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Marigold – A Short Story for March Writers’ Workshop

For the March Writers’ Workshop The prompt I chose was, ‘Reluctantly, she let the flower fall from her hand, watching as it spiralled down’.

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12 Awesome Women Explorers

It is done! Months of research, and hours of agonising which of the many wonderful women to include – today 12 Awesome Women Explorers was published. Initially only on Kindle, but soon to be available in print, and on… Read More

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A Feminist Self-Publishing Collective

Times are tough for writers. With too many people willing to work for nothing, freelance writers are finding it difficult to survive. I know many talented writers who work hard, both in creating and promoting, with little to… Read More

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Guest Post – My Make Up Day

A good friend of mine wore make-up last week. You may be wondering why that is worthy of a blog post, but you see Millie doesn’t wear make up. Not that she rarely uses cosmetics. She NEVER wears… Read More

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Is Creative Work Worthless?

‘Was nix kostet, ist nix wert’   This German saying, which means, ‘What costs nothing, is worth nothing’ is one I use a lot. Lately I have been using it a lot when talking about payment for writing,… Read More

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Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

  One of my favourite bloggers, Peter, wrote a very thought provoking article today about Forgiveness. Do go and read it first, I will wait for you to return.   Did you enjoy it? I very much did…. Read More

The Twins – A Short Story by My Daughter

i am going to tell you a story about 2 twin girls… it start’s now. along the old days when tv, telephone and electricity did not exist, there lived 2 twin girls 1 wose called Katy and the… Read More

Writers Workshop – A Story and a Recipe

The theme of this month’s Writers Workshop was “A Story and a Recipe” Here are the guidelines: Its autumn and time for gathering friends and family in our homes. Its a time for searching for old recipes and… Read More

My Bucket List

It is not something that I have thought of before – what things do I want to do before I kick the bucket. Not that I have any intention of doing that any time soon, but if there… Read More

Writers Workshop – Dictionary

Today I attended a Writers Workshop. The instructions were to chose a word from the dictionary and to write a piece around this word, fiction or non-fiction. This is mine. Facetious   1: joking or jesting often inappropriately… Read More

Remembering 9/11 – The Day Before

Like many people all over the world, this weekend my thoughts turn to New York. Ten years ago today we could never have imagined what the following 24 hours would bring. We went about our day, happy and… Read More

My daughter, the writer

Does she write, because she sees me writing? Does she write, because she likes to write? Does she write, because she has to write? Recently my nine year old daughter told me that she had to finish her… Read More

Beth – Chapter 9

The latest installment of the story of Beth, who has moved to Geneva to further her career as a lawyer. Here Beth discovers the downside of being an expat – the loneliness. For earlier chapters look here: Chapter… Read More

Beth – Chapter Eight

The latest installment of the story of Beth, who has moved to Geneva to further her career as a lawyer. Here she moves into her new flat and meets her neighbour. For earlier chapters look here: Chapter One… Read More

Chapter Seven – Beth Starts Work

The latest installment of the story of Beth, who has moved to Geneva to further her career as a lawyer. Here she moves into her new flat and meets her neighbour. For earlier chapters look here: Chapter One… Read More

These are The Times We Shall Dream About…

This week is MS Awareness Week and today is the funeral of my lovely friend Hilda, who died last Wednesday after battling MS for over 20 years. Who was Hilda? She was a woman, a daughter, a sister,… Read More

Chapter Six – Beth Meets Her Neighbour

The latest installment of the story of Beth, who has moved to Geneva to further her career as a lawyer. Here she moves into her new flat and meets her neighbour. For earlier chapters look here:Chapter One – The… Read More

In which Dora becomes Beth in Chapter Five

I have taken onboard the comments about the name “Dora” being, for women with young children, synonymous with the slightly annoying bilingual girl with the monkey sidekick. So, without further ado, changed her name to Beth – with… Read More

Beth- Chapter Four

More of my Dora story. This is Chapter Four. Read Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Three The soft ringing of the telephone woke Dora on her first full day in Geneva. She answered her wake-up call then sank… Read More

Dora – Letter in a Bottle

This is today’s work for the Writers Workshop – today the theme was “Working with writing prompts”. I chose the sentence, “She hesitated at the post box, not knowing if she should really send the letter” and tied… Read More

Dora – Chapter 3

Chapter Three  Start by reading Chapter One and Chapter Two Stuffing her magazine into her carry-on bag, Dora stood and walked to the counter, placing her passport in the outstretched hand of the air hostess. She turned her face slightly so… Read More

Dora – Chapter 3

Chapter Three  Start by reading Chapter One and Chapter Two Stuffing her magazine into her carry-on bag, Dora stood and walked to the counter, placing her passport in the outstretched hand of the air hostess. She turned her face slightly so… Read More

Dora – Chapter Two

Chapter Two  Read Chapter One here first . Dora put the last folder in the packing box and gazed at her office. She had been working here for the past four years and it was strange to think that this… Read More

Beth – Chapter One

Beth- Chapter One  Beth opened the door of her apartment. Tilting her head she listened to the sound of Ravel’s Bolero filling the small space. “Shit”, she muttered under her breath. She knew what that meant, and she was… Read More

Dora

I started this a while ago and never went back to it. Hmm. I quite like it and think I will carry on. What do you think? Dora opened the door of her apartment. Tilting her head she… Read More

American Triangle – A Short Story

Our assignment for this month’s Writers’ Workshop was to write a short story, based on the lyrics of a song, using the words of the song as our title, and the lyrics as the plot. I found this… Read More

Rambing Minds -Writers’ Workshop

From my Writers’ Workshop Damn. I have left it too late. I should have started earlier. Now I have to pick the kids up from school in an hour.   An hour is long enough to write a… Read More

Aufwiedersehen Uncle Dave

The driech start to the day suited my mood this morning, as I walked the dog along the banks of Lake Geneva. Today I would rather be in Scotland where my family are gathering to say goodbye to… Read More

Twitter Magic Moments

So excited about our holiday. Off with the family to sunny Spain. Two weeks of sun, sea, sand and… UKMum Sat. 5th June 2010 at 6:50 @UKMum have fun, enjoy the s… sangria Tunnockslover Sat. 5th June 2010… Read More

Writers’ Workshop – Neighbours

My second Writers’ Workshop was just as enjoyable as the first. Here my story. Old Neighbours “Morning, Dad. How are you today?” “I would be fine if it weren’t for that crazy witch next door interfering again”. “Dad,… Read More