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Book Review- Craft for the Soul


4I’ve just finished Pip Lincolne‘s book, Craft for the Soul (Penguin, 2015). The strapline for the book is – How to get the most out of your creative life, however, I feel this is misleading. I think it should read, How to Get the Most Out of Life!

It was exactly the book I needed after the last eighteen months of cancer and death and malarky.  I am not a craft person. I can knit, I can sew, but I’m not great at either of them. For years, I tried every craft under the sun, and in retrospect I was looking for an outlet for my creativity and eventually I found it in writing.

What Pip’s book does is connect you back to living a creative life and having an everyday life. I realised that I have been so  so busy focussing on problem-solving for so long, I had forgotten how be creative and imaginative. This books gently coaxes you out of your cynicism and helps you dip your toes back into the creative waters.

Craft for the Soul is not a craft book. It’s not a recipe book. It’s not a self-help manual. It’s a gorgeous, considered, reflection on what makes Pip Lincolne tick and what recharges her in her life.

I get the feeling that Pip went through some tough stuff prior and during the writing of this book, and her battle-weary optimism is what shines through.

Sometimes life is tough, and sometimes the answer lies is a toasted sandwich, a cup of tea, and watching a classic movie.

In this gorgeous book, Pip lists creative projects to try, food to make and helps you find your morning ritual. She extols the virtues of walking and catalogues the best movies to watch when you need to lay low.

This book, is quite simply, a treasure. It’s the sort of book you can pick up and dive into on any page, and try anything, or you can work through it slowly, savouring it like a gorgeous dish.

It has echoes of Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach, and The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin but is more realistic, allowing us to just simply live and enjoy the moments that present themselves to us, while trying new things.

Buy a copy for everyone you know who might put too much pressure on themselves. Those who push and push and yet stay in the same place.  This is their permission slip to stop and make a cup of tea,  and just put their feet up for a while.

Get your copy here, and buy another one for a mate while you’re at it!

Happy Friday!





Blog Hop


This lovely exercise came from the very gorgeous Yvette at Bear Loves Dove. She is doing a Blog Hop, from the Blog With Pip course, run by the ever creative, Pip Lincolne at Meet Me At Mikes. I have to answer a few questions, which are as follows:

What am I working on?

Right now I am writing a new adult book, and editing a YA book. Both are a little more ‘real’ than my previous works. More centred in everyday, with everyday problems. I’m also trying to write a TV pilot, which is proving to be a challenge, as I haven’t written a script of this length before. I haven’t been blogging as much, as I haven’t had the time or inspiration. My home life is a little unsettled right now, and it is leaking into my writing. I need to remember how to separate the two.

Why do I write what I do?

I write because I have no other creative skills besides singing. I could sing you the story but I don’t think that’s going to work so well. I also love stories, and the arc of life. This is what I try and reflect in my work. The ebb and flow of happiness.

How does my writing process work?

My writing process varies depending on what is going on in my life. When I am more settled, it flows. I write best in the morning and the evening. Afternoons are for getting on with life and doing those pesky tasks that keep the world moving. I write using Scrivener, a writers software program. It’s more stable than Microsoft Word, and is well worth learning how to use it properly. I have a notebook for each project and I keep it on the desk next to me. I think best with a pen in my hand. I have a set of pens I like, from Officeworks. I buy boxes of them and chew the lids while I muse. They are cheap, which is good, as I seem to lose them easily.

How does it differ from others in your genre?

Humour? Reality? Characters with flaws? I don’t know how my writing differs really. You’d have to ask my readers. I often say what others think but don’t have the courage to say, or are too polite to mention. This might be my best/worst quality. It certainly gets me into trouble. I’m learning not to show up to every argument that’s around me.

And that my friends, is where I am at right now. Where are you at? Be here now, as Ram Dass says. The rest will all work out as it’s meant.

Happy Tuesday.