A Certain Confusion

Thoughts of a writer of sorts

Month: December, 2011

Words to Yours

I’m cheating a little bit. I finished loading up the last batch of initial definitions for the Discreet Dictionary yesterday, but I have scheduled them for this morning, so it would look as though I was working up to the last few hours of 2011 to get them all done in time. Equally, I have written this post in advance, to chime with the passing of one year into the next. Happy New Year, by the way.

Life is very full just at the moment. If I have one regret from 2011, it is that I haven’t taken enough time over the posts on this blog. Seldom have I thought in advance what I was going to write, and rarer still are the occasions on which I have taken the time to structure what I have written and to try and make it more than a splurge of idle thoughts. So if I have one resolution for 2012, it is to make a little bit of time for more forethought to go into this blog.

I’ve enjoyed the titles for posts on this blog coming from the batches of words defined in the Discreet Dictionary – often they have resonated with events and given me at least the semblance of a topic to concentrate on. That won’t happen in 2012 – or not as often – so I really will have to plan more.

It will not be easy – hence the need for a resolution rather than a decision, perhaps? But I will try.

Also, more pictures in 2012.


Waiting to Witch

Iris Eva Regnier, Christmas 2011

Queen Iris

We are in that strange holding time between Christmas and New Year. My workplace is closed all this week, Edie’s nursery is closed, Iris is too young for social appointments and Sophie is chewing her nails off desperate to escape the solemn duties of childcare and festive familial commitments. We are waiting for 2012.

We have clocked up three big Christmas meals so far: dinner on Christmas Eve in Cambridge, lunch on Boxing Day in London, and lunch on 29 Dec in Essex (see left). Not bad going. Each has been very special, in its own particular way.

I have published the penultimate swathe of definitions in the Discreet Dictionary for 2011. My favourite from this batch is Witch, which was written in relation to an adaptation of The Little Mermaid that I was involved with maybe ten years ago. I think it was part of the stage directions, describing the character who takes the Mermaid’s tail and voice: “Pockets, empty then full, empty then full. Fluids frothing forth, foul liquors caged in ice. The witch has the capacity to drown your sorrows; to drown you.”

Tuition fees to Void

Christmas is nearly here!

Christmas is nearly here!

It’s been a few weeks since I posted here. A lot has been going on and I have hardly even turned on my computer in that time. However, a few discreet definitions have made it into the Dictionary, so that’s ok. I wrote my definition of Tuition fees several years ago but it still seems relevant.

Anyway, I reckon there are two more batches of the first swathe of definitions to upload, and they should be done by the end of the year. This means I can start 2012 with a new plan to generate content.

In the meantime, I have been busy in the day job, so you might like to check out my writing on the Wellcome Trust blog as well.