makar [ˈmækər]
n (Literature / Poetry) Scot a creative artist, esp a poet
[a Scot variant of maker]

Sunday, May 31, 2015

One + Four = Life

Once a week.
Four photos.
To document your life.
One + Four = Life

Briami/Ficus/Cat Girl/Elegant Sleeper




My Instagram
Meet Me at Mike's

Sunday, May 24, 2015

One + Four = Life

Once a week.
Four photos.
To document your life.
One + Four = Life

Clay leaves/Chicks/Lemons and rain/Chai with my little boy




 My Instagram
Meet me at Mike's

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Three moments to show you where my head's at...

In that in between time when I'm still asleep but not quite awake, I had this vision of getting off the bus, walking down my street, through the garden gate and into my house. No pram, no children, just me. And it filled me with emptiness and dread and my eyes with tears. This was me coming back from taking the children to school, to a quiet house, and facing the "what next?" that is hovering at the back of my mind.

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My 5 year old is snuggling into me on our journey to school. His hair is freshly washed and I am stroking the fluffy golden curls, when it hits me that one day, in the not too distant future, he probably won't let me do this, certainly not in public and eventually perhaps not at all. I am filled with sadness and the desire to hold on to every detail of this precious moment.

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My daughter tells me that she doesn't know if she'll have children, but if she does, she's only going to have two and she'll get someone else to look after them because she's going to be a mum who works...and drives. Ouch.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

One + Four = Life

Once a week.
Four photos.
To document your life.
One + Four = Life

Day-trip to the hills/Wet avocado tree/Watching the "lava rocks"/A day of writing & cooking 





My Instagram
Meet Me at Mike's

Thursday, May 14, 2015

It all feels a bit Groundhog Day at the moment and I'm wondering how to slow things down and shake things up and find a better way to live. There just doesn't seem to be enough time to do the good stuff  - we're in a rush to get to school, a rush to get chores done, a rush to get back to school, a rush to get home, a rush to get dinner cooked and consumed, a rush to get the kids to bed. There's part of me that just wants to jump off this treadmill and run away, but how? And besides, I have this feeling that it's not where you live; it's how you live...That's the tricky part.


Anyway, here are a few links related to two of my current obsessions: ceramics and cooking. Enjoy!


Keiko Matsui Ceramic Artist
Ruby Pilven Ceramics
Elke Lucas Cermaics 

My Darling Lemon Thyme
Anna Jones
The Vanilla Bean Blog






Sunday, May 10, 2015

One + Four = Life

Once a week.
Four photos.
To document your life.
One + Four = Life

Pie with leaves/Chalk/A little escape/Mother's Day beads





My instagram
Meet Me at Mike's

Sunday, May 3, 2015

One + Four = Life

Once a week.
Four photos.
To document your life.
One + Four = Life

Small boy playing air guitar/Sushi for 100+/BYO mirrorball/Our cat 




 My Instagram
Meet Me At Mike's

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Yesterday evening, I experienced that rarest of occurrences between the parents of young children: a conversation that wasn't about the kids, their school, or our house (and usually what needs to be fixed). Amazing! And one of the things that we talked about was writing because he'd noticed, when trying to find a file on our laptop, that during my morning of writing, I'd opened about ten documents. What he wanted to know was how did I decide what to write about on a particular day and was I writing in chronological order. Over the last month or so, a couple of friends have asked me about my writing habits, and seemed quite surprised by my answers, which has made me realise that there are many ways to write a novel. What might seem natural or obvious to one writer is anything but to another. This may or may not interest you, but I thought I'd share my process...

I write in longhand in notebooks and then when I have my next opportunity to write, I type my scrawled words onto my laptop. My novel is currently divided into characters and within these sections each scene has its own title. This is just for my own purposes and will probably change once I have the bulk of my first draft and can start playing. I have a clear idea of the plot (although not the end yet...) and of the part of the story each character will tell. I know what the major scenes will be, but the other ones are largely a mystery to me, until I put pen to paper and something almost magical occurs. Often, when I sit down to write, I have no idea what I will write about. There's the briefest moment of panic and then a word or an image or a sentence creeps into my head and I'm off! From time to time, I compile a list of scenes that I need to write and this can be great for those mornings when I'm feeling creatively sluggish. Then, I have to force myself to begin, perhaps with just a few notes that will then generally flow into sentences and paragraphs and pages. Surprisingly, they can be the most productive sessions.

I'm not writing chronologically because I find this really boring and because I'm not yet sure of all the details. To dip in and out of time and place and character's heads seems to be the way I solve some of the "problems" of the narrative. That said, I'm still not entirely sure how the story will end. I'm holding back on this partly because I don't completely know where my protagonist is heading (it's a cliche but I guess I'm on the journey with her), and also because this tension is feeding my excitement and sense of curiosity, and pulling me on through the writing of the first draft. I've written around 35,000 words, so I'm half way. It's getting harder because I'm writing the more difficult scenes that I've avoided up until this point, and also the ones that connect everything. It feels like I'm going deeper into the story, unearthing the details of the characters' lives, and the more subtle elements of their interactions.     

                                          
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