Why I write

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I write to understand
I write to create new worlds
I write to remember.

I write to relax
I write to grieve
I write to forget.

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Write Out

As anyone who lives in Glasgow will tell you, Glaschu means “dear green place” in Scottish Gaelic. And I feel very lucky to live in a vibrant city that has so many parks. Kelvingrove is the one I visit most, as it is so close to the Uni. Here’s the Uni tower, peeking through the trees in the park.

Autumn Tower

I walk there often, always with my camera. It never fails to soothe my mind as I wander up and down the familiar paths. Often I see a squirrel running freely, like this one:

Squirrel

Sometimes I look at the skyline instead. Glsagow gave this man the freedom of the city. Hmmm.

Lord Roberts
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Making Memories

Granny Squares Blanket

A few years ago I decided to make myself a blanket – something warm and cheery for the winter months. Also, unusually for me, I decided not to rush it. So, over the last 3 years I’ve been acquiring wool as memories. There’s wool from holidays on Mull, a visit to the Shetlands, a week on Orkney, a short break to the Cairngorms. There’s squares knitted in Shetland lace patterns, patterns made by the Uni knitter in residence years ago, there’s a Dalek, a Cyberman, K9 and a Tardis. Then, of course, there are two black cats. I have loved making it, and now it’s finished – and I can’t wait for the cold nights so I can spread it out on the bed.

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Doodle Out

I’ve let my doodling lapse recently – I’ve been busy working, and writing, and worrying. I miss it though – it’s good to switch off for a bit and relax. So I am thrilled that the CLMOOCers are joining up with a sister project, Write Out, for a month of doodles during October. Why not join us?

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Sort of writing

Postcards

Today, instead of writing about CLMOOC, I have been writing to CLMOOCers.

It’s a start!

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Writer’s Block

I’ve stalled. With just under five months till I submit my completed thesis I have run out of steam. I have no time to waste, and so I waste time. I know all of the advice – I have given it many times, but still I pause. My bookshelves are tidied, my yarn is sorted, my fridge is clean.

I still feel that I need to give myself permission to write. I’m framing my thesis as an auto-ethnography because that feels right – it feels authentic – but I still struggle to justify my approach. Maybe I worry that it is not rigorous enough – maybe my background in anglo-analytic philosophy has trained me to privilege an argumentative style over the explanatory … Maybe I need to channel my inner philosopher (note to self: do not channel your inner Deleuze).

Whatever, the time has come. I remind myself of one of my favourite quotes:

“Fool,” said my muse to me. “Look in thy heart and write.”

Wish me luck …

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T-REX

For the couple of months there’s been a T-Rex in Glasgow – one of the most complete skeletons in the world. Of course, we left it until the final day to visit.

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Lewis

Not so much a feldgang as an overview of our holiday. Some glorious skies and ancient artefacts. Callanais:

Callanais

Dun Carloway Broch

Dun Carloway Broch
Dun Carloway Broch

Norse chess pieces

Lewis chessman
Lewis chessman
Lewis chessman

Terns feeding at Port Ness

Terns

Machairs

Lewis

Views

Lewis

A teddy for a not-yet-born

HArris Teddy

Ballachulish – on the way home

ballachulish
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Monday Feldgang

As I walked up the path to work today I looked to my right, and noticed some more flowers. Some are cultivated, the others are native. All are lovely.

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Saturday Feldgang

Geraniums do well in our garden. Here’s three – the first two are bought, but still have a natural look. The third grows in abundance. The flowers are smaller, but they are so pretty.

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