Sunday, 19 December 2010
Sunday, 12 December 2010
One of the things I enjoy doing is entering writing competitions and I recently had the results back from the Romance Writers of Australia's High Five contest. I was really pleased with my result of 91% and 12th out of 75 entries. This is a big improvement on last years mark.
Also I won a signed book from Kate Walker's Advent Calendar Giveaway. This competition is going on daily until Christmas and you can enter by visiting her blog.The book I won is Bound by Blackmail.
For my Australian readers here's a picture I took when the snow started two weeks ago. I'm sure readers in UK are fed up with the stuff.
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Co-operative very kindly funded the purchase of ISBN numbers through their Community Fund. Each member of the group has contributed poetry or short stories. The book costs £3.50 and 50p from each book sold is going to the Air Ambulance.
If you wish to purchase a copy please click here.
Friday, 26 November 2010
Blenheim also recently became a film set for Gulliver's Travels, the new movie to be released on Boxing Day. You can find out more about that here.
The Column of Victory stands in the vast and magnificent grounds, which I just have to go back and explore in the summer. You can just see the Column in the distance in this photo I took from the house.
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
The party took place in the the Library of the ImechE, but being too busy talking I only have this one photo of Jan Jones.
As I left, I just couldn't resist doing the tourist bit and took this photo of Big Ben on a drizzly November evening.
Sunday, 7 November 2010
What I hadn't bargained on was the misty and wet driving conditions. This is a photo I took when I stopped on the way and if the mist hadn't been obscuring the view across Wales it would have been stunning.
Another reason for wanting to go back to Nantwich was the gorgeous cake shop Homemade. It is a quaint little shop that also have a cafe, but the cakes are amazing. I just had to take a box home!
We had a lovely lunch and talked so much about writing I couldn't help but come home feeling so refreshed and revived. Between now and Christmas I have several competitions to prepare for and a new submission to Mills and Boon as well as more days out with writing friends.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Harrods was the next stop, where we browsed the food hall, perfume department and used the famous
As we all met in Tuscany on Sharon Kendrick's course at the Watermill, we finished the day off in a Tuscan Restaurant.
I travelled home on Sunday through picturesque Costwold villages and stopped at Broadway Tower, a Folly built in 1799 for George William, the sixth Earl of Coventry.
Friday, 10 September 2010
Monday, 6 September 2010
Brenda Old's first publilcation is titiled Late Blackberries. I love that title and the poetry she's written.
Sue Moules has just been nominated poet of the month with her latest publication, The Earth Singing.
As a group we are in the process of preparing an anthology which will be available next month. This will be our second such publication and will be called Of Cakes and Words.
Thursday, 26 August 2010
Here they are. I really like them. What do you think?
Sunday, 22 August 2010
Earlier this month I heard about my second submission to Mills and Boon. Unfortunately it wasn't what they were looking for, but the comments and advice given to me about my work were so positive, that I feel full of enthusiasm to continue with my current story and submit it later this year.
The New Writers' Scheme, organised by RNA closes at the end of this month and last month I sent in my submission. This is a brilliant opportunity for unpublished writers to gain feedback about their work.
Saturday, 24 July 2010
Whilst I was in London I also took a bit of time out to be a tourist. I had a lovely few hours on a river trip from Greenwich to Westminster.
At the back of the museum is the Orangery, a lovely oasis of calm where you can enjoy afternoon tea on a Sunday. Unfortunately it wasn't Sunday when I was there, but here I am in the peace of the Orangery.
My final tourist trip was to The Royal Observatory, where there was a massive queue just to have a photo taken on the Meridian line. I cheated and stood behind, but still on the line,then went to have tea and cake!
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
As usual the conference was full of brilliant talks and workshops, but this year the RNA was celebrating its 50th anniversary. A Gala Dinner was held on Friday night where we all dressed up. Once again shoes were a big focus and photos can be seen on the RNA blog.
For me, the most important event of the weekend were the editor appointments that were being offered. The chance of having an editor read my work and offer advice was by far the best part of the weekend for me. Everything else comes in a close second.
Also announced is a brand new competition from Mills & Boon called New Voices. For more information on this http://www.romanceisnotdead.com/
This final photo of the conference venue was taken from the Greenwich Observatory, where I spent a bit of time being a tourist.
Monday, 21 June 2010
It was the Stanbury Chapel that really caught my attention, the detail was incredible and was popular in the fifteenth century.
Now for the down. My poor dog, Tara, had to have an operation to her hind leg on Wednesday. It was a very painful procedure and would have meant at least a month in hospital for a human. She was very sorry for herself for a few days, but is now improving and starting to use the leg again. Everything looks good, so not such a down in the end.
This is my faithful friend, Tara, who loves to sit next to me when I'm writing, especially if I have biscuits with my coffee.
Saturday, 5 June 2010
Next the grass is taken to the silage pit, where it is rolled to compact it to release unwanted air. It will then be covered by black plastic sheets and kept as winter feed for the cows. And they love it!
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Saturday, 22 May 2010
but the detail inside the Cathedral is amazing.
train through magnificent countryside to Lucca. There we all had lunch then set off to explore and shop. This photo is a view of Lucca from the Torre Guinigi and then the tower from the street. It is famous for having a tree growing on the top!