I got a lovely surprise in receiving the Sunshine Blogger Award. This award is given to creative, positive and inspiring bloggers. So, I want to give a super shoutout to the awesome Lorraine Ambers, who is a great writer and friend. Thank you!! Make sure to visit her blog, it’s full of really helpful and interesting posts.
We are now in a new month, so that means, another set of goals I have set. Last month I only completed 8 out of 12 goals. Over half, but not as many as I’d like.
My wonderful friend and author Melka Stansah is back on this blog, this time with an author interview. Enjoy!
Well as we slink towards the end of 2017, I thought I would do a wrap up as way of a last blog post for the year.
[ Life ]
The year started badly when my sister went into a coma. Followed shortly after by another family member going missing. Thankfully my sister recovered and the family member was found.
Then there was the closing of my office, meaning I was out of a job. Definitely put a crimp in my plans since suddenly money became tight.
That was followed with a “Bold Move” plan were we decided to leave England and move to Northern Ireland.
We are still coming to terms with the change, but we have plans to get us where we want to be and we are trying to stick to them.
Sadly the year ended badly when we had to say goodbye to our beloved cat Marvel. She was over 16 years old, had hyperthyroidism and had recently developed a heart problem.
She took a bad turn last Saturday and was rushed to the vets, were we had to make the heart-breaking decision to let her go. Both myself and my partner were with her at the end, which we are truly grateful for but her passing has left us hollow.
It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means! Guest post day! This week’s guest poster is the lovely Rachel Poli who answers the question “Why do you write.”
Why do you write?
by Rachel Poli
I think anybody can write. While it’s not an easy task or even easy to get into if you take it seriously enough to have it your full-time career, I do believe anyone can be a writer.
Whether you write in a journal before bed each night, you recreate your favorite characters through fan fiction, or let your imagination lose in a notebook for your eyes only or online for the world, you’re a writer.
It’s Tuesday so you know that means we are joined by a guest poster and this week’s poster is the wonderful Jaye Marie who discusses being overwhelmed – a topic I can completely understand right now. Enjoy 🙂
Really Easy to be Overwhelmed
by Jaye Marie
I had made the decision to take a break from fiction this year, and already I know I will miss it.
The last few years have been pretty manic, almost destroying my passion for writing. I am 73 years old and half of a writing partnership, which means I am also an editor, proof-reader, promoter, publisher and marketer of our nine books.
This week’s guest poster is the lovely Sandie Docker who discusses being a writer. Enjoy 🙂
Own it baby. Work it!
by Sandie Docker
“So, what do you do?”
A simple question. One, unless you’re a spy, that is answered easily.
Except it isn’t.
It’s a question that fills me with dread. Because what I am, is a writer. But I’m an unpublished writer so to answer that most simple of questions I feel like a complete fraud if I answer with the truth. I have no books out in the world. I don’t get paid to write.There is no tangible proof of what I do (other than my manuscripts languishing in various slush piles waiting to find a home). And even though I write every day (nearly), and I do courses which in other circles would be considered ‘professional development’, and I’m chasing my dream with query letter after query letter, and all those memes out there tell me that if I write I’m a writer, it still feels wrong to say it out loud. “I’m a writer.”
This week’s guest poster is the lovely author Nathalie Andrews who discusses that prickly topic of “write what you know.” Please note this is a 2 part article so check back tomorrow for the second half 🙂 Enjoy!
“Write What You Know” (part 1)
By Nathalie Andrews
We’ve all heard the advice. If we’ve experienced something the chances are we will have a clearer understanding of it and, in turn, that means we’ll be better able to write about it. Right?
But what if you want to write about something completely different – a character from another time, another culture, a fantastical world? There are two things to think about: how could you write them well? And should you write them at all?
This week’s guest post if by the lovely Lorraine Ambers, Writer and Queen of Daydreams, who talks about who own personal experiences and how you really are, never too old to learn.
You’re never too old to learn by Lorraine Ambers
Exam result time is upon us. People are waiting in angst or hope for their future endeavours. Now-a-days pupils are taught through positivity, that if you try you can succeed. This method is new. Teachers used to drill home the concept, that exam results were the pinnacle upon which success hung. That without great grades adults would scrape the bowels of existence. Facing perils for evermore… Blah blah blah!
This week’s guest post is the lovely Erika Kehlet from The Book’s The Thing where she shares her love of books and offers up reviews. Enjoy!
Do’s and Don’ts for Connecting with Reviewers by Erika Kehlet
I’m so happy for this chance to be a guest on Ari’s blog today. I’m Erika, and when not working full time in IT support, I write a book blog and read everything I can get my hands on.
I have had a love of reading since I was old enough to hold a book in my hands, before I even knew what the the little symbols on the pages meant.
I learned to love books by watching my family read, and being read to, and I’ve tried to instill the same love for books in my own children.