the most amazingly inspirational quote ever

Watching old episodes of Grey’s Anatomy (Series 1 Episode 6) on Netflix brought me to what I believe is the most amazingly inspirational quote ever IMHO

“The early bird catches the worm. A stitch in time saves nine. He who hesitates is lost. We can’t pretend we haven’t been told. We’ve all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still, sometimes, we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today’s possibility under tomorrow’s rug, until we can’t anymore, until we finally understand for ourselves, what Benjamin Franklin meant: That knowing, is better than wondering. That waking, is better than sleeping. And that even the biggest failure, even the worst, most intractable mistake, beats the hell out of never trying

Everything must be done in our own time, in our own way, even if people believe we should do things differently.

No matter how hard to control or deal with a mistake may be at least I can say I gave it a go. I decided to have at it!


A year of writing and a birthday

Well, this is it, one whole year of writing and it has been an intense time. I had no idea just how much I would love the idea of writing down what is in my imagination for other people to read.

what have I achieved in that time?

I managed to:

take a course with Nik Perring on how to write Flash Fiction – which helped me to…

self-publish a book of flash fiction stories – and I also managed to…

get that book on Kindle and get a few reviews – I also…

set up my blog Pen and I as a base to share all my work – and…

get published on an online site that wasn’t mine 🙂

So what are my goals for the coming 12 months?

Mainly to keep writing. I don’t actually want to set any goals (for once in my life) I just want to keep writing and doing what I can to market my blog, my stories and my book. I found out about something called Chapbooks and may write a few of those to sell/giveaway. Other than that no other plans.

I think I may need a part-time job if I truly want to focus on this without distraction just to ensure we don’t end up eating egg on toast for dinner. 🙂

Today is my birthday so I guess this is why I am reflecting on where I am and where I am going. It has taken me a Llllooooooonnnnnngggggg time to finally figure out what I want to do with my life and I am really hoping this is it. I have skipped from one thing to another, from Amway and Utility Warehouse to selling Avon, and everything inbetween. I spent years learning how to use the internet to make money and I did okay (unlike thousands of people I do actually make money) but it doesn’t make me happy.

The next year is all about getting me some happy 🙂

I need to let go of the how this will happen and allow it to happen. The how is none of my business I remind myself. The bank manager isn’t as impressed with that school of thought though. I also need to remember that I am writing because I love to but secretly I would like to be the next Kindle millionairess and live out my winters typing up stories in the Caribbean.


Describe the last time you were surprised by the intensity of a feeling you had about something, or were surprised at how strongly you reacted to something you thought wouldn’t be a big deal. Photographers, artists, poets: show us INTENSE.