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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Showing Well

Before I go into my post, I would just like to say I have missed you all.

I came back (in my last post) and then my Dad needed me, because his nursing home had begun to neglect him badly, which meant a lot of phone calls and travelling and anxiety and heartache
I also  got migraines from all the tension and so had to stay away from the computer til today. Now my father has finally moved a few miles away from me to a new home, but he's extremely frail and so for however long we have together, I shall do my best to make him know how loved and special he is to me.

My latest read is Brick Lane by Monica Ali and I just had to share these excellent showing excerpts:

1. Razia lit up and light grey trails from her nose mingled with the fibrous tendrils of her hair. 

You can just see it can't you?

2. "Yes, then he wants a Year Off!" She spoke the words as if they were two turds dangling from the end of a stick.

Now doesn't that capture the mood and the tone of the words well?


  1. I'm so sorry about your dad! That's terrible. I'm glad he's been moved closer to you so you can visit and keep an eye on what's going on. Hoping he improves now that he's in a better place.

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

  2. Dear Madeleine,

    What a time for you and your beloved father. I do so hope that in better surroundings and being closer to you, will make the situation so much better.

    The book? I'm um, lost for turds....

    Take care, Madeleine,


    1. Bless you Gary, I can always rely on you to make me laugh! Yes he's in a much better place now where I can visit as often as I wish.

  3. I'm so sorry to read about your poor father's treatment in his previous home. I read and hear about these abuses in the news and it's just terrible. :-(

    I really hope he is now better looked after where he presently is. Sending you all lots of support hugs.

    Take care

    1. Bless you Old Kitty, yes the new place seems to be much better. They have even bought him some special toothpaste. The old place used to steal his toiletries!

  4. Sorry to hear about your worries over your Dad. Glad he's close by now so you can spend time with him.

  5. I'm so sorry about your Dad, Madeleine, and the problems with the Home, but glad you have sorted it out and got him closer. Hopefully your migraines will stay away now.
    I enjoyed your examples from Brick Lane. I'm constantly striving to achieve that level of show-don't-tell.
    Wishing you and your Dad special times together. xxx

    1. Bless you Joanna. Thank you. No migraines the past couple of days. I am struggling a little with parts of Brick Lane, which is quite a lot longer than the film. It is full of a lot of letters between the sisters too.

  6. I'm happy that your dad is closer and you can keep a better eye on him. Such a shame and criminal that nursing home treatment can be so terrible. Remember to care of yourself during all this stress :)

  7. Hi Madeleine .. so pleased your father has moved and that life for him, and the time you can spend with him will be so much better - such a terrible experience ...

    I too hope your mother's life is easing ... but mainly the two of you - look after yourselves ... with many thoughts - Hilary


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