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My Blog SCRIBBLE AND EDIT reflects my love of creative writing, design, literature and film. Check out my Poems & haiku, Romantic Flash Fiction; Blogfest Entries; Blog Awards and other prose and Flash Fiction. Do bear with me, as I will reciprocate with those genuine commenters on my blog.  BTW I sometimes withhold comments for challenges until later. Comments about the post are much appreciated. Thank you.
Comments based on others' comments can lead to misunderstandings that spread like whispers!

The only SURE way for me to follow you back is if you leave a comment. However, if your Blog has a black background and white writing then it makes my eyes squiffy...

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Meet Patsy Collins #4

Today I'm interviewing fellow Blogger, Patsy Collins, who is launching her debut novel,
Escape to the County, this month. COMMENTS ENABLED

Each interview byte has been scheduled to appear at Two minute intervals...
See Interview #1;  Interview #2; Interview #3

Meet Patsy Collins #3

Today I'm interviewing fellow Blogger, Patsy Collins, who is launching her debut novel, Escape to the County, this month.
Each interview byte has been scheduled to appear at Two minute intervals...
See Interview #1;  Interview #2; Interview #4


Meet Patsy Collins #2

Today I'm interviewing fellow Blogger, Patsy Collins, who is launching her debut novel, Escape to the County, this month. 
Each interview byte has been scheduled to appear at Two minute intervals...
See Interview #1;  Interview #3; Interview #4

Meet Patsy Collins #1

Today I'm interviewing fellow Blogger, Patsy Collins, who is launching her debut novel, Escape to the County, this month. good luck with the book launch, Patsy.

Each interview byte has been scheduled to appear at Two minute intervals...
See Interview #2;  Interview #3; Interview #4.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Low Profile

Just checking in with everyone.
Thanks for all your supportive comments about my romance vignette.

Welcome to all my new followers and Thank You to all my existing followers.

This week looks like it's going to be busy, so I'm not ignoring you, I'm just otherwise engaged... Oh and it's hubby's birthday today.

I have scheduled some posts in forthcoming days and will come and visit as many of you as possible, again, when I get a moment.

I am interviewing Patsy Collins on 29th March and of course
there's my Blogfest on 17th April


I do hope life is well with you all.

Friday, 23 March 2012

She Wears My Ring ~ What's Your idea of Romance?

This week's prompt for Romantic Friday Writers Once you've written your entry, post to your blog, then copy the link to the linky on RFW. Write a maximum of 400 words in response to the prompt. The words 'she wears my ring' must be used, however you wish. Any genre.

Here's my Flash Fiction Vignette (370 words)
chosen as Featured story of the week


We sit together in the lounge squeezed between the other residents. A television blathers on in the corner. I help her drink her tea from a cup with a spout. The room smells faintly of stale tea and institutionalised meals. I try to swallow the prickly crustacean of emotion that is lodged in my throat, remembering  the day I slipped the white-gold band onto her slender finger as we exchanged our vows, when chestnut curls framed her heart-shaped face, while her hazel eyes were bright with tears of happiness. The curls are now more wispy-white and her eyes look across at me with a distant blankness that drags at my heart.  
       Still she wears my ring, after fifty-six years of marriage. Though her memories drift in and out, I can still see the essence of Mary in her smile; her warm and loving nature that helped us through the hardest of times. Her zany sense of humour that always attracted even the most reserved admirers, still remains in her more lucid moments.

“We had a card from Cousin Margery” I say.
“Is Margery coming to see me?” she  responds.
“Not today, love. Maybe next week” I lie, it doesn’t matter, she won’t remember.
“What’s for dinner?” she asks, conversationally.
“Fish, mash and veg. One your favourites” It’s better to make it sound appetising, I’ve found.
“Oh, Is Margery coming for dinner?” she asks with a warm smile.
“Maybe she’ll come next week” I say, keeping my tone level.

Mary looks off into the room. The other residents sleep away the hours of interminable boredom between refreshment breaks, accompanied by the blathering television, or call out in distressed tones “Nurse, nurse!”

           This isn’t the retirement we had planned. I imagine us going for country walks together, hand in hand, laughing and sharing. I imagine the cuddles and the intimacy. The warmth of her affection and my heart swells with love for the woman I married. I hold her hand, now so soft and pink since she no longer attends to the housework. They are no longer parchment-dry from dish washing. I will always love the essence of my Mary, forever grateful that she chose to wear my ring above, all others.

So what do you think?  Does it fit your idea of romance?

As many of you will know, this theme is something close to my heart.



