Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Haiku, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Gravity

By Scott Bailey © 2017 GravityWhen specificHas strange effectsThings get wibbly-wobblyCertain linesGet bentOther linesGet crossedSo watchThe specific gravity Photo by Prem Pal Singh Tanwar on Pexels.com

Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Gone

By Scott Bailey © 2017 GoneThe blue eyes sparked with newGone to shadows GoneThe play, the cowboys and indiansGone to payments and tax GoneThe times to stop and breatheGone to endless turmoil Gone, gone gone A little magicA little luckIs needed Photo by Ron Lach on Pexels.com

Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Fishing

By Scott Bailey © 2016 Kingfisher fishingSilver treasure in the darkIce seals the lake shut Photo by Andrew Mckie on Pexels.com

Creative Writing, Self Publishing, Short Stories, Writing

Folly

By Scott Bailey © 2016 She stared at the artefact. It reminded her of a flower. Well, reminded was the wrong word. She had never seen a flower - there were no more left. They had died out long before she had arrived. Everything had. But in the last few months, her colleagues had managed to… Continue reading Folly

Creative Writing, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Conundrum

By Scott Bailey © 2016 The humdrum conundrumOf life rumbles onThe pounding ofA thousand thoughtsThe tensionBetween the chainsOf conventionAnd the deliciousWhips of viceDreaming endsLife rumbles onOn onThe beat of the master's drum

Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Haiku, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Tempting

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Blank white paper sheetTempting me to slash with inkCutting with dark words Photo by John-Mark Smith on Pexels.com

Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Crossing Out

By Scott Bailey © 2017 Crossing outDeletingInsertingAdding onDroppingExpandingChangingEvolvingInsertingCrossing outLifeAnd death Photo by Skylar Kang on Pexels.com

Family, Health, Journal, Work

Beers Against Adversity

I am not a big drinker, for a number of reasons. I couldn't afford it! I can't take it. I very rarely get the chance. Well, I had the chance this weekend. And I needed it. It's been trying. My wife has been unwell, her heart condition being exacerbated by viruses and colds. We have… Continue reading Beers Against Adversity

Family, General, Health, Work

Bouncing Frogs and Manic Birds

It's been a strange week. I have taken some time off. Partly because the kids are on half term. Partly because a week today I start my new job so not sure when I will next be able to take time off for a while. Partly because we are still reeling a bit from the… Continue reading Bouncing Frogs and Manic Birds

Creative Writing, Family, Financial, Health, Work, Writing

Long Time No Write!

So this month is turning into a nightmare - writing wise - and in other ways. This has largely been down to the fact that I have felt ill for most of it. Running a high temperature and feverish. I can't afford to take any time off sick and have been crawling into work, making… Continue reading Long Time No Write!

Work

Surprise Job Role from the Past

As I am actively looking for a job now I am signed up on all kinds of job boards, I get an inbox full every morning. Sometimes I get some really odd ones - that have nothing to do with what I have searched for. Maybe one day one of them will be the dream… Continue reading Surprise Job Role from the Past

Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Interior

  By Scott Bailey © 2017 What's inside Distorts and shapes The exterior All those dreams and hopes Hates and fears That make up the interior The moiling Boiling Packed and stacked Stretched and tense Earnest pretense That inside us all Makes us all What we are Rather than what We wish In response to the… Continue reading Interior

Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Family, Poetry, Self Publishing, Short Stories, Writing

New Year

It was rough last year. I am not just talking about celebrity deaths. We as a family have had it rough. We have had family members in and out of hospital, having to deal with a diagnosis of Autism for our youngest and his so far very rocky transition into school. I have had work… Continue reading New Year

Creative Writing, General, NaNoWriMo, NaPoWriMo, Science Fiction, Self Publishing, Short Stories, Writing

To NaNoWriMo or not NaNoWriMo?

So I have been a bit quiet lately due to lots of reasons, work, kids you name it it's fallen on my plate. One of the things has been sorting out a loft. We recently had loft insulation put in so we had to remove everything from the loft and put it in the garage.… Continue reading To NaNoWriMo or not NaNoWriMo?

Creative Writing, Poetry, Politics, Writing

The Few

By Scott Bailey © 2015 On a dark peak In a lofty castle tower Firelight glints on gold The flames are the consummation Of a million dreams The gold is the gifts That the few exchange As they gather To sharpen their swords Hone their skills Readying To chase away the wolves Release the hounds And… Continue reading The Few

Creative Writing, Technology, Writing

New Desktop!

