CWI on Tour

I am delighted to be back on home turf for a few weeks, promoting Vine Lives: Oregon Wine Pioneers and hanging out with my family.

Here’s a few snapshots from the journey so far..


Poem of the Month: O Me, O Life! by Walt Whitman

October flew – here I am on the 30th only just adding my poem of the month. Work. Moving. Family. Love. What good, amid these, o time taken to memorise poetry? Answer: that the enrichment outweighs the effort.


Oh Me, O Life!  by Walt Whitman

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,

Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,

Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)

Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,

Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,

Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,

The question, O me! so sad, recurring – What good amid these, O me, O life?


That you are here – that life exists and identity,

That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse

Share your favourite “city” poem in the comments.

Ibiza Writing Challenge

Blogging daily in August for my Ibiza Writing Challenge was incredibly rewarding.


It was a pleasure to go through old photos, choose favourite quotes, and connect with new friends. Massive thanks to all of you who liked, followed and joined in the conversation and inspiration over the past month.

I’d like to do something special to thank everyone who’s read the blog over the past month, so I’ll put it to a vote. Would you like:

A) Another article in the ‘How To Be Creative’ series?
B) A downloadable PDF of the highlights of my ‘How to Write Non-Fiction’ series?
C) My Top 5 Writing Craft Guides as a PDF?

Please vote in the comments!


Ibiza Writing Challenge – Day 31

I was enraptured with my surroundings – contemptuous of all, envious of all, proud, courageous, scared to death.
~EB White

Cala d'Albarca, Ibiza

Cala d’Albarca, Ibiza


Ibiza Writing Challenge – Day 28

If you care enough about something it’s going to make you cry. But you have to use it. Use your tears. Use your pain. Use your fear.
~Sherman Alexie

Fig tree, Ibiza

Fig tree, Ibiza


Ibiza Writing Challenge – Day 26

What is to give light must endure burning.
~Victor Frankl

Sunset, Morna Valley, Ibiza

Sunset, Morna Valley, Ibiza


Ibiza Writing Challenge – Day 24

I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world for there I could best see the moonlight and mountains.
~Henry David Thoreau

Talamanca, Ibiza

Talamanca, Ibiza