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Welcome, friends old and new, to my blog. This is the place where I can share my scribblings and thoughts on loving life. I hope you enjoy them, make suggestions and come back to read more.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Friday Five: Five things I haven't done that you probably have.

Do you remember that game we used to play- "I've Never Ever..."?

The idea (for those who have led sheltered lives) was to get drunk and embarrass your friends by outing their darkest secrets. For example, "I've never ever snogged (insert name of geek here) at the school disco when I was thirteen" would ensure my friend had to knock back a shot but I didn't. Much hilarity, and possibly a passive-aggressive revenge for eating the last Rolo.

I don't consider myself to have lead a sheltered life by any means; I've travelled to some awesome places and done some amazing things- I've got some good stories to tell! Yet there are still some "common experiences" I have yet to experience. I bet you've done at least three of the things on my "Never Ever" list.

Line up the shots and read on... 

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Birthday Weekend

Happy Pre-Birthday to Me!



Lucky me- not only is it my birthday tomorrow, but today I got to go to All About Dogs at Newark Showground for FREE! (I love a freebie!) I won a family ticket in a competition and, having no kids to drag along, I took my two fur-babies and their Nanny for a stroll in the sunshine.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Friday Five: Five reasons Why Thirty-Something is Awesome.

Happy Friday! My favourite day, filled with promise- and this particular time of day is special because it is the longest stretch of time left before Monday morning.

Not that I don't love my job. I have the second-best job in the world (I always wanted to be a tomb-raider, like Lara Croft) but I still enjoy my weekends.

This weekend is my birthday weekend (woop!) and it started off well when someone asked me today if it was a Big One. I was chuffed to bits when they followed up by saying they thought maybe it would be my 30th! (I'll be 33, but I clearly don't look it- it must be all the tea I drink).

Rather than bemoan the passing of the years, I'd rather focus on the benefits of (supposed) maturity that aging brings. I'm actually quite looking forward to 50, as I've heard rumours of a "Diamond Club" where you get discounted meals at certain restaurants- assuming you can eat it without getting heartburn, of course. And don't get me started on bus-passes! (I love a freebie!)

Anyway, Tempus Fugit, and all that- here are my five reasons why thirty-something is awesome.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Late: a ghostly tale gets a makeover

Me and my big mouth...


As usual, I've gone off half-cocked and failed to think things through properly before doing them- (insert own typical Taurean bull-in-a-china-shop metaphor here)- although, I must say, impulsive decisions do seem to work out quite well for me, and my fragile heart has been truly touched by the support from my friends and family, yet again.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Friday Five: Five book titles that really should have been thought through a bit more...

Happy Friday everyone!

Those of you who read this blog regularly will know how terrible I am at coming up with titles. Strange Ideas: Death, Destiny and Decisions literally took me months, but I'm pretty chuffed with it as I think it captures the themes perfectly. So it was worth all the effort and doodling in the end. I hope.


Sometimes, browsing through books and looking at titles, I do wonder how much thought has gone into choosing them- I mean, "Cheese Problems Solved", really? I get that a title needs to grab potential readers' attention, while giving them a clue as to the book's content, but is "Cooking With Pooh" appropriate? Not for my warped little mind, anyway...


Here are some "unusual" titles for books that I've stumbled across while perusing the internet this week that, while carrying a serious and earnest message, nevertheless made me howl with laughter. These are all genuine and available to buy, believe it or not...

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

WIP Wednesday- Late: a ghostly tale released in paperback.

Available on Amazon

Hi guys!

In preparation for publishing Strange Ideas: Death, Destiny and Decisions, I decided this week to have a test run with the already-available-on-Kindle-and-doing-very-nicely-thank-you-very-much-for-asking Late: a ghostly tale. It was an interesting experience...

Friday, 5 April 2013

Friday Five: Five things I want and can't afford.

Envy. Avarice. Greed. Jealousy. The green-eyed monster. Coveting thy neighbour's ass.


However you put it, wanting something you can't have sucks. I suffer from this as much as the next person, and sometimes I feel like I would shave my head and sell my hair just to get my mitts on a new toy. On bad days, I find myself pondering whether I really need two kidneys.


Of course, this is well and truly a first-world problem. I have a home, I have my health, I have enough to eat (too much? My cake-belly is so big I tell people I'm having Mr Kipling's baby) and I have a good life. But, I'm only human, and I still lust after the shiny things though. Here are the top five things I need want, in no particular order.