My slightly more organised shiny new desk setup! If only I had this at home - writing would be much more pleasurable 🙂

Creative Writing, Health, Science Fiction, Self Publishing, Short Stories, Writing

Another quiet week

Last week I was on holiday, this week I was quite ill and although I ploughed on by working from home, that took everything out of me. So its been a very quiet couple of weeks. I need to kickstart some writing again. Having a dilemma where to go next. I need to put more… Continue reading Another quiet week

Creative Writing, Family, General, Work, Writing

Absence and the heart

You know what they say - hopefully there' something in it as I have been a bit quiet on here lately. Work has been hectic and have been doing a lot of late nights. This is partly due to trying to get everything done before this coming week - as we are off on our… Continue reading Absence and the heart

Technology, Work

Maths, maths, maths!

Today I have wrestled with weighted linear regression, multiplying and inversing matrices and trying to convert an extremely complex excel spreadsheet full of formulae I had never seen before in my life into a PHP function! So that was fun! Still I am not as bad as this guy. http://www.theladbible.com/articles/some-people-on-the-internet-are-really-struggling-with-quite-simple-maths

General, Technology, Work

The Triumph of the Subconscious

A while ago - and again I have lost any links or references to it - I saw a documentary on how the subconscious can take over and solve tricky problems for you. I think it was a BBC Horizon episode but could be wrong. It described how many great thinkers often had similar habits… Continue reading The Triumph of the Subconscious

Family, General

Thank you!

First of all - many thanks for all the birthday wishes - this is for my friends and family reading this via Facebook. I haven't had the time to respond. It has been a very very stressful week at work with all kinds of stuff going on from resignations to shareholder meetings to urgent product… Continue reading Thank you!

Daily Prompt, Work

The Best Teachers?

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "We Can Be Taught!." I had a few good teachers but not many. And those that tried were wading against a tide of social programming. So school was not that productive for me. I left with few qualifications and no direction. I drifted - pushed by financial necessity… Continue reading The Best Teachers?

General, Poetry, Writing

Temporality

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Image Search." Pick a random word and do Google image search on it. Check out the eleventh picture it brings up. Write about whatever that image brings to mind. So I picked a random word from here - a random word generator. And the eleventh picture was… Continue reading Temporality

Science Fiction, Self Publishing, Writing

NaNoWriMo Day 6

Been so tired today - was up all night with unsettled kids last night - that I didn't think I could do any writing today. Sat down at 11pm intending to do maybe a few hundred words to show willing. Managed to hit 1668! So kept up the daily target. Was particularly surprised at this… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Day 6

Adoption, Family, Financial, General, Health, Science Fiction, Work, Writing

Forgetting it all for the weekend

So it seems the moment I signed up for NaNoWriMo the pressure from all sides of my life takes off like a rocket. Work has become more and more stressful. To the point of the web site having major problems last thing Friday night. At this point I was so sick with stress I decided… Continue reading Forgetting it all for the weekend

Adoption, General, Science Fiction, Writing

NaNoWriMo Sparks!

Amazing what a difference 24 hours and some pressure makes. From nothing I now have the bare idea of a story in my head. No solid plot - but a rough idea of the two main characters, the setting and the themes! All I will say at this point is that it will be science fiction.

Adoption, Family, General, Health, Work, Writing

NaNoWriMo and life.

So those few who follow my blog (and despite nearly 500 followers I know only a few are regular followers) will have noticed a drastic drop in my output. Since finishing my year of a poem a day I have done very little since. This is despite my promise to myself to keep up the… Continue reading NaNoWriMo and life.

Family, General, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Work, Writing

Poem a day challenge #167 (Tuesday Blue)

Tuesday Blues By Scott Bailey © 2013 Crisis everyday When did this start? When will normality Return Is this the price Of years of hard work Maybe I should just sweep roads Noble simplicity Get the previous ones here http://wp.me/P3kG6h-bb  and get my début novel Mankind Limited

General, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Writing

Poem a day challenge #154 (To the Bone)

To the Bone By Scott Bailey © 2013 A pounding headache The fruit of today’s labour Now going to sleep Get the previous ones here http://wp.me/P3kG6h-bb  and get my début novel Mankind Limited

General, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Writing

Poem a day challenge #153 (Dreaming)

