Paperback Launch Imminent!

As many of you who have self-published will know, formatting your book, ensuring the book cover looks right etc, isn’t easy and there’s many a hurdle to be overcome along the way. This is exactly what’s happened with A Walk in the Woods. But, I think (fingers crossed!), I’m almost there. So the paperback version will be out in the next few days. I’ll keep you posted…

As for my non-fiction book, on getting published, I’ll be sharing its title with you soon…

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Can You Tell A Story In…

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Happy New Year and here’s to a great 2020! For the first five-word challenge of the year, can you tell a story in five words, using the word NEW in it somewhere?

Last week, your story needed to contain the word WISH. You sent in some great ideas. Here they are:


To wish is sowing seeds.

To write profusely … I wish!

Nature’s wish is balanced ecology.

Wish well to create future.

A wish is mind dreaming.

Bottled-up wish genie unplugged. Magic!


I wish I was thin…

Wish chocolate was calorie free…

Hope your wishes come true.

Ruth Scribbles:

I wish I knew you.

Must every wish be attainable?

Wishing you a great 2020.

My one wish – no pain.

Christine Mallaband-Brown:

Wish it was Christmas again.

Wish upon a star trooper.

Your wish, not my command!

Make a wish for me.

I wish this was champagne.

A kiss is a wish.

Paul L Mastaglio:

What’s on your wish list?

We wish you were here.

You’ve one more wish left.

Trent’s World:

Wish I had an idea…

Oh well, no use wishing.

Here’s wishing for better times!

Bharul Chhatbar:

Wish the world without war.

Wish, the wish falls true.

Wish false witches would vanish.

Wish I go on writing!


Wish for a better world.

Wish for a wish list.

Wish for sanity, more needed.

Val Fish:

Got my wish, Christmas kiss!

Wish you were here, not!

How I wish I hadn’t…


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Happy New Year To You All!

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Funny Of The Week

If you’re thinking of committing a crime in 2020, then look no further for your perfect getaway car…

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Write Something New!

With a new year fast approaching, many of you may be making resolutions and thinking about trying something new. Why not apply that to writing? Ever thought about writing for children?

Writing for children can be fun as well as rewarding. In fiction, you can unleash your imagination to the full, transporting young readers to wondrous new worlds and introducing them to larger than life characters that leap off the page. As well as fiction, there’s a non-fiction market for children which seeks to inform and entertain young minds. 

Here are a couple of children’s markets for you to take a look at and write for:


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Unwanted Gifts

I hope you all had a wonderful Chrismas with family and friends. Were you spoiled? I hope Santa left you lots of presents and you got all you wished for…unlike me…

Unwanted Gifts

It was the worst time of year,

One that filled me with great fear,

It was Christmas day, you see,

I knew I should be full of glee,

To receive presents and gifts galore,

But I didn’t want them, not any more,

Not out-of-date sweets from Uncle Ken,

Or twee ornaments yet again,

I didn’t want toasters or a wok,

Nor an annoying cuckoo clock,

I’ve got earrings coming out of my ears,

And pongy smellies have reduced me to tears,

Though there was one thing that would have been quite good,

And that’s money. I just wish they’d understood. 


Seriously, I was thoroughly spoiled and feel very lucky. Though, the best gift of all was spending time with my loved ones. I can’t ask for more than that.


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Can You Tell A Story In…

I hope you’re all having a wonderful festive break. Hopefully you’ll have time to squeeze in a quick five-word challenge. For this week’s challenge, can you tell a story in five words, using the word WISH in it somewhere?

Last week, your story needed to contain the word PRESENTS. You sent in some festive treats. Here they are:


Unknown presence gifts Christmas presents.

Christmas presents herald angelic era.

Christmas presents us with enigma.


How many presents this year?

Give presents versus your presence?

Christmas is more than presents.

Your company, the best present

I’m your present. Unwrap me.

Ruth Scribbles:

He received a graduation present.

I will present the present.

She is present and ready.

Christine Mallaband-Brown:

The presents are all yours.

Felt a presence not presents.

Presents for the children here.

My presents are old fashioned.

Got bikes as Christmas presents.

Socks, pants, ties, all ‘presents’…

Paul L Mastaglio:

The presents are from Santa!

Exciting opening presents. Isn’t it?

Presents nestling under the tree.

Val Fish:

Surprise presents from Secret Santa.

Kids get too many presents!

Greatest present of all; Jesus.


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