• The beauty of a park bench.

    The beauty of a park bench.

    As I was walking through the park one summer’s evening with my family and puppy, something caught my eye. It was this bench. Nothing out of the ordinary right? Take a closer look. The only reason I saw it was because I had stopped for a moment with Ben to chat and the dappled evening […]

  • We got a puppy!

    We got a puppy!

    A the beginning of the summer holidays, we did something a little crazy. We got a puppy! It was not a spare of the moment decision, we have talked about it for years, but we never felt the timing was right. Especially for me, with two young boys and a cat already, I did not […]

  • How Long ‘Til Black Future Month?

    How Long ‘Til Black Future Month?

    This book literally made me cry. It made me cry as an aspiring writer, because N.K. Jemisin’s writing is just so beautiful. The sheer scale of each short story was breathtaking. Her craft takes you on such a distinctive journey that no one story is the same, or leaves the same impression. It was a […]

  • 1st year of work.

    1st year of work.

    It has begun, my first step into the world of education. I have just finished my first year as apprentice teaching assistant in a local primary school. I was split between a year one and year six class and it would be an understatement to say that at times, I felt a little overloaded. I […]

  • 1st Draft Completed!

    1st Draft Completed!

    I can’t believe it, but I can say that my 1st draft it complete! I also have to say that it also felt…anti-climatic. Not that I expected fireworks or a band to jump out and sing to me. Or even a contract for a book deal to fall mysteriously into my lap. But there was […]

  • My sister, the serial killer.

    My sister, the serial killer.

    The character’s main voice, Korede is simple and provides clarity to the twist and turns of her tight rope existence of being the elder sister of a serial killer, Ayoola. What fun! I know that is strange to say, but it such an immersive story. I feel like I am there with Korede, in her […]

  • New year, new me? Not quite.

    New year, new me? Not quite.

    Have you managed to keep your new years resolution? Or have you forgotten your resolve and that commitment has already fallen by the wayside? Or do you not even bother? It is a strange thing how every year we make promise to change something about ourselves? To “improve” or “let go” or do something crazy […]

  • When you feel invisible.

    When you feel invisible.

    Invisibility is supposed to be a superpower. An ability that could be like camouflage or like the invisible man, it is a permanent state. But when it is an emotion and a state of mind, it causes you to shrink as person. I had been feeling invisible as a mother and as a woman for […]

  • Characters.

    Characters.

    How do characters come to you? Sometimes it’s a name and a flourish of information comes with it. Like how they look, their distinct character, angry, brash, shy, quiet or even the connection to the story. Sometimes, it’s a face, why they are sad, happy, confused or terrified. Other times, I have to dig for […]

  • Recap.

    Recap.

    So much has happened in such little time. I did not believe my mother when she told me that as you get older, time begins to slip through  your fingers and when you have kids, the years are so much shorter. Time flies, as they say. Still, I can happily say, that I have begun […]