RFW said: We both chose Madeleine Maddocks for her heartfelt romantic story of an elderly couple. It was a beautifully written vignette, well deserving of the FW title.
Donna Madeleine's story had me in tears - of nostalgic longing for a life that wasn't mine, but I'd wish for in my old age.  This story embodies the "rocking chair" concept marriage.  From the first words out, to the end, this excerpt built a story; a life of companionship, compromises and enduring faith in each other. What completely captured me was the line "Though her memories drift in and out, I can still see the essence of Mary . ." Everything after was showing how he saw both the girl he married, and the woman she'd matured into. This concise excerpt completely revealed a life lived in everyday romance, not just special occasions. 

Denise Madeleine tore at my heartstrings. Man, that girl knows how to hit the 'emotion' button for me. I simply adored this tale of love in God's waiting room. The love of this man for his wife was steadfast, gentle and sweet. I love how Maddy told it. It rang true to me. I've seen real life love stories played out in nursing homes and this was very real to me. 
 


Writerly Doldrums Haiku

Life has somewhat taken over recently...

I've been busy sorting out a few things work wise.

Hubby's been  laid up with a badly sprained ankle.


The cat needed taking to the vets... 

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and I've had no car for a whole week, as it required lots of repairs just when the mechanic took sick... thankfully it's back now.

So writing/blogging has been on the back burner.

I had a story rejection a couple of days ago, which sent me into those inevitable writerly doldrums...

While I try to remember that I must not dwell on the rejections and to take my example from those amazing writing bloggers like Milo who just keep sending out their stories for years until they get accepted, which helps...

and then two days later an email saying that a Flash Fiction piece had been accepted,  so that was a boost!





 
Writerly Doldrums
My masterpiece rejected
I must not give up!

Waiting for my muse
I'm in a short story slump
Need a writing boost

Feeling somewhat low
I need some blogging solace
Thank you, one and all



How about you?

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Assorted Limericks

The first four Limericks start with Ms.Kane's first line prompt




A fellow who had a degree
in Catering Technology
Said “You really should try it
It’s so on your diet
You’ll be as slim, as a leaf on that tree!”
A fellow who had a degree
Could get you one too, for a fee:
‘With a Bachelor of Art
You can make out you’re smart
But it’s more for the full MSc’

* This one won an honourable mention! *
A woman who had a degree
In freezing out poor company
Used her most frosty glare
And her teeth she would bare
To all those she deemed lacked pedigree.
A gal who was partial to gin,
Would lick every drop from her chin.
Shrugging off the affliction
When accused of addiction;
"That's a slur!" she would say, with a grin.






A woman whose fingers were green
From a regular gardening routine
Suddenly pulled up a gourd
And then shouted “Oh Lord!”
For its shape was quite frankly obscene
A lady was clipping her hedge
When she made up her mind with a pledge
To grow pulses and beans
Some parsnips and greens
For she loved nothing more than her veg.

A lady from W.I.
Had her eye firmly fixed on her guy
Though his fingers were green
She was clearly quite keen
And would covet his spade with a sigh.
When judging the gardening prize
An important criteria is size
And it’s vital to note
That what gets the best vote
Is the one that’s a sight for sore eyes.




Thursday, 15 March 2012

Tagged with Lucky 7

The lovely Medeia Sharif  tagged me with the Lucky 7 Meme. 
The rules: 1. Go to page 77 of your current MS/WIP
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines, sentences, or paragraphs, and post them as they're written.
4. Tag 7 other authors.

Here's my excerpt from my realistic fiction/chicklit Once Forgotten.
The she in this piece is Caroline whom you've already met in previous posts
.

I would like to pass this tag on to:

Laura at Daily Dodo


Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Author, Rachel Morgan Interview #5


Today I have been interviewing Rachel Morgan author of the paranormal fantasy series Creepy Hollow in which Guardian is the first installment.
Rather than one long post, there are separate, shorter posts appearing at 2 minute intervals today. COUNTING DOWN NOW!...
Interview post #5 See posts below for the rest of this interview.

Thanks to Rachel for sharing her journey with us.

So Bloggers, Do you think this style of presentation works?

Rachel Morgan Author Interview #4

Interview hop: #4 See posts above / below.Rachel Morgan author of the paranormal fantasy series Creepy Hollow in which Guardian is the first installment.





Comments will be possible at the end of the interview,
so hop to my next post...thank you.
(Rather than one long post, there have been separate, shorter posts appearing at 2 minute intervals today.)

Rachel Morgan Author Interview #3

Interview Hop: #3 See posts above / below.
Rachel Morgan author of the paranormal fantasy series Creepy Hollow in which Guardian is the first installment.



Comments will be possible at the end of the interview,
so hop to my next post...thank you.
(Rather than one long post, there have been separate, shorter posts appearing at 2 minute intervals today.)

Rachel Morgan Author Interview #2

Interview hop: #2 See posts above / below
Rachel Morgan author of the paranormal fantasy series
Creepy Hollow in which Guardian is the first installment.


