Gemma Rolleman

‘It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by.  How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone.  That is where the writer scores over his fellows:  he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.’  Vita Sackville-West


Photograph by Jess
(8 years old)

Like zillions of you, I’m writing a book (The God Damn Book my family calls it).

My first, and I’m lost within it. 

I’m not functioning in the outside world quite as I used to. Dishes pile high, the laundry basket is growing mold.  I’m late for everything. 

Our dust has become so grimy it traps live flies and insects. 

Stray ants roam our pantry. There’s always a tasty potato molded to the shelf at least two years past its prime.

Please don’t ask me about our toilets. The Pubaholic’s stopped using them. He claims the toilets on the building site are more hygienic.

Of course, should I publish the God Damn Book, all will be forgiven. 

So, that’s my mission. To conquer that editor’s slush pile. And I will share my secrets with you along the way. Let’s journey together. And in between let’s lose ourselves within our books. After all, that’s the fun part.

Here we shan’t feel guilty. Leave those dishes. Pick up your ragged notebooks. Let your creativity spill word by word. We shall spur each other on.

Hope you will share your stories with me. Come back soon.



12 responses to “Gemma Rolleman

  1. Craig & Wendy

    Good Luck and I shall follow your journey with great anticipation.

  2. Monique

    Oh Gemma, you make me laugh…can so relate.
    Good luck with your writing.

  3. Love this! The dishes . . . ah, the dishes – there was a time BN (before novel) when I had lovely clean kitchen counters. Don’t even ask about the laundry. Thanks for stopping by my blog recently!

  4. Hi. ‘I’m lost within it’ rings so true. My husband listens to me talking and then says, is that a real person or someone in your book? Then he goes and does the dishes. Jane

  5. Gemma, I have nominated you for The Next Big Thing Award. I think your doing great with your blog so I wanted to pass along the nomination that I received on to you!

    • I am very touched – thank you Mike. And congratulations for achieving the award yourself, you must have been very chuffed!

      • Chuffed…now there’s a word I haven’t heard in years! I think it’s a pretty cool idea and was a lot of fun to write up. It seems to be more of a networking thing but we can all use a bit more exposure. I’ve already picked up five new followers since I posted it.

  6. I know, sorry – it’s a very English word too! Being a bit new to all this, I’m not entirely sure what the award is. Is there something I am supposed to do??

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