Monthly Archives: December 2010

Wood Squirrel (aros)

Wood Squirrel

A belly dashed with red the tree squirrel poses, still.

Blog Takeover Day

Sally Quilford has invited us to take part in blog takeover day tomorrow.

For more information see Sally’s site.

I’m jut about to schedule my posts for tomorrow – my blog is going to be taken over by two of my characters from my 50,000 word NaNo novel.

Jane Thomas will post at 12pm

Gabrielle Sanders will post at 5pm

(and I’ll squeeze in a post as me before the day is over at 11.59pm)

Enjoy your New Year’s Eve Festivities


Skimming Stones into 2011

Dear all,

Life passes us by so quickly now that we barely have time to breathe, let alone stop and take notice.

Well January is a time for new resolutions and there’s one that’s sweeping Twitter and bloggers  – it’s simple – lots of people are resolving to take more notice.

Fiona Robyn, a writer has set up ‘a river of stones‘ – a month long challenge starting 01.01.11 to take notice of something each day and to write a ‘small stone’ about it.

Fiona describes small stones as ‘a very short piece of writing that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment.’ Although you write down these stones, you can choose to keep them private and you don’t have to be a writer.

For some more ideas on how to ‘polish your stones’ – check out what Fiona has to say here.

I have shared this project with Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Students too because this is a prime example of a mindfulness technique. Mindfulness within occupational therapy is growing, especially within mental health. The theory is about connectedness with our world. It’s not just about being mindful in terms of taking time to meditate but being mindful in our daily occupations. Noticing the sensation of brushing our teeth, the feel of ingredients we are preparing, their smell, their taste. Really listening to someone, identifying their tone, noticing their expressions. Being aware.

I know that a lot of my writerly friends are going to engage in this journey of discovery – I hope that ‘non’ writers join us and discover themselves, their world and their inner poet.

How to join in

The simplest way is to jot down your stones in a notebook but if you would like to share them you can ‘sign up on the site‘ (I’ve added a widget to the right to share the river of stones – apologies this has been removed as it wasn’t working). You can set up a blog or on your exisiting blog use the tag aros against your stone posts. On twitter people are using the hashtag #aros. Or you can post to your Facebook status.

I will be posting here and on Twitter (which will post to Facebook). I have also made a Keynote presentation on my iPad that has a slide per page where I can post a picture and write my stone. This will then be zipped up in a pretty format to keep when January is over.

Now we haven’t officially started but I’ve just taken notice of something out of the corner of my eye so this one is just a bit of fun.

My eye catches a spider – lets it go as a speck – I really need to hoover!


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