40 x 40

Inspired by a particularly brilliant woman, I decided to challenge myself to achieve forty things by the time I turn 40, which is rather soon when you think about it. It’s a strange choice to make, for someone who doesn’t celebrate anyone’s birthday and who sees age as arbitrary. But I thought I’d use the…

Leonard Cohen

Originally posted on Riffs In The Diff:
Tuesday 4th September Dear Leonard, I have a sincere apology to make . . . I was late for your gig and I made someone else late for your gig and I am truly sorry. I arrived in the beginning of the first half somewhere between 8pm and…

The time is now…

Today June ends; in one hour, in fact.  And July starts.  We’re roughly half way through the year, the nights are drawing in, Wimbledon has barely begun but soon it will be over. And you have a wonderful opportunity, to balance your books, look at the year so far, celebrate your successes and put your…

Daily accountability…

Everyday I log into my forum and post what I’ve been up to with my writing.  It really works for me to get it down and show it off, essentially.  I’ve written every day now since February and I’m proud of that and improving I’m sure.  It’s not for everyone, but if you have a…

Face vs Facebook

A handy guide to commenting on other people’s personal appearance. It’s commonly accepted, nay expected, that should I update my Facebook status (see also Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Pinterest, ello, Vine, Tinder, Instagram, Tuesday Night Writes, Foursquare, etc.) you will pass judgement, you could post comment, you should press ‘like’.  When I update my social media portals, I am inviting…

I’m Out

Hi.  My name’s Janine H. Jones and I’m emetophobic.  This means that I have a crippling phobia of me or someone near me, being sick. Most of you know this about me, I explain it to everyone in the hope that they will better understand some of my behaviours.  Most people are very sensitive to…

Tuesday Night Writes

Dear friends, I’m about to unveil a very special project and I’m really excited to be announcing it here. Tuesday Night Writes is a Writers’ Group online and in Cardiff, specifically for script writers (for TV, film, radio, theatre, or anything really).  We talk daily online and meet every Tuesday evening in Cardiff, usually something…

Serial – and my own ethical dilemma

This week I’ve taken the BBC’s wonderful Powerful Presentations course with the inspiring and witty Sandra Miller.  I recommend you all take it too, especially if you’re terrified; feel the fear and do it anyway. For today’s five minute presentation I spoke about my conflicting feelings towards my new favourite thing, the Serial podcast.  Here…

August

august [aw-guhst] Spell Syllables adjective 1. inspiring reverence or admiration; of supremedignity or grandeur; majestic: an august performance 2. venerable; eminent: an august personage   This month sees the third anniversary of (continuously) working back in Cardiff and so much has happened in that time, I am truly grateful. This month sees the fifth anniversary of my best friend’s wedding (and 35th of her birth) and this gives me much…