Heaven Calling – Part 8 #Fiction #RomCom #WomensFiction

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Welcome to my weekly blog series – Heaven Calling

This is the final part in this series, so I hope you enjoy it.

Blurb

Camilla’s enjoyment of heaven life came to an abrupt end after she discovered her husband Gerry was dating back on Earth. He’d spent two years grieving her but in Camilla’s eyes this was not long enough.

With her own team of angel assistants; Anna and Gabriel, some soothing harp music, the use of the weather and God’s help, Camilla is certain she can influence the outcome of Gerry’s dates and get him back to mourning her.

In Part 7 Camilla listened to her best friend Meg confessing strong feelings for Gerry, via the prayer hotline.

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10 Writer Learnings From The London Book Fair 2017 #WritersLife #LBF17 #Writer

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This week I attended the London Book Fair 2017 and wanted to do a post to share my writer learnings from the event.

Apologies to those expecting the next part of my series Heaven Calling. It will be back next week.

I have never attended the London Book Fair before so I didn’t really know what to expect.

Here are my learnings.

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Meeting Your Online Blogging Friend In Real Life – The Key Stages #MondayBlogs #BloggingGals

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You can build some great connections online with other bloggers. With some blogging connections it can feel like you have found your online Best Friend Forever (BFF), even though you’ve never actually met face to face.

Meeting your online BFF in real life can get a little crazy.

As I have met most of my online blogging friends at blogging events, I have used this scenario – the blogging event (conference or awards ceremony) to show you the key stages.

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Why Supportive Writing Friends Are Like Lighthouses #MondayBlogs #AmWriting

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There are times when writing is similar to sailing a small boat, across a stormy sea at night.

Think of your little boat as your creative project and the angry sea being a mixture of your emotions, your recent literary experiences and your writer demons.

You are in total darkness, desperately clinging onto something (which you have little faith in), you have no idea where you are going to end up and you are cursing yourself for even thinking about setting off on a journey like this.

You are desperate…when out of the literary darkness comes this beam of light.

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The Writer Friend Job Description #AmWriting #Writer

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The job description for a writer friend might go something like this…

About The Role

Writer friend needed to provide long-term creative and emotional support to a fellow writer.

Hours: Can vary each week. Dependent upon a number of factors:

  • The mental state of the writer
  • The stage the writer is at with their latest project.
  • The writer’s view of their current project.
  • The writer’s view of their own creative abilities

Location: Can be based anywhere in the world as long as there is Wi-Fi access.

Key Duties / Responsibilities:

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17 Reasons Why Being a Little Weird is Good #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation

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Here at BlondeWriteMore we are celebrating people who are a little bit weird.

I am definitely in the ‘little bit weird’ camp. For years I worried about it and tried to be normal. After finding myself through blogging and writing I am now embracing my weirdness!

Here are some reasons why it’s good to be a little bit weird:

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How an Act of Creative Kindness Can Turn Around a Bad Writing Day #MondayBlogs #Writers

 

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Acts of creative kindness can be really powerful. They are great to receive but the feeling you get from helping another troubled creative soul is pretty special.

I recently experienced a bad writing day. It didn’t start well and turned into a day of battling against negativity and self-doubt. So I took immediate action. I stuffed some chocolate into my mouth, drew some dark shadowy figures in my diary, sulked on the loo and had a strong coffee.

I managed to recover some of the day, but I still wasn’t feeling the creative love. Half of me wanted to write the day off as a ‘bad day’ and just forget it.

Then I received a cry for help from one of my creative friends, who was struggling to make sense of a project. She was lost in the detail and desperately needed a fresh pair of eyes to help make sense of it.

So I put down my project and went to her aid.

I told myself “just because I am having a bad and unsalvageable writing day, it doesn’t mean I can’t help turn around someone else’s day!”

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Tina’s Writer Diary – The Book Trailer #writers #comedy #writer

 

 

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Tuesday

9.34 a.m. I have been staring at Beryl’s email for ages. When I hired Beryl as my author assistant I knew this situation was going to occur at some point.

Tina, 

I can’t come over today and help you finish writing your book. The bumper pack of prunes that you bought me has not worked!  

Still no movement. 

Once the blockage clears I will return to work.

Thank you for the ‘get well’ card and for the touching personal message of ‘hurry up Beryl – my book is not going to write itself!”

Beryl 

Today is not a good day.

There are still 9,789 words left to write on my latest novel ‘Beautiful & Kidnapped’. With Beryl out of writing action it is down to me to finish writing my book. The trouble is I don’t feel like writing…

9.35 a.m. Barbara Houghton, my new author friend, who I met in the toilets at her book signing (we were both suffering with book club hangovers) has emailed me the link to her latest book trailer video.

9.36 a.m. I am watching her book trailer of ‘Ghost Romance’.

9.37 a.m. Pause Barbara’s video to shriek with joy!

An amazing idea has just come to me. My new book ‘Beautiful & Kidnapped’ needs a book trailer video.

Yes!!! I love how being an author allows me to showcase some of my other creative talents such as film making.

9.49 a.m. Taking some deep breaths whilst looking out of the window. Trying to remain calm.

9.51 a.m. Waking up Keith. He arrived home from his factory night shift an hour ago and we have an agreement that I will only wake him in an emergency.

