that doesn’t seem right

I’ve been aware lately of a few wonderful paradoxes, and I thought I’d share them here because it’s been a while. I’ve been doing nanowrimo (writing. A lot. That is all.) and now that’s done, so I’m back in the world of the living, just in time to put up the Christmas decorations. What’s a […]

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the roquefort problem

Once you’ve discovered Roquefort, you’re always vulnerable. You’re always in danger because you cannot un-know how good it is. Once you’ve (inevitably?) purchased a chunk of this potent, brilliant cheese you’ve a real problem because that stuff doesn’t last long. It needs eating. Or at least, that’s what it tells you; that’s what it whispers […]

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step up, step up!

my sister in law embarked on a christmas challenge last year and she has just recommitted, to do the same crazy thing again: something christmassy with her kids each day from the 1st till the 25th of december. It’s about making time and being intentional about doing stuff with your kids, and of course, it’s […]

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the sunday sun and a wordy win

We have quite the habit of lovely lazy sundays. We lie about like cats in the sun and do very little for most of the day. I exert a smidgen of energy to make splendid platters of breakfast and hearty soups for lunch. Luuk broke the mold yesterday and went for a lengthy bike-ride, and […]

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creativity begets creativity

Today I painted for the first time since we arrived in France. I have had good intentions since, oh, week three or four. Now, in month ten, I finally put paint to canvas. I had my little helper, the pants-less wonder, contributing – first with green ballpoint pen, and then with my paintbrush. He then commandeered my […]

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Progress Report

I have been behind ever since I started this nanowrimo schtick. And then, just now, I realised my time zone was still set to Wellington, GMT +12. So I’m ahead! Hurrah! How did that happen? Hard to say for sure. Possibly the thought that I was behind was a good motivator and I did a […]

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on the go

Some things just don’t translate. “On the go” is probably one of those things. Louis has a great tshirt that says “Pardon my French” on the front and “Obtenez Perdu” on the back – literally ‘get lost’… but meaningless in french, or more like ‘gain lose’. I keep getting frustrated at the inconsistencies in french. […]

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Plots, Parties and Plateaus

I have a villain! I’ve never had a villain before. My characters usually battle disembodied evils like fear or loneliness or always being control. There are those things in this story too, and it’s possible my villain will just bring them to the fore, rather than himself being the great evil to overcome. But we’ll […]

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C’est une bonne idée!

It’s a good idea! This is one of those phrases I’ve mastered in French. Hurrah. I still have to google-translate a lot though. I use that handy little gadget to check my french emails before I send them. And to figure out what on earth they’re talking about when they get all cute and funny […]

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