Dreaming By Scott Bailey © 2013 Tiny starbursts The peak on tiny waves Deep green over yellow Swaying weeds Dappled stones Dark fish darting The scent of rich water And reeds Time to watch Relax The life I crave Instead Work, bills, sleep, stress Get the previous ones here http://wp.me/P3kG6h-bb  and get my début novel Mankind Limited

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Poem a day challenge #147 (I/O)

I/O By Scott Bailey © 2013 The information superhighway It is a heavy weight Data, redundancy Processes Alerts Objectification Frames Presentations and investors Response Time High availability Validity Technical, radical, practical, logical Balancing load Stresses Testing Testing Test Craving Simplicity Get the previous ones here http://wp.me/P3kG6h-bb  and get my début novel Mankind Limited

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Poem a day challenge #144 (Drained)

Drained By Scott Bailey © 2013 Every buzz and chime On the phone Is a worry Something has gone down Something is wrong Another demand On my time and my brain Which are both drained Something Must change Get the previous ones here http://wp.me/P3kG6h-bb  and get my début novel Mankind Limited

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Poem a day challenge #143 (Words)

Words By Scott Bailey © 2013 Master of words By words mastered Many a politician can claim Those that abuse the power By which they rose Will be bitten by the beast they tamed Such is the reality We choose to believe But the truth we know is worse Where corruption rules It protects its… Continue reading Poem a day challenge #143 (Words)

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Poem a day challenge #142 (Sick)

Sick By Scott Bailey © 2013 Feel as sick as a dog Too much work not enough play Dulling the senses Get the previous ones here http://wp.me/P3kG6h-bb  and get my début novel Mankind Limited

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Poem a day challenge #134 (The Dark)

The Dark By Scott Bailey © 2013 The darkness where the heart beats fast The shadows where no moonlight’s cast The deepest dell of starless nights Gleaming eyes the only light The sound of cold and ancient breath On the breeze the scent of death A rustle from behind the trees A snapping twig the… Continue reading Poem a day challenge #134 (The Dark)

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Poem a day challenge #133 (Cable Ties)

Cable Ties By Scott Bailey © 2013 Cables ties us Hold us tight To one spot Even invisible ones Chains Keeping us busy Keeping us attentive Keeping us productive and consuming So when they are cut We are lost Unable to produce As we once did Get the previous ones here http://wp.me/P3kG6h-bb  and get my début novel Mankind… Continue reading Poem a day challenge #133 (Cable Ties)

General, Poetry, Writing

Nursery Notes

Late night so short poem today. Work was frustrating - I was so tired for some reason that couldn't get my head around anything properly - though did make some progress - specifically getting Crossworks to work! Spent this evening looking through Alexander's nursery notes as they have requested some feedback to put together a… Continue reading Nursery Notes

General, Health, Poetry, Work, Writing

Walls and Nakedness!

Well its been a stressful few days. Work had been full on (but nothing wrong with that!). Life has been equally full on, rushing to the doctors or the garage! My car is feeling as creaky as me - but as with me - nothing apparently appears to be wrong. Alexander has been very demanding these… Continue reading Walls and Nakedness!

General, Poetry, Work, Writing

Ants in my pants – well almost

Well another very busy day. Was late to work as Alexander was clinging to me this morning not wanting me to go. I have decided at work due to the growing list of jobs that keep coming up the dwindling hope of getting any outside help to try to get out of the feeling that… Continue reading Ants in my pants – well almost

General, Poetry, Work, Writing

Another one of those days!

Started with it taking ages to get Alexander awake and off to nursery (not unusual really) He loves his lies ins - can't think where he gets that from? Went over to our factory in Broadstairs to pick up some units. Went to put the heavy box in the car when it split so I… Continue reading Another one of those days!

General, Poetry, Work, Writing

Memorial Stone

We decided to try and have a slow relaxed and easy day today as far as is possible with a four year old. We needed supplies for the fish tank so popped to a garden centre to get some bits and had a quick bite to eat there. Then we went to the SANDS baby… Continue reading Memorial Stone

General, Poetry, Work, Writing

Poems and Stress

That has been today. Work has been a stress fest - everything seems to be coming to a head at once, just when we are most under resourced. Still the problems we have are - as the boss says - good problems to have. i.e. struggling to meet demands. On my quest to get some… Continue reading Poems and Stress

General, Work

Back to work

Woke up with a stinking cold. So did Alexander and I think Rachel is heading that way. After four days together Alexander was disappointed I had to go to work. He asked what I would do at work.  I told him I would be working on a computer. "And what else?" he asked. "Er... that's… Continue reading Back to work