on the tyranny of goals and targets

on the tyranny of goals and targets

In the correspondence I have with the wonderful people I work with as coach and mentor I am often struck by how harsh they are with themselves, how much their confidence and wellbeing seems to hinge on achieving this or that creative goal. Indeed, the wider world of...
These are Trying Times

These are Trying Times

It’s fair to say that these are trying times. Each news bulletin seems to bring more evidence of the madness, destructiveness, greed and mendacity of those who hold power. My Twitter feed is full of righteous anger, denunciations and calls to action to fight for the...
Casting for Hope

Casting for Hope

That I live right beside a good trout fishing loch and have yet to pull a fish from it is a source of some embarrassment. As a girl, my dad taught me how to bait a hook with a worm, tie it to a bubble float and fish for shy brown trout in the fast-flowing Highland...
The Nerves and Their Endings

The Nerves and Their Endings

The wheels of the publishing industry turn incredibly slowly. It’s quite normal for a book to take two full years from acceptance by a publisher to actually hitting the shelves. There are so many behind-the-scenes stages a book has to go through between acceptance and...
On looking, again

On looking, again

So I got COVID, finally. Or COVID got me. It fairly knocked me out, so last week I had a few days of not being able to do as much as usual, and my brain was fogged and sluggish. I found myself gazing out of the window a lot. So I’m returning to a pet subject of mine...
Writing a memoir? I could tell you stories…

Writing a memoir? I could tell you stories…

Several of my creative coaching clients are working on a writing project that’s drawn from their own life experiences. And, as I was when I was writing my book The Clearing, at a certain point they are somewhat taken aback to realise that they are writing….a memoir....