Housework – can it assist creativity?

Housework may not assist creativity for everyone. Some people tell me they thrive on chaos.

For  me housework is itself a creative activity. I find it very satisfying. Every week, when my house is clean and pretty, I feel as if I’ve created a glimpse of a peaceful paradise. Continue reading

The Christmas pudding-making event

Christmas Pudding, 2014

Christmas Pudding, 2014

Our family has a long-standing tradition of Christmas pudding making.

It is a precious event in my calendar. I should have known that to write a blog about it would be difficult. There are so many memories, so much to say, that I’m afraid I won’t do justice to the custom. But our Christmas pudding deserves to be celebrated in writing.

There’s great mystique about this family tradition that stretches back as far in my maternal family as this old woman can remember.  My mother made a Christmas pudding every year that I can remember. And her mother before her. I am the privileged living link (through Christmas puddings) between six generations of women and girls. Boys are welcome, too!

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NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMonth challenges writers to complete a novel in a month

NaNoWriMonth challenges writers to complete a novel in a month

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenges writers to write a novel during November. Begun in the USA in 1999, it is now an international event

NaNoWriMo is a month-long challenge, when aspiring and established fiction-writers take to their computers in an attempt to write a 50 000 word novel in just thirty days. The idea is to write a first draft, rather than to complete the project.

Can you write a novel that quickly? Do you think it’s possible?

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