Friday, 12 December 2014

Celebrate Good Times ...

Amidst the whirlwind that is December, I thought I would take a moment to join in the celebrations hop as I haven't managed it for a few weeks.

So what's been happening here that is worthy of celebration? 

* The biggest celebration is that our youngest daughter is coming home this weekend from Uni! We will be decorating the tree and enjoying some family time before all our Christmas visitors start arriving. I am sure I will feel more Christmassy then.

* I had a fun night out with some girlfriends.

* I finally got to see Mockingjay, which I really enjoyed. 

* Tonight is our work's Christmas party, which should be fun. Oh yes, and today is Christmas jumper day, so off to work in my lovely snowman jumper with dangly scarf. Hope the kids don't pull it off! It is so warm and snuggly, Don't worry, I will change before the party tonight! 

Happy weekend everyone

Thank to Viklit and her team of co-hosts.

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

Wednesday, 3 December 2014


December dawns and for most of us that probably means frantic shopping, cooking, cleaning, decorating ... and the list goes on. I already feel like my on-line presence is dwindling as time becomes an even greater problem than normal. I had hoped to finish my current round of edits by Christmas but I suspect, in reality, this is unlikely to happen. Still, I guess it's not the end of the world if it creeps into the New Year and I am happy with the way it is progressing, which is the main thing. Any progress is good, right?

“A word after a word after a word is power.” 

Most days seem to be a fine balancing act between family, home life, friends, work and, oh yeah, that little thing called writing. It is just a fact of life that some days one has to take priority over the others, and family will always come first. My mainly secret life, the one spent with my characters and their trials and tribulations, is never far from my mind though.  It is most definitely 'the little thing' that helps keep me sane. It feeds me through times of trouble and gives me the opportunity to explore and grow. I can not ever imagine not doing it.

"I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I'm afraid of. ” 

Sure, I've got loads of writerly insecurities. I think having a creative mind tends to fuel the insecurities sometimes. We are supposed to be good at making things up after all, but for the last IWSG of 2014 I wanted to finish as I started back in January when I said my key words for the year were going to be positivity and focus. There's been a few wobbles, but on the whole, I think I have striven to maintain that goal. I haven't quite got to the place I hoped to be by the end of the year but I am still confident that I will get there in the end. Here's hoping that 2015 will see me realising a few goals and fulfilling a few of my dreams.  

"This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and that hard.” 

And finally, to all my writing friends out there,I hope that the coming year will bring the following for us all.

“let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences” 

 Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for founding this amazing group

Thanks also to this months fabulous co-hosts; Heather Gardner, T. Drecker from Kidbits, Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins

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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