Archive for March, 2015

Benidorm part one

Posted: March 30, 2015 in books

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This will be a two part post of my recent holiday in Benidorm 🙂 Here are some photos I took while I was out there.

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Back in the day a wife’s role was to wait hand and foot on her husband as well as tend to the house and children. Thankfully in this day and age equality has taken effect. Personally I don’t agree that their dinner should be set on the table as soon as they set foot in the house neither do I think a cooked breakfast should be prepared every morning either. Are we not important as well? Has our day not been just as busy as their’s? They are perfectly capable of cooking for themselves and I sometimes go all day without sitting down so why should I jump to attention! Who else out there feels the same?

Yesterday’s sketch

Posted: March 21, 2015 in books

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Here is a sketch I did yesterday. Unfortunately I used up three of my kids black felt tips so they are not best pleased but I was with the finished result 🙂

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Can you write with distractions?

Posted: March 20, 2015 in books

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This post goes out to all you authors. Can you write with distractions in the background? By this I mean kids, television, people holding a conversation? i can’t but oddly I can read a book and be completely oblivious to all around me even if they have been trying to talk to me for the last ten minutes 🙂 For some reason I need either music or silence to be able to concentrate on my writing weird right?

What cliques were you in at school?

Posted: March 20, 2015 in books

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In schools there are always Cliques no matter whether you want to be in one or not. You have the nerds, goths, troublemakers and of course the cool kids and many more. Personally I floated in and out of all of them. I had friends in all of these so called ‘Cliques.’ At school I wasn’t a star pupil and would hang around with whoever the mood took me on that day. I had my favorite subjects at school (Art and English) and would only make an effort in these, so on those days I would be associated with the nerd Clique. I didn’t really have time for the cool kids despite a few friends in the group. I found them to be too stuck up for my liking. If I’m honest my time was generally spent with the troublemakers though having said that I didn’t go out of my way to cause trouble. If a lesson didn’t interest me then I would get bored and start chatting or generally become a pain and get thrown out of class. I didn’t wake every morning with the notion that I’m going to play up and get excluded. I do regret not pushing myself to learn the subjects that didn’t interest me but if I don’t like something then unfortunately I’m too stubborn to give it a go. Another issue in my life that I am working on 🙂

What Cliques would you have classed yourself in?

Why can’t I remove what’s mine?

Posted: March 19, 2015 in books

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I’m getting extremely annoyed by the fact that I can’t remove something that I created! Some of you may be aware that Twisted Bloodlines was originally published under a different name. It was also edited the hell out of and a father’s obsession is a former shell of what the book is now. The problem I’m having is that the book still shows on Goodreads and Amazon and they won’t let me delete it! I made a total mess of my Goodreads author page trying to get rid of it and they had to correct it for me but still wouldn’t delete the older versions of book one and two in the series but they did combine the editions so that they wouldn’t show. They said the reason it can’t be deleted entirely is because users may have it on their shelves. Well since its no longer in publication, I can’t see how this is an issue considering they can no longer read it.

Amazon has made me fill out an infringement form for me to remove it and they have said the same as Goodreads stating that their policy is to provide the best customer experience by including all titles and formats in my bibliography including that of works both in-and out- of print. Why!!! I wrote the damn book if I want it removed then isn’t that my decision? How can you provide the best customer experience by displaying a book you’ll never be able to read!!!!

Am I the only one to have suffered this problem? If not I’d love to hear how you managed to find a loophole in all of this. I’m still waiting on Amazons response as to whether they will or won’t remove it from my page. My fingers and toes are crossed 🙂

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I’ve heard people comment on many occasions that they would love to come from or have a big family and that celebrations like Christmas must be awesome. Yeah right! There are ten of us in my household and I can tell you from experience that it is mayhem. Never a day goes past without arguments, someone took my belt, he’s hogging the bathroom etc. It can get so loud that you can’t even hear yourself think! That’s only part of the problem. The rubbish that comes out of this house makes the refuse collectors take a deep breath when they pull up outside my house on collection day. (I know this because I’ve watched from the window 🙂 ) At times it can be like a sea of black bags taking over my front garden. And let’s not forget the laundry. There is no linen basket alive that can hold it and my washing machines hold a very short life expectancy.

All that aside I love my family dearly but sometimes I do wonder what it would be like to be the only person in my house for a day. It can be hard at times especially when I’m trying to concentrate on my writing. Someone always needs something or an argument erupts over the slightest thing. As for Christmas celebrations, let’s just say by the end of the day I am exhausted and glad its over. I don’t get time to enjoy the day since I spend all of it cooking, finding home for the new presents and fighting with those stupid endless tie up things they use to package toys!

So is a big family a must or a bust? You’ve heard my side let’s hear yours 🙂