Friday, 14 November 2014

Celebrate the small (and not so small) things

I haven't posted a celebration post for a while so this is a sort of round-up of the last few weeks and there are a few exciting things to report!

I am super pleased to announce that my short story, From Byron to Shelley, is now in print. The story was short listed in the short story section of the Yeovil Literary Prize in 2012. The winning and short listed stories and poems from 2012/2013 have been published in an anthology.

Amazon US
For more information visit Yeovil Literary Prize website

Our recent trip to Dartmoor was fun. We did lots of walking (most of it seemed to be uphill!) and I found time for a little writing. I managed to sort though a plot problem so I am extra happy about that! I still have some work to do but I am moving forward and feeling positive about the way things are progressing.

Stone circle on the moor

View from our cottage window

I just loved these toadstools. 
I could picture the little fae folk sitting on them. 

I went to an aero biking exercise class and survived! My legs felt like jelly afterwards but I'm sure it must have done some good. I've signed up for another session next week.

Happy Friday!

Thanks to Viklit and her team of co-hosts

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge

Katie @ TheCyborg Mom

CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

IWSG (Nov)

I must admit IWSG kind of sneaked up on me this month, so I don't really have much for you today. I will say that those 'end of the year' reflections are starting to creep into my brain.You know the ones I mean, they go something like, what have I actually achieved this year as a writer? At the moment I feel that I have fallen short of where I expected to be by the end of the year. However, I'm not going to let those thoughts take over just yet, instead I will hop around and see what insecurities are flying around for others this month.

Thanks as ever to Alex J. Cavanaugh and his fabulous team of co-hosts this month. LG Keltner,Donna Hole, Lisa Buie-Collard and SL Hennessy.

Friday, 24 October 2014

For those of us in the UK, today marks the start of half term week for many. I must admit the last seven weeks have been hard work and whilst I love working with children, I am ready for a few days off.

Hubby and I are heading to a small cottage on Dartmoor for a few days next week. Not sure how much internet connection there will be there so I will visit blogs when I can. It is a beautiful place. I love the wild ruggedness and the feeling of space. It is so atmospheric and you really feel as if you are getting away from things even though you are only a few miles from civilisation! I am hoping to do some walking and some writing whilst there. Following feedback on my ms I am doing some editing at the moment and one of the main suggestions was that a fight scene should be 'darkened.' I am hoping this will be the place to provide some inspiration to help me with this.

Photo taken on my last visit

I am also celebrating seeing my youngest daughter later today. She has been at university for six weeks now so looking forward to catching up. My eldest daughter has been up in London for a week as part of her university course so she will be home too. Will be nice to have us all together for the weekend.

Thanks to Viklit and her brilliant team of co-hosts

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

Happy weekend everyone

Friday, 17 October 2014

Celebrate the small things

Where are the weeks going, does anyone out there know? October is charging on towards November and I seem to be struggling to keep up. On the plus side, in the UK, the half term holiday is not too far away which means more writing time for me for a week - so YAY for that! More on that next week but for now I will take a few moments to look back at the last seven days and celebrate those small things that often get overlooked. This is one of the reasons I love this simple blog hop, it gives you a chance to reflect and be thankful. So thanks to Viklit for hosting along with her team of co-hosts.

*We had the living room carpet and sofa cleaned recently. It has given it a new lease of life but sadly made the coffee table look sad so we went out and bought some new furniture. A couple of occasional tables and a sideboard. It will take a few weeks to arrive but it is nice to have something to look forward to. Also means Hubby has the chance to paint the ceiling before it arrives!

*I also bought a new purple dress (that always cheers me up). Will look forward to wearing that soon.

*I finished reading Maze Runner which means I can go and see the movie this week.

*I am going to a Salsa dancing workshop tonight. I haven't done it in a while as our local class closed down so it will be fun to put my dancing shoes back on,

Happy weekend everyone.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Celebrate IWSG!

A quick post this Friday just to say a massive thank you to everyone who visited or commented on my IWSG post this week. I appreciate each and every one of you and would like to take the opportunity to welcome several new followers to my blog.

As most of you know, I had the honour of being one of Alex's co-host this month and as such have been spending time visiting and reading as many posts as possible. I have learnt new things, been inspired and motivated, had a good chuckle and even felt like shedding a few tears for some of you guys out there. This writing business is hard and often lonely, being able to share with like minded people is so important and it can often be the encouragement a struggling writer needs to continue.

It looks like the Insecure Writer's  Support Group anthology is going to be a great new resource.

I will probably be off-line for a few days now so will see you all soon.
Happy weekend,

Thanks to viklit and her team of co-hosts;

Diana Wilder
LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

IWSG (Sept)

Huge thanks as always to our host Alex J. Cavanaugh

I am honoured to be one of the co-hosts this month along with;

This is an extra special posting for the group as it marks the first year anniversary of the IWSG Website. Well worth checking out if you haven't already.

To mark the event Alex and the team are busy putting together an ebook that will be free to download in a few weeks. Full of helpful tips, anecdotes and links it is sure to be a must-have for any writer embarking on their writing/publishing journey. 

Open for submissions

I don't think I have any 'new' writing insecurities this month (yay for that!) but I am suffering with the age old problem of time management. I want to write - I have notes and diagrams and pictures all neatly fanned out on my writing table just begging for me to sit down and act on them. I am just finding it tricky to find the time. I am hoping that things will calm down a bit after this week and I will be able to get organised. Anyway, I have decided not to stress about it for the next few days, it will get done. In the meantime, I am off to visit as many of you as possible this month to see what insecurities are doing the rounds at the moment and check out some of the tips and advice being shared.  

Friday, 26 September 2014

Celebrate the small things

There's a definite tinge of autumn in the air. The days are getting shorter and the leaves are falling. Local shops are displaying an appealing array of cosy sweaters and fur topped boots and, for the first time in months, I feel like closing the curtains, lighting the scented candles and settling down with a hot chocolate!

I love writing at this time of year, I find it so atmospheric.

I received some really positive feedback on my ms this week and I am looking forward to settling down and working on it over the next few weeks. 

I also love this time of year because Strictly Come Dancing is about to start. Time to dig out the sequins and sparkly shoes!

Thanks to Viklit and her team of co-hosts

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse