When ‘ digital ’ came to town
I still remember the Christmas my sister was given one of the very first computer games as a gift from our parents. Plugged into our television it allowed us to play a virtual game of tennis, batting what I now know to be a collection of pixels against the sides of the screen, so it bounced randomly around. I must have been about 11 at the time and I still recall the recognition that something fundamental had changed about the world I lived in, although it was to be several decades later that I was able to articulate it in a way that made sense. That Christmas morning was a turning point; not just for me, but for all human...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 27, 2022 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Life digital wisdom Source Type: news

What if earth is a pyramid by Abdulrahman M Abu-Yaman, Hysteria 2021 category winner
Abdulrahman Mohammed Abu-Yaman is the winner of the flash fiction category in the 2021 Hysteria Writing Competition. You can find his writing, along with the other finalists from each category in the Hysteria 8 anthology. Listen to the recording Read by Steve Graham during the Hysteria 8 launch party. https://lindaph.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Abdulrahman-Mohammed-Abu-Yaman.mp3 Read his entry Civilization begins in Egypt—our dear mother. Cairo, her cherub son, lounges atop the pyramid—on the spot where all the vertical borders intersect. Oriental Asia welcomes the sunrise. The sunshine flashes the limel...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 27, 2022 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria flash fiction hysteria 2021 hysteria 8 Source Type: news

Fortune telling kit
You may have read some six-word short stories, often in the form of an advert. One of the most famous by Hemingway is “For sale. baby shoes, never worn”. Can you come up with a six-word advert that hints at an unknown story? You can see my effort here: Book now. Fortunes told. Future sold. Now it’s your turn. Why not use the comment area below my post on my website to share your thoughts.   The post Fortune telling kit appeared first on Linda Parkinson-Hardman. (Source: The Hysterectomy Association)
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 20, 2022 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Creative Writing advert hemingway Source Type: news

Painter and canvas
I love the idea of generating writing ideas from a set of pre-prepared words. In this one, simply choose one word from each column and create an introductory sentence for a short story, flash fiction or a novel using each of the words. My effort is below. “I watched the painter as she worked the rain-soaked canvas, yellow running into red into green using her finger as yardstick measuring the proportions of our local station.” Now your turn. Why not use the comment area below to share your thoughts.   The post Painter and canvas appeared first on Linda Parkinson-Hardman. (Source: The Hysterectomy Association)
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 14, 2022 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Creative Writing wordsquare writing prompt Source Type: news

The day of glorious silliness by Jill Waters, Hysteria 2021 category winner
Jill Waters is the winner of the Short Story category in the 2021 Hysteria Writing Competition. You can find her story, along with the other finalists from each category in the Hysteria 8 anthology. Listen to the recording Read by Caroline Brewer during the Hysteria 8 launch party. https://lindaph.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/jill-waters-the-day-of-glorious-silliness.mp3 Read the story Georgie lay in bed, psyching herself up to open her eyes. January 6th. Twelfth Night. Christmas 2020 had come and gone with not so much as a whimper. Restrictions and guidelines meant plans had fallen apart, and celebrations were cancel...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 13, 2022 Category: OBGYN Authors: Jill Waters Tags: Hysteria hysteria 2021 hysteria 8 short story Source Type: news

Following Fido
Wherever Fido went my little sister went too. Faithfully holding on as he bumped and rolled his way around the garden, the house, the pavement. Not once did he look back to check she was ok. And she never questioned his direction, simply following along like a puppy on a lead. The day she followed him off the pavement and onto the road was the day my mother decided Fido had to go. Year’s later here he is, forlornly sitting in the junk shop window waiting for his playmate to come back and rescue him. I walk in, pick him up and take him home to my child who follows his bumpy, rolling trek around a new territory called ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 6, 2022 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Fiction Source Type: news

In conversation with Jenny Rossiter, author of The Freedom Bus
Jenny Rossiter first joined me on this blog back in 2012 with her book The Masks that Men Wear. Since then much has changed in her life and business. In her latest book, a memoir called The Freedom Bus from adoptee to true self Jenny combines her heart-warming story with her professional expertise, calling on her experience as a psychiatric nurse and lessons from corporate life, while drawing parallels as a single mother and successful business owner. As an adoptee, she unveils her story from rejection to acceptance and how her midlife questioning empowered her to be her true self and how she found a version of herself sh...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - January 4, 2022 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview memoir Source Type: news

