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Hi everyone!

Thank you for joining me. As you know, I've been trying to get up and running with this year's NaNoWriMo challenge. Due to personal issues, this has been a little slower on the start up than first thought, but I have just posted my first new piece, a 1,600 word article. 

I don't want to give it away, if you're interested, check out the article on my new page, NaNoWriMo articles. 

I will advise you though, in the article, I talk candidly about my childhood, being bullied, the effects of that as well as some notes about my home life from the time. This is my truth, and forms a part of me. You might be upset, hurt, angry by what you read and for that I'm sorry, but I cannot change my own past, I can only look to the future. 

I do promise that my next piece will be a lot more lighthearted and happy though. 

I will also be posting a new book review or two in the coming days, so keep your eyes peeled for that. 

Stay safe, and as always, keep reading! x

Hello everyone! It feels like it has been a while since I last posted. I've had a really busy few weeks. I have changed my "day job" role within the organisation I work for, I begin my new post when I head back into the office next week after spending this week in London with the other half. 

I finally have my internet back up and running - I've not had proper internet access for over a month as my old hub was having a tantrum, but that one has gone and a new one has taken over so I'm back doing what I love doing.

I'm also on the hunt for a new (or newer) car. Boo!! Not good. I'm actually really sad about this as my mom bought my current car for me and I've had her (yes, my car is a girl - too many cat like tendancies not to be) for over 6 years now. But, sad to say, she is beginning to cost me more than I think she is now worth and it is apparent that I won't have her for much longer. I haven't a clue what type of car I want next, but I know I don't want the same again, that would be too much of a kick to the gut. I'm sure I'll find something I like. 

Tomorrow night the other half and I are having a rare date night - As we live apart, we don't get to do this too often - we're heading off out on the town to see a comedy show at the O2. Yes, we're off to see Mr Michael McIntyre himself!! I'm ridiculously excited - I literally cannot wait!

Other than that, I'm still working on some new ideas, both for short stories and also novel ideas, one of which is taking a very nice form at the moment, something I'm putting down to having the right notebook and pen to begin with, so I'm excited to be writing something new. Some of my other ideas have come to a halt at the moment, almost like I have selective writer's block while a new idea comes out, but I'll go back to my other ideas when I'm inspired to do so. I feel like I need to get my head in the zone and just let my pen do the talking, I swear I overthink things so much when I really don't have to, but why change the habit of a lifetime huh?

Lastly, I'm doing a little charity work. I've recently signed up to take part in some volunteering work with Age UK (Nottingham) and I'm also making baby hats for a friend to go to a baby unit - my hats are double cute even if I do say so myself. 

As always, I want to hear from you, what are you working on? Need a new book to read and not sure what to go for? I'm happy to devise a personalised reading list for you so just let me know. 

In the meantime, a task for you. While we're only just into October, November is fast approaching and for writer's like me, means only one thing - NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month if you've not heard of it before. The idea (if I remember correctly) is to write 30,000 words in 30 days. Sounds like a lot doesn't it? Well if you think about it as 1,000 words per day, it doesn't seem completely unreasonable to do. I fully intend to get involved and for the month of November, yes, all 30 days of it, I will be writing 1,000 word pieces that I will post onto the site in a special feature. 

I want you to get involved, join me in NaNoWriMo and join in with your own 1,000 word per day pieces. This can be individual stories or chapters of a new book that you've wanted to write - now is the perfect opportunity. 

To prevent time slipping past you, use the time you have left in October to plan ahead the topics you want to write about, story ideas and such like. This gives you a head start for getting stuck in with November's challenge. So, who's with me??

Best of luck.

Stay safe, look after each other and as always, Keep Reading! xx

Hi everyone!! Happy September!

I can't believe how fast this year is going. It only seems like five minutes since my birthday and that was back in June!

September for me is going to be a busy month, I'm due to start a new role in my day job, plus I have so many birthdays coming up this month it makes my head spin just thinking about it. 

