Toddlerhood: tantrums and tickles 

This morning we woke up to rain. Euan had not got to sleep until gone 10pm last night (he usually sleeps at 8) due to a late nap. So although this little baking endeavor looks successful in the photos. It ended in a meltdown. I forget why exactly now.&nbsp…

A day in the life of a toddler: the kiss

I have decided to try a new writing project today. I’m going to post a short anecdote from our day along with a few pictures. My aim is to do it every evening for the next week and then see where it takes me. The Kiss This morning…

How I missed the biggest milestone of my son’s first two years

So much happens in the first two years of life When I brought my son home from daycare a couple of days ago, it seemed as if he was a different boy to the one I had dropped off that morning. Older? It was only 7 hours since I’d…

When all the advice in the world is meant for everyone but you

In life, and in writing, there are large numbers of successful people willing to teach you their secret to achieving your goals. Many of them will charge you for this knowledge, or at least want you to buy their book. If you just learn to do things their way then…

On love and earthquakes

I have been absent from the blog for the past couple of weeks. Early May is a holiday known as Golden Week in Japan so I was away from home for a few days. Last week Euan got sick with croup, again. So I’m just catching up from…

How to honour life and writing

How to find the balance between writing and life A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I was part of the “street team” helping with the launch of Gabriella Pereira’s upcoming book DIYMFA. This week she asked the following question: Has there ever been a…

This is motherhood: An ordinary, every day

“Awareness is found in our pleasure and our pain, our confusion and our wisdom, available in each moment of our weird, unfathomable, ordinary, everyday lives.” Pema Chodron It is 6:30 and my toddler runs into the bedroom looking for mummy. His daddy has already been awake for half an…

How do you become a better writer?

The question of how to become a better writer is one that has been on my mind for some time now. Once upon a time I thought great writers were born, not made. It was all about raw talent. You had it or you didn’t. Great writers just…

Artist’s Date and Cherry Blossom

For my first Artist’s Date I went to see the cherry blossom in Tokyo. It was right at the peak of this years season, with stunning pink covering the trees. The Significance of Cherry Blossom in Japanese Culture Sakura (cherry blossom) trees are everywhere in Japan. And the…

How to crush doubt and write work that matters

Writers Crushing Doubt Writing Contest Positive Writer is hosting a writing contest about Crushing Writer’s Doubt. I’m writing this post in response to the prompt.  – See more at: http://positivewriter.com/writing-contest-2016/. Know thy Enemy Writers love words. In fact, we are slaves…