Month: June 2015

Criticism as crime scene

Photo: Tony Webster Even when criticism comes from someone you trust and respect, someone who has your best interests as a writer at heart, and who's guided you well in the past, it's hard not to have an immediate, emotional reaction. You've worked hard on creating something, and now it's been trashed and trampled.  The dismay and 'Oh God, what now?!' is reminiscent of discovering a burglary. Of course, the critic is not a criminal. She's doing her job, she's helping you make the book better. But still. I've recently been reading The Organized Mind by Daniel Levitin. Levitin, a neuroscientist, explains the human brain is hardwired to organise information - the world around us - into categories. By harnessing our innate powers of categorisation, and externalising the complex contents of our brains (into systems, lists, notebooks, spreadsheets) we free ourselves up to do the important work of creative thinking: making connections, generating…

10 things I learned at BritMums Live 2015

1.  The nice people at the tables in The Hub give you free stuff.  Salsa, jewellery, memory sticks, wine, children's books. Shed-loads of pens. All you have to do is ask nicely. 2. According to someone in the know, the word 'vart' is a portmanteau term combining the words 'vagina' and 'fart'.  Use it wisely.  Although I love learning new words, I still personally prefer the term 'queef'. (Which just goes to show how refined and ladylike I am.) 3. Not everyone here is blogging about nappies.  Sisters (and the occasional bro) are blogging about the NHS, body image, culture, maternity experiences, learning disabilities, food, book promotion, local politics, international development, crafting, and much, much more. 4. Not everyone here is under 30.  Post40bloggers.com is a magazine for the quality older blogger (or discerning reader of any age). 5. If you ignore a problem for long enough, sometimes it goes away all by itself.  Apparently I no…

I’m going to BritMums Live 2015

The basics My name is Rebecca Ann Smith and my blog is part of my website www.rebeccaannsmith.co.uk My Twitter ID is @beckysmithhurst and I'm on Facebook too of course. I'm not going to describe myself, but I look at bit like this:   Except when a bit of software doesn't do what I it to, or I read something online which enrages me, and then I look like this:   Is this your first blogging conference? Yes - I'm very new to blogging.  My publisher persuaded me to set up my website when I signed my book contract, and I've been enjoying the experience: steep learning curve, lovely people, interesting conversations. Are you attending both days? Thanks to the lovely friends who are picking up my kids from school on the Friday, feeding them and ferrying one of them to karate, and to my husband who is coming home from work…