It’s been a struggle to write in the past two week because for most of my time has been spent at my desk, hardly moving at all. My fitness tracker buzzes at me regularly, telling me to get up and move, but mostly I ignore it, attached to my screen but not feeling any sense… Continue reading Every day is like Sunday (3&4.22)
Today we’re interviewing Lady Blackbird, the protagonist of a work in progress. Hello Lady Blackbird. Could I just clarify that is not my name, Lady Blackbird. I’m not the soul singer with the white afro. My actual name is Tara Amsel. Right, OK. Thanks for clarifying. So why is your book called Lady Blackbird? I… Continue reading Bloganuary 23: an interview with Lady B
What is a cause you feel passionate about? I've been thinking about this topic for a few days now, as there are lots of issues I'm concerned about but none that I would say I am passionate about. I was thinking climate change but then the idea came that behind climate change comes inequality. Inequality… Continue reading Bloganuary 16: Passionate for a cause
Two years ago I let myself say out loud that I wanted to write a novel. That was my big dream. And then I read an article by Mel Robbins that asked, “What are you doing to achieve your dream? I’ve met so many people who say they want to be writers and when I… Continue reading Bloganuary 8: What do you like most about your writing?
I'm going to come right out and be obvious here - cat videos. I love crazy cat videos. Especially the ones where cats take out small children. (There's something about the innocent toddling of children contrasted with the stealth and speed of a cat attack that is humour every time.) The one where the cat… Continue reading Bloganuary 7: What makes you laugh?
Three things come up in my mind immediately on seeing this question: Ride a motorcyclePlay the celloScuba dive I don't want a Harley Davison, I think they are ugly. (And people I know who know bikes tell me that BMWs are much better touring bikes.) In fact it wouldn't have to be a big bike.… Continue reading Bloganuary 5: What is something you wish you knew how to do?
These Bloganuary topics are not very well thought through. If you consider that 'being a child' lasts from zero to 12 years old, there are very few toys that will remain with you over that length of time. Certainly for me there are few. But if I think of something that I could consistently enjoy,… Continue reading Bloganuary 4: What was your favorite toy as a child?
#bloganuary challenge 2 Late last year a friend of mine died. I will call her Cita for the purposes of this story. I was shaken up by the news of her death because it was so unexpected. The last time I saw her was on a road trip we made with another friend, who I… Continue reading Bloganuary: a road trip
Part of the #bloganuary wordpress initiative. Tough first theme to tackle. I don't expect teenage me would take any of this advice because she would have the certainty of youth, certainty that you know how the world works and how your life will run. (Hint: it's not going to go like you planned.) I know… Continue reading What advice would you give your teenage self?