Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

– Carl Jung

I think we all know this, even if we didn’t know that we knew it or that Jung made a big thing about it years ago. Hubby and I were talking about this today on our morning bike ride. I personally have sooooo much still to learn about myself because people irritate me on a daily basis. People who don’t pay attention to where they are going, people who don’t do their job properly, the lazy, the willfully ignorant, the people on Love Island… What are they teaching me? To be patient, to be understanding, to learn to ask better questions, to learn to live and let live…and I don’t even WATCH Love Island; they just annoy me when I see the adverts when I’m watching catch-up TV!

Yes…patience would come in handy.

I come from a long line of story tellers, and I love to tell a good story. But I have learned over the years that a quick story is a good story. I have a tendency to rush when talking as I am very conscious of eyes glazing over. Nothing irritates me more than a long-winded story.

Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief…

POLONIUS in Hamlet ~ William Shakespeare

And OH MY GOD how annoying is bad editing? And even worse than bad editing? Annoying people who point out your bad editing!

After the editing workshop a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been immersing myself in learning as much as I can about the editing process. I might do a course next year. In the mean time, I am watching and reading and going through my manuscripts using passes to pick up each category of the nasty, the unforgivable, and the downright confusing. The most recent…That. Who knew ‘that’ could be such an insidious little traitor to prose?

Check out this article and the accompanying YouTube video from Vivien Reis. I really hate the way I feel like a dumb ass every time I learn something that a) I should have learned at school, or b) I probably did learn at school and I’ve forgotten! Stupid brain.

Speaking of learning…this week I’ve been trying to learn how to use Scrivener – oh boy is that a steep learning curve! I managed to find the tutorial put together by the actual creator of the programme!

Anyone out there in Blog-land have a good tutorial, please send me the link. I’m still confused…


Furious Fiction is on today!! If you want to join in the fun, go to the Australian Writers’ Centre website and have a crack. I will be away all weekend so goodness knows if I’ll submit this month but I have set that as a goal and regular readers know I am like a dog on a bone when it comes to goals!

Thanks for reading. I really appreciate your time. ❤


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