Baking biscuits
Susan was reflective cutting the perfect snowflake biscuits. Sometimes all it took was a sprinkle of magic and sugar dusting to wash away the cares of the day. Slotting the trays into the oven she leaned back against the marble coffee in hand, watching as they turned from cream to golden. She wondered how Paul would react when she told him. Hopefully, hearing the news over a plate of his favourite biscuits would make it easier. The timer pinged, ten minutes and all done! Her inner creative sprang into action. Mixing icing sugar and colours in glorious, Christmassy shades reflecting the snow outside. The doorbell rang, Paul...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 31, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Fiction friday fiction Source Type: news

The art of being human in the 21st century
If you search ‘digital intelligence’ in a search engine you will find that, broadly, it is either a “new type of intelligence that combines knowledge, ways of knowing, and the ability to interact effectively in a cultural or community setting” 1 or something to do with big data, marketing, and strategy. These definitions ignore our essential humanity moving the playground of our digital lives firmly into the school room of skills, abilities, and knowledge. They also assume something fundamental has changed about the human experience when really nothing has changed, we are simply looking at our world...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 21, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Life digital transformation Source Type: news

How to save the planet
Let’s be honest, when we talk about saving the planet we don’t really mean the planet. After all the planet will look after itself, it has for the billions of years it’s already been around. We don’t even really mean how to save the amazing, glorious, generous ecosystem that is nature. What we really mean is how do we save ourselves! Somehow we’ve divorced ourselves from both the planet and nature. It’s as if we see our planet as a pyramid with us at the top, lording it over everything else below us as if we aren’t part of nature at all, seeing ourselves as separate. What we seem t...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 15, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Life ecology Source Type: news

Living in the dream
‘Dermot, Dermot’. I tug at his shirt urgently, trying to get his attention. ‘Yes?’ He glances at me and smiles. ‘Dermot, what if I told you all this,’ I wave my arms around expansively to indicate the enormity of what I’m about to say, ‘is not real, that it’s all just a dream.’ I finish breathless and cock my head on one side waiting for his astonished reaction. ‘Piffle’, he says, and I realise he’s referring to the book he was reading. A beat later he looks up and smiles. ‘Go on then spud, tell me what you mean?’. He says it kindly a...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 10, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Fiction dreams friday fiction short story Source Type: news

Hysteria 8 launch event and winners announcements
Well, what an evening. It was the first time I’ve ever held a launch event for a book, let alone an anthology for the Hysteria Writing Competition. And it was the most fun. With my special guests and friends helping out, together with a few technical (no make that human glitches) we got through it and the feedback from attendees was that they enjoyed it too. The point of the launch was to announce all the winners of the categories and the Guess the Cover competition. And the winners also had their entries read by my good friends and Distinguished Toastmasters (check them out on LinkedIn and you’ll see they all ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 3, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria hysteria 2021 hysteria 8 Source Type: news

Hysteria 8 online launch party
7 pm on 2nd December 2021 saw a bigger group than I’d imagined coming together on Teams to celebrate the launch of the Hysteria 8 anthology containing all 30 long-listed entries over three categories in the Hysteria Writing Competition 2021. I and the audience were joined online by a cast of almost thousands, well seven anyway; three of my closest friends (including my husband) who are all Distinguished Toastmasters, and three of the amazing reading team who read and judged all the entries. Each of the overall categories winners entries was read aloud, and the readers and I had a good natter about what it takes to wi...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 3, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast hysteria 2021 hysteria 8 Source Type: news

