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Friday Fictioneers – ‘Tis the Season

Well not quite, but the trees are starting to appear, and I might start some shopping soon.

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

‘Tis The Season

The Christmas Fairy loves this time of year. The long holidays are great, and she gets to read a lot, but there’s nothing like feeling useful again.

Take this guy, standing bewildered on the sidewalk. First Christmas alone. What can he buy the kids? It matters so much to him to choose something perfect, but how can he know what to get when he doesn’t live with them any more? He mutters under his breath, “Please help me.”

She takes him by the elbow and gently steers him back into the store, buzzing with pleasure at the thought of their faces on Christmas Day.


Edit Your Book Pages To The Correct Format – Part One

Having looked at how a book is formatted in the last extract from my download about self-publishing using Lulu (part two is here), the next part of the process is to format your own book document. (more…)

Family History – Curiouser and Curiouser

I’ve been doing some research for the novel I plan to get to one day, which is based on the life of one of my husband’s family, who was transported to Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) in 1852. I’ve been thinking of it as a rags-to-riches story, and recognising that I will never be able to know everything about her life so I will fill in the blanks with my imagination. (more…)

Friday Fictioneers – Pride Goes …

Ok, so technically it’s Thursday, but here is my offering this week for the Friday Fictioneers challenge now hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Visit Rochelle’s website if you would like to find out more or join the merry band. (more…)

Book Planning Progress – Spiritual Challenges

A little while ago, I mentioned that it was about time I got back to the book I began work on when I started this blog in May. As usual, my hopes were higher than what I had the time to accomplish, but I did manage to make a start. I am now in the planning stage of this book. Originally I wasn’t sure how much planning to do, as this is a book on spiritual topics I wanted to try writing without too much planning. I can now report back that, for me at least, that idea is just a recipe for procrastination and never getting around to the writing at all. (more…)

Thought for the week – Clearing

My thought for this week is all about clearing. It all started with an opportunity to get my son a better desk. The one he had was not really big enough to have his computer on and still have room to write. Not a big problem, but when a free desk became available I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity. Trouble is, as it was bigger than the old one it meant we needed to rearrange his room to fit it in. (more…)

Friday Fictioneers – Bickering

Thought I wouldn’t make the Friday Fictioneers this week, but found I couldn’t resist. Extra short this week, I don’t hink that’s against Rochelle’s rules! For anyone who doesn’t know already, the challenge is to contribute a 100-word story based on the photo prompt below. (more…)