Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from November, 2011

Today I am bitter...

This will be a short one, just an update for those of you who care.

The GOM went for his mediation meeting this morning with the company where he'd been doing work placement and where he had been offered a position, but later, after two medicals, the offer had been rescinded. The rescinding of the offer came as a surprise to the manager at the time, who had already arranged two shifts for the GOM.

So, we cried discrimination because he'd passed two medicals and been signed up for shifts and then the offer was rescinded on the grounds of his having put that he had athritis in his knees on his first medical assessment form.

Today he met with the human resource manager, the facility manager who had offered him the job in the first place, two other representatives from the company (I can't remember who) and a mediation officer from the anti-discrimination commission to try and sort this out.

So, the outcome?

The outcome was that the company presented two medical reports saying…

10 Things Tuesday: 10 Things I've Learned From Doing NaNoWriMo This Year...

As I mentioned late last month, I signed up to do the National Novel Writing Month project in November.

Actually, I'm sure it started out as national way back when, but these days it's well and truly international (maybe InNoWriMo just sounds too weird?).

The aim of the project is to get writer's from all around the world to dedicate a solid month to their craft and try and achieve the goal of writing 50 000 words of a novel. It can be an entire novel or part thereof. At the end of the month, writer's submit their writing (scrambled, so no one can steal their idea) for a word count and those who have made it to the 50 000 word mark, or beyond, are hailed as WINNERS! No matter whether the writer meets this goal or not, everyone is encouraged to keep working on the project their started at NaNo.

So, I thought I'd sum up my first experience of NaNo here.

10 Things I've Learned From NaNo.

1.  Participating in NaNo is a fantastic way to meet and get to know other w…

MY book is now a trade paperback!

The day I first heard the anthology my flash fiction story 'Pretty Little Girl' had been published in was finally released as an ebook, I was - understandably - very excited! At the time, the GOM was heard to say, 'Oh, it's an ebook, I thought it was a real book.' I may have mentioned this in a previous post... I obviously haven't quite gotten over it. Well, the good news is, it is a real book now! Men!

I've been published a few times before, but not really by people who don't know my from Jack. So, to have my short fiction selected from many to be included in this anthology which is raising money for two children's charities (Children 1st and Protect), was very exciting!

I try to do something each year to bring awareness to and to raise money for a worthy cause. For example, earlier this year I shaved my head, for the second time, as part of the World's Greatest Shave campaign to raise funds for cancer research and support for sufferers of canc…

Five Sentence Fiction: Sacrifice

What it’s all about: Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week I will post a one word inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the prompt word. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just use it for direction.

This week’s inspiration word is: SACRIFICE

Sacrifice

1. Peter watched the old man tottering along the road in the deluge; he seemed scanning for a sheltered spot to wait out the down pour.

2. The shaking of wisened hands as they reached for the balistrade of the impossibly steep Colonial building steps brought to mind his mother last summer.

3. The shaking hands hadn't warned him she was prone to mis-stepping and would fall and break her femur.

4. Ninety-three years was a long life, too long to pass out of through a gateway of pain.

5. As he passed the old man, Peter handed over his umbrella, 'Here, you need this more than I do.' he said, smiling.

My Blog's Manifesto...

For today's post I'm being lazy and copying-and-pasting the manifesto I wrote for this blog late yesterday afternoon after a particularly trying few hours corresponding with a disillusioned reader. Let's get real about what this blog is here about, readers, that way we can all live happier, more fulfilled lives.

Yours Sincerely

Sif xx

PS. The manifesto has it's own page on the blog, up there just under the heading so people can always refer back to it.


I think the time has come for me to write this blog's manifesto. This came to me after realising that some of my readers expect me to be better than I am. They expect me to smarter. They expect me to have 20/20 foresight. They expect me to be more positive. They expect me to do more than I do for my family. 
I am not quite sure how these expectations arose. I'm pretty sure I never promised my readers any of the above. Then again, sometimes I forget things.
So, I thought I should write a simple and, hopefully, clear…

Write on Wednesdays: The Saddest Thing I Ever Heard...

Write On Wednesdays Exercise 25 - I heard a song on the radio during the week and I thought the lyrics would make an interesting prompt for WoW. So, write the words "The saddest thing I ever heard" on your page, set your timer for 5 minutes and write the first words that come into your head based on the given prompt.