Hysteria 8 online launch party
7 pm on 2nd December 2021 saw a bigger group than I’d imagined coming together on Teams to celebrate the launch of the Hysteria 8 anthology containing all 30 long-listed entries over three categories in the Hysteria Writing Competition 2021. I and the audience were joined online by a cast of almost thousands, well seven anyway; three of my closest friends (including my husband) who are all Distinguished Toastmasters, and three of the amazing reading team who read and judged all the entries. Each of the overall categories winners entries was read aloud, and the readers and I had a good natter about what it takes to wi...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 3, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast hysteria 2021 hysteria 8 Source Type: news

The 07:32 from Pen Mill
Sitting on the 07.32 from Pen Mill going to a meeting in Bristol I marvel at the things people still do to earn a living and count myself lucky to work at home. I never endure the daily commute amongst people intent only on getting to work (and back again). On the infrequent occasions, I happen to find myself amongst them, it’s now treat not trial. I’m aware this line has benefits those stuck on the tube in London will never know. It is truly beautiful, and I watch my fellow travellers, wondering how many gaze like sheep or cows through the carriage window, rather than read or listen their way through the journ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 19, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Fiction friday fiction short story Source Type: news

Hysteria Writing Competition 2021 finalists
The long list of finalists for each category in this year’s Hysteria Writing Competition is below. You can also take part in the annual Guess the Cover competition for a chance to win a fun prize when the category winners are also announced. To enter the competition just leave a comment on this blog post with your best guess at which story, flash fiction or poem is represented by the cover image shown at the end of the post. The Hysteria 8 anthology is available to purchase now and will be dispatched in early December. Short Story Finalists Celia Montclair – Hope and Unity Maggie Iribarne – Last Christma...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 13, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria hysteria 2021 hysteria 8 Source Type: news

Hysteria Writing Competition 2021 finalists
The long list of finalists for each category in this year’s Hysteria Writing Competition is below. You can also take part in the annual Guess the Cover competition for a chance to win a fun prize when the category winners are also announced. To enter the competition just leave a comment on this blog post with your best guess at which story, flash fiction or poem is represented by the cover image shown at the end of the post. The Hysteria 8 anthology is available to purchase now and will be dispatched in early December. Short Story Finalists Christina Westwood – Hope and Unity Yvonne Clarke – Serendipity ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - November 13, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria hysteria 2021 hysteria 8 Source Type: news

Managing change by shaking off and stepping up
The phrase “change is the only constant” has never been more apt than in the current environment where we constantly hear stories about cuts, increased overheads and competitive pressures. How we deal with change will determine our future success. Last week I was sent an email by a friend who was informing me, that for various reasons, he was leaving his employment and looking for a new challenge. In the message he sent he shared a powerful metaphor that sums up the attitudes that can be extremely helpful when dealing with change – in whatever shape it comes. It’s not important whether we ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 24, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Life change Source Type: news

Get ready to embrace your inner publisher
My first attempt at self publishing was a simple 18 page booklet that lived at the back of my masters dissertation folio. Within weeks of submitting that for assessment I was running a tiny support group for women and was photocopying and sending that booklet out in exchange for a stamped addressed envelope and £1 Since those early days of getting batches of 10 at a time photocopied I’ve learnt a lot about what makes a writer a publisher and I’ve come to realise that it’s not just about books or booklets. Instead it’s wh...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 18, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: LP self-publishing Source Type: news

Apprentice
Little Jinny Fallon ‘ad ‘er arm taken off in the mule. Blood spurting everywhere like water from the pump in the yard, spraying up the walls in bright blades of crimson against the dusty brown and black. And gore everywhere, the salty sweet stench fit to turn your stomach, and many tipped their guts over the cotton to be beaten by the overlooker for spoiling it. Taken up to the big house she was. Looked after proper. No more toppin’ and tailin’ in bed with 2 others> No more stench from the piss pots in the corners and no more weeping, except her own maybe, from the newuns just in from the poor ho...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 15, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Fiction friday fiction Source Type: news

Don ’ t judge a book by it ’ s cover
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Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 15, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: LP cover images self-publishing Source Type: news

Don ’ t judge a book by it ’ s cover
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Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 15, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: LP cover images self-publishing Source Type: news

7 surprising mistakes self-publishers regularly make
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Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 12, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: LP self-publishing Source Type: news

7 surprising mistakes self-publishers regularly make
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Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 12, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: LP self-publishing Source Type: news

