The Wednesday Word – VELREY

by Mhairi Simpson on April 23, 2014

Yes, it’s the return of the Wednesday Word! Have fun!

(Disclaimer: all words are a product of my imagination. If you should find any Wednesday Word in a dictionary, a/ shame on you for looking it up and not making up your own definition, and b/ I didn’t know it was there.)

Today’s word: VELREY

Title: The assistant to the chef in charge of producing dragonriders’ meals

Example: The dragons were late falling in this morning because the velrey bought cheap beef again.

So, what do you think VELREY means? Leave your definitions and example sentences in the comments!


Healthy Me Monday – relaxed productivity is awesome!

by Mhairi Simpson on April 21, 2014

Posting a little later than is my preference today. Which is kind of silly as I’ve barely posted at all in the last… six months? Anyway, I meant to post earlier and didn’t. But I’m not beating myself up about it.

Today’s Healthy Me Monday is brought to you by someone who has had a productive day doing other things and has decided not to feel bad about not getting stuff done in a certain order. As long as it gets done, that’s the important thing, right?

So there was painting, which is still in an… amateurish stage, but is rather better than I expected it to be, so that was gratifying.

There was the obligatory loooooong walk along the seafront (combined with ice cream, but whatever). All that fresh air and sunlight has to be good for the soul.

There was the surprise that the DVD rental place was open, followed by the even better surprise that they’re having a sale!! Got three DVDs for £13. VERY PLEASED.

And then there was updating of the Etsy listing for a couple of stencils I put up a while ago. They’re for these two images:

Godspeak rune - NAL Godspeak rune – NAL



Godspeak rune RO Godspeak rune – RO


“Leona” is the fantabulous Leona J Bushman, my partner in crime for quite a while now. “Mhairi” is, of course, me. And the “Designs”? Well, we’ve decided to give our artistic sides another outlet so we’re doing arty, designy stuff. Said stuff can be found on Etsy and I will be uploading more as time goes on. These runes are part of a larger project (MUCH larger) which started out as a short story and then kind of exploded when I wasn’t looking. SNEAKY RUNES.

Anyway, I’ll also be putting up some of my drawings and hopefully, when my skill has reached an appropriate level, some paintings too.

As you can probably tell, I’m creating again, in even more ways than before the depression hit, and loving every minute. Feeling very healthy today!!


The stories we tell ourselves

April 19, 2014

Note: Having written this post and edited it, I’m anticipating some unkind comments. These will be deleted without hesitation. You have been warned. It’s been a while, I know. I’ve been working through some stuff. Not depression stuff. Me stuff. Basically I’ve been trying to rewrite my story. We are all a work in progess, […]

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The gifts we give ourselves

March 31, 2014

In a world where everything, it seems, has a price tag, the gifts we give ourselves are often the most valuable kind. The kind money can’t buy. Permission to be vulnerable. Permission to be invulnerable. Permission to be strong. Permission to be weak. Permission to stand alone and permission to ask for help. Permission to follow the crowd, permission to take […]

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Back on the shining path

March 15, 2014

I knew I had to leave my current job but I didn’t realise how happy it would make me just to hand in my notice. The tragedy of my current role is that my colleagues are lovely, my manager is the best I’ve ever had, the commute short and cheap and the pay excellent. But […]

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Day 3 of anti-depressants

February 12, 2014

I meant to post this a few hours ago but got sidetracked. Fairly typical for me at the moment. Anyway, moving swiftly on… Today is, as you may have noticed from the on-the-nose title, my third day on anti-depressants. Well, one anti-depressant. Prozac. Also call Fluoxetine. Or rather, it’s called Fluoxetine and is also called […]

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And in the dark there are no stars

January 29, 2014

I’ve been wondering if I should blog about this stuff. It seems very… un-British… to lay out my soft innards so publicly. That said, if it helps even one person to know they’re not the only one to feel the way they feel, it’ll be worth it. Not that that’s any comfort. My (may it […]

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I love you and I’m sorry

January 21, 2014

Today I had a moment. I read Chuck Wendig’s post, It Takes The Time It Takes, and realised I’m guilty of sending stuff out 95% finished because I just don’t know how to get it up to 100%. So I flailed about that for a bit. Felt sorry for myself. Beat myself up. Etc, etc. […]

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In the quiet between the white waters

January 20, 2014

There’s a river in Peru called the Apurimac. It’s one of the few rivers in the world where you can raft class seven rapids. In case you didn’t know, rapids start at class one and you go up from there. Most white water rivers go up to class five. During and immediately after the rainy […]

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Submitting stuff: Shoot For The Moon – Day 19#

January 19, 2014

I submitted another novel today. There was swearing. There was shouting. There was remembering I needed to number the pages and rename the file before I sent it in. It was most eventful. In some ways I feel I haven’t achieved much this week. That’s not because I haven’t actually achieved much. It’s probably more to […]

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