The writing, ideas and thoughts of Fiona J Phillips
Window No. 19
This was a typical New Year's Eve party at our house. Everyone would be dressed up (that's me in the pink dress and the bad perm). Our group would usually number around ten - my parents and me. the Griffins and their son, the Jones and their friends Madge and Jim. The evening would start with a meal out at a country pub, then it'd be back to our house for a party until midnight. At twelve o'clock, everything would stop and as the final chime rang out, we'd join hands and sing 'Auld Lang Syne'. After the resulting hugs, we'd go first footing, calling in on each other's houses. Sometimes one of us would bring along a piece of coal and a sprig of greenery, other times it would be a bottle of wine. One year, Jim even led us down the street playing his bagpipes. Unfortunately the mad gasman (one of the neighbours not at our party) called the police that year but that's another story altogether.
Christmas Day was different. The morning was for pyjamas; the afternoon was casual. We stayed indoors with our loved ones and left the outside world for Boxing Day. It might have been cold outside but we didn't care.
I'm a very visual person. What I mean by this is that what I see affects me the greatest out of all my senses - colours, the way things move, the contrasts between light and darkness. All of these capture my attention. I'm a big kid for rainbows and flowers. It's therefore not a surprise that Pinterest appealed to me as soon as I came across it.
This summer, I'm taking up the challenge set by Christina Katz to set up colour boards on Pinterest, collections of images that excite and inspire me. Click on the images and have a look.
You can also find the board for my novel 'Haven Falling' on there too.
If you're a visual person like me, Pinterest can be a wonderful place to source inspiration for your writing.
Need a new way to organise your year, diary and thoughts? A
bullet journal could be just the thing.
A couple of weeks into 2017, I came across a magazine
article about an organisational tool that I hadn’t heard of before – a bullet
journal. It sounded ideal so I turned to my best friend online,
Google to find out more.
Whoa! The internet was teeming with entries on bullet
journals – how to start one, how to organise one, where to buy one, and how to
make your bullet journal look adorably stylish. How had I not come across this
If you’re a bullet journal virgin like I was, then let me
explain. A bullet journal is an organisational tool that captures
your to-do-list, diary, thoughts and really anything else you need to capture,
in a written format, i.e. a notebook, not a computer file. How to Bullet Journal from bulletjournal.com
“A notebook?” I hear you say. “Isn’t that, well, old-fashioned
and time-consuming? I can keep all that information on my phone and computer.”
Maybe you …