Not long ago if anyone asked me I told them I was a writer. I have a master’s degree in creative writing, until Covid hit I taught creative writing, and I have had work published in various magazines.
But things change, and in early spring 2022 I put down the writing project I was working on and have not picked it up again. I wish I would but I don’t seem to be able to.
I’ve struggled with self motivation all my life. There are things I want to do and I always get off to a good start, but if no one else is invested in my completing whatever it is I lose momentum and come to a halt. I’m horribly prone to distraction. I’ve recently discovered that this could be because I’m both autistic and ADHD. I’ve done lots of tests, but not a formal assessment or diagnosis, so I don’t know for certain what my problem is. But I know I have one. I’m currently trying to work out some kind of strategy for getting things done, but but being the way I am means this is extremely difficult.
It’s not all grim, though, and I currently manage to make a small living by writing for other people’s websites and marketing campaigns. When working for others I am very focused and almost absurdly conscientious. This does seem to be a feature of autism, the ability to be hyper focused, and it’s one of the things I like most about myself.
Anyone who takes the time to explore this site will notice I take a lot of photos. I am very visual and, in fact, think in pictures. I am pretty sure that’s why I write: in order to say anything that makes sense I have first to find words to describe my thoughts. This is a slow process and it makes talking to me somewhat irritating. It’s much easier for me to write things out, this way I can keep redrafting until I make sense. I use photography in an attempt to show the world what and how I see. And to tell visual stories.
Apart from writing and photography, I also make small embroideries. I love embroidering words onto clothing and have a little notebook in which I record interesting phrases and word patterns for possible projects.
I mostly use this site to blog about what’s going on in my life. This may be work related, it may be personal. I like to wander around the coast, cities, hills, and share my experiences and observations. I love art galleries, and food. If I were rich I’d travel the world going to galleries and restaurants. I’m also Chair of Moffat Community Nature Reserve; Secretary of Moffat Community Woodlands; and on the board of Space to Grow, Moffat, where we have allotments, a community forest garden and are in the process of developing the building which was originally built as a church. So all that slips into my writing from time to time.
So, to recap, I’m a probably AuDHD freelance writer who experiments with photography and embroidery but earns a living as a content creator. You can find me on all the usual social media platforms.
Thanks for reading 🌞