Two crazy ladies…

What should two time-poor, slightly mad women DO with their lives while being writers, business women, raising children, avoiding housework, and struggling to keep the universe unfolding as it should?

We decided to take our email conversations to the next level – and start our own blog. We can’t remember what we were drinking at the time…but we’re pretty sure we were perilously close to the end of the bottle.

Okay, we’ve established that we’re crazy, but…

…who are we?

Some anonymous person once said Life is not about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself. We, of course, have taken that literally. Well, we are writers / drama queens / alpha-females / mothers…

Our real names are Sandra Makaresz (Witness Protection Program name: Sash) and Louise Ralph (WPP name: Elle). If you’d like to see the serious side of what we do, visit Dragonfly Ink (we work together on projects…) or our business blog.

Sash and her husband have two kids aged 5 and 8, a couple of cats, and a mad budgie (who’s managed to survive being terrorized by the cats).

Elle and her partner have five teenagers between 16 and 21 (three are hers, two are his), two dogs and one cat (who thinks she’s a dog). If you’re confused, imagine how Elle feels.


where did ‘sliding in sideways’ come from?

Yes, we know. It seems a bit random. The name (sort-of) came from an anonymous quote that’s been stuck on the office whiteboard for a while. It sounds like the kind of life we want to live and, apparently, you’ve got to have a plan. One involving champagne and strawberries sounds achievable…and sliding in sideways? What a way to go…

“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand – strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming ‘Woo hoo – what a ride!’”

Now doesn’t that sound like way more fun than shuffling around (and eventually off) this mortal coil or ‘digging a rut so deep it becomes your grave’?


what will we be talking about?

We work together on writing projects but usually it’s from separate offices, so we spend a lot of time blatting on and amusing each other in emails. It makes it easier to deal with the rollercoaster ride of our lives…

We’ll be writing about:

  • Writing – the blank page, writing ‘the end’, and everything in between

  • Parenting, step-parenting, and family life

  • Overflowing intrays, balancing acts and being women 

  • Random stuff – daily life, travelling, things we love, things we can do without…

We’d love you to hang out with us , have a few laughs, and share some of your own thoughts on life, the universe… and writing.


Elle and Sash 


4 responses

3 10 2007

Nice work guyz. Luv your blog – it’s funny, interesting, and the scary thing is I relate to all of it. Well, no – most of it!! I don’t have the kidz part, young or teenagers – but I did help rear my wayward sister (12 year age gap) does that count? It certainly counted enough for me not to have ANY!! LOL.

Looking forward to Elle’s blogging after surviving Hinchinbrook 🙂

I’ve just returned from all things writerly ( a spec fic convention) with storm troopers from Star Wars to boot! Now off to an island far, far away – (you can’t get there by bus) well…actually you can, but it sounds far more exotic and exciting if you can’t. I’m off to write, write, write. Things to achieve while away: a short story, the opening chapters of a YA historical/supernatural romance and a major redrafting of current adult novel – and some serious wine drinking.

Can’t wait for Sash & Elle’s next instalments. Keep the posts coming…

18 08 2008

Your blog is interesting!

Keep up the good work!

6 08 2009

Thank you for saying so eloquently (SP?) what my heart feels……….

7 05 2010

Sash darling, it may be just early signs of my senilty setting in, but for quite some time now, I haven’t noticed your budgie when I visit. Is it possible it inadvertently turned into cats droppings and you haven’t noticed? (I really hope it’s not the senilty thing)

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