Life in the present tense
It was the cards I noticed first this morning. Each one neatly placed on the windowsill. Carefully butted up against the thin line of mastic securing glass into frame; they were spaced almost exactly it seemed, but without the benefit of a ruler I couldn’t be sure. They ran in order, Hearts, then Spades, Diamonds and finally Clubs; each suit starting Ace’s low. You were moving slowly, gathering them up into a neat stack and beginning to lay them out again. I watched you for a while before going to the kitchen to make the first of many cups of tea. The kettle boiled, I poured water into two mugs on top of the te...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - October 7, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Fiction alzheimers short story Source Type: news

Trying my hand at poetry
I can’t remember the last time I wrote a poem, most probably it was during creative writing at school. And I have to hold my hand up and admit that, rather like modern art, I don’t ‘get’ a lot of poetry unless its absolutely obvious what the message is. So it was with some surprise that during my morning meditation the following came into my head fully formed. I liked it, I have no idea whether it counts as poetry (good or bad) but I wrote it down and thought I’d share it here. If you do have an opinion, please be gentle   This is a poem of absolute courage in the face of adversity as my...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 21, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Creative Writing poetry Source Type: news

Trying my hand at poetry
I can’t remember the last time I wrote a poem, most probably it was during creative writing at school. And I have to hold my hand up and admit that, rather like modern art, I don’t ‘get’ a lot of poetry unless its absolutely obvious what the message is. So it was with some surprise that during my morning meditation the following came into my head fully formed. I liked it, I have no idea whether it counts as poetry (good or bad) but I wrote it down and thought I’d share it here. If you do have an opinion, please be gentle   This is a poem of absolute courage in the face of adversity as my...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 21, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Writing poetry Source Type: news

Be the change #FridayFiction
‘Hands up if you can tell me what “be the change” means?’ Lucy looked around the class trying to size up those most likely to answer. They looked away, pretending to write something in their notebooks. Catching a movement out of the corner of her eye she swivelled to face Danny. He looked pensive, thoughtful. She smiled encouragingly nodding slightly to show it was okay to speak. He raised his hand. ‘Yes Danny’. Cocking his head on one side he thought for a moment. ‘Miss, does it mean that if I want to change something about the world then I have to change me first?’. Hallelu...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - September 10, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Fiction change friday fiction short story Source Type: news

In conversation with Tiffany White, winner of the Hysteria 2020 flash fiction competition
Tiffany White was the winner of the Hysteria 2020 flash fiction competition with her piece ‘Working Title’ published in the Hysteria 7 anthology. Based in Swansea, Wales, 57-year-old artist Tiffany H White (LGBTQ) began writing in 2020 to combat lockdown dementia.  Her work “Field Post 37560” received 2nd place in the International Festival of Human Rights Art of Creative Unity Award 2020. Listen to the interview and Tiffany reading ‘working title’. https://lindaph.me/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Tiffany-White.mp3 Key takeaways from this episode: Tiffany only started writing in ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - August 18, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview flash fiction hysteria 2020 hysteria 2021 hysteria 7 Source Type: news

In conversation with Andy Cash, winner of the Hysteria 2020 poetry competition
Andy Cash was the winner of the Hysteria 2020 poetry competition with his poem The Poets Meeting published in the Hysteria 7 anthology. Andy writes about love, hope, human insecurities, death, our needs, mental illness and weaknesses, strengths, deep desires to be part of a fellow brethren and the lusts of life in an everyday world. He is anti-post truth and a fighter for freedom of the mind. Each poem he writes is about the truth, real people and real events. Listen to the interview and his reading of The Poets meeting https://lindaph.me/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Andy-Cash.mp3 Key takeaways from this episode: Andy...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 23, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview hysteria 2020 hysteria 2021 hysteria 7 poetry Source Type: news

The space between thoughts
The role of ‘thought’ in our experience of life and the world around us has been a defining understanding over the last few years for me. But it’s never been in such sharp relief as in the last 17 months. I am bemused by the observation of myself seesawing between different worries, concerns and misunderstandings as I try (along with the rest of humanity) to make sense of how we’ve got to where we are. What I seem to have forgotten along the way is how important the space between thoughts is when I get caught up in the moment to moment distractions called ‘information’. I have found myse...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 22, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Life spirituality thought Source Type: news

The space between thoughts
The role of ‘thought’ in our experience of life and the world around us has been a defining understanding over the last few years for me. But it’s never been in such sharp relief as in the last 17 months. I am bemused by the observation of myself seesawing between different worries, concerns and misunderstandings as I try (along with the rest of humanity) to make sense of how we’ve got to where we are. What I seem to have forgotten along the way is how important the space between thoughts is when I get caught up in the moment to moment distractions called ‘information’. I have found myse...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 22, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Spirituality thought Source Type: news

Exercising your happiness muscle
I believe happiness is always ours. What I mean by that is that it’s always there, lurking in the background, but sometimes for some of us, it’s been so covered up with sadness and the circumstances of life we’ve forgotten it exists for us, always. As I was wandering around my local village on my morning dog walk with The Beeble and Pip today it occurred to me happiness is a bit like a muscle that needs exercising; you know like the ones around our middle we can’t see but know if they were stronger or firmer our waist might be a little trimmer. Last week I was up around Chester and when I got back I...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 8, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Life Happiness stillness Source Type: news

In conversation with Jane O ’ Connor, winner of the Hysteria 2020 short story competition
Jane O’Connor was the winner of the Hysteria 2020 short story competition with her story The Flower Box published in the Hysteria 7 anthology. Jane is a writer of short stories and novels, as well as a researcher and reader in Childhood Studies at Birmingham City University. Her latest novel,’The Trial of Gwen Foley‘ is due out July 2021 and published by @Bloodhoundbook Listen to the interview and her reading of The Flower Box https://lindaph.me/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Jane-oconnor.mp3 Key takeaways from this episode: Jane began writing fiction during her second maternity leave. The novel she st...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 18, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview hysteria 2020 hysteria 2021 hysteria 7 Source Type: news

I identify as ‘ human ’
If I were a rabbit I would wear a rabbit fur. I’d hunker down on all fours. I’d nibble grass and would hide in my burrow at the first sign of danger. If I were a tiger, I would walk the steppe or pace my cage, I would wear my striped coat and run from the hunters gun and chase the game that feeds me If I were a fish, I would never come up for air out of the ocean, lake or stream that is my home. But I am neither rabbit, tiger or fish; I am human. The skin that clothes my body defines my humanity. It does not mark me as better or less than any other human, it just is what it is. It is the glue that holds this bo...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 8, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Life humanity identity self-belief spirituality Source Type: news

I identify as ‘ human ’
If I were a rabbit I would wear a rabbit fur. I’d hunker down on all fours. I’d nibble grass and would hide in my burrow at the first sign of danger. If I were a tiger, I would walk the steppe or pace my cage, I would wear my striped coat and run from the hunters gun and chase the game that feeds me If I were a fish, I would never come up for air out of the ocean, lake or stream that is my home. But I am neither rabbit, tiger or fish; I am human. The skin that clothes my body defines my humanity. It does not mark me as better or less than any other human, it just is what it is. It is the glue that holds this bo...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 8, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Spirituality humanity identity self-belief Source Type: news

In conversation with Gillian Scholey and Michelle Christophorou
Michelle and Gillian are two of the reader team for this year’s Hysteria Writing Competition. In this episode we discuss the finer merits of entering writing competitions, what they are looking for and their own work as award winning writers themselves. Listen to the interview https://lindaph.me/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Meet-the-readers.mp3 Key takeaways from this episode: Michelle and Gillian are both readers for this year’s Hysteria Writing Competition Both have been placed in, and won, many competitions themselves Michelle is interested in finding out how people will approach the theme in their Flas...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - June 3, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria Podcast author interview hysteria 2021 Source Type: news

