Shortlisted! #GreenhouseFunnyPrize2014


Just wanted to share the very exciting news that my children’s story, ‘The Burp Monster’, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Greenhouse Funny Prize. The winner is announced next Friday – it’s going to be a LONG week……… 😉

Shine On Award

I’m delighted to announce that I have been nominated for the Shine On Award! Many thanks to Little Write Lies for the nomination and it’s nice to know that people are enjoying what I’m trying to do here.


Rules of the award:
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award requirements.

Seven things about me:
1. I wrote half my children’s novel before my 5 year old twins were born and the other half afterwards following a bit of a break (and wonder if I will ever finish editing it….)
2. I have also written a number of children’s picture books – its just a shame I can’t illustrate them!
3. I started this blog earlier this year and have been blown away by the quality of submissions to the mini monthly writing comps.
4. I love stationary! (I suspect this may be a common infatuation for those that like to write..?)
5. I started training to be a primary school teacher before switching to business with economics and French.
6. My new favourite programme is ‘Nashville’ – great writing, strong characterisation and brilliant songs!
7. My gravatar is a picture that my daughter did on our iPad.



Slim (but hopefully juicy) pickings for June….. Which is your favourite?

elephant voting

With apologies for the late posting as we are still being kept busy by Mickey and pals in Florida. However there are just three entries to vote for this month so those interested in having a read still have plenty time to vote before the 1st of July. Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by.

Sunshine Award


A fellow blogger, Ambitious Poet, has nominated me for the Sunshine Award!

As a new blogger I appreciate the gesture and I’m enjoying exploring all the amazing blogs out there.


Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog

Link to the person who nominated you

Answer 10 questions about yourself

Nominate 10 bloggers

Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs letting them know they have been nominated

My Nominees are (in no particular order):











Questions I must answer

•What without fail always makes you laugh?

My 5 year old twins – e.g. Q. What does green and blue make? A. Tortoise 🙂

•What is your favorite adaptation of a book to a movie?

As much as I love films, I generally find myself disappointed with film adaptations. However I enjoyed the 1995 Sense & Sensibility with Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson.

•Why did you start your blog?

Because I love writing and wanted to create a space where fellow writers could share their own work and we could have a bit of fun participating each month.

•What moment did you realize you enjoyed your job or that you were good at your job?

Once I started to get my own clients and realised that they trusted and appreciated my advice. I get the most job satisfaction out of knowing that I am providing a good service to my clients, many of whom I now also consider friends.

Do you have any poem committed to memory? If so, what is it?

Full poem would be Worm Fishing – my first poem, which you can see on this site.
One poem that has stayed with me since high school though is Assisi by Norman McCaig …. The dwarf with hands on backwards sat, slumped like a half full sack on tiny twisted legs from which sawdust might run…….

•What song defines your life?

I don’t think any one song is big enough to describe a whole life, albeit different songs can definitely define periods in your life. ‘That’s Amore’ by Dean Martin is a special one for example. As is ‘Fireworks’ by Katy Perry, as that is the first contemporary song my children learned, which was a bit of a step up from nursery rhymes! 🙂

•What is your first memory?

My younger sister flooding the house by leaving the bathroom tap on upstairs when she was 3 years old.

•What color comes to mind right now?

Red (always red!)

•Do you people believe that we all have a bigger purpose? If so, what do you think yours is?

Wow, big question! At the risk of sounding clichéd, I think my purpose is to enhance the lives of my family and to ensure that they know how much they are loved. (Being lucky enough to be able to leave a mark through my writing would also be fantastic though!
….. :))

•What time of day do you like to write?

Whenever I get a spare second (which isn’t very often!) Usually during my lunch hour or late into the night.

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