Getting my Spook on – Challenge #36

Mangled, blood caked hair frames a smeared face. Her head encased in a Saw-like lethal puzzle contraption. The strobe crazed picture flashes before me in disorientating slow motion. So slow, I think she may be a dummy. But, on the third head thrust she breaks free, flailing to the floor and grabs at my leg….

No Pain, No Gain – Challenge #55

The sweet taste of lollipop was a wimpish distraction to the needle sharp stabbing against the crease of my neck. Sucking up both the sweetness and the pain, I am determined to show resolve, despite my age lowered pain threshold. All this to tick off challenge #55. I’d wanted another tattoo for a long time….

Fact and Fiction

Challenge #11 calls for me to complete a fiction writing course. I have this secret desire to write a novel one day, but I suffer from self-doubt created writers block before I’ve even started. In an attempt to practice my creative penning skills, I’ve joined a short online course with FutureLearn. Over the next few…

Week 6: Word of the Week – “Ogham”

This one made me want to chant ‘Oggy, oggy, oggy. Oi, oi, oi!’ As ever, my immediate association was way out ….. “Ogham“ A mode of speech used by the ancient Irish

5 is the Magic Number

The bittersweet undertones of the number five could not be underestimated last week. Five challenges I’d wiped the floor with, the buzz of success muted by the scales being 5 lbs heavier last Sunday. A celebratory consequence of doing so bloody well – out popped the bad habits. Thankfully, a week of redemption later, the…

Week 4: Word of the Week – “Socko”

It’s week 4 of challenge #53. This one made me think of my time living in Australia. Knowing the Australians’ innate ability to streamline a word to it’s shortest form whilst sticking an ‘o’ on the end, my immediate thought was it was Aussie slang for a game of soccer. But alas, I was wrong…

The Chocolate Cake Hangover

Last night I had a little visitor. Perched on my shoulder, he whispered sinful nothings into my ear. I have non-affectionately named him the ‘Chocolate Cake Devil’ and in the weak moments of a late Sunday evening, his words of sabotaged encouragement did evil and I caved in. ‘Just one little forkful won’t hurt’. ‘Go…

1979 – A Year of Classics – Challenge #99

Now this post is going to give my age away. Shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone that next year is the big ’40’! That can be our little secret. So there I was, thinking this challenge would open my mind to a traditional and magical cinematic experience from an unknown age. Turns out I couldn’t have been…

Week 3: Word of the Week – “Noosphere”

Here we go, it’s week 3 of Challenge #53 and it appears I have a thing for ‘oo’ sounding words ….. Noosphere The part of the biosphere occupied by thinking humanity. Any the wiser? No me neither. A concept that emerged in the early 20th Century, the definition goes on …. (With reference to the…