Handwriting your work
Mar 6th, 2014 by Dusty

Today, so much is done digitally, using computers, devices and smartphones. Many of us always seem to be within arm’s reach of one of our devices. With all this, it can make it hard to make a proper connection with the projects and ideas you are working on.



It can seem sterile and far away, somewhat unreal or foreign. That is why I like to handwrite my work a lot. True, I did write this on a computer, but the idea and outline for the piece was handwritten with care and love in a notebook dedicated to my blogging – and maybe a few doodles.

You can do a lot of good for yourself by handwriting your work.

I do it for many reasons including to help my concentration, to keep my hands loose so my drawing isn’t affected and even to practice my language skills, by writing notes in a different language!

Handwriting notes is said to boost productivity, creativity and morale when working. And handwriting even unrelated things like work notes, shopping lists and diaries can improve your creativity and writing skill for your fictional work too – so perhaps writing that shopping list will help you get your novel done!

Having tangible notes is also very useful for having a hard-copy back-up, in case something goes wrong with your computer.

I recently lost a ton of notes on Japanese from my phone thanks to a minor slip-up and I was so grateful that I still had my paper notes left. One mistake on a computer can lose your work, but paper is a little easier to keep track of.

If you think this could be a good idea for you, perhaps trying it out for a week or two first.

How could you start writing more and does it help you? Let me know!

Dusty x

‘The Tiny Me’
Mar 1st, 2014 by Entropy

A quickfire poem – from the hip, without polish

‘The Tiny Me’

There’s a little me, who I hear, who I know…

She’s very small and quiet and she doesn’t show.

But she’s wise and brave and doesn’t give in.
While I struggle and fight and can never win.

Her voice is soft and often lost
amid the daily clamour.
She doesn’t seek a word of praise, competing for the glamour.

And she carries on regardless, in her child-like playful way,
never worrying or caring if her toils see light of day.

If you care to hear her speaking, you may have to listen hard.
But first please drop all your judgements and soften up your heart.

As the outside me grows older, she doesn’t seem to age.
And the outside me gets colder, she never feels my rage.

She just plods on in darkness, not seeking the smallest chink of light, while I struggle to be noticed and fuss and fume and fight.

I wish that I could be her, if only for a minute.

And then perhaps I’d free her …
… to live beyond my limits.

A quickfire poem by Kathie Kingsley-Hughes

But Love
May 31st, 2012 by Entropy

But Love

Stepping into a new life every day,
touch is fleeting, but
love endures.

But love is just
a construct of my mind.
My only hope that it is
similarly constructed
in yours.

Attached silken bond,
binds as it winds
between us, like
a velvet hawser,
from me
to you.
And back again.

But love cannot be known.
Are you lying
as you are lying next to me?
Does silken bond bend
from heart to heart?
Or hip to hip?
Or flap free like
toilet paper
from my heel?

But love Is trust.
Is that me
trusting you,
or am I trusting me?

In The Orchard
Dec 16th, 2011 by Entropy

In The Orchard by Entropy

When I was nine
I bit a peach,
my teeth hit
sudden stone
it made me bleed
sharp iron tang
into my mouth.

The split peach stone
fell to the floor,
its chance of
new life

The peach juice
mixed with
bright lip blood
dripped down
onto my chin.

I spat peach flesh
onto the ground, to
rot and mingle
with the grass.

I’ve never
tasted peach
since then,
not even in a pie,
without recalling
that blood red tang
when I was
only nine.

#NaPoWriMo has begun
Apr 1st, 2011 by Entropy

National Poetry Writing Month has started and Dusty is first from the Spurious Collective to get in with her poem Artist.  I understand that she’s actually written FOUR poems today so it looks like Dusty will be taking the weekend off!

This year’s NaPoWriMo seems to be turning into a bit of a race actually, with Trixsey coming up on the inside shortly with Spring which she is penning at this very moment!

I better get busy writing before these whippersnappers poet all over me!

Anyone else want to join me?

– Entropy

PS. And by the way we’re listed on the NaPoWriMo website here. It’s ALL so exciting!

PPS.  I like NaPoWriMo so much better than NaNoWriMo?  Why? Because NaNoWriMo just left me feeling BAD.  In fact I’m only nearing my 50,000 words now some four months later.  Overall it just left me feeling like a failure – and I’m not!  November was a tough month for me as I was on a residential course for part of it, so the writing just didn’t happen for me.  I worry  just how many people went away from NaNoWriMo feeling like failures and never writing again. Which is a BIG shame and everyone’s loss.

If you did NaNoWriMo and it left you feeling bad why not try NaPoWriMo instead? A poem a day is a lot smaller and a lot more fun – and ultimately it’s about creativity rather than focusing on the numbers!

Join us!

Join NaPoWriMo!

Or just leave a comment below!  We’d really LOVE the feedback!

Happy writing! 🙂


NaPoWriMo 2011
Mar 21st, 2011 by Entropy

Spring is almost sprung - that means one thing: NaPoWriMo!Ah, spring is here (although it’s not quite sprung yet!) which means one thing. It’s nearly that time of year again. NaPoWriMo 2011 is almost upon us. That’s National Poetry Writing Month to those of you who don’t know. And this means that during April we will be writing a poem a day every day for that month. (And unlike NaNoWriMo, where word count is all, quality does count! – well a bit anyway… hehehe!)

Last year we didn’t quite make it the whole thirty days, but I am very pleased with what we did output.

This year however will be different and we will hit the mark with a poem a day – or, who knows, possibly more! – throughout the month.

Get your quills warmed up, collectives. April is nearly here …

Poem: Writer’s blog block
Feb 2nd, 2010 by Entropy

I need to write a poem for my blog
But I can’t see the words through the fog
I stare at the screen
Just wanting to scream
I type: Stuff it! I’m off for a jog.

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