I will be interested to see where this prompt takes you all!


As soon as I read this week's prompt, I knew what I would write about. I had actually just finished telling the GOM this story. It is a true story, though for the purposes of discretion I will change the character descriptions to conceal identities...

Prompt: The saddest thing I ever heard.

Mavis stood stooped and overwhelmed in the middle of her bedroom as Tracy sorted through her belongings in a vain attempt of culling them before the 'big move' to the aged care facility. The two piles on the floor; one for keeping and one for dispensing with were as disproportionate as they could be while…

The Psychology Behind Blaming the Victim...

On Wednesdays I usually write a fiction piece for the WoW group, and today will be no different, but first I really wanted to write this blog post as this is something that has been playing on my mind this morning since receiving yet another judging commentary to a blog post.

First of all, I'd like to say the word, 'victim' does not sit well with me. I tend to think victimhood is a state of mind which can be overcome even after experiencing the worst atrocities, and I have seen and read many accounts of people being horribly tortured and refusing to view themselves as victims, all the same. For the purpose of this post though, the concept of victim, is that of a person who has experienced an unenviable outcome which is mostly or wholly not of their planning or intention.

Have you ever had a conversation with a four year old which went something like this.

'Honey, you can't run off at the shops like that! What if you got lost or someone tried to take you home with t…

10 Things Tuesday: 10 Things That Are Really Pissing Me Off Right Now!

I didn't do a 10 Things link-up last week, anyone miss me? I could so easily fall into the trap of just letting it slide, this is my way... I start all enthusiastic and then I peter out. Might be an ADHD thing, might just be a Sif thing - or maybe those things are the same thing. The depths of my soul are all black and gungey like those horrid tar filled lungs on anti-smoking ad campaigns. Every time I open my mouth I cough up a huge sticky black piece of self-pity laidened crap. I have my moments of joy, they're just struggling to be noticed at the moment, poor wee things. So, in the absence of any kind of wonderful inspiration, I present to you a list of 10 things that are really pissing me off right now. Enjoy!

#1 ~ Judging a person on knowing one thing about them. Not all people who are in possession of Minecraft suffer an absence of 'a life' (even sadder that this judgement came out of the mouth of a nine year old - judgement starts so early these days). The same…

On Finding Meaning and Understanding 'Saving for a Rainy Day'...

As I've mentioned before, I'm the kind of person who believes there is a bigger picture and that all our life events fit into that bigger picture in some way that makes sense and is ultimately to our own benefit.

Bad stuff happens but I tend to believe it always happens for a reason; to teach us something or lead us down a particular path that will ultimately benefit us in some way. Often we can't see the silver lining until we have the opportunity to step back and reflect on the events of the past.

So, we've had a rough few years. At first I thought it was just one year, then one stretched into two and soon it'll be three years. Each month has offered new challenges from illness and operations to moving house to unemployment, to death of a close family member and so on and so forth.

Steadily, things have become more and more dire until this point in time, where one notice to vacate will see us homeless. We had a fright late last week when a middle-aged man and his…

The Thrilled Three Year Old...

Yesterday I hinted that it's been a bit of a trying week with our youngest. It's been a while since I had a three year old quite like him - about seven years to be exact...

It's easy, when your child's behaviours take a fairly sudden turn for the 'worse' - aka they start driving you insane in one manner or another - to think this is something that is going to last and become part of their ingrained personality.

I often hear parents saying, 'It's like someone kidnapped my beautiful child and replaced him with a little terror'. In Iceland we even have folklore surrounding this concept, whereby elves like to exchange their own children for human children who they find more attractive in looks and personality, so when a human child no longer seems like themselves it can be put down to them being a changeling.

There are, of course, other explanations. More scientific explanations - explanations which can provide us with a sense of hope as well as a littl…

Vote for me, vote for me - shameless self-promotion!

I've been a bit quiet here this week, I know. I've been trying to do that thing our mums always tell us to do, you know the one, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all'.

I've actually sat here at the 'new post' box and written and deleted about 13 posts this week - they all end up bitter and twisted and just more grist for the troll mill.

La la la, happiness and sunshine - right?

Anyway, hopped on Facebook before and saw a friend had joined in a bit of blog promotion campaign for mummy bloggers. I don't blog about nappies or cleaning products or how to tame toddlers (not a good subject this week if I'm only going to say nice things...), but I do have kids and I do blog a bit about them - some months more than others... So, I thought I'd give it a go, too. Can't hurt right?

