Goodbye, 2017 (Wrap Up)

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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.

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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.

IMG_20160319_214147Sadly 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.

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GP: “When I am a rich man (writer)” by Isla Dennes

It’s Tuesday, so that means Guest post time.  This week’s poster is the lovely Isla Dennes, Author of Sex, Spoons & Salsa.  Enjoy!

s“When I am a rich man (writer)”

by Isla Dennes

Fiddler on the Roof has a lot to answer to!  As a ten year old sitting in the school hall listening to my brother’s debut musical performance as Tevye, I had no illusions of grandeur, no grand plans for world domination.  Life was simple.

Now a writer, note the omission of “rich”, my ambitions have matured along with my age.  I have finally succeeded in securing my second publishing contract.  Yes, I am thrilled, delighted, my fragile ego and struggling self-esteem have finally been publicly acknowledged, that yes I am a bona-fide author and not just a wannabe scribbler!

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ReBlog: How To Handle The Slow Burn Story

Since I had no guest poster set up for this week, I thought I would share someone else’s wisdom with a reblog instead! Check out this great article from BlondeWriteMore Blog.

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This is something I have experienced lately, writing the slow burn story.

These tales are unique because they take AGES to come out of you.

They are normally written in dribs and drabs which can be very frustrating for an impatient blonde writer, like myself.

A slow burn story is a form of creative torture as your naughty muse gives you a little titbit of the story (equating to a few pages) and that’s it for a few days, weeks or even months.

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Guest post: How to write in a foreign language

MS Harris.jpgThis week’s guest poster is the wonderful M S Harris who discusses writing manuscripts in a language that is not your native one.

How To Write In A Foreign Language

by M.S. Harris

I have been writing for a long time and I’ve been making stories in my head for as long as I can remember.

Not only do I write and I make stories, but I write them in English. English is not my first language, Greek is and through a lot of thinking I decided that writing in English is the better choice for me.

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