Why have I called this pick’n’mix of posts ‘Memoirs of a Husk’?
I’ll start with a definition:
Husk: an outer shell or covering which has a protective function and tends to be discarded in favour of the more valued interior. The husk can, however, be useful in its own right, coir from coconuts, for example.
Now, why memoirs of one?
The short answer On a particularly bad day, one when I felt boring, useless, worthless – a sad, empty shell of a human whose past was infinitely more interesting than her present or her doom laden future, the title came to me. It sounded both intriguing and accurate. Next day, when the sun shone and the world seemed full of possibilities, it still sounded intriguing, if a tad less accurate – so I went with it.
The long version You’ll have to read the blog posts and deduce what you will from them over time. Sorry.
Why the blog? I’m shy and retiring by nature but I write and I publish. Blogging is thus more or less expected of me. Life is full of obligations we impose upon ourselves. It’s a cathartic process – I’ve always written about my experiences in my head and this lets them out, gives my brain room to breathe. It interests me that those who know me best seem to find what I reveal the most surprising.
I also Tweet and have a Facebook page for my fictional sleuth Professor Lizzie Lamb.
I have another blog site, less well posted for my more nerdy adventures:
I’m also the author of A Wake of Vultures, a murder mystery set in Zambia. The book is available as an ebook from Kindle. But if you’d like a paperback let me know and I can sell you one! A quarter of the profits (we get more from the paperback sales) goes to Liverpool University’s Africa Endowment Fund where we hope it will help African scholars who want to study in Liverpool.
What do I care about?
I care about people, I care about landscapes, I care about fairness. It’s hard to enthuse people about landscapes they haven’t seen, people they don’t know and unfairness that doesn’t affect them, but I can write. So, I will write and sometimes it will be about these things.
Rules of this site and copyright
I take offence easily and words are easily misinterpreted so if you are a Troll GO AWAY I am not going to play. If you want to pick a fight go to a boxing gym or take up martial arts. I will remove anything that I find offensive (my tolerance limits are low) and you have no come back whatsoever as it is MY SITE. I will write when I want and remove anything I decide was a mistake. There we have it. If I ever offend anyone it is almost certainly going to be unintentional and I will apologise. Most – but not all – names will be changed to protect the innocent and guilty alike.
All my writing on here is my copyright, feel free to quote bits with an acknowledgement but DO NOT pass it off as your own or be too nasty about it if that’s your style.
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Finally – please – if you enjoy reading something, or have a different point of view, respond using the comments boxes. It’s good to know I’m not talking to an empty room.