I'm planning on going to see Cathy Bramley and Carole Matthews on September 12th when they are both in Nottingham, something I'm looking forward to - I have books ready to be signed if there is the opportunity and vouchers ready to get some more while I'm at it (a girl can't have too many books right?!) 

I have some more books lined up for review, I'm part way through reading one at the moment and I have a pile waiting for me back at home. I'll be spending some time working on my new book drafts and my assignment for my course, which is coming along nicely.

What about you? What plans do you have for the coming month? let me know what weird yet wonderful things you have planned. 

Short and sweet this time, but as always, stay safe and Keep Reading!

Hi everyone, only me. 

Feels like I've had a busy few weeks. The last blog update I posted, I wrote while on the train back to Nottingham (my bad, I forgot to upload it on here sooner!).

So what have I been doing over the last few weeks? I applied for a new job in my 'day job' and I'm happy to say I got it! In the Writing world, I'm still working on my writing course, something I'm finding really enjoyable. I'm also working on some more ideas, one for a fantasy/romance I'm calling 'Riders of Xion', and a crime novel I'm calling 'The Beautiful Death'. 

What this means for me is that I have ideas scrambling all arouind in my head and my brain is thinking faster than I can type so I only hope I can get all my ideas down on paper and not muddle them up too much!. 

I want to (again) say a huge thankyou to those who took part in my competition in July, and Congratulations to the winners. Keep your eyes on my posts, I'll be running another competition later in the year. 

Well I'll sign off here, it was only going to be a quick update for now. 

Take Care and stay safe in all you do. Enjoy and Keep Reading! x

Hey Everyone,

Slight delay this time around in uploading my blog post due to technical issues.

Firstly, I want to reveal the results of my Prize Draw/Competition to win a signed copy of my poem, “The Eyes are the Keys”. The deadline to enter the Competition was 30 July 2018. At the time of writing, there has sadly not been any entries into the competition so there are no winners.

I’m writing this post while on the train heading back to Nottingham from London where I’ve been for the past week (End of July). I’ve been a little pensive of late, a dozen things racing around my head, but that is not something that I want to bore you with.

I will ask you this; have you ever had a sudden feeling come over you, like you don’t realise where you belong until you are leaving? That was me this morning. It could be down to the fact that I am travelling backwards on this particular journey, so I can see the station getting smaller as the train pulls away and starts to speed its way back towards the East Midlands, or it could just be that my heart has finally found its home after 4 years of toing and froing to London and back. I’m not sure, but I do know that as the train pulled out of St Pancras station, I just didn’t want to leave.

Don’t get me wrong, as a rule, I find London far too busy (comes from the personal space I like around me which disappears the second you arrive in London) but the region of London I have visited over and over again over the last few years (when seeing my other half) has become as familiar to me as my Nottingham home. I don’t know my way around everywhere in London, and I won’t drive in London if you paid me to – not sure I’d get very far with my eyes squeezed shut and a prayer of “please don’t hit me!” (not to mention the fact I’m sure there are indentations on my boyfriend’s car dash board from my fingers), but somehow, slowly, London and the south is becoming my home and I never thought I would hear myself say that.

Enough of the thinking already! Book wise, I’m working on my initial notes and draft for a new book that I’m calling Riders of Xion. This is setting out like a fantasy novel with Dragon Riders chosen by the Dragons they will be riding while they are babies, a will they, won’t they style love story between a highborn Rider and her land worker/Warrior lover. I won’t give too much away here as I want you to all read the finished book! Things are moving well on this front and I’m positive this is a good start.

I finished reading Appleby Farm by Cathy Bramley while I was in London. Literally read it within a matter of days, I was absolutely engrossed. Head over to my review section “To read…or not” for my review of Appleby Farm.

I’m going to sign off for now, settle down and read my writing magazine for the rest of the journey back to Nottingham.

Take care in what you do, and as always, Keep Reading!