On Mowing, and Motherhood

On Mowing, and Motherhood

Mothers give their love freely – but there’s a cost My white narcissus with butter-yellow centres bloom unselfconsciously. No silvered water in sight, no chance to get distracted by their beauty. The pungent bulbs are the first to brave the clear, chilly...
The Murder of a Fairy Woman: Brigid Bolan

The Murder of a Fairy Woman: Brigid Bolan

“Are you a witch, or are you a faery? Or are you the wife of Michael Cleary?”   Brigid Boland, wife of Michael Cleary, wasn’t like other women, Sady Doyle writes in Dead Blonde and Bad Mothers. Boland was in possession of a singer sewing machine...

Body Image: I'm Weighing In

Standing in the unforgiving light on rickety hospital scales, I was weighed before surgery. The nurse filled in the numbers, measured my height, calculated my BMI and read them all out to me with routine efficiency. Inside, I shuddered at hearing the numbers with...

That Time I Got Fired By A PITA

…And The 4 Reasons It Made Me A Better Copywriter and Businesswoman I looked at the unopened email as if it might contain an electronic-born strain of some vile, poisonous virus. Possibly dark magic. And in a way, it did. My stomach churned. It was from her. I...

Write Drunk, Edit (And Proof-Read) Sober

6 Solid Tips For Self-Proofing and Editing Success We all know you should at least find a good proof-reader. Love them, send them flowers, buy them coffee and cake, but most importantly pay them to proof your post before you hit publish, riddled with grammatical...