As much as I enjoy blogging about Up She Rises, it’s not my whole life (although it sometimes felt that way as I wrote it.) I want to be able to share news about my other writing or books I’m reading, topics that don’t readily fit here. So, I’ve created a new blog to replace this one. Up She Rises will continue to feature on the new blog, but it won’t be the sole focus.

They say a change is as good as a rest, but  we don’t always like change.So I’ll make it easy for you: Tammi McBrien’s gorgeous photo remains the header on my new blog and the Twig posts and your lovely comments are making the move too.

So please come along on this new adventure. It’s not far, just click here. I’ll go on ahead and put the kettle on.


Pockets of Happiness


It takes awhile, but eventually Rachel starts to find pockets of happiness in Twig: music, craft, friendship. Sometimes we don’t realise what’s available right under our nose.Like Rachel, I recently found a new cause for happiness, a pocket of writers, in my own little town.

A few months ago I stumbled across the Loose Muse in Winchester, run by the wonderful Sue Wrinch. It features readings by poets or novelists, followed by an open mic session. I’ve attended two sessions and thoroughly enjoyed them both. When Sue learned I was from Ringwood, she told me about Rough Diamonds, a new literary event in my little town.

I took myself along to the May session of Rough Diamonds and was thrilled to meet and listen to fellow writers. I’m on the mailing list now, so there’ll be no stopping me. I might even read at the open mic session. I’m sure Rachel would want me to introduce her to the U.K, right?

Any rough diamonds or pockets of happiness hiding right under your nose?