what’s your ‘one thing’?

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What’s the ‘one thing’ you want to do? Your dream job or project.

I’ve been thinking about this lately because of my own dream project.

A magazine.

Yep, once a journalist always a journalist. I’ve always wanted to bring to life a publication all of my very own. [Notwithstanding the cut and paste jobs I made as a child.]

Time is my greatest enemy here. There is a lot of work going into an “edition” and to make it a regular thing, well that’s a big commitment.

But I hold on to the dream, storing ideas away in my head, thinking of ways to make it happen.

I have even gone as far as started a design, secured a domain name and even a Twitter handle.

And so then I wonder, do you have a dream? And what’s holding back your dream?

I think it would be great to be able to match people’s skills and ideas with other people’s skills and ideas to bring some of these dreams to life.

But sometimes we are afraid to ask.

So I’m going to put it out there, I’ll go first.

Anybody want to help develop a magazine? Let’s talk. I’m mainly looking for some regular contributors.

And second, do you need help with your dream? Maybe we can help?

my 5 simple tips to start the week off right


Monday, my old foe, we meet again.

I admit, poor Monday does get a bad rap but it does also seem a wee more difficult to get started on a Monday than any other day of the week.

So I try to limit the blow as much as possible by following a simple motto and ticking off a few things on the checklist I keep in only my head.

My motto, first seen on Pinterest, where else, but it really struck a chord.

A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.

And for me, that Sunday well spent is a list of five simple things, the checklist I keep in my head, because not every Sunday is going to go to plan so sometimes you need to readjust that list.

  1. It’s boring, it’s dull, it’s laundry. But yes, I try and get this sorted for the start of the week ~ at least washed and dried. If we are really lucky, the pool table is cleared and no longer resembles a walk-in wardrobe, but that’s only on really good days! Bonus points for ironing shirts for the week.
  2. Meals planned,  groceries done. I’ve even started pinning a list up in the kitchen for the week’s meals so everyone knows what’s going on. Nothing makes me feel more frantic than trying to sort out, and buy ingredients for, meals during the week. Again, meal planning is not the most exciting way to spend a weekend but it pays for itself during the week.
  3. I take a few moments to tidy the house ~ get rid of old papers ahead of the week’s bin run, clear the detritus of items left by the smalls in the living areas, straighten the kitchen, clear the dining table, straighten the cushions. If I’m lucky, it might last a couple of days but it makes me feel better.
  4. Get a handle on the week’s blogging/work/activities. If you’re a blogger, it might be sorting out the week’s posts, writing a list of the week’s work projects, or even getting things right for after school/work activities. The luxury of time to think things through should not be underestimated.
  5. And finally, relax. I always factor in time to sit on a Sunday evening, preferably with a glass of something, before the crazy of the week begins.

Are you a meal planner? How do you make sure you are ready for the week ahead?

You might also like this about having an awesome week and this about starting the week off right.

PS. I also spent some time recently fiddling with le blog and now the home page provides a bit of snapshot of what’s happening. See it here

so, you want to be a writer? It’s NaNoWriMo time


Let me start by saying, I have absolutely no plans to write a novel. I don’t have the patience.

Although I love words, and work with them daily, but am ultimately the evil editor type rather than the whimsical wordsmith type.

As a journalist, I’ve done my share of writing and re-writing, but have always hankered for honest-to-goodness writing that occurs in a mythical spot where a typewriter sits on a wooden desk in minimalist surrounds, facing a window, steaming cup of something nearby and piles of notes, papers and pens scattered around.

And this is why I’m such a sucker for anything that mentions famous writers, their process, their favourite drinks or their writing habits.

And I also love information hoarding and when I saw the other day a mention of National Novel Writing Month, it seemed the opportune time to roll out the words on writing I’ve been hoarding for the better part of six months.

Here’s a tip: Big Huge Labs have a cool, simple writing interface here ~ for all those times you are feeling wordy ~ or try one of these

There are lots of written words on writing, and writers. So as we head into #NaNoWriMo, a few tips on writing from writers.

So from all those words on writing, I’ve narrowed it to three tips on how to be a writer.

You need some quirk.

Kerouac liked scrolling his work, Joyce used crayons, Woolf like to stand, Steinbeck always had 12 sharpened pencils on his desk and Capote wouldn’t start or finish a work on a Friday. What’s your quirk?

Make sure you have a routine.

First thing in the morning, after a cup of tea, lighting a candle, waiting on the moon. It’s all in the timing. Or perhaps try one of these creative routines.

You need a signature drink

Hemingway was a fan of mojitos, F. Scott Fitzgerald a gin rickey. What’s your poison?

Further reading:

Are you attempting NaNoWriMo?  Do you have a novel in you? Or perhaps just a short story?


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