Unsurprising considering my august August. Fun and fabulousness means a time of being not very well at all. As ever, I tried to battle through, which worked as well as it always does. Was it worth it? Most definitely. Would I like not to lose two weeks for four days of happy times. Of course. Do I know how lucky I am to be able to choose to do this? Absolutely.
Summer is over though, which is always sad, and always makes me want to buy stationery. I’ve had a little tidy of my desk (should have rested), and sent my assessment pack for O.C.A. . I’m glad to have finished this course, but a bit sad because I think it may be my last one. Money is having to be used for more pressing matters, so I’m likely to abandon the degree course. I have benefited already though, and certainly wouldn’t be at the stage I am now without the learning from this first level. Fingers crossed I can at least do a course for my own development (there’s one about old style poetry; I need to truly master the basics I think), even though it won’t count towards the degree.
Having said that, I’ve entered two more competitions, one with a prize of £2000, so if that comes off, I may be ok! Fingers crossed.
Sorry for the short post, poorliness is dominant today. Apologies for any bad spelling/grammar too. Brain fog. Not a happy writing companion.
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Kathryn is a writer based in Shropshire. She writes short fiction, flash fiction and poetry. She has no formal education in creative writing but she reads every poetry book she can get her hands on, and enjoys various online writing groups and courses.
Kathryn has M.E., which brings its own challenges to her working practice, and means she has to monitor her activity with great care. Despite the frustration of these limitations she has reached her goal of having work published, thanks to support from Nine Arches Press Dynamo mentoring scheme.
Kathryn has work published or forthcoming in print magazines like Mslexia, Popshot Quarterly and The Dawntreader and online in places like Words for the Wild, Nine Muses Poetry, Sledgehammer and Riggwelter Press. She was longlisted for the 2019 Fish prize for short fiction, and Paper Swans Press single poem prize in 2020.
Kathryn is a columnist for Spelt Magazine, and has recently been awarded a micro bursary from Raven Studios in Shrewsbury to work on a new pamphlet. She also accepts private commissions under the moniker Poems from the Hare.
When her health allows, Kathryn works as a freelance copywriter and can write confidently across a range of subjects, including travel, food, literature, hospitality and customer service. In addition to these core topics, excellent research skills means she can tackle subjects as diverse as muscle cars and dog training. She takes on proofreading and editing work as requested. You can find out more at her business site
Kathryn loves language and its persuasive power. Most of all she loves to write.
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Glad you enjoyed yourself , best wishes for your poetry
It must be difficult knowing that whilst you are having fun there are going to be repercussions. I think you do a fab job of not letting that stop you. I’m sure I would be rather inclined to hold back a little. So, well done for not letting it prevent you from living life. That is definitely the way to be xx Hope you recover soon so you can do it all again xxx much love xxxx
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Thank you Marie (I’ve only just seen this, no idea why). I often wish I held back when I’m in the middle of the bad bit, plus there is always the fear that one day I won’t get back up to my baseline. My brain does a marvellous job of forgetting how bad it felt once I’m through the other side x
I shall do a little Good Luck dance for that competition x
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