Friday, 25 July 2014

Back to the celebrations!

Hello all, and happy Friday!

It's been a little while (ahem, two months) since I've joined in the Friday celebrations blog hop, and my apologies to VikLit for being away for so long. She does a wonderful job, along with her co-hosts, of spreading the celebrations around for everyone to enjoy. 

Friday Celebrations 

Please go and visit the co-hosts if you can, where you can also find the linky list and see what all the rest of us are celebrating:

LG Keltner at Writing of the Edge

Katie at The Cyborg Mom

CaffeMaggieato at mscoffeehouse

Today, I'm celebrating:

  • making more progress in getting back into my bloggy schedule. This blog hop is one more step towards doing that.
  • settling into being a family of four. After six years of just the three of us it's been weird having another little person in the house.
  • my seven week old has started smiling a lot more, and making those adorable little baby noises which means she's happy. She's finding her voice, which she'll need living with her big sister!

What have you got to celebrate this week? Please do share and help spread the happiness.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Feeling creative? It's WWBH time!!!

The lovely Leanne at Writings and Ruminations has taken charge for the Writer Wednesday blog hop this week. Before you start planning your story from the prompt though, make sure to check out last weeks stories to help get you inspired!

Take it away Leanne ...

We're halfway through this week, and a tiny bit over half way through this year. If you had set any writing goals for yourself, I hope things are going well for you! If you haven't yet reached those goals, this is a perfect week to shoot for the next step.

Perhaps this week's prompt will inspire the creative energy you need!

First let's take a look at the collection of stories birthed from last week's photo reveal. Be sure to take some time to read through these and offer the author some comment love. :)

Knit, Purl, Purl by Morgan 

The Call by Scott Taylor  

The Surprise by Sally Stackhouse 

 Two Sweet Angels by Tena Carr 

A Difficult Beginning by Heather Musk 

Alrighty, here is a quick reminder of how the Writer Wednesday Blog Hop works: 

1) Write a short story (500 words or less) using the photo and five mandatory words. 
2) Stay with the 500-word limit. 
3) Craft and link your post by next Tuesday evening (10:00 p.m. PST). 
4) Link up your story using the inLinkz frog at the bottom of the prompt. Simply click on the frog and enter your story information as prompted. 

If you need assistance, leave a comment on this post and one of us hostesses will help you. :) 

Here is your photo and five words:

Mandatory words:
steering wheel

Have fun!


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The new blog hop photo reveal!

It seems like an age since I last hosted the Writer Wednesday blog hop, but here I am again to take the lead.

It's taking much longer than I anticipated to adjust to life as a mother of two, and still make time for my own things. You'd think I learnt this the last time, that young baby's take up a lot of time and energy!

I've been finding it hard to get my rhythm back in writing anything, and what better way to get myself going again than with this wonderful weekly hop.

Before we get down to this weeks photo reveal, let's check out the stories submitted for last weeks prompt from Tena:
Adams First Lesson by Scott Taylor

Jakovs Travels by Debb Stanton

A Boy's Imagination  by Tena Carr

Please check out these stories and remember to leave some comment of encouragement, you know how we writers enjoy a boost ;-)

And now for the new photo reveal ...

Following on from Tena last week I, too, am going to use two pictures for the prompt.

I know you're all pretty familiar with the rules by now, but just in case you're not:

  • There is either one picture and five random words or two pictures given out each Wednesday, which are to be used in the story.

  • The word count must be 500 words or less.

  • The deadline to link up is Tuesday of the following week.

  • Most importantly, have fun! 

Here is the link to load up your story,



Wednesday, 2 July 2014

It's been so long, but it's Wednesday after all ... WWBH time!

Hello to all! After so long without a post here I am with two on one day! My other post is for the Insecure Writers Support Group, which you can find here.

I've lost count of how many weeks have passed now since my last WWBH post, and I'm eager to get back into the swing of this flash fiction adventure.

Many thanks to Leanne Sype who is chairing the hop this week,  here she is with all the details ...


"Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them."                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                       Nathaniel Hawthorne

I encourage you to be bold this week with the Writer Wednesday Blog Hop! I'll give you a picture and five words--give them power and life by weaving them together into a story. The best way to know how to combine words is to practice!

Here are some examples from last week's prompt. Check them out and leave some comment love for the authors, okay?

Camp Ah Wahn Gohom by Morgan (Welcome to the blog hop, Morgan!)

No Cheese by Debb Stanton  

Ask Me Proper by Leanne Sype 

Also, we have a new featured blog hop author for the month of July! Remember, each month we randomly draw a name from those who participate in the blog hop (at least four story entries) and feature them for a month on our blogs! 
It's a way to let the community get to know you and your blog. This month's winner is: 

Ellen Peterson!

