Breaking Down

We were supposed to be visiting a foster carer looking after a young cat for the RSPCA today (the "Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals", if you live outside the UK). We used this lever to galvanise the children into action - cleaning their rooms, and helping tidy the rest of the …

Going Postal

Those that have followed my recent adventures on the internet will have seen both my retro-mac inspired run at NaNoWriMo, and the experiment with "Tiny Letter" - both ideas running against the tide somewhat in an eccentric attempt to get back to where we all started. I'm thinking about going further. I have been turning …

Keeping My Mouth Shut

I almost wrote a furious post at lunchtime about something that happened at the weekend - a series of things that happened at the weekend really - a direct response to the behaviour of a number of people I had the ill fortune to cross paths with. Rather than write anything I might later regret, …

Secondary School

Another excerpt from this year's NaNoWriMo - Enjoy! I'm sitting here, trying to remember the most significant memories from my time at secondary school - and struggling somewhat. It's all become so fragmented - it feels like a collection of snapshots, stored away inside my head. The strange thing about memories is that they unlock …

Infant and Junior School

While sitting at the departure gate in Frankfurt Airport, waiting for my flight home, is occurred to me that I might release another chunk of this year's NaNoWriMo - an autobiography of sorts. Today's excerpt takes you through infant and junior school with me. Enjoy! Apparently my start a infant school didn't go well. I …

Nearing the Summit

I'm not really sure why I'm trying to write fifty thousand words during November any more - I'm just kind of "doing it", because I thought it would be a romantic, or eccentric thing to do - something to tick off the bucket list. In the days before starting, in late October, I remember worrying …

Watching From Afar

The last 24 hours have been an interesting experience - watching results roll in from the American mid-term elections. I have no part in the circus - I live on the other side of the world - and should really be worrying about the ridiculous situation my own country finds itself in. And yet here …

Goodbye Sam

While running back and forth through the hallway to our front door last Thursday, Sam sat in the way - cleaning himself. He didn't seem too keen to move, and we just thought he was being belligerent. On Friday night, I noticed him walk past me in the kitchen, with a wet patch next to …