Thursday, 28 April 2016

Who Cares?

Thank you to Fiona Ritchie Walker for passing on the details of this free to enter competition which is being run to 'raise awareness about caring'.

Fiona, who won the poetry competition last year says, "I would love to see them gets lots of entries  this year - I'm a pretty new carer and think Carers Uk do an amazing job."

There doesn't seem to be any entry restrictions, but I'm guessing that the prize of £150 in High Street vouchers will be most useful to someone who is reasonably close to a UK High Street.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016


My tongue is protractile. I'd stick it and prove it, but that'd be rude, so here's a tulip instead.

The term usually refers to body parts and simply means they can be extended or protruded. Another word for the same thing is protrusible.

Which do you like best - protractile or protrusible?

Monday, 25 April 2016


Congratulations to Fiona Walker for winning the Startford-upon-Avon Literary Festival competition, after seeing it mentioned here!

I won't say that's as good as winning myself because quite frankly I'm nowhere near that generous, but it is good to know people are reading and benefitting from the blog. And it does give me an excuse to celebrate.

Not in the same league, but I have a story shortlisted in the Kishboo competition for the second time. The first time I came second and I expect you can guess where I'd like to come this time! To help my chances, please do 'like' or vote for Pursued to Glory.

Some of my writing buddies also have a story in that issue and you're allowed to vote for more than one, so do have a read through the others and vote for those you enjoy.

I also have a cheery poem in the same issue.

Friday, 22 April 2016


Beatrice is getting better at finding competitions than me! She noticed that this 100 word competition, which wasn't free is now (those who paid to enter will get their money back). There are prizes of books and cash. Not long to enter, so get a move on.

I know some of you write 100 word fiction - I've read it.

Due to a random series of events, I can't add a photo to this post. Given the title, that could well be a good thing.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016


Undulatory is a great word, isn't it? It means undulating or wavy, or due to undulation. And undulation means a wavy motion or a gentle rise and fall.

There are days when my hair is as undulatory as this wave lapping gently against the breakwater.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Guilty secrets?

If you're not exactly a domestic goddess and don't mind people knowing, then you might like to try this free entry competition. There is a prize, but I suspect that only those who have to use a lot of imagination for their entry will find it appealing.

Couldn't see any obvious restrictions on entry, but it does seem to be aimed at women and they're based in the UK and the prize will be posted.

Thanks to Jacqueline Cooper, for letting me know about this.

I was going to illustrate the post with a picture of my unwashed dishes, but Gary got there first so you'll have to make do with a bowl of sudsy water. (Yes, I have a tidy husband. Please don't hate me.)

Monday, 18 April 2016

A reminder

My Kindle version of my latest book, Through The Garden Gate, is currently on promotion. Today is the last chance to get it for 99p.

It's also available as a paperback. If you're interested in how I turned the eversion into a physical book, take a look at Carol's blog.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Go away

If you go away and write about it, you could win £2000 of travel vouchers in this competition. You don't even need to go far as there's a 'close to home' category.

Nationality restrictions apply, which seems odd given the subject matter.

Oh look, I do believe I've created another excuse to post some of my travel pictures! Hopefully we'll be going back here quite soon ...

If it's warm enough for swimming in the sea, I'll try and get one of me doing that with my eyes open.