Sunday, 14 December 2014



How's your weekend been?

I had the pleasure of spending mine at the Barbican Christmas Market selling Plane Clothing. The customers and fellow stall holders were all lovely and I made some decent sales so I'm very happy indeed. Happy and tired. But no rest for the wicked! I'll be doing it all of next week as well, in addition to my days at the office.
Oh crap, that one t-shirt has unfolded itself. Photos don't lie!
Why not come along and have a look? I can't promise you an extra discount, but I will give you a smile and wish you a lovely evening.

Have a great start to the week!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

My play's playlist

Music has played a huge part in my life. It might not be obvious because whenever I'm asked what my favourite music is, I get flustered and forget everything except Itsy Bitsy Spider and Mary Had a Little Lamb. But most of my spare hours as a child and teenager were dedicated to music, mainly through playing instruments, and music has always had a considerable influence on my emotional state. 

When I wrote my MA play I didn't set out to find a playlist for it, but three songs became important to me quite quickly. They sort of introduced themselves at key moments and got me in the right mind set. I admit, they're not the most uplifting songs, and the play does touch on some dark subjects, but they still have a special place in my heart and the play does have lighter, humorours bits as well! (I can't bear to watch anything that is nonstop doom and gloom.)

Now that the play is "done", I thought I'd share my unofficial writing playlist with you:

Gunfight - Laurence Fox

Live and Let Go - Anna Bergendahl

Some Die Young - Laleh

I'm interested to see what kind of music future projects bring along. Do you have songs you keep going back to for any reason? 

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

I have a tree!

Ho ho ho! How are you? I bought a Christmas Tree today. Granted, it's a tiny tree but it stands prettily on my desk and I'm very happy with it!
I always struggle to photograph Christmas trees, they're never as pretty in pictures.
I was even happier when I remembered I'd brought some of my favourite decorations over from Finland. I'd forgotten about them until I began looking for last year's Christmas wrapping paper. Sometimes I do think ahead!
Most of the decorations carry special memories. I still have the origami star my cello teacher made me when I was 18. I also have the Sydney Opera House I bought while living Down Under. There are also several decorations I made myself or bought for my first tree when I moved away from home.
The tree is carefully watched over by my traditional looking Santa. My mum loved Christmas and had a growing Santa collection that came out of the cupboard every Christmas. I'm glad I managed to get at least one of them back with me.

Do you have a favourite decoration? I hope your week has started well!


Friday, 5 December 2014

A Stealthy Christmas


With plenty going on, I haven't really had much time to think about or prep for Christmas yet. But you don't escape that easily! Christmas sneaks up and pounces when you least expect it. Like today when I did my regular lunch outing and a group of Santa hatted younglings had lined up to sing Christmas songs to passers by.
London hasn't really embraced the winter wonderland look just yet ...
Now these things might not always be as cute as planned, unless your own child is involved, but there I stood all misty eyed before even the first song had ended. It got even worse when they started singing a traditional Lucia song. A slightly odd choice I thought, while recovering from sentimental flashes. The UK doesn't celebrate Lucia on December 13th the way the Nordic countries do, but then it turned out that the kids were from a local Danish school so mystery solved!

Aah, Lucia, the annual popularity contest disguised as a celebration of light and Christ and the one day of the year when girls fight to have their hair ruined by melted candle wax. (Please ignore my sarcastic remarks, it's actually quite lovely.)

I hope December is supplying you with Christmas cheer in suitable dozes and you don't feel too much stress. Relinquish the stress! And have a great weekend,


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The Enablers

Enabler: one that enables another to achieve an end; especially :  one who enables another to persist in self-destructive behavior (as substance abuse) by providing excuses or by making it possible to avoid the consequences of such behavior. 

I've received some lovely notebooks in the past couple of weeks. People know I'm a bit of a notebook and stationary junky, and as a professional (?!) writer I tell myself it's almost okay. 
How can you say no?
However! I wish I could handle the situation better. In human relationships I'm a very faithful and monogamous person, but when it comes to notebooks I'm a massive cheat! I can never finish one before starting on another. Sure, my intention is always to stick with what I've got, but then along comes something new and shiny with all those empty, inviting pages and off I go! 
I have coerced other writing tools to help in my deceit.  
I lie too. How many times have I promised a notebook to treat it nicely, to write in it with my prettiest handwriting, only to fill it with scribbles barely I can read. Day in and day out it gets knocked about in my bag and only appears when I feel I have something important to say. 

Is this fair? Is it okay to have several notebooks on the go at the same time? (I'm working on different projects after all!) And do they take offense when I write in haste, trying to keep up with the thoughts in my head? If so, I apologise. It is never my intention to be hurtful, but at the same time I can't promise to massively improve. Time for an intervention?

If not, please do feel free to feed my habit. 

I hope your week is going well!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

DAY 100: Challenge Completed!


One hundred days ago I set myself a challenge. Every day, for 100 days, I would pick something that made me happy or I was grateful for that day, big or small, and write a blog entry about it. Back in August it felt like a long time indeed, but as usual it has flown by.
This is what everyday goodness looks like to me. 
And so much good has happened! I've made wonderful new friends. I've spent great moments with my wonderful old friends. I had my first play staged. I graduated. I'm working on an exciting new project. I turned another year. Of course there's been low moments too, but I've had so much support from the people around me that whenever times felt rough, it didn't last for long. Thank you!
And this.
And thank you to everyone who read the blog, whether you popped in now and then or honoured me with a visit every day. This isn't a goodbye, I'm going to continue writing, but maybe not quite as diligently as before. (That might be an entirely good thing.) And I will continue the "challenge" in my own head, because it never hurts to remind oneself of the good things!

Right, I hope you've had a great weekend, and here's to the next 100!


Saturday, 29 November 2014

DAY 99: Feeling Lucky

It's days like this that I remember just how lucky I am to live in place like London. Having sent off some work, I went for a walk, picked up a coffee and sat on a park bench and wrote until the sun set. It's the second to last day of November but the city still decided to treat us to some lovely weather.
Walking home I spotted several people carrying Christmas trees. I couldn't help feeling a bit excited! I've decided to get myself a small tree this year, for my room. It might not have the same scent as a large tree, but it would still look lovely and if I get one of the ones that are planted in a pot, I could then move it out on the balcony after Christmas. I'll have to keep an eye out for some nice fairy lights ...

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend, whether it's sunny or not!