The time for resolutions is here

I am not good at resolutions. However, I have resolved to try to end such feebleness (resolution one), and I have come up with a second resolution (resolution two), which is a public resolution. The public bit I hope might prevent it remaining in bud for the entire year.

The resolution is to work on The Phraser. The aim is to get faster and better at the craft of blogging, by producing a postcard post every day. There may even be the occasional podcast. Fluency through practice is what I hope for.

The idea sounded grand in my head when I came up with it, and it felt so possible. For a few hours at least. Then Day One arrived, and Day One went. Nothing. Then Day Two arrived, and Day Two went. Nothing.Then today – Day Three. And something has begun. My mission to produce daily mutterings and occasional photographs has taken its first faltering steps. At last.

So, if desperate moments of nothing hit you, and you’d like to look in, to check if anything’s happening, I should be here.

Until tomorrow. I hope!

Best wishes for 2023, and the happenings in your life.


Copyright Georgie Knaggs & The Phraser 2023

Time for a summer break … not far, but greener


Away from my Desk

I just wanted to let you know that I am going to take a break for a few weeks. You may well not even notice, given that my blogging is so erratic these days, but at least there is a note on the page in case you do decide to look in.

Thanks to everyone who’s been reading and taking the time to comment. It is so good to know that you’re out there. Special thanks also to the brave ‘free writers’ who joined me during the early months of lockdown. I loved the company and the mini-thought posts that came with it. Bizarre how long ago it feels now.

Finally, a big mention to Zim, where the challenges only seem to multiply. It’s extraordinary to watch the fight against corruption and abuse … so determined despite the terrible odds. I’ve felt a sort of agonising grief/hope with each painful step forward, and truly can’t imagine the courage it takes. I’ll keep watching.

Well … that’s it.

Wishing you the best wherever you are, and hope to see you again sometime in September.


Copyright Georgie Knaggs & The Phraser 2020

The Phraser – an apology and an explanation

My desk - it's been busy

My desk – it’s been busy

Dear Reader,

In case you’re there, and wondering where I might be, this is an apology for the silence, and an explanation … two explanations. The first is sad, and the second is hopeful.

  1. I’ve just been to Scotland for the funeral of a wonderful lady and friend; and
  2. I’m tidying up The Phraser to make it easier to navigate, and to prepare for a new focus on all things to do with books.

The site should be ready and gleaming by the end of the month. Meanwhile, I hope you have the time to do some browsing – The Phraser is open for that.

I look forward to getting back to you, and wish you good reading and good company … always!