5 ways to silence your inner critic

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We all have an inner critic waiting in the wings of our subconscious, just waiting to give us a good kicking when we’re down. For writers the kicks seem to be extra hard, or at least that’s my perception. Our inner critic tends to be particularly loud and hard to ignore when we’ve experienced … [Read more...]

Why I’m Unapologetic

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I’ve mentioned before that it annoys me when I apologise to people who bump into me on the street or in the supermarket. I've also come up against this problem in a work setting when I say things like: Sorry but can I just say… Sorry but do you mind if … Sorry is there any chance I … [Read more...]

Do you take the Lord’s name in vain?

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I grew up in a catholic country, in a time before sex abuse scandals and cover-ups darkened the name of religious institutions. Ireland then, was much like parts of South America now. Everyone went to mass each week and priests were held in the highest esteem. I can remember when I was a kid, a … [Read more...]

In Praise of Prudes, Pants and Mums

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As is the case with many of my quirks, I totally blame my mother. Because when the time came to tell me about sex, she gave me… a book. To be fair, she did offer to answer questions when I was finished reading it. So I grilled the poor woman mercilessly. But even as an insensitive … [Read more...]

10 things you might want to know about me

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I've been nominated for a Liebster award by a couple of blogging pals, Lisa from Random Acts of Zen and Sarah from Creating Contentment. You can read their posts here and here. If you’re wondering what on earth a Liebster award is, it’s basically a blog hop where everyone passes on questions to … [Read more...]

5 Things I Loved & Learned at Problogger

With the lovely Janet from Middle Aged Mama

I had a fantastic time on the Gold Coast last week. For those of you who couldn’t make it, I’ve put together a few highlights so you can live vicariously. Oh and here’s a picture of the beach where I managed to go and stick a toe in the ocean between sessions. 1) It’s ok to put you into … [Read more...]