Published? No… Available to read? Yes!

Friends, this is Shackles. You know, the one I thought would be paying the bills 2 months after penning ‘the end’? Yeah that one… I wouldn’t call it published, I prefer to think of it as being available online to be downloaded, read and (crosses fingers) enjoyed. It is slowly filtering through the system and shouldContinue reading “Published? No… Available to read? Yes!”

Landsick…

    Have you ever been on a boat long enough to get your sea-legs, only to feel thoroughly sick when you get back on land? This is probably the best way I can describe how I’m feeling at the moment – though it has nothing to do with boats, land or throwing up. Shhh! Let me explain.Continue reading “Landsick…”

Inspired by… THAT?

  So the grody thing in todays exotic photo is a dishevelled black satin sash that I took with me to Conference on a whim. It was lurking in between two dance costumes and I turned a blind eye and let it creep in. It found its way into writing class one morning. Who knew anContinue reading “Inspired by… THAT?”

Come in and have some cake…

It’s my birthday! So please come in and help yourself to some cake… (sorry guys, I know it’s pink and purple… I like it 🙂 ) … and a cuppa of something nice…. … or maybe you prefer something with bubbles?    So pull up a chair and make yourself at home. I’d love nothingContinue reading “Come in and have some cake…”

Walking on aeroplane wings and other preposterous ideas

So I’m in an aeroplane. We are thousands of feet above mother earth. I look out the window and read this little gem printed on the wing… ‘Do not walk outside this area’ Oh really? Why ever not? I’m so glad they put that out there, because you know – I was just about to head outContinue reading “Walking on aeroplane wings and other preposterous ideas”

2620 posts and counting… seriously people?

 I’ve just got back from a whirlwind trip to Dubai (to teach dance workshops) & Qatar (to catch up with family). Yes, me! Can you believe it. This home girl who has never been off African soil. If you don’t count the boat trip with my granny when I was 15 where we sailed from Durban, intoContinue reading “2620 posts and counting… seriously people?”

Bubbles and Rock

When things get tough, do you ever eyeball yourself firmly in the mirror and give yourself a pep talk? I know I do. I just make sure nobody is watching first. I’ve come to realize though, that my motivational eyeballings – even the very best ones, are a little bit like wrapping myself in a bubble.Continue reading “Bubbles and Rock”

Somewhere there’s an angel on frog duty

I went to the loo last night in the dark. You see I’ve got this thing about sleeping. I really really love it. So when my bladder alarm goes in the wee hours, I do the trip in the dark – mostly with my eyes closed. A writers brain is a fickle thing and onceContinue reading “Somewhere there’s an angel on frog duty”

Wet, muddy – but alive

The last week has been my ‘work deadline’ week in which I produce a monthly  mini-magazine for our church. It involves some writing, a good bit of editing, some photography, some arm-twisting (to get others to write for me), a whole lot of design and layout and seriously little sleep. Did I mention that I don’t getContinue reading “Wet, muddy – but alive”

The one that got away

I had a plan for today. I really did. It was rather good too. It involved getting kidlets off to school, then a solid hour writing stint on my project 2, some choreography for dance group tonight and quietly wrapping my brain around cutting our music for the dance we’re working on. After that was offContinue reading “The one that got away”