The end of the year at last!

Another year over, one major break up that should have happened sooner. And thank god the year is over. The contract for the new job is a few months to go. The sun is setting on another day.

We might have all changed or not at all. But whatever has happened, it doesn’t have to define your tomorrow or even your today or right this second. Go make yourself so fabulous healthy life changes. Just don’t try the New Year new me thing, you are pretty fabulous without trying to change.


An Author Update for December

Well, it is that time of year again when the reflection starts.

This past year as been a blur. I had hoped at the start of the year for certainty, and to know my own mind. I am leaving this year behind with certainty and a strange affection for the uncertain. I have clarity where there was none and faith in knowing that everything will work out for me in the place if that lack of clarity.

I am leaving this year stronger than when I had started it. I started the year embarrassed by myself and my talents, now I look upon them with a strange pride I have never known.

Yes I have lost and gained this year, and the clarity and desires that has birthed have me fired up ready for the next year. Which I will persevere with my energy, enthusiasms and motivations.

I am looking back, only so briefly at this year as it blurs past me faintly; instead I find myself engrossed in the happiness of my now and dreaming of the wondrous vortex of possibilities to align into my next year and my now to be ever more abundant in all the wonderful desires and stories that I know are coming to me.

I have scarcely slept in my excitement, even in the now of the moment without looking forward at the specifics, I just know that some great adventure is coming.

There is so much wonder to come. There is a whole universe waiting, full of stories and amazing ideas and adventures.

It is like the flicker of a candle flame, it does as it pleases. Adventure will always lap at the heels of those looking with eyes of hope.


With all the luck of adventure.


ARA xx

Happy Christmas

Well it’s a bit early but yes essentially happy Christmas. May all your wishes come true.

I don’t have much to say on this because somethings are better left unsaid. But if you are reading to escape the Christmas chaos and fighting and family grudges, I will join you in the stories because sure as hell I am escaping too!

Knitting for warmth

Why not knit yourself or others warm for next winter, start this year to prepare for your winter next year, you will be so glad you did.

That beautiful hand knitted blanket you can curl up under after a cold day. The warm scarf, hat and gloves (if you have those skills for gloves or in my case wrist warmers) that will keep you toasty and warm. The cardigan to keep you layered up. The first worst attempt at a hideous Christmas jumper. The warm leg warmers that don’t quite fit right. The skirt that looks very elfy, that you then decide to make an outfit to match with…

Go on do it.

Novembers Author Update… OOPS!

An Author Update… Again


I know, I know. I am sorry I am late posting this. November has been a bit manic. I have no idea what I have been doing either. I’ve done a little writing. A lot of working.

I passed another couple of assessments on my apprenticeship, which is both good and bad. Good because yay I passed. But bad because I have studied and prepared most of this month for the tests which has meant less time writing.

But all is well that ends well or so we are told.

I watched a movie the other day “Not Another Happy Ending” I love the Scottishness and the accents throughout. Was a funny romanticised idea of what writing is like. I have never looked that good when writing, trust me. My fave writing clothes are comfortable Harry Potter jogging set (that I have never exercised in- and probably never will). I tie my hair in a loose ponytail (and now I make sure my glasses are clean), I settle down with my cup of tea, my notebooks… take a deep breath and hope something good comes out.

It makes me wonder about anyone else out there, how their writing ritual looks, what they get up to, their run up to work.

I feel much more at home, at home writing and working hard on something I am so passionate about in comparison to well… absolutely anything else!

So other than the excitement of doing nothing, which I would quite happily sport for a few hours if I had the chance, life has been a bit chaotic with no real milestones.

Oh wait! There is something, I saw Mockingjay Part 2! ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!! Just incase you were wondering. I saw it with my bestie, we had a whale of a time, even go the ridiculously giant cups with the little toy Katniss on… because sometimes it’s nice to act like you are care free for a short time. The movie was great, my fave part was the arrow hitting the Madam President in the ticker! Something quite satisfying about that movement if you are one of those many that have read the books. My friend who has never read the books that came with me, was totally surprised, I was sat smug smiling. So you know, I had more fun!

I might just have to see the movie again… and again… and again!

But, we are less than a month away from Christmas so I am getting a bit festive this year and now own a Christmas jumper… so lets “sparkle all the way”!



ARA xx

December is here!

Oh yes it is, and are you all rushing? I hope so.

Because, I am hopefully going to be spending my December with a hot chocolate in hand mocking all you blue bottles running around getting ready for Christmas and all that darn chaos. He he he… wait wrong laugh

MUWA HAHAHAHHAHAHA… Yup that is more like it.

Evil genius strikes again…

Not even got much to say on this, just wanted to pop by and mock the panic of the holidays.