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Sorry it has been so quiet lately, so much going on, and it seems that my writing has had to take second place for a while although, its never left my mind, and!!!! I am still scribbling notes, thoughts etc, as I am already thinking about a new book I want to write.

Out of the blue came a lovely surprise!! a brilliant prize worth $1,750 dollars, and a lovely certificate, WOW!!!! so grateful and very humble that at last my work ie Secret Demon has been recognized.

This has obviously given me a big kick up the backside to get going again, and I will, so!! I’ll get the new business I have been working on with my son sorted, and be back soon with more news

But for now from a very happy author bye and blessings.

Edna!! from Coventry, it was lovely meeting you on the Reiki 2 course. Thank you for your email, I am glad I could help with your noisy spirit, you know where I am if you need me XXX

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Well, the new year is here with a crash! bad weather and sudden snow bringing the Uk to a total halt for a couple of weeks. I’ve been stuck too!!

With a new grandchild, and a busy business, and now a new business project suddenly looming towards me, I have to admit, I have taken my eyes off the ball. Not like me, I have been so focused on writing over the last five years, and with six books to show for all my creative effort, I know that is no mean feat!! but yes, I tell you I am only human after all.

SO!!!! what can I do to get back on track?? I ask myself, well, for one thing, I am writing this blog. just wrote another on my facebook page as well, I have put down all the new menus, and new business information, which has been clogging my head up for months, opened a bottle of wine, and poured myself a glass, and have sat down to listen to my favorite radio station Trakzuk. Sitting with just my manuscripts on my lap, thumbing through, sighing at all the long handwritten words, which finally end up on the computer, realizing just how much work I have actually achieved, telling myself, well done, and that it was actually ok to have a little break.

I am now peaking at the awaiting skeleton of my new novel, touching the words on the page, inspiration starting to pour back into my quiet mind, and thanking the lord and universe out loud for this newly acquired skill that has crept into my life, and I suddenly realise at last, that as a writer, if you are not rich and famous like a lot of authors, then your writing has to fit around you and your life, and that actually is ok, and very normal!!!! you have to live and pay the bills somehow!

So, my lovely fizzy mind is slowly returning, thoughts and excitement of my new Secret Demon 3 flooding into my brain, what will the new cover look like, how long until it is released, will my lovely Editor and Mentor Jeff Jones like my new offshoot book Thomas Jones that he has been so eagerly waiting to get his hands on oh!!!!! so much to do and think about.

Yes the old grey matter has definately fired back up, and I am scribbling down thoughts and ideas as fast as I can, rejoicing at the renewed stimulation just writing this blog has brought, and realising that it really is ok to have a little break everynow and again.

Mary from Devon, it was so lovely meeting you at the spiritual evening last week, I am glad my little reading helped, and has put you back on track, always remember your lovely mum is with you helping you all the way, you know where I am if you need me, Bessingsxx

Until next time !!!!

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Well, the roundabout surely has started again. Book six is now on the computer, and I can close the A4 writing book and get on with making sure the story runs true. It’s good! I like it, know my editor the brilliant Jeff Jones can’t wait to get is hands on it, I thank the lord for all the support I have because I actually know I would falter without it. Every writer needs support, mentally and physically, and thank god, I have both.

In between all of this, I have managed to complete a Reiki course, which is helping my physic side of life, it was exhausting but so well worth it I may add!

It can be so lonely, I often play music, either listening to Trakzuk internet radio or utube it keeps me company while I write, I don’t really think many people realize just how lonely it can be writing, you on your own for hours on end, just you and the computer or your written manuscript for company, many writers often tell me how writing has changed their lives, sometimes for the worst, and yes I can definitely understand that when you have a partner/spouse who just doesn’t get to understand the need to put all these wonderful words together!! and it’s only when it’s done do you feel the satisfaction of the completed work, and what lies ahead, and the next challenge, it has totally changed my world, in a way I never expected, and here I am a nobody in the writing world (YET!) I may add, who still continues to have that fizzy exciting brain which dosent like to stop and rest like many people.

