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Transformative Writing Challenge #1

Well it has been a few weeks since I last posted, and I am very sorry about that.

Anyway, I am here now.

Firstly, some good news! I will have a piece of flash fiction published in an anthology. You can order yours here, but hurry, they are only available to buy until August 21st 2017.

Now, I am going to explore something different. I found a blog recently and signed up to transform my writing. It is an 8 step process, which I joined after it finished, but it is on the blog so anyone can revisit. The first prompt is:

"In addition to writing, what else is important in your life?"
Well, as it turns out, quite a bit actually! As I write this, we are halfway through the Summer holidays. We have had a week away, and getting back into the swing of things. But this means that my children are not at school. They will not be back at school for another 4 weeks!! But they are important to me. I am their mum and I try to be the best I can be. A lot of the time, I fall short of that, bu…

This is MINE!

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So I am still on the quest to find the perfect blogging style. Okay, maybe I am setting the bar too high, but seriously, I need to get this figured out!

So I have done some reading up on it. No, I am not SEO Optimising or anything like that. No adverts - at least not until my book is out!

But one thing I realised is that my reader engagement is low.

So, we either got off on the wrong foot, or I talk about me too much. Sadly, this post is going to be about me, but as a conversation starter, because I have no idea who 'you' are until you comment.

I read that blogging is like meeting a stranger in the street (or wherever you choose!). A stranger whom you have to talk to. The stranger has somehow come across your path, and you are trying to engage with them. Now, the thing about strangers is you don't know anything about them. Do they like sweet romance? Or bloody murder? Do they turn the air blue or say darn it?



In my experience, unless you are at a party or somewhere simil…

Branches and Roots

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This is a very, very late post. Maybe the content will enlighten you.

I am a Christian who goes to church on an almost weekly basis. A couple of Sunday's ago, we had a visiting preacher from a nearby church. Having not heard her before, except once and I couldn't quite remember, I was dubious about the sermon.

She couldn't have had more of my attention! I could have sat and listened for hours as it seemed she spoke to me, and only me. With her talking, I was the only one in the room!

This is what she had to say, and it is relevant to Christians and non-Christians alike.

There is a group who write and perform songs based on our religion. The singer is called Mark Hall and he has written a book called 'Thrive'. I have yet to read this book, but what that preacher told us has made me want to buy it.


In the book he talks about a tree. There is a tree he takes his youth group to, and discusses how the tree has branches and leaves, and how the roots below the ground, tho…

Weddings, Birthdays and Exhaustion

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This past week has been consumed by busyness, meaning I have not had time to prep or write this post until today.


My daughter had her birthday and party last weekend. My son had his birthday in the week but his party isn't until next Saturday. Then of course there have been wedding preparations in earnest, with less than 4 months to go until the big day!

Also, with it being the end of the school year, there has been a lot of activity at my daughter's school, mainly about moving up. Monday it is her sports day, and I have a meeting beforehand with the Special Needs Co-Ordinator at my son's school.

So I am sorry that this post is a bit awry, and not at all what you were expecting. Normal service will resume shortly :)


A load of Hot Air

Last Saturday, I went to the final talk at my local Literary Festival.

It wasn't what I had expected or hoped. In all honesty, I am not sure what it was that I expected, or hoped!

There was free tea and coffee, and after the talk there were free pasties and cider, which I couldn't take advantage of as I had promised Him Indoors that I would go and enjoy some wine and pizza with him.

I went to listen to screen writer Debbie Horsley, who has adapted the Poldark novels for the BBC. There weren't any novelists or short story writers at the event this year, and Debbie was the closest I was getting to fiction. She has written other TV dramas which weren't adaptations. So she was the most obvious choice for me to go and listen.

It was interesting, but I couldn't say I came away feeling inspired. I have figured that a Literary Festival - or ours at least - is more for readers to attend.

I pointed out to the director of the festival that I would like to see more novellis…

Police, Camera, Action!

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June kicked off with a trip to the Staffordshire Police Headquarters for their annual open day.

We have been going for a couple of years now, and this year it was probably the best it has been, despite there being no helicopter. We did have a fly by from the Midlands Air Ambulance on their way back to base following a call out though!

I met 'Mozza' from the current episode of Cops UK: Bodycam Squad. I tried to get a selfie but it didn't turn out right! I am new to this selfie game. I also had a go on Virtual Reality. I couldn't get up and walk around, but  had an Xbox controller to make 'myself' walk forward etc. but to look over things I had to lean forward. At one point I ran, but it made me feel very woozy, almost travel sick like! The man who was showcasing it said that there will be VR available with headphones and sticks for your hand so it will be a more wholesome experience. However, this is not yet widely available. I am not a tech geek, but I really w…

Time to Take Stock

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Focus. That is what I am always being told to do. I think lack of focus is the catalyst of procrastination.



I've been trying to refocus on my goals, and realised there are just too many. So I decided to focus on one or two. I chose two because I made a commitment to myself and a fellow blogger to post here once a week. The second is that the novel needs to be my primary focus. I might enter a short story comp once a month or so, but the novel is the priority.



And since I made this decision, writing has been more satisfying. the story that has been trying to escape for ages is finally beginning to take shape. It is in the outlining stage at the moment, but I am getting a clearer idea of where it is going to go. This will be much better than my previous stop-starts where I get a few chapters in and find out that I am going in the wrong direction.
I will be blogging more about the outlining process as I go through it with this book. I must say, the excitement I felt at finally wri…