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When the future finally arrives…

Well, I am so thrilled to let you know that Mal and I finally have a bungalow to rent on Canvey Island near the folks and near the gym (the perfect location)… and to begin our life together as it should be ❤

On Friday we finally picked up the keys, and as soon as I put the key in the door, and the lovely man lifted me over the proverbial threshold, I felt like I was truly home, at last. ❤

Having cleared the week of work except for this time of morning when I will be doing a few little editing jobs, I am project manager in all things ‘house’. In fact, I have been for the last three or four weeks counting down to this very week in fact! Since the place has all been done new, everything in it, new wiring, new central heating, new bathroom, kitchen, floors, carpets etc then it needed new things so it’s been a fab time of choosing my colour schemes for rooms and adding my arty touch to it all, the man has left me to it! Wise choice 😉

We move in, as in stay there officially on Friday we hope, as there are things to build (the joys of flat pack although we have ‘a man who can’ going to help us out!) and arrange and unpack etc. and so I start this week with great excitement and buzz at seeing it all come together… at last!!! Although today there is a little interlude to meet a great friend for her birthday lunch! Well, you have to make time for the important things, right? But then it’s full steam ahead. Can’t wait to be blogging and writing and editing from my new shiny office next week when great things will be achieved! The next project will , of course, be getting somewhere with the new novel and agent… and all things writerly ❤

So I won’t blog every day as this is now ‘work time’ but I will be here some mornings this week. We all need a change of scenery once in a while and this is just what I have needed for so so long, I can’t even tell you! It’s actually exhausting but I am loving it and the results will be so so so worth it 😀 That is all!

Happy Monday whatever you all do!

Work hard for the dream

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Close enough to touch

 the future…

 

We all have hopes and dreams but some take longer to come true than others. If I have learned anything in this life, it’s to be patient, as I talked about earlier this week. Be patient and don’t rush the dream. ❤

As writers, we know this all too well. Often the journey, as in life, is not a smooth one, but it’s the journey that makes us. It’s the journey that defines us. It’s the journey that creates the person we are. And that’s important.

I know I am not the person I was fifteen, ten, even five years ago. We are shaped by who we meet along the way and what happens to us. And this is something to think about in your writing. Characters are people  (or maybe aliens or animals!) but they are the ones we invest in and we identify with at some level. In a novel we don’t spend too much time with those blocks of exposition (back story) ‘telling’ the reader why a character is the way they are. Sure you might do it with simple short flashback scenes and with teasers. But we all know there has to be a story below what we see. How do we know? Because we know it in life. The journey that’s most important is the one we take with the character through the story. Character change is a function of plot and it’s that change that we need to focus on primarily.

This is why I ask my clients: so what does your character want? How do their actions direct change towards getting that and what antagonistic forces (people, events, circumstance) prevents that from happening? That, in a nutshell, is the premise of any story and creates the blueprint of the story’s arc. Now you know where it’s heading and how it has to end.

In life, if only it was as defined as we make it in a story — but then in a story, we edit for pace and tension and make sure the events happen in a way to create a fluid and powerful story. In life, it’s not quite as clear-cut as that. But they say art imitates life or should it be the other way round?

My life has its own arc, as all of ours do, only we can’t edit scenes to make it more interesting… only wait, isn’t that what we tend to do when we talk, tease out the interesting bits? So maybe that’s a skill we already have and can apply to our writing?

I will leave you with that thought. No blog tomorrow, I will explain next week!

Have a great Thursday and a weekend everyone!

You Deserve

Life is an amazing gift; cherish it. Be grateful for it. Tell someone you love them right now!

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Simple as this…

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July 19, 2017 · 6:58 am

Be Patient

This is the message I need to send myself this morning. It’s a message that’s pertinent for us all… in so many ways.

Life teaches us that what we want the most we have to work for and be patient for.

We live in a society that wants everything NOW, but that mentality of having what you want when you want it means you don’t appreciate it… do you?

Work for it, make it happen.

When it feels unbearable and you wonder if it will ever happen, is when it finally will. I remember thinking the same way when I was waiting for my first publishing success; then again when the novel had so many near misses before someone finally said YES. I feel it now as I wait for someone to take on one of my new novels.

 

And I think it now about waiting for the next part of my life to truly start.

Have patience.

Maybe today will be the day a dream comes true.

Believe.

Imagine it.

Hold it in your mind.

Stay strong and happy and focussed.

 

Be Patient

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A New Week, Lots of Hope

So here we are again and how time flies. A shiny new week with lots of expectation ❤

Another lovely weekend finishes and makes way for a week of editing and more…. I hope.

I savour this new week in the quiet stillness of the morning, feel it? I sit in my corner of life; in my little creative space and think about how wonderful it is I get to do the job I love… every single day. I count my blessings for the life I have and how most pleasure comes not from the things  I have, but from the people, the memories, those are the true blessings ❤ I write, I love, I wish, I hope, I dream. And I always will.

The most precious things of all can not be contained: laughter, fun, excitement, joy… you think about this. And also I guess pain, fear, grief which all have their place as they are part of who we are. But the more we give way to the good things then the more abundant those feelings will be and not the other ones. You can not contain abundance. So acknowledge the negative things but fill your heart with the positive wonderful things.

These are not the things you can box or hold in your hand, only in your heart.

So count your blessings, not your things, and think of everything you are truly grateful for. You will see these far outweigh the negatives right?

So surrender to the shiny new week and all the joys it has to bring. And if you are not feeling it today, however bad things might seem, stand back and embrace the good and think about all the blessings and guess what…? Is that a SMILE?

 

Hope always X

Welcome to an incredible new week!

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DreamHave a great weekend everyone!

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My Favourite Part of the Day

…is NOW.

This is one of my favourite expressions — the word has a few meanings, but this I truly love. This one is for the man who taught me yoga, and this word we say at the end of every class ❤

namaste

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