from’ projects into the theme [...]

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What I Learned From Writing Under Stress

10 October, 2008 Posted by Joanna As Reflections (27) Comment

We get used to thinking about stress as a bad thing.  A negative to be avoided.  And I’d probably agree - in fact I’ve turned my life round to get away from intolerable levels of stress that I just didn’t want to live with any more.
But I think those negatives only apply to some forms [...]

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