Month: February 2015

Birthdays, Anniversaries, Boyfriends and Cycling Races

It was my nephew’s birthday party at the weekend and a rare moment when my extended family were all in the same place. The birthday cake was made by my bestfriend over at Lilibet Bakes. We like to give her a theme and then leave her to do whatever she wants. She never disappoints. Here is her effort this year, based on the theme of ‘monsters’. I have to say, this cake is epic.

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I took my shiny new boyfriend to the party to meet my family, put the poor guy right in the middle of them and let them loose.

I am so mean.

It’s okay though, he came out unscathed and has earned himself the label of ‘brave’ from my aunt for handling the chaos so capably. She also text me later that night telling me he’s a keeper.

The second best part of this weekend was when my younger brother approached me to help write/edit his cycle racing team’s new blog. I am so getting on that! Added to the two etsy shops I am writing content for, I feel like I am finally taking the first step on the path of writing as a career. All I need to do now is move forward to actually getting paid for my work!

On another note, I had a notification from WordPress that my blog has been up and running for a whole year! Oh, how my life has changed.

Happy Anniversary to me! Here’s to even more changes in the next 12 months.

Song Lyric Stories – 2015 – Week 7 – Valentines Edition

Hello my lovely followers! Hello and welcome to the Valentines edition of my Song Lyric Story writing prompts This week’s song lyrics come from The Only Exception, by Paramore:

“Up until now I had sworn to myself that i’m content with loneliness, because none of it was ever worth the risk.”

You can use these words in your story, reference the song, or just use these words purely as inspiration without featuring them at all. Your story should be between 1000 and 1500 words long and ideally should be posted and linked to this post by next Saturday.

I look forward to reading your creations.

Female Characters Who Chose The Wrong Guy

Spoiler Alert! There are details in the following post about the plotlines in Hunger Games, Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey. If you haven’t read these books and would quite like to, you probably shouldn’t read any further.

Have you ever read a book and thought…. ‘Why the hell did she end up with him?’

I have a few times, so I thought I would write about them here.

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Song Lyric Stories – 2015 – Week 6 – Late!

Hello my lovely followers!

Hello and welcome to (the slightly tardy) week 6 of my Song Lyric Story writing prompts.

This week i thought I would mix it up a little, so the song lyrics are from Get Your Freak On, by Missy Elliot:

“I know you feel me now, I know you hear me loud, I scream it loud and proud”

You can use these words in your story, reference the song, or just use these words purely as inspiration without featuring them at all. Your story should be between 1000 and 1500 words long and ideally should be posted and linked to this post by next Saturday.

I look forward to reading your creations.

Happy Writing!

Talking About Myself

One of my new year’s resolutions was to share more personal stuff about me. So far I haven’t exactly stuck to that resolution. To make amends, this post is going to be full of random facts about me.

Firstly, I am sure you have all seen the poem that I wrote for my nan’s funeral. It was the first ever time that I had seen my name in print and it tasted bittersweet, to say the least. The reaction I received from my family and friends, however, has been amazing. I have never felt so validated as a writer as I do now. My mum has been very reserved about the whole writing thing. She worries that I will put my heart and soul into writing (as you do) and get very little in return. I am prepared for that. The world of writing is a tough place and I don’t write to try and make loads of money and be super famous. In the words of Sam Smith:

“I don’t have money on my mind, money on my mind. I do it for the, do it for the love.”

Sam Smith is talking about making music, but it works for me. My mum has been doing that thing she does where she keeps her worries to herself so I can make my own mistakes like a grown-up, but last week she did this tiny little thing that has a significant meaning for me. She bought me a notebook. I know she still worries about me putting my energy into something that won’t make me lots of money so i can be comfortably well off, but she has chosen to show that she supports me because, dare I say it, i’m actually quite good at it. A friend of my aunt was at my nan’s funeral and she spoke to my aunt about me because of the poem I wrote and read. She writes the pantos for their local community acting group and inquired about whether I would be interested in helping her write panto scripts. As I don’t live locally to her, she didn’t approach me directly, but I am going to approach her instead and see if she would be willing to collaborate via correspondence. Exciting times!

Secondly, an awesome online friend of mine has opened up an etsy shop to sell her fabulous knitting creations and I have offered to write some content for her site. Aren’t I nice? I’m hoping to make a career move within the company I work for to do something similar for our website so this will be a fantastic experience to get involved in. I will be writing product descriptions, along with page blurbs and some more policy related stuff. (Research here I come!)

Thirdly, I have permission to talk about the self described “amazing and wonderful new man in [my] life”. I will try very hard not to get all doe-eyed and soppy but……he reads!! He reads horror!! In the last week, Brett has bought hardback compilations of HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe. Where has this man been all my life? (“Making mistakes” was his response to that question.) One of the great things about him is that he read some of my flash fiction stories and gave me some really good constructive feedback on them. I have a lot of beta readers who are also writers so its definitely useful to have a beta reader who can focus purely on the story and how they feel about it. Today is 3 weeks exactly since we went on our first date. He has already bought my birthday present even though my birthday isn’t until March 25th. He bought 2 tickets to see Woman in Black at the theatre on the day of my birthday. I can’t wait!! He has also ensure his acceptance with my mum by buying her a huge box of chocs for her birthday. I’m looking forward to unleashing my friends on him to see how well he copes.

Thats enough about me for now. Feel free to comment below about anything I have said here and to ask me questions that I can answer in future Talking About Myself posts.