Looking back

So this weeks 100WCGU prompt is:

Looking back, I remember…

 

Looking back, I remember days where I felt alone- trapped going around in circles wondering what my life would come to. People looked down at me and thought I would not amount to anything- I felt like a waste of space.

 

Now I feel alive and free- my path set out before me, knowing what lies ahead- possibilities. People now see me as an equal. I have lots to give and feel worthy with whatever life throws at me.

 

I will not look back in fear for it has made me grow into who I am- something more than an empty shell.

 

 

This is the first 100WCGU I have done for ages (or years)😀 many ideas came into my head for this prompt but settled with this one. It feels good to be back with these prompts and so happy Julia is still doing them – fancy a go? Pop over to http://juliasplace.org.uk/ :)

Thanks for reading x

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Busy times…

Woah- Nearly September already – blink and it will be xmas!

So last time I posted I mentioned finishing BSL but awaiting one more result- well happy to say I PASSED!! Will be starting level 3 in two weeks!!

But the main reason I have been away so long is that a day after my birthday (18th July) I gave birth to our son😀 His name is William😀 – he is now 5 weeks old how that has flown by!

Not had much time to log on or write tbh (I have finally picked an idea and started a plot outline for my AHOW submission -deadline is now March yay but thats it) especially as Jess starts primary school in a few weeks so spending as much time as can (esp with her brother)as a family before it all changes again……

But thought a quick update and pop on to say hi! I have been reading though- slowly! So book reviews coming on the page in next few months😛

 

Thats all for now! Many thanks for reading and following- really appreciate it😀

 

XX

 

 

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Prompt and AHOW

Hello all!

So I have finished my level 2 BSL🙂 Awaiting one more exam result- also found out I have a place on level 3!!! Woop

So that is why I have been away lately but on one of my facebook groups they put a prompt up and a story came to me so I had to write it down🙂

Here is the picture prompt:

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I am safe- for now. I had to give up everything, something that a week ago I would not have imagined would happen as I had it all- why would I want to give it up?

 

My name is Clyde and I witnessed something I shouldn’t have- I was in the wrong place at the wrong time I guess or call it fate but eitherway I wont ever be free again like the life I once had that is now firmly buried in the past.

 

The rain at least hides my fear like the cover I am currently underneath and the cold is starting to hit my tired and worn out bones. I can taste the damp in the air or could it be my heighted nerves? It is so quite now, and with only a bird for company reflects my life now- the silence is deafening- or could it be that scream still ringing in my ears?

 

I miss company- someone to talk to about what happened, but now only my thoughts are my friend and even then it wants to escape me and the trouble that surrounds me.

 

The smell of fresh coffee and bread from the bakery over the road starting their day  kicks in-a normal day for everyone else has begun while im sitting here unsure of what it will unfold.

🙂

Also in other writing news I now have two ideas for the AHOW story submission!

Now to get cracking with them- what one to start off with first…..

x

 

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New projects

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all well? June already today!!! How fast has this year gone??

So today want to quickly show you two projects I am starting- exciting!

First up – I am learning Braille😛 Im really enjoying BSL and thought Braille would be just as fascinating to learn- and it is! Love transcribing/translating😀 On lesson 2 at moment but already have learnt a-s, capitals and full stop🙂

Secondly- On one of my facebook writing groups have announced the start of a new anthology book- if chosen will be published in this book!

“A Haunting of Words (AHOW) – All stories must include a haunting, entity, possession, conjuring, or apparition. The stories DO NOT have to be horror!!! I encourage romance (Ghost, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir), comedy (High Spirits, Repossessed), Sci-Fi (Event Horizon), drama (A Christmas Carol, The Others), Fantasy (Spirited Away), action (Ghostbusters), and of course, horror.”

The deadline is Nov 1st and must be under 10k word limit.

Eek exciting!!! Will need to get my thinking cap on (can submit more than one story too) so next few weeks will start coming up with an idea or two….. nice new writing project competition- last time they done this they announced a few days ago the winners of AJOW (A Journey Of Words) look forward to reading it when it comes out (I joined when submission had finished). Will give it a try and see how I go🙂

 

So what have you been up to in the world of writing/reading?

Many thanks for reading

 

x

 

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Book Review- Survival of the Ginnest

Book Review- Survival of the Ginnest by Aimee Horton

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Book description:

A modern-day diary loaded with parenting humour. Meet Dottie Harris. She was living the self-indulgent lifestyle of every childless couple… and then she had kids.

Struggling through pregnancy and motherhood, Dottie turns to social networking. She quickly becomes reliant on it, using it as a way to reach out to others and come to terms with the funny side of motherhood, whilst realising she’s not the only person to consider anything after 7 a.m. a lie in.

Follow Dottie on her journey—made up entirely of Facebook-style updates—spanning four years of her sleep-deprived life. She bluntly shares her worries, insecurities, tears and tantrums, along with the things nobody ever tells you about motherhood!

