Shakespeare is More Modern Than Most of You Think

Many phrases that Shakespeare wrote are still being used today. I first studied Shakespeare, along with millions of others as part of my GCSE reading list. My groans were louder than most, as I tried to interpret the difficult wording and phrases. Then as time went by I grew to love the beautifully poetic words; the … Continue reading Shakespeare is More Modern Than Most of You Think

My Father’s Daughter – Short Story

I remember receiving the box of my father’s things when I was 25. Shortly after he died I received a phone call to collect his effects from the mental hospital. They say after 15 years of incarceration, his brain finally gave in and let him pass. My family told me he hadn’t always been insane, it was a slow deterioration over many years. I don’t remember him being anything other than raving, violent and dangerous. Photos exist of us together when I was a toddler. It’s a time I don’t remember or want to. I took the box to my car, marvelling at how small it was. A small box, no bigger than a standard order from Amazon. A handful of things collected over a lifetime. I threw the box in the back of my car. I cared less about it than I did my father and that was saying something. As I pulled up to the house I left the box in the car and went in. Swinging my toddler into my arms, feeling his arms wrap around my neck. How could my father leave me at the same age?

Writer’s Can Be Selfish

Is lack of engagement, due to selfish writers, or are some of us not good enough? For the last week, I have been having an attack of confidence. Is this why my writing is suffering or are writer’s too selfish to support each other? You can make the decision about which is more likely, at the end of this post. For the last week, I have struggled with my writing. I have missed all my goals and hate the thought of sitting in front of a computer. Two things have happened this week. The first is the school, I am deputy head at, had Ofsted. For those outside education, this is the UK system of checking and grading schools. A stressful time for any teacher. As well, this week it was my little girls second birthday. Those two things have meant that writing has been my last priority.