Sunday 29 July 2012

Birthstone Unicorns

I have updated the side bar to give details of this months birthstone, peridot. I often find this is a little known gem but one that is very pretty and worth a look. I have also added an extract from my Birthstone Unicorns Series for this month.

I know I am a few days early with this but I am due to take a short break so will be away from the 'blogosphere' for a week or so. I intend to recharge my batteries and spend some time with my family. My children are growing up so quickly it is scary and I intend to make the most of this precious time. I have had an exhausting year, and some time out is much needed. I am sure it will stimulate my creativeness as well.  Maybe I will come back with loads of new ideas.

Saying that, I will drop into, Write Club tomorrow and see the start of that and I have a post scheduled for 6th August as a shoutout for Kyra Lennon and her new release GAME ON, so not totally disappearing!

The birthstone flowers for August are the gladiolus or Poppy.

Happy Birthday if you are celebrating this month.

See you all soon.

Friday 27 July 2012

London 2012 - Olympic Games

Wow, it seems a long time ago that I wrote a couple of posts about the arrival of the Olympic Torch here and here. Tonight is the opening ceremony and the culmination of all that waiting and planning. Quite excited to see what they have planned, and who is actually going to light the flame in the stadium. Sadly only watching this on on the TV but let's hope the games go well and the true spirit of them is upheld. It will be good to be able to reflect that the London 2012 games were brilliant. Good luck to everyone involved.

Wednesday 18 July 2012


DL Hammons over at Cruising Altitude 2.0 is hosting this exciting writing contest commencing on 30th July. Check out full details and sign up by following the link to his blog. A copy of his basic rules are listed below. It looks like fun!

1st RULE: You MUST talk about WRiTE CLUB - Spread the word far and wide so we can involve as many writers as possible. Display the WRiTE CLUB banner prominently on your own blog. Write a post about it. Tweet it. Mention it on Facebook. Encourage people to submit or vote.

2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about WRiTE CLUB – Once the competition begins you are not allowed to solicit votes. All of the writing entries are anonymous, and we want it to stay that way.

3rd RULE: If someone taps out, WRiTING is over - Tapping out means a WRiTER can decide at any time during the 12 week competition to withdraw their name from the pool.

4th RULE: Only two people to a WRiTE - This is a head-to head competition, no ganging up allowed.

5th RULE: One WRiTE per week - No matter how many submissions I receive, there will only be one WRiTE per week.

6th RULE: No shirts, no shoes - Come on, tell me you didn't giggle at that one.

7th RULE: WRiTES will go on until Oct5th - On that date the 12 winners will be matched up against one another on daily posts until the ultimate WRiTER is chosen.

8th RULE: If this is your first week at WRiTE CLUB, you HAVE to WRiTE - Each week new submissions will be placed in a "newby" pool from which one half of the WRiTE will be made up. The other WRiTER will come from the existing pool. If there are no "newbies", both WRiTERS will come from the existing pool less the previous winners.

The winner of the final round will be picked by a panel of publishing industry professionals! 

Tuesday 10 July 2012

Happiness Day

I heard today that July 10th is International Happiness Day so I thought I'd try to spread a little bit of happiness and raise a smile. True this is sometimes very hard to do in the tough climate we find ourselves in but if we can stop and pause, just for a minute, and think of all the things we have to be thankful for, hopefully we can all find  some happiness.

Spread the happiness

Sunday 8 July 2012

The Invisible Man

Today I am posting a link to You Tube. It is an animation my daughter produced for her GCSE Art exam two years ago. I think it is brillant  - I know, I would wouldn't I!  She is off to university in September to study Advertising.

Invisible Man

Thursday 5 July 2012

Birthstone Unicorns - July

A short post just to let you know I have added an extract from, Ruby - The July Birthstone Unicorn, on a separate page.  Please feel free to take a look.

Wednesday 4 July 2012

Happy 4th July!

Just wanted to wish all my American blogger buddies a happy 4th July. Hope you have an awesome day whatever you are doing.

Sunday 1 July 2012

July Birthstone - Ruby

Well it's the 1st of July so time to update this month's birthstone. Traditionally the birthstone of July is the beautiful ruby. I have updated the side bar with information about this stone and the characteristics associated with it. I'll post an extract from this month's Birthstone Unicorns story in a few days.

The verse from the traditional poem goes as follows;

"The gleaming ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they'll be exempt and free,
From lover's doubts and anxiety."
The birthstone flower is Larkspur

Happy Birthday if you are celebrating a birthday this month