Full of humour and honesty, Dottie’s modern-day diary gives a glimpse into motherhood as she trades in her social life for the sofa and a bottle of gin, watching her children grow older while she grows less enthusiastic.

If you’re looking for a funny chick lit read packed with parenting humour, or simply want to know you’re not the only one having trouble parenting newborns and toddlers, this book about the ups and downs of mothering is for you! (Goodreads)

Book review:

Unique and original concept of writing- funny from the beginning! Felt like I was reading a friends status and some I actually thought I could have wrote them! A light and funny quick read where I caught myself laughing a few times. Would love to see the people who liked the statuses what comments they could have put- and Dotties replies……

There were many statuses that I found brilliant but these two kept making me chuckle:

“Dottie Harris has just been hit on the face by a slice of toast. Nutella side up.”

“Dottie Harrie would like to thank tea for helping her get through a particularly stressful episode of Postman Pat. Not sure who will win the race but excited about the final moral to the story!”

Enjoyable read but will take a little while to get used to the reading style.

8/10

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Book Review- The Reflections of Queen Snow White

Book Review- The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

Book descript18780192ion:

What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White. (Goodreads)

Book review:

When the author contacted me offering a free e-book for a review I was excited as I read the description and it was right up my street! It looked exciting and interesting as I always like to know what happened to characters after the “happy ever after” endings- especially much loved characters!

The book started off beautifully where he described how two hawks flying above set the scene before them (gentle and unique way of introducing the character, the castle and the wedding preparations for her daughter) from there the story flowed and had me gripped. It had a nice pace and  I could feel Queen Snow’s heartache- each chapter showed us her life from sad times (such as Prince Charming’s death) to bad times (childhood abuse) as well as some good times (meeting the Prince and her wedding) It gives us a twist from the classic Snow White story (or maybe bits we never knew about?). Its more of a dark book than a happy one- but it again makes it a unique read.

You start off thinking the mirror is evil but it actually helps Snow to understand and move on from her depression- how each chapter David writes is so descriptive that it makes you feel that you are falling through that mirror with Snow.

I do feel this book could have added more snippets of her life but only because the book was a great read and I wanted more! It did end abit abruptly, felt it was abit rushed- this too could have either been expanded or maybe left for a sequel???🙂

Well written dark re-twist of a classic and not many can do this I think- but David has done an awesome job of it!  A quick read but loved every page- thankyou for the opportunity to review!

9/10

 

 

 

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Languages

Hello everyone!

A new book review coming next week so keep an eye out😛 but for now I thought I would share with you my presentation interview for BSL level 3 that I have started to prep…. early stages but its a start (its on the 15th June!)

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Also I have restarted learning Spanish and so thought to get the writing practise in I would add a Spanish bit to my about me section (I hope its right?)

I know this post is not technically anything about my WIP’s or book reviews etc but its still writing in a sense so thought would post🙂

Are you learning any languages? Does any of your characters speak a language? I might include a language for my 3rd WIP (inspiration from the letters I found)

Many thanks for reading!

 

x

 

 

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New ideas

Hello and good morning here in the UK- Hope your all well?

 

So yesterday I had my level 2 sign language exam- think it went well but will see! One more exam left! Will have a break and get back to studying at the weekend🙂

The night before though I had bad insomnia😦 probably either due to nerves or pregnancy-but inspiration hit for my WIP2! I wrote ideas for 2 chapters and thought of a name for the story! Funny how it hits you when you least expect it🙂 I wrote about 389 words that evening (well at 3:45am) :s

I feel like im focusing and enjoying the wip2 than wip1…. normal?

Big news too- I have made a Facebook page so can separate my writing from my personal page, took me a while to finally hit the publish button but so glad I finally done it.

Also I have wrote a list of books that I will be reading and reviewing- will share this later on.

So mini update from me- will check back in soon.

Much love

Jenny x

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New books and a letter!

Quick post today🙂

Got to love charity shop buys! Have brought some more books to put on my “to read and review” pile- plus I can scrub them off my wish list (as I was going to buy them) bargain finds…..

But that is not all! In one of the books hidden in the pages are two letters from a male teenager writing to his girlfriend (as he couldnt be bothered to text) the letter showed love and maturity- now im curious as to know if they are together or if he was the last person to own the book before myself…..

Mystery! Also feels like something out of a film😛

Hope I can find out more information – detective jenny on the case! Also be a good prompt for a story😛

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Will keep you posted!

X

 

 

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Storytime Competition Result…..

So I entered the competition created by Whimsey Gardener where she reads stories on her youtube channel. This competition was to enter scary stories for Friday the 13th- and mine got picked!!

It is such an awesome feeling listening to someone else reading your work- and the way she has done it is fantastic- adding eerie music and the voices of the characters are spot on🙂 a brilliant listen- also the other story’s are excellent and the winning entry is read out in such a way that you feel like your in the story.

Here is the link to my entry🙂 what do you think?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4tQRK_MSRM

It has given me confidence to enter into more competitions🙂 Thankyou for the opportunity Whimsey.

Enjoy!

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