The Poets Meeting by AM Cash Hysteria poetry category winner 2020
Encircled, engrossed, of human mixology Debated, a lifetime of stripped back sociology Crossways to pathways, in beating humour Sadness outpoured, sketches of other lives   Brainwaves sparkle, time drifts and instills Engagement in the evening arrangement Teas drunk, biscuits crunched, collage poem penned Madness expressed and exorcism of souls vented   Now forced into a video matrix of solo streaming Chairs empty, stacked away, Stockport Art gallery closed Yet the energy is greater, with PC screens alight Zoomed worlds, each poet online, worlds fuse as one **** Andy writes about love, hope, human insecurities, ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - May 19, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: AMCash Tags: Hysteria hysteria 2020 hysteria 7 poetry Source Type: news

Programming your IPS – inner positioning system
We all have a perfect internal compass, one that consistently and accurately guides us in the right direction as we navigate this journey called ‘Life’. I like to think of mine as my IPS (I work in IT so acronyms are a by-product of the way I think :-)), also known as my Inner Positioning System. It’s a bit like the GPS (there we go with the acronyms again!) in your car; but instead of a location on the planet’s surface, it tells you where you are in life and how to correct course for calmer waters when you find yourself in a challenging situation. I know we all have one of these useful little IPS s...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - May 14, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness thought Source Type: news

The one perfect notebook to rule them all
I love a good notebook and I’ve been looking for the perfect notebook for many years. Even though I work in IT and have done for several decades, there is something about the feel of paper and pen. The act of writing words out is soothing and has helped me hugely over many years. But it has to be the right notebook and the right pen. My pen must be good quality, not one of those cheap biro’s, having said that I’ve picked up many good quality pens from conferences and networking over the years. Some I consider favourites and, when the cartridge runs out, instead of throwing them away I head for the nearest...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 23, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Creativity bullet journal notebook Source Type: news

In conversation with Ben Mears
Born in Cornwall, Ben Mears first began writing high fantasy as a hobbyist, later working on a series of early-medieval whodunits before self-publishing the young adult Tyler May series. A Sock Full of Bones is the first of his novels to be traditionally published. Listen to the interview https://lindaph.me/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Ben-Mears.mp3 Key takeaways from this episode: Ben is a graphic designer as well as a writer and author of almost nine books. Ben has successfully transitioned from self-published to traditionally published. His first series of self-published books, the Tyler May Series, was inspired by...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 16, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview creative process creativity fantasy YA Source Type: news

I have a dream
. No this is not the start of Martin Luther King’s famous speech. Instead, it’s my take on a similar principle. I have a dream, I’ve had it for many years, to give everyone the opportunity to change their life if they want to. The method is simple and effective and it works every time, but first, you have to see me as I really am. So, I’d like you to sit back, relax and put your imagination into gear as I start a process of transformation before your very eyes. Imagine I’m wearing a big white fluffy dress, with a cloud of golden curls cascading down my back. There is a huge glittery tiara on m...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 15, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Happiness dreams Source Type: news

The Flower Box by Jane O ’ Connor, short story category winner 2020
Kay sat on the step of her pottery studio cradling a cup of tea when she felt a nudge on her arm as Pansy, her Nan’s Yorkshire Terrier, rushed past her and began doing joyful circuits of the lawn. Kay had been apprehensive about taking Pansy in, but things had happened so quickly after Nan’s fall that she had felt it was the only option, and her Nan had been so grateful. It had been left to Kay to break the news to Nan that she was going straight into a nursing home after hospital due to her failing vision, and that her bungalow would have to be sold. ‘I never really liked the place anyway,’ Nan had...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 10, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Jane O'Connor Tags: Hysteria hysteria 2020 hysteria 7 short story Source Type: news

Anonymous donor doubles Hysteria Writing Competition prize pot
Thanks to a kind donation from a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous, the prize funds for each category winner have been doubled to £50 each. The donor said, “I had some happy writing news today and felt like paying it forward”. What a lovely way to celebrate some good news about your creative efforts. The competition is FREE to enter for anyone writing in English on the theme Hope and Unity. There are three categories: Short stories – up to 600 words Flash Fiction – up to 100 words Poetry – up to 12 lines Entries will be reviewed by a small team of readers for each category and ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 5, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysteria hysteria 2021 Source Type: news