SO!!! what next you may ask, well!! I need to get the cover done now for book three which will be off to the publisher. and then I can think about book four which needs a little attention (book six, by the way, is another offshoot from book four) and book four can now have a little attention so I can then send that one to my Editor, goodness how I am keeping him busy.

It seems that work never ends, and always there is so little time, but look, if you are an aspiring writer/author, however busy you are, just like me, just put one hour a day to one side, and I promise you will get your book written and it will all be worth it in the end!

Julie!! from Bromsgrove, I know you are reading this thank you for your lovely comments about Secret Demon. Please keep in touch and let me know how things are going, I totally understand your position I was once there! and the beautiful people that I have managed to put you in touch with are brilliant and will help your dad as much as possible, keep strong, love and hugs, and thank you for letting me help!!! it means a lot xxxx

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Well back to the old roundabout again, the pressure is now surely mounting, and I have to keep calm. Just finished writing book 6, its another offshoot just like Daisy, my lovely characters Thomas Jones and Danny Doyle now have their own book, but although it’s finished, this is really where the work starts. I don’t know how other writers work, but I write longhand into a large A4 journal, and then type it onto the computer, its a long old haul, but you know what, I recently did James Pattersons master class, and one of the tips he gave was to continually go over and over every chapter until it was perfect, and you were happy with it. I suddenly realized that all along, this was what I was actually doing, every time I am at the computer, I continually go over and over what I have written, checking everything, sewing all the little threads together I have missed so everything falls into place.

But now the pressure is on!! book 3 needs to go to the publisher for publication early next year, but my mind is still surely on the book I have just finished, what to do????? is the question now floating around in my brain, and it is causing me to fret!!.

I quietly stop think about my priorities, I also have my radio show every Sunday to think about, so what am I going to do!! decisions decisions, but they are made. The new book can wait a little, I’ll get book 3 ready and get it off to the publisher, that way I can still produce my little show on Trazkuk Internet Radio, and get book 3 ready, and finalise the new book when everything calms down, that way I can keep at least some of the pressure off, and keep myself sane.

Debbie!!!! from Weymouth on the south coast, !! it was lovely speaking with you recently, so glad you love Secret Demon, thank you for the lovely comments, it means a lot, hope the help I gave, and the contacts I sent you will help you discover more about the wonderful gifts you have, and I know your mum will be so proud of you!!!!!!!!!

Until later!!

Blessings xx

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Mental Health!!!!

I was recently asked by someone, how I actually managed to continue writing, look after my grandchildren and deal with everything else that happens in my little world without having a nervous breakdown. I have been approached by so many writers who tell me they suffer from depression when things go wrong when the little voice in their head that helps them with their inspiration suddenly and for absolutely no reason just stops talking to them. I feel their pain and understand absolutely what they are going through because you see, it also at times happens to me.

So what as an author, budding debut author, or even student what can you do you look after yourself, and re create your enthusiasm and get the old sparkle and that helpful voice chirping away again. Well over the last 4 years, I have at times had to stop and take a look myself, and ask myself am I looking after me!!!!!!!!!!! When depression strikes, as it can and it does with thousands of us who look to the life of taking up the creative pencil, I have questioned am I looking after MY!! mental health, feeding my body and my brain good things, foods, supplements just to help keep the brain cells sparking and keep alive!! and quite frankly when I looked at myself I was shocked. So what did I do??? I hear you all ask. Well I stopped drinking so much coffee, and upped my water intake,looked at some good supplements, I am now taking Turmeric, it helps with my arthritic hands, I am now eating really sensibly cutting out as much sugar as possible, which has actually been amazing!! I have to say, I drink liquid chlorofil and once a week I meditate just to try and connect with my own little inner me, and of course sleep!! thats one of the biggies, writers and artistic people all seem to lack sleep, since changing a few things around, mine has got better

Its not easy when your life is so stressed, and everyone is pulling you in the opposite direction, but if at my old age, I can put some zing back in this old arthritic body, and get the brain cells sparking again, so can you, and!! you wont regret it.

Hi Abbey, it was lovely meeting you last week and signing your two books of mine, I cant wait to attend the Reki course with you in three weeks time, I promise you it will be wonderful, and as discussed, will help you improve your spiritual gifts, and guide you to use them better.

Until later


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