Neither straight nor narrow – 1st anniversary postage

Happy Birthday lifeonapedalo – one year old this month! Last year, inspired by Eat Pray Love, I realised my one word to encompass all self-definition. Frightened. Not Inspired. Not Hilarious. Not Deepnwide (ok, that’s two). Not caring. Not fun-loving. Bloody Frightened. What a sorry state of affairs! But there we were. Frightened of bloody everything … Continue reading “Neither straight nor narrow – 1st anniversary postage”

Fun, and heartache

I once heard an interview with the excellent Miriam Margolyes, where she was asked her opinion on the meaning of life. “Fun. And heartache” was her response. “That is the essence of life”. I feel like getting a T-shirt with this on, as it rings so true for me. The fullness of life is deep … Continue reading “Fun, and heartache”

Roar! How to build Gassy Duncan Firebreath, the bonfire-night dragon

I’m not sure if it’s obvious, but I REALLY like fun and making silly things.  Here is the story of Gassy Duncan Firebreath. Sunny project! 🙂 February 2016. Best mate Chris asks me to his 40th fireworks party. There is NOT to be a bonfire! What?!  Must fix this.  Decide I must make him a … Continue reading “Roar! How to build Gassy Duncan Firebreath, the bonfire-night dragon”

Anti-Audrey the unstyle icon

(First of all, apologies to those of you who are subscribed to email updates on my blog: for spamming you with 5 empty emails this week. I was practising writing a pooter program to upload poem scans and automatically post them, and I did it wrong. Sorry!) Take a look at this. This is my … Continue reading “Anti-Audrey the unstyle icon”

Lessons galore in adaptation

I knew it was going to be a big project, but I didn’t expect it to be quite so bloomin character-building… At the start of this year, I decided to pursue two new projects. One was this blog, the other was producing a show in the theatre.  Both were scary and challenging in their own … Continue reading “Lessons galore in adaptation”

5-4-3-2-1 How to build a rocket ship

Slightly different direction for today’s post. My thoughts are a bit tangly and overwhelming this week, so instead of waffling on about myself, I’m going to write up my Easter project – the Carter Space Craft!  (Not every single step mind, or we’d be here all year.) Step 1. In designing a dragon-bonfire made of … Continue reading “5-4-3-2-1 How to build a rocket ship”

Diem Carping

Such a lot of fun to be had, squished in to every possible minute. Yes, my life could recently have made it into a low-budget daytime soap storyline or a novel with large font on low-grade paper. But it’s still epic. The last few sort-of-a-bit-miserable posts have maybe been misleading. When I am miserable, I … Continue reading “Diem Carping”