About Me

I love to read and write and I do this a lot.  Unlike most writers, I have no drive to publish at the moment other than here, a foray into therapeutic writing and an adventure into the world of blogging for now.  I constantly have story ideas pop into my head, bubble like, and usually as I sit down to write them, they burst leaving an empty space!

I have been writing properly, as in stories that make sense and not crayoned drawings with labels, since I was about 7.  I was encouraged by my secondary school English teacher to develop my creative writing.  Mr Stephen Healing, if you are still around, thank you.  He supported me to write about things that I felt and knew, and although I didn’t know it at the time, has given me the confidence to carry on and write for personal therapy as much as fun.  I guess he saw a troubled kid who needed to comprehend situations and deal with the teenage, family and social issues she was facing.

I have only recently decided to rejuvenate my blog, initially started some 6 years ago but parenting and life took over.  I have declared, mostly to myself and the dog, to start at Flash Fiction which I discover I have been doing mostly anyway, I just didn’t know it had a name until recently.  Most of my work is too short to be considered short stories, and having attended ‘Conversations in the Old Library’ with Calum Kerr, ‘The World in a Flash’, I figure this is where I want to start.  By the way, if you have a chance, do check out Calum Kerr , he is a terrific inspiration.

I  belong to a local reading group with a variety of characters, all of whom have a love of books and more importantly love to share their books.  Our monthly shenanigans can be followed here with a good dose of ‘based on real events’ and tongue in cheek.  We meet monthly at a local library to review our given tomes and share recommendations.  Our monthly meetings are chronicled on the blog under the label Book Club.

I review books here including those I read from my own list, those given through our local reading group, and also those which I have accepted as advanced proof copies from publishers for an honest review.

I read anything and everything, quite literally.  From pamphlets, newspapers, books, reference and fiction.  I champion reading and believe it is the window to life and understanding and not least education.  I read for my soul and I read to escape.  I read to fill my heart and head with images, thoughts and knowledge.  For me, reading is a fundamental part of existing, like breathing only with words.

I am a choc-lit taster panel member.  I read submitted manuscripts and review them, it is a real treat for me to read unpublished virgin material, good or bad, I enjoy them all with affection and feel very privileged.   Choc-lit have an ethos for publishing that is fresh and chocolatey, to find out more do check out Choc-Lit, they give away chocolatey smelling pencils as well, which of course, is all I needed to be convinced to read for them.  By the way ladies, if you are reading this, my pencil is getting small and I could do with another one!  Thanking you.

I have a love of poetry and this features here too under the label Poetry, shocking that huh!  There will be random ramblings, thoughts provoked by events and quite possibly occasional ranting formed in the guise of Flash Fiction.

It may be that this blog is best read whilst enjoying a juniper drink and/or chocolate, delete as appropriate, other drinks are widely available.

Here we go!