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Beating reality

My family stuck its kids with labels. Mine was ‘vivid imagination’, always said in italics, with that sideways shrug of the mouth. I knew that, like my lisp and wubbish unwolled Rs, the grown-ups hoped I’d grow out of it. I’m delighted I didn’t. Reality can be beaten with enough imagination. Mark Twain It seems to me that all the worthwhile stuff involves an act of the imagination: Hope. Falling in love. Deciding to go on an adventure. Empathy, and so friendship. Shiny new inventions. Changing oneself, changing the world. Having faith (in anything, or anyone). Enjoying a story. Far from being the impediment my famiIy feared, imagination is my light shining through the accumulation of bothers

Happy writing

These invented celebrations, the international cheese puff days and the take your grandma bobsleighing days, I like them. They’re silly, and silliness is worthwhile. Thinking silly thoughts is writing rocket fuel, I’ve found. ‘Happiness Happens’ Month provoked an experiment: to note, each day in August, the thing that had made me happiest. Breaking my own rules is one of the things which makes me happy and so, naturally, I didn’t do it every day. There’s another reason. I wasn’t happy every day. That’s okay by me. Gloom, ennui and melancholy are necessary to being a person. Unfashionable as rage is, I get good stuff from it. I’m not 100% convinced that dysphoria is worth it, but gosh it can

 
 
 
About

Reading, writing and smiling

I live in Sussex by the sea, writing stories and novels which are speculative, historical and literary. I blog and tweet about inspiration, happy writing and delicious words. My goal is to share a little everyday magic.

 

You can find my work in the NonBinary Review, Write Like You're AliveTrue Tales from the Old Hill , Hysteria 6, Everyday Epics, Stories for Homes, and Every Day Fiction.

There are also some tiny fictions on this site which I hope you enjoy.

 
 
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My book reviews are over on Goodreads. I'm always delighted to receive requests from authors. If your book appeals to me I'll buy it, read it and review it. I'd love to hear from you.

 
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