Aye, aye, Captain – #SoCS August 27/16


“You’re in control of your destiny.”

“You’re the captain of your ship.”

“You’re the only one who can change your life.”

Yada yada yada. Unfortunately, it is (mostly) true. Of course, there are always external forces that can (and often do) limit your ability to make the changes that you’re holding close to your heart (bills, obligations, ability and so on). But they don’t stop you trying, even if the extent of that ‘trying’ merely involves a secret dream, attempting to imagine what your life would be like if you achieved that ‘thing’ that you want.

Oh, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone or something else did all the hard work for you?

Or… would it? Isn’t half the joy of achieving your desire looking back at the sheer hard graft you have put in and knowing ‘I did all of that’?

I’m pondering on a number of avenues, in fact, more than pondering, at the moment. I’m dipping a tiny toe in some water and seeing how it feels. It is hard, doing that whilst continuing with all the other parts of life that need to be maintained in the meantime. However, it’s so, so satisfying to see how far I’ve come, in such a short period of time…


It’s time for the lovely Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, where today she invites us to use the prompt you’re, your or yore (all, one or two of them).

My babbling above is a little mysterious, I know, and probably a bit jumbled. That’s how I feel at the minute. Not in a bad way, but more in a ‘ooh, I’m trying to change things step by tiny step way’.

I hope you enjoyed it – please do head on over to Linda’s blog to read more!


Art – # SoCS July 30/16

Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

I heard someone say today that true art is something that has no other purpose than to be ‘art’. It should not be functional, it should not have any use other than to be what it is. Quite by coincidence, I then read a few hours later, an online discussion about the same issue.

I’m not sure whether I agree – my internal jury is still out on that one. There have some been some truly beautiful creations that I have admired and considered to be art, but they also have a function – for example, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (just a one-off example, and an insight into at least one thing that I really appreciate).

Maybe my consideration of what is art is misaligned, or perhaps even uneducated. Or perhaps it means I’m not an art snob, who knows?!

All I know is that I truly enjoy creating art, not only with with words but also with paint, pastel, pen, ink, pens… the list is endless. I enjoy the process, sometimes even more than the end result (depending on whether I am happy with it or not!).

What do you think?


Today, the lovely Linda asks to write a stream of consciousness post on ‘art’ – a subject close to my heart. Why not head on over to her blog, read other writers’ thoughts and even take part yourself?

Projection – dVerse


i blamed it on you

all the less-important-than

all the i’m-not-good-enough-for

sometimes it’s easier than –

easier than – owning it myself.

No, being honest, not just sometimes.


I stared balefully at you whilst you were lying there

almost-but-not-quite hating you from the depths of my F-d up love

for doing it again (again)

for leaving without so much as a goodbye

– this time

the one where there’s no turning back.

It wasn’t you though.

You didn’t put those thoughts in my head,

it was my internal compass seeking magnetic north

and finding south –

as per.

So, I own my thoughts now

they’re mine.

All mine.

You’re pretty much off the hook, as you should have been from the beginning.


I’m a bit late to the party of the final day of the dVerse 5th anniversary celebrations, but hopefully better late than never!

We have the joy of an interview with Anthony Desmond, get to read one of his great poems and are encouraged to write on the subject of a belief that we have realised is no longer true, or our feelings when pressured to change our minds. Quite a subject!

Here’s my offering, I hope you find it interesting. Catharsis is the order of the day at the moment.

Please do head on over to dVerse to read the interview with Anthony, read the poetry created by the talented dVerse bunch and… why not have a go yourself?