A woman sits in a high-back chair carefully stitching a small patchwork quilt. Her hands cradle the fabric. It is not a usual or easy task for her but she perserveres. Each day adding a few patches more. As the quilt grows so does her belly. The baby inside is nearly ready to be born.
Judy's story is one we know well. The way to "make it" if you're female (and it suggests inevitably prey) is to be better - much better - than your male counterparts and then pay your dues to the system until you finally get some reward and recognition. It's exhausting and only the outliers will make it. Judy Hopps is an outlier. A female prey in a system which favour males. She makes it but the system remains unchanged.
Last night I went to the cinema to see Pearl Jam "Let's Play Two: Live at Wrigley Field". I went in expecting to see a live Pearl Jam concert. I came out with so much more.
An alternative to resolutions, choosing a Word for the Year, or word of the year, is a powerful focusing practice...
So, with no small amount of trepidation, I have decided to have a Waking Mama Luna Launch Party. Eek! It's going to be at the Old Library, Nantgarw Road, Caerphilly on Sunday 29th May at 7pm and will have... * SIGNING AND READINGS BY ME I'm going to be reading one or two stories from … Continue reading Waking Mama Luna Launch Party
It feels like it's taken a long time to get here (well I guess it's taken nearly 38 years if you count all my life from babyhood leading up to this moment, which, to be truthful, I do) but I can finally say... Waking Mama Luna Preorder is live on Amazon Now!!! Whoop!! Before you … Continue reading Waking Mama Luna Preorder is LIVE
I love the stories in Waking Mama Luna (of course, I wrote them) but I also love the illustrations. In this post I wanted to share a little about the process of working with the illustrator, Angela Ferreira, and why I'm really glad Waking Mama Luna features Angela's work. [quote author="Pablo Picasso" source=""]Every now and … Continue reading Waking Mama Luna Illustrations
People have been asking me where I got the ideas from for the stories in Waking Mama Luna. Where do you get your ideas from? It's such a difficult question to answer, because often it just feels like they come from nowhere. Well, not exactly nowhere but somewhere that doesn't exist in real terms. We … Continue reading Waking Mama Luna: the stories behind the stories
I believe in the power of connection. As individuals, tiny dots on the surface of this planet, we can feel unseen, misunderstood and overwhelmed. But when we start to make connections, within ourselves (our light and shadow, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual expressions), with our communities, and with the natural world which sustains us, that is when the real … Continue reading The Power of Connection
I have noticed something important, in myself and others. We create when we have to – when the emotion is so strong it just has to spill into word or picture or song; we write love letters and eulogies, paint our darkest fears and our joys. Recycling our hearts into art But for many of us, … Continue reading Recycling our hearts into art