The Study of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a great aid to a writer. To be mindful allows the mind to be in the present.
Before I start writing I always do a ten minute mindfulness session. This allows my mind to clear, be stilled, and open to whatever will present itself.
After struggling for many years, I finally agreed in 2004, to be tested for dyslexia. Discovering I was dyslexic changed my life. I was given strategies to help me overcome my disability; a whole new world opened up to me. I learnt that there were advantages as well as disadvantages to being dyslexic.(I shall be writing more about this).
Writing this website has been a huge challenge, and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my friend Jan Vallance, for her patience in taking me through every page, and in her gentle manner, guiding me on punctuation, grammer and language to what I now hope is a polished site.
Here is a link to a great film about dyslexia: Dyslexic and Loving Words by Vicky Morris: http://bit.ly/1AOaeVH
The Quest for the Perfect Cup of Coffee
I think coffee and wriitng go hand in hand.
A writer has the dilemma of needing seculsion to write but also needing the stimulation of the outside world to find things to write about.I find that going to a cafe, either to write or just for a break and a coffee, is the perfect solution. And what of tea? I don't drink tea other than at home. I need a perfect cup of Yorkshire tea, and the only way to achieve this, is to make it myself.
Charities that I have an interest in:
This a UK based charity, giving support and information to people with disfigurements to the face, hands or body, and to their families.
I first became interested in this charity when writing my novel, The China Bird, where the main protagonist has a disfigurement. I grew to realise that it is not enough that disabled people are helped, they also have to be accepted, for example, reading the news on the TV.
To read more go to : https://www.changingfaces.org.uk/Home
The Lymphoma Association
Lymphoma is a form of cancer that effects people of all ages. It is the fifth most common cancer in the UK but I, like many people, had never heard of this form of cancer until a friend was diagnosed with it. Lymphoma is incurable but people who have the illness can live with it for many years. This is why it is so important to have an excellent and supportive/informative charity like the Lymphoma Association, to help sufferers live as full and normal a life as possible.
There is a film on Youtube, produced by Sara Harding of the Lymphoma Association, in which I feature. Apparently the most popular leisure time activity for people who suffer from lymphoma, is visiting garden centres. In the film we visit a garden centre and my friend Andrew Nimmo talks about how it is to live with Lymphoma.
View the film on Youtube and learn more about what it is like to live with Lymphoma: http://bit.ly/1iHJEm8
To read more go to: http://www.lymphomas.org.uk