Dreaming of an Orangey Christmas

orangesThis smell reminds me of Christmas. Oranges, clementines, satsuma mandarins and tangerines always filled my family’s fruit bowls over the festive season.

And I always had some satsuma mandarins in the heel and toe of my stocking.

No stocking fillers were ever the correct shape to fill the heel or the toe of a Christmas stocking.  Other stockings flap around at the foot while the leg is bursting out at the seams.

But not mine.

I had a satsuma mandarin in the heel and the toe of my Christmas stocking.

stockingChristmas morning we would all open our stockings together upstairs.  I being the only child always had plenty left when everyone else had emptied their stockings. Before going down stairs to open our main presents Granny would make us all breakfast leaving the rest of us to admire our miniature gifts, and fill the air with an orangey aroma as we ate the satsuma mandarins from the heels and toes of our Christmas stockings.

Everyone always had a cooked English breakfast as a Christmas morning treat, except me. I only ever wanted porridge with honey.

And the satsuma mandarins from the heel and the toe of my Christmas stocking.

and the words come pouring out…

Writing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How do people who like to write, develop ideas, or get them started? There’s the obvious keeping a notebook, (or phone, Ipad, dictaphone; whatever you prefer).   Sometimes just sitting at a computer and writing whatever comes out is a great technique.  Other times it might be better to plan what to write before writing it.  There are also writing prompts and websites that push you into writing using various techniques.

I am a pen and paper girl, as regular readers of my blog will know, so I like jotting my ideas down on a blank sheet  first.  But even better than that is a white-board.  A plain simple white-board.

I have a white-board in my home which I have always used for planning essays and writing lists among other things.  I find it’s a great help for mind-mapping because it’s so big and I can rub out, draw arrows, use different coloured pens for different categories etc.

I start by writing down ideas and before I know it more and more ideas just came from nowhere.  It is as if I have a magic white-board!


Getting Organized. Day 21. Phase two.

Yesterday I found a little note book full of short stories I wrote a few years ago.

The day before I found ten purple document wallets in a box, each with a label such as; “poetry”,” notes for ‘Berthe’ story”, “notes for ‘Garden’ short story”… etc. Each contained handwritten notes on paper, backs of envelopes, space on leaflets; anything I could get my hands on, I guess.  (I was more prolific in my late teens and early twenties than I realized!)  This was obviously an earlier attempt to get organized which I boxed up and abandoned.

It was not a bad idea though.  My current plan of typing everything up and organizing into folders on my new USB stick is still working, but it means spending more time cataloging  and sorting old material than working on completing something.  By sorting my handwritten notes into clearly labelled purple document wallets first, it means I can type up all the notes from one project at a time, thus allowing me to finish something, and stay on top of my ‘getting organized’ project.

There were a few short stories in my small notebook, most of them completed in a rough draft.  I picked one and typed it up yesterday and made a few changes.  It just needs a few more re-writes before I’ll be happy with it, but it’s well on its way to being a finished story.  Finally.

First post

What was the most interesting thing you did this week?

I set up two blogs:  This one, a blog about reading and writing; and a travel photography one: Bellus Mundus.

This blog is a space for some of my creative writing ideas.  The other blog is a place to put my holiday snapshots.  Writing is my passion;  travel my obsession.

That’s the most interesting thing that happened to me this week.  What about you?..