Unqualified

Posted: April 14, 2018 in books

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These days its becoming increasingly difficult to find work especially for someone like me. I have been a mother and housewife for over twenty years and am desperate to find a job that is flexible enough to fit in with my children and lack of qualifications. The jobs that I have been looking for don’t involve being a brain surgeon but they might as well be. I’ve looked into working in child care but apparently I’m not qualified which is laughable considering that I have seven children one of which is Autistic and another that suffers from anxiety but since its not a formal qualification my actual experience isn’t good enough! Honestly, do you really consider someone that has sat in a classroom researching from a book more qualified than a person who has gone through every stage of childhood to their late teen years seven times over?

Then there’s the ever popular cleaning jobs. Twenty years of cleaning up after messy toddlers and lazy teens not forgetting the visiting grandchildren isn’t enough to qualify me to be able to clean someone else’s home, no, that has to be a formal qualification. I actually have two sepearate irons, one for the light clothes and the other for dark. My washing machine starts at 7am and continues until 8pm. Each day I follow the same routine starting with the upstairs, beds have to made in a certain way, towels folded in a particular style. Everything has to be neat and tidy, nothing on the floor especially clothes which will be put in the wash whether they are clean or not then I move onto downstairs. You will never find a sink full of dishes in my house even the dreaded left over cup. With so many people under one roof I spend most of the day cleaning, so again, I am more qualified than a college certificate.

Another favourite is a receptionist or call centre customer service agent. It’s not that I’m constantly on the phone talking to friends, it’s usually my kids calling for help and advice with one thing or another. They seem to think I have somehow qualified as a doctor and can give them the answers to their varying ailments or in one case, my grandchild’s ailment. Apparently I’m also a plumber, electrician and a car mechanic. In all of these situations I would be a fantastic receptionist or call centre agent. I can deal with it and have great patience and advise what I do know, and google what I don’t.

But seriously, my point is that most jobs aren’t accommodating for people like me. I need a chance to prove what I can do and not be told that I need a piece of paper to prove what I already am qualified in and have been for years. Flexible hours are also an issue especially when you have to do the school run. Most flexible jobs want you there from 8am to 4pm but that just isn’t possible when you have small children and no one else who can take/pick them up.

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New website

Posted: March 30, 2018 in books

Come on over and check out the new Forever Dark website. You can even sneak a peak at an excerpt from the book.Forever Dark

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Posted: March 13, 2018 in books

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Come and check out my new page 🙂

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Forever Dark Website

Posted: February 20, 2018 in books

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Check out my new website where I will be blogging all about Forever Dark, my newest book.

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Forever Dark Release

Posted: February 19, 2018 in books

 

Forever Dark is now available to purchase at these links:

Cover reveal

Posted: February 15, 2018 in books

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Cover reveal

Posted: February 15, 2018 in books

I haven’t been on here in a long long time, but I have been busy writing two new books 🙂

The first is to be released on the 18th February and it’s called Forever Dark and the second by the end of March. I am over the moon with the cover, which was created by my publisher Tyffani Clark, owner of side street cookie publishing, and am more than pleased to reveal it to you.

Come and join us at the cover reveal event: https://www.facebook.com/events/203339040407492/

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As a writer, you can create your own world, characters and surroundings, which is what I love most about it, but the worst thing about being a writer, besides the endless hours of cursing, editing and stressing over whether your manuscript is good enough, is the fact that it is only fantasy. I can disappear for hours in my creative world, living the excitement, interacting with characters that I’ve created, but then outside of that, it’s back to the world out of my control. It’s quite sad really, much like when you read a really good book and can’t get it out of your head. You want to live that life, and meet those characters.

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And I’m submitting it anyway 😀 I’ve worked long and hard on this book, and for those of you who have read the Twisted Bloodlines series, there are a few familiar characters in it 😀 This will be a two book mini series, and I’m about to dive on in with the second book 😀

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Nothing is ever really yours

Posted: January 19, 2017 in books

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In life, nothing is really yours. The house that you have can quite easily be taken if you fall into difficulty and can’t afford to pay the mortgage/rent. The same applies to your possessions should you fall on hardship, they also can be taken through repossession to pay off debt. Even your own children can be taken away from you. Many people have fallen victim to debt. Prices are constantly rising and for most, their outgoings exceed their incoming. It’s easy to say keep up your payments and then there won’t be a problem,but until you live on the poverty line you won’t understand just how hard it can be. The same applies for losing your children. Not all those people are bad parents, depression, spiteful people and dire circumstances play major factors in most cases. Anyone can fall victim to any one of these situations. You can’t even claim that your mind is your own, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and other mental health issues can easily take it from you.

A dim view of life,but sadly true for many people. I guess the moral of the story is,enjoy things while you can and don’t judge people for their losses until you’ve been there yourself. I’ve seen many programs and people who have suffered these things and had no other options available to them.