9.53 a.m. Arguing with Keith about my definition of an ’emergency’ and how he doesn’t view making a book trailer video as life threatening.

9.57 a.m. Still arguing with Keith.

Margaret the cat has joined in. She’s snarling at both of us.

9. 58 a.m. Keith is getting up to prove to me that he is supportive of my literary career and because he thinks the cat is possessed.

10.45 a.m. We have got Keith’s video camera out of a cupboard and are discussing casting.

“So you want a female to sit, tied to a chair…” explains Keith whilst pacing the room.

“And gagged” I say, interrupting him.

“But in your book Vivian isn’t gagged?” queries Keith.

“All the best books have inconsistencies!”  I mutter.

Readers will be falling over themselves to buy my book once this trailer goes out. My body is trembling at the thought of tweeting the link to this cinematic masterpiece.

“You can’t put it live until your book is finished” explains Keith. “You told me you had about ten thousand words still to go and no one has given you any feedback on it yet”

I can feel myself prickling with agitation. Why does Keith always dampen my literary spirits?

“You know my feelings on getting feedback Keith” I hiss, casting him a dark look.

“Ok…calm down! I know people are jealous of your literary talents and try to talk you out of writing through feedback. I will leave the book writing to you” explains Keith, sensing trouble. “Hiring an actress might be costly.”

“We could use someone we know” I suggest.

“I am not sure we know someone who would be willing to star in such a production” Keith mumbles, scratching his head.

“We could ask your new darts team member Melanie?” I say after getting a flash of inspiration.

Keith and one-eyed Bob, his Darts pub team partner, have recruited a new member – Melanie.

Keith assures me that he and one-eyed Bob recruited Melanie on the basis of her dart throwing ability and their decision was not based on the fact that Melanie wears tight fitting clothes, has a Barbie like figure and squeals with laughter at their bad jokes.

Keith looks uncomfortable. “One-eyed Bob and I think she brings a lot to the team. i would hate to see that change” he mumbles.

1.56 p.m. Melanie has just tottered into our house on a pair of gigantic pink stilettos.

“Isn’t this great?” she squeaks, running her manicured nails through her long blonde hair.  “I love a bit of acting!”

I am struggling to contain my excitement and proudly lead the way up to our makeshift film set – the attic.

“Melanie I like to give a lot of stage direction” I gush, taking the stairs two at a time.  “I get obsessed about stuff a lot!”

“That means you are a professional Tina!” says Melanie, making me squeal with excitement.

“Is it a romance novel?” she asks, before we reach the attic.

“Sort of” I say quickly, visualising Vivian seducing her captor, evil but sexy Frank.

“What a cute little cat!” screeches Melanie, turning round to spot Margaret following us up the stairs.

“Please don’t look the cat in the eye Melanie!” Keith warns.

“Sorry Keith but I have to say hello to this beautiful kitty cat?” squeaks Melanie, encouraging Margaret the cat to join us.

I push open the attic door. “Our film set awaits!” I shout, feeling light headed at the prospect of directing my own book trailer.

“I have a really bad feeling about this” Keith mumbles, as Margaret the cat barges past him and into the attic.

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Similarities Between Blogs & Coffee Shops #MondayBlogs #BloggingGals #coffee

Blogs & Coffee Shops

Blogs are like coffee shops for the following reasons:

  1. Your blog is like the coffee shop. It’s a warm and friendly place where people come on a regular basis to socialise, read or just hang out.
  2. Your blog posts are like coffee. Once a customer has consumed one of your posts they might get a rush of creative inspiration, erupt into a fit of giggles, get a warm glow, say something profound or just go quiet on you.
  3. A coffee shop is where you can bump into friends and acquaintances. A blog is similar in that you can spot virtual friends and acquaintances hanging out too…in the comments box.
  4. Coffee shop owners can look a little harassed if the coffee shop gets busy, the coffee machine goes on the blink and customers start complaining about a sour taste to their drink. Blog owners can also get a sweaty brow when Twitter is busy, readers start to leave comments about links not working and some bright spark spots a typo!
  5. All coffee shops have a different feel to them; some are quiet and tranquil whilst others are lively and buzzing. The same goes for blogs. Some are peaceful and relaxing whilst some are just hip and rocking!
  6. It takes skill and finesse to whip up a good cup of coffee. A good barista will make lots of quick hand movements and have a look of intense concentration. It is the same for a good blog post, it takes a lot of expertise, some rapid hand movements (adding images, links, hashtags, checking spelling) and a look of intense concentration.
  7. The coffee shop owner goes through their takings at the end of the day and they will go though a range emotions; joy – if the business is good, happy – if the business is average and pain if the business is down. As a blogger you also go through a range of emotions as you scrutinise your takings – your blog stats! There will be mild hysteria  if your blog stats are up, relief if they are average and intense suffering if they are down.
  8. Coffee shops attract writers and so do blogs.
  9. Coffee shop owners like customers who tip. Bloggers like readers who click like. Both are little signs of appreciation.

Have a wonderful day and make sure you stop by some blogs today!

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How to Stop Being a Lazy Writer #writers #AmWriting

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Ever had one of those mornings where you struggle to get out of bed and all your plans of having a ‘writing day’ go out of the window?

So when you find yourself enjoying the delights of a warm bed, moaning about how tired you feel and coming up with 100 excuses for not doing any writing, here are some handy tips for turning this situation around:

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