I don't know why I feel so fearful now. This is my first blogpost on Red Room and I was kind of thinking I would get "kicked out" having signed up, written a suitable begging letter to be included and submitted exactly nothing since.
But I wasn't kicked out and here I am. It is April, but as far as I'm concerned it is a Happy New Year, starting today. Well, to be honest, not exactly "happy". But definitely "new". I have uploaded my most recent column for Families NW London. Yay! I have been writing this column for the past 6 years. It is called Mummy on the Edge and is all about the cultural (and often uncultured) exploits of my life as a single mother to my Mini-Me who is now 10. I think we are fast nearing the cut off age for the magazine. She was 4 when we started.
I had just begun to extricate myself from a very scary marriage and was, (I HATE to use this expression) finding my voice as a writer-type. I occasionally divulged too much about my personal life and my early columns were littered with references to court and dealing with "the corpulent despot". In my mind, I had subtitled my column, "No sex in the suburbs" and soon found that said voice included overuse of brackets and slashes (-and it still does actually).
So anyway. Why new year? Well, I have decided that this is as good a time as any to commence a soon-to-be-broken commitment to the practice of something that is bound to do me good. With this in mind, I hearby commit firstly to writing down at least some of the guff that swims in my brain, on this very blog. And secondly, to some sort of daily meditation-type practice. At this point I should really consult dictionary.com to check whether I have used the corrrect practice vs practise. But I'm really tired and cannot be arsed. (That is an English expression. I think you can guess what it means.)
To sign off this, my very first Red Room blogpost (and the first of many, now I am adopting it as my personal place), I would urge you to read this article that I have just read, which inspired me to take today's precedented (on my other blog: mynotesfrom theedge.blogspot.com) step/s. http://www.mindful.org/in-your-life/arts-and-creativity/write-your-life
Peace be with you and all that.