Writer of historical fiction, blogger, mum, pet lover :)


June 28, 2016

June 28 Challenge

June 1-30 Challenge

Day 28 Twenty-eight Dominoes

June 28, 1914. Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was assassinated in Sarajevo along with his wife, Duchess Sophie. This assassinated started a domino effect resulting in World War I.

There are 28 dominoes in a full set of dominoes. Do you like to play dominoes? Do you like to play games? Why or Why not? What are your favorite games? Tell us about a time you played a game with friends or family.

Or write about The Big Game from your high school or college days.

Maybe you don’t like game playing, especially in relationships. Write about that.

Alternative: Write about your favorite pizza.

Board Games


This is just a few of the games that my children have in the toy cupboard. More have been collected over the years and include Mr Potato Head, Barbie and Action Man toys, as well as Hungry Hippos, card and board games, Cranium and the Bronco Billy game (a favorite of mine, in which the donkey kicks of objects that are placed on his back, by means of a spring).

I discovered in a recent post that games go back centuries, and children have been playing them for years, from the Ancient Egyptian and Roman civilizations, through to the Victorian and modern times.

The earliest board game was invented by the Egyptians  (around 3,000 BC!) and was called Senet. It was very similar to our modern game of Dice, having painted numbers and drawings on blocks

Forward to modern times, and the most popular games today are to be found on Playstations, PCs, and Xboxes and include ; Grand Theft Auto V, Fallout 4, Pokemon X, League of Legends, and World of Warcraft (which has been turned into a film, I believe).

It seems our enjoyment of games is the same today as it was for our ancestors.





Selling Your Book In A Post-Factual, Post-Brexit World

The dream book for any author 🙂

Tara Sparling writes

Dear Mister Publisher,

I have written the best book. My book will be bigger than the bible. It will make cynics laugh, optimists cry, and toast. Before he died, David Bowie said he wished he had written it.

It is impossible to say what my book is about without revealing a shocking twist which has never ever been done before, so people will have to buy it to find out. Anyone who doesn’t understand my legitimate reasons for secrecy is a potential terrorist.

Book jacket quotes will come from Ellen DeGeneres and the Dalai Lama.  Bono, James Joyce and Donald Trump will offer quotes, but be politely refused. The New York Times  will ask to syndicate it.

Genre doesn’t matter because absolutely everyone will want to read my book. People who haven’t read it will pretend they’ve read it, but get eviscerated at brunch parties for not understanding it properly. They will then pay someone else to go and buy it…

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