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Category: A Day in the life 2023

J is for Joy

This entry is part 14 of 22 in the series AtoZ 2023 - The AtoZ of Me

Today, I want to talk about cultivating joy. And I’m really sorry, because I know the language that gets used around this can be a bit ‘woo woo’ or touchy feely (and believe me, I know. But it’s an important topic, and if you can get passed the…well…difficult language that can make it seem like it’s inaccessible or… indulgent is another story entirely). Firstly, cultivating joy. Building happiness. Creating an environment for self-care that works for you. ALL OF THAT IS KEY. It’s critical in fact. So. Cultivating joy is important, however you do it. Whether it’s taking time out…

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G is also for gaming

This entry is part 11 of 22 in the series AtoZ 2023 - The AtoZ of Me

I’ve spent all of my life gaming. Literally, since I was small, I’ve been obsessed with games of all kinds, from computers and consoles to boardgames. Since I was nine, I’ve been playing in RPGs, starting with Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve played everything since, from Warhammer 40k, and everything else I can get at ever since. I’m also super lucky that I’m married to a gamer. Our house is basically a geek paradise, and our date night often consists of gaming. Currently playing… So, right now, I’m currently playing GloomHaven with our friends – I’m also playing that on Steam.…

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G is for Gods and mythology

This entry is part 10 of 22 in the series AtoZ 2023 - The AtoZ of Me

I think Neil Gaiman said it best in American Gods introduction when he said, “It goes without saying that all of the people, living, dead, and otherwise, in this story are fictional or used in a fictional context. Only the gods are real.” Neil Gaiman – American Gods When it comes to writing, I think that’s actually kinda accurate. And as a writer, our fictional characters are pretty much fictionally contextual (we make them up), but the gods of our stories are real.But, for me, mythology and gods are a little bit ‘real’ too. I’m both Pagan, and adore mythology. And…

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F is for Fun…

This entry is part 9 of 22 in the series AtoZ 2023 - The AtoZ of Me

I actually do a lot for fun. From writing and blogging, to LudoSport (which I’ll be blogging about later this month), gaming (tomorrow) of all sorts, reading and gardening. I also do lots of crafty things, from using my Cricut, diamond paintings, knitting and learning now (or trying to learn) to crochet, cross-stitch, and I’ll be learning to make macrame creations. I’d love to learn to do resin artwork too, but it’s on my later list, cause there’s only so many hours in the day. Fun, or downtime While I used to struggle with this, downtime is one of those…

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E is for Edinburgh

This entry is part 8 of 22 in the series AtoZ 2023 - The AtoZ of Me

Princes Street Walk I am a native of Edinburgh,Auld Reekie born and bred, scrappy, beautiful, like our famous dog,And a beauty over a gory, bloody history. A melting pot of cultures,loud bagpipes, in endless loops1the Fringe, Hogmanay, Beltaine,the city alive, beautiful, brilliant. Athens-like Folly2, overlooksome modern shames, like the evertripline replacing trams3, whose tracks warp, even in theflash summers of Scotland. The misheard street names,that of Princes Street, in front of Queen,we stand there, by the Scott Monument,our picturesque ‘Goth Rocket’4waiting, for the One o’clock gun,tourists asking when, bemused residents answering,asking one another “if it’s not just in the name?”…

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C is for C-PTSD

This entry is part 6 of 22 in the series AtoZ 2023 - The AtoZ of Me

I’m doing two posts today – C for Cats, and C for CPTSD. In the early 2000’s, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I went through a period of needing medications, which sorta worked, sorta didn’t. By 2014, after losing a job I loved, I really didn’t have an easy time of it. It led to a lot of issues, eventually, with my mental health treatment and that’s a whole other story, but it also led to me being given to a team that finally decided I might have Complex PTSD. A definition of CPTSD (from an article on Bi-polarbears) Complex…


C is for Cats

This entry is part 5 of 22 in the series AtoZ 2023 - The AtoZ of Me

Some days, I have to do two posts for the day, but when I do, it’s because I’m equally passionate about each topic. Today, I’ll be talking about C-PTSD (mental health), and I’ve also got my cats to talk about. Cause they’d never forgive me if I didn’t give them a mention, at least. And in a way, they’re interlinked. I think the cats keep me grounded and sane. They keep me company when there’s only me in the house, and give me something to focus on. Plus, I’m pretty sure the studies on purring at least have some evidence,…

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B is for Blogging #mondayblogs #atozchallenge

This entry is part 4 of 22 in the series AtoZ 2023 - The AtoZ of Me

I always find it amazing that I’ve never actually made a full list of my blogs to store in my sidebars, so today’s post, of course, is going to be B for blogging. I’ve been blogging since…2002, on and off. I started on Livejournal, and moved onto other places, and in 2004, I was on B2Evolution, moved to WordPress, and then the rest, I guess is history. I’ve been blogging and teaching people to blog ever since too. Main blogs Kaiberie (this one) – this is my catchall blog, and the second oldest one on my list. It’s a year…


A is for All together now…

This entry is part 3 of 22 in the series AtoZ 2023 - The AtoZ of Me

I thought I’d start for A for “All together now”.I guess that the biggest thing that I could say about me is that ‘all together now’ is pretty much one of my slogans. I think that a supportive community and supporting communities is important, one of the most important things to me, really. And being in a group and supporting others is one of the most rewarding things that I’ve ever taken part in. Community is where we grow All of the stuff I’ve done in the last few years has been towards growth and working with one another. I’ve…

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Life, the universe and my new writing nook #mondayblogs #mynewspace

I’ve spent the last few months trying to work out what I’m going to do with myself.  I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but the plan at the beginning of the year was to release 52 books this year. And when I said it, I was sincere, and I still am.  But, had I known then what I know now…. I might have set the bar a little bit lower. I wanted though to touch base. It’s been a busy first couple of months, and I’ve got several pieces of news.Firstly, the books are on track.  I’ve got several…

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