So, if you're thusly inclined, please feel free to follow this link and go vote for my little blog - I'll love you forever, and…

Book Review: The Burn by Annie Oldham...

This month I'm taking part in 'Adopt An Indie' over at Bookbags and Catnaps. I adopted The Burn by Annie Oldham and posted an email interview with Oldham a few days ago. Today, I'll review The Burn and share a couple of very brief thoughts on the dilemma of independent publishing.

The Blurb:

The Burn is full of nuclear fallout, roving gangs, anarchy, unreliable plumbing. That’s what Terra’s father tells her. She has lived her whole life in comfort in a colony at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. She hates it. And she would pay any price to leave. But when Terra finally escapes the colony, she finds out her father is right. She finds a group of survivors that quickly become friends, and every day with them is a race for survival. But then she witnesses and commits unspeakable acts, and she must decide where her loyalty lies: with the colony she despises or The Burn, where every day is filled with nightmares.

The Review:

Aimed at the Young Adult market, this book is an adve…

Things I Know: 11.11.11

Today, with it's 11.11.11 date, is supposed to be a day of unity and manifestation. It's a day on which our thoughts are supposed to materialise at the speed of light in the power of raised energies and raised consciousness. Today is also the full moon, an undoubtedly powerful event for our little globe in the heavens. To celebrate this auspicious event, I thought it would be absolutely appropriate to meditate on those things I know, the certainties which are manifest, even as I write them. Here is what I know today!

I know I'm a numbers nerd and have been looking forward to the 11.11.11 for a long, long time. It has been high in my consciousness and speaking to me for months!I know the very first tattoo I ever got was the Nepalese numeral one, which looks a bit like a question mark, but which I got because it represents unity of all things and refers to my firm belief that everything is connected. Unity of all things!I know I am strong. I am resourceful. I am ultimately op…

Interview with Author Annie Oldham...

This month I took up the opportunity to participate in a project called 'Adopt An Indie'. The concept behind this project is for bloggers to read and review an independently published book and, by doing so, raise public awareness of the writing talent 'out there' who have decided to publish their books themselves or through micropublishing and small press efforts rather than wait to picked up by a major publisher.

Independently published books currently carry a stigma. I asked the question on my Facebook page several months ago what people thought of self-published or independently published book, and would people read them. Most seemed to agree that a lot of self-published books or small press books were less likely to be of the same quality as books published through publishing conglomerates.
As a writer I know I have considered self-publishing. I have considered doing this because the large publishing companies are constantly inundated with manuscripts of varying skil…

Write on Wednesdays: We Are Learning To Make Fire...

Write On Wednesdays Exercise 23 - Write the words of Margaret Atwood at the top of your page "We are learning to make fire". Set your timer to 5 minutes. Write the first words that come into your head after the prompt. Stop when the buzzer rings.


I had no intention of participating in this week's WoW. I have to be completely honest and admit I haven't read any of last week's submissions yet because I've been completely self-involved. I do have plans to read and comment on them though - I just have a lot of catching up to do. So, I wasn't going to write this week because I feel like I don't deserve to submit something else until I've at least commented on last week's submissions by others. Feel free to skip reading and commenting on this one from me - I'm mostly writing because I'm supposed to be reading right now, and I'm supposed to be writing for NaNoWriMo but I've been playing Sims Social on Facebook instead and have run out …

10 Things Tuesday: 10 Micro Blog Posts...

Life has been a little bit crazy lately. I have a mass of things I want to blog about but can't extend any of my thoughts to full length blog posts. So, today I'm giving you 10 blog posts for the price of one - and it'll totally be QUANTITY rather than quality.

Also, it's 10.30am, I have a friend coming in an hour and I only just remembered it's Tuesday and that I usually do a 10 Things Post on Tuesdays... Did I mention it's been a bit crazy around here lately? (an now it's 3pm and I'm just doing a quick copy edit before posting, gah!)

#1 ~ I got a new tattoo!


Isn't it lovely? It's a lotus flower which represents growth and transformation, strength and individuality, and the two curly cues represent eternity. So, it's all about the constant cycle of growing and transforming and becoming stronger and more self-aware. I got it as an answer to the butterfly on the back of my right shoulder, which is Erik's tattoo about transformation. Erik w…