Hi, my name is Linda Parkinson-Hardman and I’m the owner (or is it lessee?) of this particular piece of online real estate. I thought it was about time I updated this page and revealed the real me; and, before you ask, that photograph on the left hand side really is me.
Woman on the Edge of Reality has recently gone through a major change in focus because I finally worked out what I wanted to say; you can find out a little more on the page titled Some Facts and Fiction About this Blog. Today and going forward it will be chronicling my writing, my attempts to help other authors get their books into the hands of the reading public and how I storm castles for a living. I’ll be talking about what I believe in, sharing stories, trying to find my inner storyteller and generally going out of my way to help you.
Why will this blog focus on these things?
It’s a long story but I’m a social entrepreneur by nature and I want to encourage everyone to Storm the Castle and change their world.
I think I can almost hear you asking, “so, what’s that got to do with this blog and what’s it got to do with me“?
Well, I’m on a mission to change the world and I’d love it if you joined me.
Simply put I’ll be
- writing about how you can change THE world by putting your passion into the hands of those who want read about it
- and about how you can change YOUR world by living a life of meaning and enjoyment, doing what you were born to do which is write.
The key themes of the blog are of embracing the right to write and challenging the accepted idea that to be ‘authentic‘ you either have to be starving or traditionally published. You may or may not agree with me and that’s fine, we each have our own opinion and it’s this mix that makes the world the amazing place it is.
Storming the Castle
There are many castles just waiting to be stormed, mine was the accepted idea that if a woman was offered a hysterectomy she had no choice in the matter and was on a conveyor belt to surgery. That didn’t mean I was against it, in fact it was the best thing I ever did, but we can’t assume that it was right for all. I chose the art of writing as the means by which I would storm this particular castle.
By giving them enough impartial information and a place where they could talk freely about their own experiences women could decide for themselves what they did and didn’t want.
I use the metaphor of ‘storming the castle’ to suggest that maybe there are sacred cows you want to overcome and vanquish, whilst helping others along the way.
I have a personal philosophy that I’ve been living by for many years now and it’s done me no harm at all – I’d like to share it because it’ll tell you far more about me than these words ever can.
- The only thing that starts a revolution is an individuals idea, belief or passion
- If you believe passionately in something then you have to bring it to the world
- There is an encouraging audience waiting to greet everyone who puts their head above the parapet
- Being nice wins you friends and influences people
- Sharing what you know encourages others to have a go too.
What will I be doing?
I like a schedule, it helps me keep on track and my schedule is going to be fairly formal.
On Mondays I’ll be sharing a challenge with you – a Weekly Word to get your inner wordsmith tingling;
Thursday is the day another author joins me in the Thursday Throng and where they get the chance to be in the spotlight and present their work to an entirely new audience.
Fridays are the day I’m attempting to draw out my inner storyteller and testing the waters with a variety of flash fiction voices. As a hardened non-fiction author this is the bit I find the hardest
In between these posts I’ll be sharing hints and tips, lessons learned and other sundry things I’m interested in. They will all have the underlying theme of creating change and embracing the right to write.
Why you might be interested
Over the years I’ve written seven books including LinkedIn Made Easy and 101 Handy Hints for a Happy Hysterectomy (yes, that really is the title!) and I was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts as a result of my work on sustainable uses of the Internet technologies! I’m also the founder of the Hysterectomy Association – a social enterprise dedicated to providing timely, impartial and appropriate information and support to women.
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