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January 2018

You Want To Write What? Including The Taboo In Your Stories

Great writing advice from Allison Maruska 🙂

Allison Maruska

Last week, I participated in a flash fiction challenge in which I picked two subgenres to mash together into a single short story. I did this using a random number generator and landed on dystopia and erotica. (Read it here if you’re so inclined.)

Yep, erotica. As in hormones, blood rushes and naughty bits. I didn’t go all-out graphic with the sexy time because that’s not what I like to write. But it’s there enough.

I also didn’t post the thing to Facebook or Twitter, like I normally do.

Why not?

Well…I’m not sure. I did post the link on the site hosting the challenge, but that’s it. I think it was because I knew my mom wouldn’t be able to find it there.

Silly, I know. She, along with most of my other readers at this point, is an adult. If she didn’t want to read it, she…

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How creative are your dreams?

Creativity and daydreams

The New Year is well and truly here, and it’s time to get our writing goals in place.

My own goals?

  1. I’m planning on finishing my current novel. It’s a little bit different from my previous writing endeavors – its a contemporary novel set in southern England.
  2. I’m going to keep updating and posting on this blog. I love how we are able to share our thoughts, ideas, and creativity through this medium. Looking forward to posting more here.
  3. I am applying to do a Masters degree in Writing and Literature. I’ve given myself some time to think about this, but as a means of getting feedback on my writing, I think it’ll be both rewarding and inspiring. I’m waiting for acceptance, so will keep you posted on that result….
  4. I also have a second book in the pipeline, that follows on from my Stella Windermere series of mysteries. The books involve a quirky, retired amateur sleuth and her trusty side kick Joe. They are set in my hometown in south Wales. I’m excited to write and publish my next book and to revisit the character of Stella.
Interactive daydreams

So, I’ve been thinking about – where we actually get our creativity? Is it in our dreams? Or our daydreams?

The American Gothic writer Edgar Allen Poe, once said:

“Those who dream by day are cognisant of many things which escape those who dream at night.”

Are our daydreams more powerful than our dreams? Some people delve deep into their daydreams, into their subconscious mind, to make wonderful creative discoveries. Someone once told me that Agatha Christie weaved her plot lines whilst sitting in her bath. Its a means of free thinking, opening your mind to new possibilities, and scenarios in your creativity. The words ‘What if?’ can be an excellent writing tool to allow endless possibilities. Virginia Woolf famously used her dreams to write her ‘stream of conscious’ novels in this way. I like to take my dog out on long walks.

Woolf tells us that:

“It is in our idleness, in our dreams that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.”

I love her nod to the Truth, for that is at the heart of any writer….’Write what you know’ they tell us, and we should. For human emotions, love, hope, faith, revenge, are what connects us all, and should be displayed in our writing.

“And the Truth shall set you free!” – Comedian Jim Carrey has said, and it is very true, for our fictional writing and for our own reality.

What do others think?

Please share!

Have a productive writing week, fellow bloggers!

#writing #amwriting #iamwritingabook #writingtips #edgarallenpoe #virginiawoolf

Lewis Carroll’s Curious Square Poem

Love this poem, have to share!

5 Essential Lessons I Learned as an Author in 2017

Great advice here from 🙂

Jocelyn Young

5 Essential Lessons I Learned as an Author in 2017

There were no shortage of lessons to be learned in 2017. I did my best to gleam all I needed from every blessing, every heartache, and every single dream I postponed. From those critical experiences came some very important lessons. Here are a few that I carry with me into 2018

Self-care must come First.

I’m an author to my core. What I love above most other experiences is sitting down to write. Even when my fingers don’t dance over the keys in the ways that I want them too, I feel a sense of amazement at being able to do what I love and make a living.  However, some times I go to far.

My work is important, but so is the family that I’ve been blessed to come to have. There is hardly if ever a dull day…

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Pushkin Press Is Open For Children’s Book Submissions For One Day!

For all you budding children’s writers out there!

CKBooks Publishing

Pushkin-Press-Childrens-BooksPushkin Press, a UK publisher, “was founded in 1997, and publishes novels, essays, memoirs, children’s books—everything from timeless classics to the urgent and contemporary.”

One of their “editors-at-large,” Sarah Odedina, is opening up her email for children’s books submissions for one day, Monday, January 8th.

I couldn’t find what they define as “children’s” books but last years pick was a YA novel, so she must be looking for books, including YA. And Sarah’s bio states that one of the types of books she likes to read is board books. So there you have it. Come to your own conclusions.

So pull that synopsis out, your bio, and send your first 10,000 words of your children’s book along to Odedina, like I am!

Best of luck! And let me know how you fair!

CKBooks Publishing
Where Publishing Dreams Become Reality

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10 Signs You’re Addicted to Books

Love this post by Book Reviewer ! This is so me…check out their posts at


After a few days off, I’m back with a little post! 😀 I will also be back to blog hopping today to send you all a little love, thank you all of you for being so sweet and understanding !! ❤ 

I was reading a book and a friend came up to me and ask if I considered myself as a “bookworm”. I started laughing because she clearly has no idea about my passion of reading. So here are some ideas to help her out 😉

1. Buying Books Even if You Have a Huge Pile of TBR already

It’s like I just became blind to all the books I owned already and look at that new book like it’s the only thing in the whole world.


2. Want to Punch someone in the face when they say “books are boring

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Stephen King

The New Year is here, and how better to start than a post about Stephen King? Thanks to Erin Waldie Lifestyle blog for this, great post!

Quotations on History

Historical quotes, so inspiring

charles french words reading and writing



“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ”

                                                                         Michael Crichton



“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”

                                                                        George Orwell

NPG 655; Edmund Burke studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds


“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”


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Happy New Year – Hel Calennig

Happy new year! This blog comes from the sunny Gold Coast, Australia, but I havn’t always lived here. I was born and bred in Wales, a country that is deeply passionate about its ancient customs and rituals, and Christmas and New Year are no exception. Just like Scotland’s Hogmanny, Wales has Hel Calennig, which is celebrated on New Year’s Day.

The ancient custom of Calennig literally means a New Year gift. Children would go from house to house, bearing good wishes, health and prosperity to the household for the New Year. They would bear gifts such as pennies and skewered apples with fruit and raisins smeared over the apple.

I am aware of this Welsh tradition, taken from the Roman festivities of Saturnalia, but as children we were more concerned with trick or treating in my town. The capital city, Cardiff holds annual Calennig celebrations, which includes fairground rides, fireworks displays and ice skating.

I hope everyone has their New Year resolutions in place….mine are to be healthier, to read more, and of course, to write!

I am currently writing my next book, a thriller set in southern England. I’ m also applying to do a Master’s degree in literature and writing, which is very exciting! I will keep you posted on how I go with that.

Happy new year, fellow bloggers – keep posting and writing!

#writerslife#writer #australia 📚

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