Comments will be possible at the end of the interview #5.

Two Minute Interviews ~ Author, Rachel Morgan #1


Interview hop: #1 Rachel Morgan author of the paranormal fantasy series Creepy Hollow in which Guardian is the first installment.


(Rather than one long post, there have been separate, shorter posts appearing at 2 minute intervals today.) See posts above


Monday, 12 March 2012

Announcing 'Plotting Blogfest'

My thanks to all those who responded to my previous post on Blog content. Since so many of you asked for:
  • Writing topics
  • Writing dilemmas

    I have devised this BLOGFEST  and scheduled it for when the letter P appears on the A-Z challenge on 17th April 2012.


Sign up to the linky and post your tips and secrets on how you plot your novels. Even if you are a Pantser rather than a Plotter, there must be some methods you follow when writing your stories. Or you can post about any aspect of plotting.


How do you Plot your novels?


BTW If you want to see the original hilarious Kenny Everett Cupid sketch
with Michael Parkinson
CLICK HERE


Oh and do please take the logo and side bar it for me.
If you can post about it, Thanks


Check out the entries by clicking the links below:

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Bring Me Sunshine Tagged

My thanks to Patsy for awarding me the Sunshine Award. It is such a lovely tribute and I always love receiving them.


I would like to pass it on to Kelley for her Blog posts that fill the heart and mind with sunshine.
To Sarah for her lovely sunny comments
To Ellie whom I've met in person, who is such a sunny person. 





 
Thank you also to Joanna for tagging me.


1) How would you cope if you were stuck in a broken-down lift?
I'd not be happy. I'd hope I was with people who kept me calm.
2) Do you suffer from road rage?
I can get exasperated sometimes, but not mega aggressive, no.
3) Which era would you prefer to have been born in?
Hmmm interesting question. Women have had a rough time in the past, though I enjoy watching Tales from the Green Valley about living in the 17th century 

4) What is the item of clothing you have loved wearing most?
I wore a duffel coat until the sleeves became three-quarter length because I'd outgrown it!

5) Have you ever hated a holiday and why?
Yes, a few either because the weather was bitterly cold and damp, or the cottage was damp and cold and smelly


6) Which meal would be your worst nightmare to eat?
Peppers, chillies and curries make me ill...


7) Do you like toast very brown or pale?
I like it hot and crunchy and nicely browned.

8) What do you do if you can't sleep?
Count all the chairs and sofas in the house going mentally from room to room.


9) Have you ever hidden when a friend knocks on your door?
I'll never say ;O)


10) When you sit down to write, do you keep getting up again for valid reasons, such as urgently-required biscuits? And then wonder how you ever manage to finish a story?
Not really, no, but I do keep checking my emails and Blog unless I disconnect the router.

11) Who is the short story writer whose work you could read over and over again, both for pleasure or inspiration?
Saki was always a favourite, though I enjoy lots of authors to get a full flavour.

I pass these tag questions on to two Laura's from Wavy Lines and Daily Dodo

Friday, 9 March 2012

Something's Missing: Your Votes


Hi lovely Blog subscribers. 
Since my Blog started in Aug 2010 I have included posts on:
  • Micro-fiction
  • Flash Fiction
  • Romantic Fiction
  • Haiku
  • Poetry
  • Limericks
  • Author Interviews
  • Blogfests
  • Writing topics
  • Writing dilemmas, disappointments and successes
  • Workshop news
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I was wondering whether anyone missed reading certain things on my Blog?


If so please tell me what you'd like to see most
in the comments below.
Thank you


BTW this week has been mega busy, hopefully next will be more  under control.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Guardian ~ Creepy Hollow REVIEW

In March 2012 Rachel Morgan is launching her paranormal fantasy series, with a touch of romance, entitled CREEPY HOLLOW. It is a YA paranormal fantasy series of novelette length that will be published in ebook form each month, beginning in March 2012.

Rachel Morgan was born in South Africa and spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. These days, in between teaching mathematics to high school children, she writes fiction for young adults.



Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone. She’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until one of her assignments, a human boy who shouldn’t even be able to see her, follows her into the fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion. The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the fae realm. Easy, right? But Nate and Vi are about to land themselves in even bigger trouble and it’ll take all Vi’s training to get them out alive.


I was lucky enough to be given a preview copy of the first installment GUARDIAN to present my review below:


So have you read it yet?
Does this review make you want to read it?

Rachel Morgan will be giving an Author Interview
HERE on 13th March.
NB: Rather than one long post, there will be 4-5 separate, shorter posts
appearing at 2 minute intervals on the day with the last one for commenting.
How does that sound?


Buy Guardian from: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords