Creativity: it’s all around us

“Why is it important to be creative?” This is the question posed by my local writing group as a blog post topic. I’ve thought about creativity for most of my life. I am the third of six children and early on I realised that my siblings could do thing I couldn’t, like draw,  dance, make…

A belated wish for 2014

Greetings from my desk, complete with my new fit ball/desk chair. The year 2014 and I have gotten off to a rocky start. Already we’ve had some ups and downs. Roo and I arrived home from our marvellous time in Argentina and Chile, documented here, on 30 December after a long flight. Santiago-Auckland-Sydney-Adelaide. That’s 18…

Learning to be a better blogger in Abruzzo

I have to admit that the idea of going to Abruzzo to learn more about the art and craft of blogging has struck some of my friends and colleagues as an odd thing.  To be honest, most of them have never heard of Abruzzo. Unless, of course it’s just the humorous mention of  it by…

The pleasures of home

Today is my last day off before going back to work. I have been off since the 3rd of September, with most of my time off spent in Italy. Travelling is great, there is no doubt about that in my mind. Here’s a favourite quote of mine: Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,…

New iPhone Wordpress Application

Andrew downloaded the WordPress app for me yesterday. This is my first attempt at using it. First impression, it’s intuitive enough but I would like more dashboard functionality. Not sure how to add photos, links etc. So I will save this text and check it out. Right-o, all I had to do was click Done,…

The tyranny of the day job

In itself, my job at the documentation factory is not that bad.  I am currently redesigning forms for a credit union using Adobe LiveCycle Designer.  “Designing forms, how boring” I hear you say.  But, believe me, if you like technology and getting to play with new software, and feel good about process improvements and that…

The year that was – 2009

Well, 2009 went off without too many personal dramas.  I was fortunate  enough to go with Andrew to South America for 5 and a half weeks. From Late march till the end of May.  We were blessed with great weather everywhere we went which made trekking around very comfortable. I reunited with a travel companion…

I dub thee NaNoWriYr

NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. It was supposed to be a “month of literary abandon”.  Well, in 19 days I have managed 1245 words where I should have written 30-odd thousand by now.   Having decided on a topic and main character I set about writing my first 200 words on a flight from Sydney…

NaNoWriMo here I come

I have signed up for National Novel Writing Month. If I can hardly ever blog, how ever will I manage to write 50,000 words in a month? November will be a busy month with renovations, work, a long weekend away and 50,000 words to write. I don’t even have a topic. Oh dear. Nothing to…

Call yourself a blogger?

Well, I have not typed a word here for many months, so what is going on?  Well, I think work is getting in the way of life.  Common problem I know… However, recently I have had the opportunity to go away and spend some time away from the ‘documentation factory’.  Because I spend 8+ hours…