Tuesday Writing

Good morning fellow scribblers or readers.

Just a quick blog post this morning as I am eager to get this new story done.

We met in the pub for our writing group and it was rather nice; the atmosphere was different and reminded me of how much I enjoyed the venues of the Bangor Cellar Writers when we met in cafés in the evening. We had to shout more but we managed some readings and I shared my story Thinking in Circles; the one that was runner-up in the latest competition news. It went down very well, phew!

So nice and early and set to write.

Have a great day everyone!

Something special


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New Week, New Excitement

No matter what happens to us in our lives,  a new day, a week signifies new hope. I have had a lovely weekend and am now looking ahead and hoping this week brings some positive and wonderful things.

I am sat poised on the edge of that new week, ready for what it has to offer. What about you?

I am taking it a day at a time and determined to make everything count.

Writing group tonight is at the pub as our usual room is needed for holy week since we use a space in the lovely St Nicholas Church. So a meeting with a difference; more informal.

So as I prepare for a productive day I wish you all a happy and positive Monday.


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In the Quiet

I sit in the quiet of the morning; the sun beats on the conservatory and I think about my writing life. ❤

I think about all the things that have happened and that I want to happen… and the things that are happening right now. And I am truly grateful. For it all. This includes the hard times for making me what and who I am today. ❤

I truly believe we have to picture in our mind and feel in our soul the goals we have set for ourselves and our life. We have to see these things as being true right now and feel the way that feels as if it is your life right now. I learned this a long time ago but it’s easy to slip out of thinking that way. So I have started to do that again. I am living my dream every day.

There is something written on one of the many inspirational signs I have on my wall, about my workspace, that I took from the book, The Secret. It reads:

Everything you want — all the joy, love, abundance, prosperity, bliss — it’s there, ready for you to grab hold of… the universe will deliver every single thing you’ve ever wanted — if you BELIEVE. Embrace everything you want and it will be yours.’

I don’t think we can magically conjure the life we desire, but I think we can live and feel as if we are, as if we have it and are living it. Feel the energy of that happy place. Then I think the universe shifts; so don’t focus on the bad things or the things you fear will happen. Positive energy is far more powerful than negative. I think the things we need to make that the reality will now come to us. The right opportunities; be that a letter, a phone call, a ‘seemingly’ chance meeting with a stranger who has or knows what you need. Or maybe you wake up with the idea that sets the ball rolling (to coin the proverbial cliché!).

I think we need to change our thinking from negative to positive, and we have the power to do that just by programming the way we think. See the beauty in the moment and not the pain or the fear. Try it and see what happens.

That is my message for today as we move into the weekend and all the wonderful things we hope it will bring… or should I say we KNOW it will bring.

Happy writing, happy editing, happy reading… happy life, whatever you do. Think happy thoughts.

The world is yours for the taking. Don’t be afraid. ❤


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A Life That’s Full

When I think about it I have been sat writing and plotting and editing in front of my computer for a good few years now. And happily I must add. But just lately I have been thinking about holidays and my social life and the kind of things I love to do best that are away from my computer. You know I think it’s hanging out with good friends; going out for lunch or for coffee; taking in the surroundings, having fun, enjoying people.

I don’t have the most active social life I agree but I do have one and I do enjoy these simple pleasures. I was also thinking about how much I would love a short little holiday. I never crave the clubby Ibiza scene and never have; a little Tuscan village maybe, a little arty place with cafés and bookshops. We might plan something for later this year, pennies permitting, but I have a feeling it might be a little more ‘package’ sunshine and hotel. But not all lazy days by a pool as I get too hot… but time to read sounds good. Maybe one day chilling, one day exploring. As long as there are little shops and cafés; maybe a bit of yoga on the beach… and it will be enough to heal, restore and redress the balance of our busy lives. So that’s what’s been on my mind these past couple of days… so just sharing, as you do ❤

So onwards with more writing and editing today and then the gym this afternoon.

Life is to be lived and relished and enjoyed and it doesn’t matter if it’s on a budget because truly the very best pleasures come from people… and I am blessed with some wonderful friends and a lovely man. Thanks for being in my life. That is all.



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Story Theory

I was going to blog about this myself following some recent discussions with author and client friends so I decided instead to share this great blog link from my business partner at Bridge House and great friend, Dr Gill James… I think is says it all and some great writing book recommendations here as well.

Link below!

Off to the gym and then more editing work… oh and finishing touches on a new short story!

I also see the wonderful Tracy Fells made it onto the Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist again! What an amazing and well-deserved achievement! Fantastic news! She was a guest on my blog if you remember as well 🙂 Fabulous writer!



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You truly have to believe in YOU

I often think about my own writer’s journey when I read about what others have done. I had two conversations recently with writer friends about the life of the successful well-known writer; about the needs and expectations if fame hits.

I said I did not think fame sounded as though it was hitting anytime soon and that was not my goal; not fame per se but of course for my stories to be known enough to touch more people.

What about travelling the world for book signings etc. they asked me. Well if it happens then it happens and I would surely embrace it. But I also pointed out that I am a ‘home bird’ and with my animals, my gym and my friends… and of course now my lovely man a life on the road was not really something I craved. But I would do what was needed. I see my mission in life as being in charge of my own destiny… well as much as that’s possible. I feel as if I created the life I love and so will make sure that stays… even if it changes form.

Embrace change. Embrace the future. Embrace happiness. That is my true mission. And that means success is not measured by pennies in the bank but by the feeling inside… right? And with success the pennies follow as a natural result anyway 🙂

Have a great Tuesday. I know I intend to. Bring. It. On…


Looking ahead always...

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Whoop to Friday

Not a bad week; lots of work done; new story coming along and I got to properly workout at the gym and I ache now which is a good thing! DOMS!

So plans for the weekend?

I will be out and about with the man and at his so no blog Monday morning. I will be working Sunday as usual though, but I so love my Saturdays. ❤

Today I will be working hard as usual. Not a lot to report really.

I did see a nice short write-up about my talk at the local school that the teacher kindly dropped off for me (below) and there was also the winning story chosen from the children I worked with which I have to say is excellent… well done to the Year 7s! This came on the day the man showed me a wonderful glossy magazine called Natural from 1998 (one of many in fact but he only seems to have this one) when he was on the cover and inside; a whole feature about him being a British Bodybuilding Champion and model! Well maybe I am not quite in the same league but we all have to start somewhere! 😉 I might even share that as well one day!

So I want to wish you all an AMAZING weekend; one of my great friends celebrates her 48th birthday today; known her since junior school when she changed schools, having moved from London and was sat with me! Friends ever since… and another friend I have known from infants turns 48 tomorrow! Whoop to birthdays… and who says we’re getting old? Never! Not us, eh girls?

I remember when we were in Year 7… only we didn’t call it Year 7 then… and in this same school as it happens before they changed its name and rebuilt some of it!!! Memories…


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Have a great weekend; back Tuesday!


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