Wednesday, 1 July 2015

IWSG (July)

It's time for another gathering of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. The place where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

I am not so much feeling insecure this month as despondent; disheartened by my seeming lack of progress. Submissions are out, some feedback has been positive - encouraging even. And yet I still seem to be treading water. I am working on new things but I can't stop the niggling self doubt that is currently perching on my shoulder. Am I good enough? Will I realise my dreams?

I know these feelings are all part of being a writer and there is no magic answer. The despondency will clear, but it is good to talk about it here and feel a little less alone!

Brain child of Alex J. Cavanaugh ably assisted this month by: Tamara Narayan Allison Gammons Tanya Miranda

Friday, 26 June 2015

It can't possibly be Friday yet ...... can it?

Last Sunday we went for a walk around Mevagissey Harbour. It was beautiful, very tranquil with the boats bobbing about and the water lapping around the rocks. We saw the most enormous jellyfish, apparently there are a lot about at the moment due to the weather. No picture of a jellyfish, but here are a couple of the harbour.

It was nice to start the week in a relaxing way because thereafter it just seemed to speed up! One of those weeks when I seem to have to try and be in several places at once. I don't really see the situation changing much for a few days either, so I'll hop around and catch up with you all just as soon as I can. 

In the meantime . . .

Happy Weekend

Thanks to Lexa and her co-hosts
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
and a special welcome to our new co-host Tonja

Friday, 19 June 2015

Celebrate memories revisited

This week I have been going through some photo files and trying to tidy them up. It was fun to wander through the memories and I thought I would share one or two that might be of interest here. Living in Cornwall I am lucky enough to have access to many wonderful examples of standing stones and ancient sites. I hope you enjoy this small sample.

I took these a couple of years ago. I just loved the way the horses were wandering around the standing stones. The picture is of Lanyon Quoit, not far from St. Ives.The original structure is thought to date to the Neolithic period (3500-2500BC). It is believed that Lanyon, and other similar quoits, were used as ritual funeral sites.
The Men-an-tol (holed stone) dates to the Bronze Age. Various stories surround this unusual stone and it has been said to have healing powers, particularly if you pass through the stone. The hole in the centre is produced by natural weathering.

If you are interested in seeing some amazing pictures and finding out more about these and other fascinating stones click HERE

The final picture was taken on moorland near Lands End. The colour of the heather is just beautiful. And of course quite purple!

Two lovely ladies nominated me for blog awards this week.  Yvonne for the Creative Blogger award.

And Deanie Humphrys-Dunne for the Encouraging Thunder award.
For this I have to share 5 facts about me.
* I enjoy yoga, it helps with a knee problem I have had. I am quite proud of the fact I can stand on my head!
* I dislike coffee but love a nice cup of tea.
*I love cats and horses and unicorns.
*Five years ago I renewed my wedding vows with Elvis in Vegas
* In case there was still any doubt ... I love the colour purple!

What you can do with Encouraging Thunder Award:
Post it on your blog
Grant other bloggers with the award

What you can't do with the award:
Abuse or misuse the logo
Claim that it's your own handmade logo

What you should do after receiving the award:
Enjoy the award!
Thank via comments or mention the blogger who gave you the award

No questions or complicated rules. It's acknowledgement  for those who support and encourage

Thank you both so much for thinking about me. I'd like to nominate  Lexa and L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge for all their weekly support with the Celebrate the Small Things Hop!

Happy Weekend 

Friday, 12 June 2015

Celebrate the small things

This week I'm celebrating a productive writing week. I sent off one short story for a competition, completed some editing on another project and produced a synopsis that I am happy with.

I am also celebrating losing an earring ........ and finding it again!

It's nearly the weekend! I've had a cold the last week and, although it is on the way out now (hopefully) it has left me feeling a bit washed out. There do seem a lot of coughs, colds and the like around, maybe the germs don't realise it is June already!

Happy Weekend

Thanks to Lexa and her co-hosts
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Katie @ TheCyborgMom

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

IWSG (June)

Thanks to Alex and all this months co-hosts

I am pleased to say, I don't think I have any particular new insecurities this month. The usual anxieties are always lurking beneath the surface ready to ruin my mood, but I am working hard to stay positive and not spend my days constantly checking my inbox!

I love writing and creating stories, I can't imagine a time when I won't, and I think that is the most important thing to remember. A contented writer is a successful writer.

Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. - David Frost

Friday, 29 May 2015

Special treats

What a fantastic few days I had this week. Those of you who read last Friday's post may remember my hubby was arranging a 'surprise' for our anniversary. When I wrote that post I had no idea what we were doing or where we were going - it was all very mysterious. I was told I would be staying away overnight so my first dilemma was what to pack? What would I need? Luckily eldest daughter ( who was in on things!) helped me there.

First thing Tuesday morning I was stood in the hallway with my bags packed. Normally it is me who organises things. I felt a little out of control! I thought we were driving somewhere until daughter got in car with us! We were dropped at the train station and wished a good trip. Okay ....

We were headed for London and would actually be away two nights. (Mental scan of suitcase contents!).

Some five hours later we arrived in London and caught a taxi. I did not hear husband's instructions to driver, so I am still clueless as to our destination.

Like most folks I guess, I have a bucket list of things I would like to do. Many, I'm sure, will end up being just nice things to dream about, but occasionally we get the chance to tick off some of those dreams. Turns out I was about to be making one big tick on my bucket list.

A short taxi ride later and we pull up outside The Ritz! Afternoon tea at The Ritz has been on my wish list for years. I wasn't disappointed. That place is gorgeous. So glad daughter suggested the dress I was wearing to travel in!

The tea was wonderfully charming. We spent as long as we possibly could over it. Is it possible to overdose on pretty little cakes? I think it is because I couldn't eat a thing for the rest of the day. I did not feel it was the place to whip out my camera, sort of didn't seem right to spoil the mood, so you will have to take my word for it. Imagine, floral cake stands, silver teapots, piano music and waiters in tailcoats .... Truly a treat to remember.

But we were in London, so plenty of other exciting things to do and see. A trip to the theatre to see Warhorse and a glimpse of the Queen in her state carriage on the way to the re-opening of parliament. We were in the right place at the right time for that one.

On the second evening we managed to tick something off my husband's bucket list too. He has always enjoyed listening to jazz music and so he had arranged a trip to Ronnie Scott's Jazz club. Another great experience and I am so glad we got to do something he has always wanted to do too.

Back at home now and reality. I'm in a bit of a daze. The trip must have taken him months to organise but it is something we will both look back on with very fond memories for a long time.

Happy weekend

Thanks to Lexa and her co-hosts
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge

Katie @ TheCyborgMom

Friday, 22 May 2015

Celebrate the small things

I ran out of time and energy to post last week - apologies to anyone who visited expecting to read a post. However, I do have several things to be thankful for, so without further ado, this week I am happy to celebrate:

* A Bank Holiday weekend and the start of a week's half-term holiday (UK). Looking forward to extra time to do some writing and spend some time with family. Not quite so appealing is the list of household chores to be done, but hey that's life!

* Youngest daughter is home in a few days for the summer break from university. Whilst the eldest has just finished her Advertising degree and considering what comes next. Honestly, I do not know where that three years went. Seems like only last week I was saying she was about to start!

*In a few days hubby and I will be celebrating our 30th (Pearl) Wedding Anniversary. Once again, it hardly seems possible that all those years have gone by. I was young when I got married, but I think we are proof it can work. Not sure how we are celebrating but I understand there is a surprise planned for next week. Exciting ....

Thanks to our lovely host Lexa and her team of co-hosts

 L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge

Katie @ TheCyborgMom