Here is her button to feature on your blog:


Alright. Let's get going on this week's prompt ...

Here is how the blog hop works:

1) Write a short story (500 words or less) using the photo and five mandatory words.
2) Stay with the 500-word limit.
3) Craft and link your post by next Tuesday evening (10:00 p.m. PST).
4) Link up your story using the inLinkz frog at the bottom of the prompt. Simply click on the frog and enter your story information as prompted.

If you need assistance, leave a comment on this post and one of us hostesses will help you. :)

And your prompt:


Mandatory words: 



Easing back into it ... - an IWSG post

Hello to all! This is my first IWSG post for a couple of months and it feels good to be writing one once again. I've been as far out of the blogging and writing loop as I have ever been before, and it's left me feeling more than a little lost. The IWSG post for this month seemed like the perfect opportunity to dip my toes back in the water again.

It's been a hectic and emotional few weeks for me. My family and I moved house at the end of May, two days before our second baby was due to arrive. Thankfully she hung on for another week and was born on the 4th June. We had her home for two nights before she was taken back into hospital, where she stayed for another two weeks and three days.
She had to have an operation and was in intensive care for a few days, and it's probably the most heartbreaking thing my husband and I have ever been through.

I'm happy to say she is on the mend now, and is finally back at home with the rest of us, and I'm now taking the time to reflect a little on the whole experience.

It has made me think about what I have in my life, and what's important to me, and what I really want to do with myself in the future.

And that is to write. And of course, with writing comes the insecurities that go with it. I must admit I am a bit nervous about getting started with it again. It's been so long since I've put anything together I'm wondering if I still have it in me to do it. Even this post has me worrying about the quality of my skills, but I need to take the first steps in getting out there again.

And so that's what this is, my first tentative post back into the world that I've missed for the last few weeks.

I'm starting afresh at the beginning of a new month, writing a little each day and heading towards establishing a new routine involving family, babies and writing. I've cleared my backlog of unread blog posts and I'm ready to start catching up with you all again.

Thanks for having me back, I look forward to joining you all once again!


First Weds of every month 
For more information on the amazing entity that is the Insecure Writers Support Group, click on the link and head over. Here you will find everyone else participating and it's well worth a browse to see what's everyone's insecurities are. Trust me, you're not alone, there are plenty of us on the same wavelength.

 Happy IWSG Day!


Friday, 23 May 2014

It's Friday!!!!!

Friday Celebrations
 Another Friday has come around again, so it's time to celebrate something from your week. 

Brought to us by VikLit, together with her co-hosts Diana Wilder, LG Keltner, Cyborg Mom and CaffeMaggieato, it's a great chance to celebrate with everyone and spread the joy. Check out these blogs to find out who and what else is being celebrated.

Today I'm celebrating that our house move has been confirmed, we finally exchanged and will be moving next Wednesday. Yippee!!!

It's all hands on deck this weekend for the final round of packing and organising, and next weekend I'll be able to unpack it all again.

We won't have any internet after Wednesday, and goodness knows when we'll get it back on again, so I'll be absent from the blogosphere for a little while.

I will be back though, and I look forward to catching up with you all again!

Have a great weekend all!!!


Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Welcome to Wednesday and the WWBH!

Welcome to Wednesday everyone, and the latest edition of the Writer Wednesday blog hop.

Are you on the hop?

I'm glad to give you this offering of the WWBH this month, I will be a bit busy over the next couple of weeks (moving house, giving birth, nothing major he he) so it may be a while until I'm here again. Don't worry though, you'll be in perfectly good hands with my co-hosts Leanne Sype, Tena Carr and Debb Stanton. They'll take good care of you while I'm away!

We had a bumper amount of submissions for last weeks prompts, the most we've had for a while I think so thank you very much to you guys for taking part. Here are the stories for your enjoyment:

Hallucination by Sally Scribbles

Predicament by Tena Carr

Millie and Tillie and Tom by Debb Stanton

Tastes Like Chicken by Tony Roberts

Unknown Cargo by Heather Musk

Thanks you guys for making this week so successful! Make sure you head on over and leave some commenting love for their efforts, as you know we all like encouragement ;-)

Before revelaing the new prompt for this week, here's a quick reminder of the rules for any new folks out there:

  • There is either one picture and five random words or two pictures given out, which are to be used in the story.
  • The word count must be 500 words or less.
  • The deadline to link up is Tuesday of the following week.
  • Link up at the bottom of this post with your entry for the week. 
  • Most importantly, have fun!

The prompt for this week is one picture and five random words:

Vegetable, ladder, value, varnish, laugh

I look forward to reading all the stories to emerge for next week, here is the linkup to get your stories included:

Good luck everyone!!!