Book Review: Outside the Ordinary World by Dori Ostermiller

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Book Synopsis (Goodreads) Sylvia Sandon always swore she wouldn’t become her mother. But one August morning, she finds herself walking the same prodigal path as the fervently religious yet faithless Elaine, into an affair she feels powerless to resist. Against the backdrop of California brushfires and fundamentalist mores in the ’70s, 12-year old Sylvie had […]

Mind Games…

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The term ‘mind games’ has emerged this week in many guises in my life. Whenever I am researching a potential character for my writing, I look around in the world to see how people operate. Usually it’s physical traits I look for, such as facial expressions or non-verbal communication, as writing these actions in gives […]

Writing identities: the I, the me, and them.

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My background in researching identity construction has informed my writing in a positive manner, as by fortunate associate it means I am able to meet many people and interrogate their lives. It’s also informed my reading, as I now find it much easier to sense a well narrated identity. For me, the vital ingredients involved […]

Writing novel number five…

Posted Posted in Identity, Identity construction, Quantum physics, Writing

I’m extremely happy to tell you that I’ve finished novel number five. Finished the first draft, that is. I’ve still got a lot of editing and words to take out and put in, but the basic story is there. It’s been a journey that started as the Dirty Sparkle! project with a novel called, unsurprisingly, […]

Funky Friday! Just for fun – shoe identities…

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I just love Irregular Choice shoes. On a normal workday I wear Marks and Spencers shoe glove for the trekking around London/Manchester/Aberdeen and this is my work-shoe identity. But when the shackles are off and I’m out an about I would choose Irregular Choice every time. They make my feet feel beautiful! The pair above […]

Domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse: the ugly baby and claims for social change and empowerment in stories

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It never ceases to astound me when I hear about someone making money out of disadvantage under the ‘sales hook’ of empowerment. There seem to be two scenarios here. The first is someone trying to make a quick buck. Someone who is focused solely on making money for themselves at any cost to others. Using […]

Della Says…..

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OMG. ‘Della’s over the moon when she kisses her long-standing crush at a party – but then she discovers her diary has disappeared… When scans of embarrassing pages are sent to her mobile and appear on Facebook, Della’s distraught – how can she enjoy her first proper romance when someone, somewhere, knows all her deepest, […]

Volcanic ash and scientific identity – James Lovelock and Gaia

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As well as being an author, I am a scientist. Not the conventional sort of scientist that works for years in a lab in a specialist area. I am an independent researcher. We are a rare breed, because being an independent researcher doesn’t make you popular. In fact, making the decision not to work in […]

Narrative therapy and the link to literary narratives

Posted Posted in Identity, Narrative, Psychology, Writing

At a conference the other day someone asked me if I thought that a novel was an example of a psychological narrative and if it was therapeutic to the writer and/or the reader. The word narrative, used in the context of describing language, is broad based and therefore complex. The word is used in both […]