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Monday Coffee

It’s black coffee night for me. After a long, exciting day I need to relax next to you and detox. Come, join me on the yellow chair near the bookshelf and stage.  The coffee house is empty this week – I blame it on the sudden good weather or the fact that most bloggers are in the midst of great projects.

img_2348The day started relatively well with my daughter’s birthday cake turning out pretty good.
She was so pleased with it, she decided to take photos of the cake which made me feel very proud of my efforts. You see, I haven’t baked in quite a long time and this was the first cake I’ve made in about one or two years. So, yup, pleased with my effort!


Image result for images of horrified womanOnce the morning run was done, I sped home to power clean the stinky hole we call a home and throw it back into a civilised state after a weekend of vegging. Unfortunately, in my rush, I assumed the sprogs had cleaned their rooms, knowing that I had threatened them that we were going to have a person come round to give us a quote on some work.  To my horror, I led said gent up the stairs to take a look at the bedrooms and lo and behold the most embarrassing sight met my eyes.  I won’t go into any detail out of pure shame, but let’s just say I had to apologise for the state of the sprogs’ bedrooms.  He just smiled and assured me that he hadnt noticed anything. Well, I did and I bet a blind man would have sensed something was wrong with their bedrooms (probably after tripping over toys and dirty clothing strewn across the carpets). I was mortified.

41fctha3vql-_uy250_Once the gent had left, I settled back down to work on my book and made good progress. I’ve had to link different chapters so that they make more sense to the main story and added extra detail for some of the characters. Compared to The Iron Pendulum, The Pink Mask will give more depth to the characters and their back stories.  I’m just hoping that after sending out more copies to the ether, some of my readers will leave a review of the book. It’s frustrating waiting for feedback, any feedback, on whether the book is good or not. So, with a not-so-gentle shove, please leave your reviews on my books. I would appreciate it so much and I do want to hear from you.

I’ve targeted more literary agents and have sent out more letters of hope. Oh, the life of a writer! We lead such glorious lives. Sometimes I feel like a character in a Shakespearean tragedy: awaiting my love  to come save me but due to the idle meddling of associates, tragedy looms closer as love seems to drift further away!

On a positive note, I have a child who is a year older, our adventures as a family are continuing this year and I have a good idea who is going to get murdered in my next book!

So, with that in mind, give me the skinny on your weekend and what plans you have for the week.

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Monday Coffee

Hi!  Here’s your Americano coffee with a slice of triple chocolate cake.  I hope you don’t mind me choosing the cake.  It’s a special treat to celebrate this past week’s hard slogging.

There’s Jess and Natasha sitting on the big yellow sofa close to the stage.  I can’t wait to hear Mihran and his band play. Colleen and Hugh are discussing their exciting works in progress with Ron, who is sifting through the latest Haiku submissions.

I am feeling very pleased with myself.  After removing all the patio slabs and pallets infested with spiders and indescribable creepy crawlies, I’ve managed to re-lay the slabs creating a new patio.  


 It’s looking neat and tidy. The disappointing fact is it took nearly three days to do it all.  Many interruptions and a lack of strength held me back, but perseverance paid off. 

    Of course, I ache! I have discovered muscles that haven’t been used since the last time I created the patio! The benefit is knowing I can still accomplish big jobs like this and watching my family enjoy the new layout all weekend makes it all worth it.
 How was your week?  Have you accomplished or completed your projects?  How did they turn out?
On the writing side of things, I’m making progress on the different books requiring attention. I hope you’ve had a chance to click on the Books icon on my blog.  It’s looking better with working links – something I should have addressed sooner. Sorry about that!

I’ve learnt to really appreciate my blogging friends over the past couple of months. Useful information and feedback has encouraged me to feel more confident.  Who knows, by next year I might just see a positive increase in my book sales if I keep this momentum going. 

How do you find your friendships help you through tough times?

Right, my tea is finished and I fancy another slice of that cake.  I’ll go get us a slice.


Monday/Tuesday Coffee

I usually have time to visit my favourite coffee house and catch up with friends, but unfortunately I have missed my bus into town. I instead, I’m sitting at home today, offering your a coffee or tea or hot chocolate.

As we watch the cats play outside I would tell you that it has been a busy weekend. Family, my mum, the Hubble going on a business trip and a broken car have filled the two days with activities and running around. I would tell you how I nearly made it to the coffee house last night. Unfortunately, I was swept up in reading The Wind in the Willows to my two younger children! I love the adventures with Toad, Ratty, badger and Mole and the fact that this week is World Book Day encouraged me to change the pace of our reading time.

Whilst the clouds gather outside and we silently sigh contentedly that we are warm and dry I would ask you what special things you have prepared for this week? Would you dress up as a book character? I will be dressing up but have not decided what to choose. Mary Poppins or a pirate, Ratty or Peter Pan?

I would tell you how I strained my hand last night and it is really painful to type, but I couldn’t resist catching up with you. The week is flying by and I need to write the next chapter for Cecil and his friends. Things are heating up and it is time to face the scary raven looking woman. Have you got planned posts for this week? Which ones are your favourite?

Bearing in mind this is a short coffee/tea date I would hope to meet up with you back at the coffee house soon. Catch me later for the next episode of Cecil the Bully.


If We Were Having Coffee

The bell tinkles over the glass door to the coffee house and I rush in from the rain, welcomed by the homely smell of roasted coffee beans and freshly baked confectionaries. I’m here with a mission. Continue reading