Please note all pictures and articles are the intellectual property of and copyright to Brenda Diskin and must not be copied or used in part or whole without the written permission of the blog author. Anthony Gormley - Another Place. Photo copyright Brenda Diskin 2016 My work is influenced by life and nature. Everybody and everything has a story. I look beyond what the eye sees, gaining my inspiration from the life force of the subject. By doing so I am able to access the full picture. My roles are varied depending on which head I have on. I teach workshops and courses on various subjects, give psychic readings and demonstrations, paint and draw. My passion is writing and I am presently in the process of penning my autobiography. If you want to read more about the Paranormal you may like to  visit  There are also some fun articles and loads of information, plus links to our sister sites. I also have a a paranormal guidebook "Cleansing the Doors of Percep

The Devil's Hoofprints

       The night of the 8th February 2015  was the 160th anniversary of a very strange event, that left the people of South Devon wondering whether the Devil himself had paid them a visit.      Mysterious hoof-shaped prints, were said to have appeared overnight in heavy snowfall and were discovered by early risers on the morning of the 9th. The prints which were one in front of the other approximately eight and a half inches apart appeared to have been made by a biped. They were said to have covered an area of between forty to one hundred miles, passing over rooftops and through walls. One set of prints were said to have bridged a two mile span of the river Exe, continuing on the other side as if the creature had walked over the water. This was all supposed to have happened over a six hour period, which would have meant that the perpetrator would have had to be moving at speeds up to seventeen miles per hour.      The people waited to see if the footprints would return over the n

The Importance of Backing-up Your Work

 I always save my work every few sentences. Luckily I always back my work up daily and to more than one external source. Today something weird happened. I was dragging a word document to a memory stick when a message popped up saying that I was holding down the control button (I definitely wasn't). Then everything on my desktop got copied to the word document that I was dragging (nothing was highlighted). I managed to stop the action before too much damage was done, but in the process I lost all my website files from the laptop. Luckily I had back-ups. I have no idea what caused it, as the problem resolved itself after I restarted the computer and deleted the word doc. The only damage was, that it cost me about half an hour checking important files to make sure they were still there. So please everyone BACK-UP regularly to external devices.

OCD - A Writer's Nightmare

  If it wasn’t for OCD, I would have more hours in a day. Everything needs to be checked and double checked. Often I can be in the middle of a train of thought, writing away merrily, then I see a drawer that is slightly open. I try to ignore it, but it is distracting me; I can’t stop looking at it. My mind is now willing me to do something about it; a little voice in my head (my thoughts), say ‘No, leave it’. Finally ‘mind’ wins, and I get up to close it. That’s it, damage done, I have lost the train of thought; so, I sit and procrastinate until the thought decides whether or not to pop back into my head again. Remember I’m old, and old people often forget what they were going to do, so that could be a very long time. Wait a minute… here it comes, and I am back on track; until a look at my two mobile phones (yes I have two), they are not lined up properly. I pause to sort them out, but one of the cases is misshapen; do I align it on the left, the right, the top or the bottom? I t

Running From Hippos Outline

  “When I awoke one morning, my whole body felt numb. My head, normally so full of ideas and challenges, seemed to be empty. I foraged deep within my mind for just a tiny flicker of anything that might resemble the normal me.”   Depression knows no boundaries. Abusers, like their victims come in all guises. Anyone, old or young, rich or poor, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or religion can become a victim. I know, because I became a victim at an early age, my only crime was being different. ‘Running from Hippos’ is a narrative of my life, the good, the bad and the very ugly. It begins with the story of na├»ve child who was, unwillingly, subjected to sexual, physical and mental abuse. It tells of my ongoing battle to stay alive and sane, in an unfathomable world. Some of my book is written in third person drawing on Bren, the stronger me, to relate the things that have been difficult to process; and, as a result, some of the descriptions can be quite graphic. Often

NEW**** Writers Chat & Share Group Hi everyone welcome to my new writers group where you can share your writing, ask questions, discuss problems with writing, publishing etc., share your upcoming books, your success stories (and your failures), or just chat to other writers. I will be posting hints guides and other writer related and fun stuff that you may find useful and enjoyable.

Running From Hippos

 Had some great feedback on my book hopefully copies will be available to pre-order soon. My colleagues and I have now very carefully looked at ‘Running From Hippos’. I received independent reports on the style, quality of writing and the suitability to genre and I am pleased to say that we find ‘Running From Hippos’ to be of considerable merit and believe it would appeal to the reading public. The work is well written and has literary merit.   Your manuscript was brought to our attention at the latest Editorial Board meeting when we discussed the potential of it’s pulication. Having read all the reports and taken note of the Editors’ opinions we can confidently state that your work was found to be the most entertaining and immersive memoir. Your chronicling of your experiences and their impact on your life and how you found your way through are incredibly emotive and evoke a strong sense of empathy in the reader. The board was keen to comment on the poignancy of the work and app

New Books in the Pipeline

 The other day I took a look through all the unfinished works that have been lying around for Donkey's years. Surprise, I found some great possibilities for short stories and even a few for novellas/novels. So now I have three projects on the go. My autobiography has had a few name changes, hopefully to stop me from getting sued when it eventually gets published. The second project, a crime novel with a difference is still only in its early teens, and the third, a book of short stories is just about halfway to being ready for editing. I am also looking at breaking down some of my books into a series of audio books, so watch this space.