1000words: An Interview with Cathy Lennon

Today, I’m welcoming Cathy Lennon to my blog. Cathy is a writer of fabulous fiction and was recently announced the winner of this year’s National Flash-Fiction Day Micro-Fiction Competition. At 1000words, we have published not one, not two, but three of her stories: A Useful Facility in the North, Segments and A Time for Giving. […]

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I’m Not Shy

The weight loss programme my doctor referred me to last year, involved several sessions with a Motivation and Change Therapist, and during one of those sessions, we talked about how I often find social situations difficult. I said to her, ‘The thing is, you can put me on a stage in front of hundreds of […]

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Deep Breaths

Today is the last proper day of the Easter Holidays. Tomorrow, Matt goes back to work, and Sam goes back to school. It’ll be just Sophie and me until she goes back on Wednesday. The temperature in our house is starting to rise. All the usual going-back-to-school jobs still need doing – the ironing of […]

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#atozchallenge: R is for Retiring

I’m retiring from the AtoZChallenge. This is a decision based upon the fact that I’ve just looked at the topics I intended to cover in my remaining posts and realised that I’ve already covered them. I’ve accomplished what I set out to do here. I’ve talked about me and my mental health – the good […]

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#atozchallenge: Q is for Quiet

It is never quiet where I am. Tinnitus is any sound a person can hear that’s generated inside the body rather than outside. In other words, my ears and my brain hear noises that aren’t really there. I first noticed it in my late teens as a fax-machine-like beeping in my left ear. I’d only […]

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#atozchallenge: O is for Opinions

Opinions. I have them. For a long time though I didn’t. Or rather, I did have them, but I couldn’t trust them. Depression, anxiety and losing confidence often go hand in hand. They did for me. I’d always been confident, but once depression hit, my self-esteem hit rock bottom. I found it hard to make […]

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#atozchallenge: N is for Natalie

I’ve suffered from depression. I’ve suffered from anxiety. And the shadows they have cast have been long and cold. But, I am more than my mental health problems. This is easy to forget when the black dog is bounding around the house, so I’ve decided to use today’s post as a record of all the […]

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#atozchallenge: M is for (Wo)Mentoring

Today, I’m taking a break from blogging about mental health. Instead, I’m going to let you know about a new support scheme for women writers called The WoMentoring Project. So, what is The WoMentoring Project about? The WoMentoring Project exists to offer free mentoring by professional literary women to up and coming female writers who […]

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