Friday, 12 February 2016

Celebrate the small things

Here in the South West of England we have been experiencing the force of storm Imogen this week.

Naming storms in the the UK is a relatively new thing. The Met Office invited the public to suggest names for autumn/winter 2015/16, following the alphabet and alternating male and female names. I believe the idea was that it would help raise awareness of the approach of severe weather and thus help people prepare. The arrival of storm Imogen therefore indicated the ninth storm to hit the UK since the pilot project began. I think naming the storms has made it seem like we have suffered more severe weather (although I don't think this is necessary the case) and in my small circle of of people it has been a topic of conversation, so maybe it is highlighting the potential problems.

Storm Imogen brought very strong winds, heavy rain and high seas. The pictures of some of the waves were phenomenal! We suffered some damage to our fence and a few small tree branches down, but nothing serious, so I will definitely celebrate that fact this week. My thoughts are with those that have been affected by any of the winter's storms. The power of mother nature will continue to test us.

I am also going to celebrate . . .

Next week is a half-term holiday so it means a few days from the day job and a chance to get in some extra writing time.  Yay!

My cute unicorn pen!








Happy weekend everyone. 

 

Thanks to Lexa and her lovely co-hosts
 L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Insecure Writer's Support Group

Oh gosh, yes it's IWSG day! Just turned on my computer and seen all your lovely posts in my blogroll. I had remembered at the weekend but it sort of slipped my mind with everything else that was going on!

Luckily, I don't think I have any new insecurities this month. The same old ones hover around but I try hard not to listen to them too much. Although progress on my edits is a little slower than I would like, I am moving forward and am generally pleased with the way things are going.

I'll hop around and see what writing insecurities are afoot around the blogosphere this month.

Happy writing all.



Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting our monthly meeting and to this month's co-hosts 
Allison Gammons,Tamara Narayan, Eva E. Solar, Rachel Pattison, and Ann V. Friend

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Celebrate the small things


I seem to have let two week slip by without posting again. My excuse (if I need one!) is that I have been focusing a lot on editing my ms. Any spare time has been donated to working on it and I am pleased with the way it is progressing so it has been time well spent. 

I also sent out a couple of submissions of other work. I like to try and have things out and being read as much as possible. You never know where it may lead. Anyone who has ever submitted to agents or publishers will know how particular guidelines can vary so it is worth checking them carefully. It is amazing how long putting it all together can take and I spent a couple of evenings working on them. 

In other news, I would like to thank our new dehumidifier. We were finding we were having a bit of a problem with damp so decided to invest in one. It seems to be making a difference so glad we did.
 
Finally, a few photos of the flowers I received for my recent birthday. I was very lucky and the house was full of a wonderful selection of blooms. Very cheery on the dark, wet days we have been having too. Other presents included a pile of new books (thank you lovely daughters) and a gorgeous necklace and bracelet from hubs. 



               




Happy weekend everyone. 

 

Thanks to Lexa and her lovely co-hosts
 L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Friday, 15 January 2016

Celebrate the small things

I am on the brink of a celebration that sort of starts this weekend. I'll just whisper it for now but it's my birthday next Tuesday. And it is one of those with a '0' on the end so I guess it is something special. I don't really worry about age - it's a number and I much prefer words to numbers anyway, but it's a milestone to mark so happy birthday to me! It starts today because our youngest is coming home for the weekend so we can celebrate together. Tuesday will be a work day so it makes sense to celebrate a day or two early.

Last weekend I spent some time getting stuck into my manuscript. I hadn't worked on it over Christmas so was a little apprehensive  how I'd feel about it, but I am pleased to say I am happy with how it is progressing. There are a couple of plot issues I need to address but I feel quite confident so far.

Managed two different types of exercise classes this week. Again, this sort of slid over the festive period but pleased to be getting back into things again. Amazing how quickly you seem to lose the fitness . . . or maybe that's an age thing!


Happy weekend

 

Thanks to Lexa and her lovely co-hosts
 L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Friday, 8 January 2016

Celebrate the small things

Have you all eased yourselves into the new year yet? Already we're a week into it and time is rushing along as fast as last year but I wanted to pause for a moment and consider those small things that can make a big difference!

Often we start the new year with claims that we are going to eat healthier, take more exercise and so on. Well this year I do mean it! Healthy fruit and veggie smoothies are going down great in our household at the moment. Having one for breakfast seems to really fill me up so I am not tempted to snack before lunch! They only take a few minutes to make and I can drink it while getting ready for work. So far it seems like a win win situation!

I am planning to reconnect with my manuscript this weekend. I am excited to dive back in and see how the characters are feeling after the holidays. I hope I will be able to report good progress soon.

Happy weekend!

 

Thanks to Lexa and her lovely co-hosts
 L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

First IWSG of 2016

Happy New Year to you all


I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are feeling ready to embrace the year ahead. I haven't been around much online for a couple of weeks and am only now dipping my toe back into the water! I am sad that I haven't had time for writing since before Christmas but I am planning to get back into that over the next few days. In some ways I think it is a good thing as it will have given me some distance in which to re-approach  my editing and revisions with fresh eyes.

I haven't made any particular resolutions for the new year, nor set myself any deadlines yet, however, I am looking to have a submission ready manuscript in the next few months. I am trying not to let any niggling insecurities push their way in and spoil my new year positivity. Here's hoping that 2016 will be a great writing year!

Thanks to Alex J. Cavanugh for hosting and to this month's co-hosts; 

Friday, 18 December 2015

Celebrate the holidays

And so we are racing headlong towards the end of another year. It is a natural time of reflection but also the chance to consider what the year ahead may bring too. If I'm honest I didn't achieve as much as I'd hoped in 2015 but I am striving to forge ahead with my writing and am hopeful that 2016 will bring fresh opportunities.

So, I am going to celebrate my ongoing desire to write and the special place it has in my heart and I am celebrating the chance to spend time with my family over the coming days as our youngest daughter is now home from university for the holidays.

I am feeling tired and in need of a little break so this will likely be my last post of the year.  I wish each of you a happy and peaceful Christmas. Thank you all for your support, encouragement and friendship over the past year. I hope to see you all around blogland in the new year.


 

Thanks to Lexa and her lovely co-hosts
 L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog