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Stay positive!

Being positive is something that comes naturally to me, even when I’m up against it my glass is always half full! There is always light at the end of the tunnel and where there is light there is a way! Yes I know what you’re thinking it should be “where there’s a will there is a way” and of course you would be right – however I like my quote too! Being positive opens so many avenues it makes all the hard stuff so much easier to think about – for instance if your having a bad day, maybe you have missed the train and its raining, you don’t have an umbrella so you are soaked through, most people instantly feel grumpy and irritated and will probably be a bit off with their work colleagues when they finally arrive at work. Once they have logged there phone on and received there first call of the day, the poor person on the other end will more than likely receive a bad reception as a result of your bad morning (not their fault!) … which will only encourage more negativity for you as the day goes – like dominoes effect. However if you received the events of your morning differently – you will get wet anyway, the train has left without you – a bad mood will not bring it back … but you still have control over your day. How you choose the rest of it to unfold is entirely dependent on whether you allow that morning to switch your mindset to negative mode.

So I conclude – its far easier to be positive – it makes for a better day, a better reception from everyone around you, and most definitely more productive no matter what you have planned. And then there’s that old cliché “life’s just too short” … this is so very true! So why waste your time being negative? It takes up too much time and energy leaving you (and others around you) feeling down and angry.

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A productive writing day!

Today has been a very productive day as far as my writing goes!  I have written 3,500 words this afternoon – and feeling exceptionally proud of myself, my little princess was taken out for a few hours shopping with her Grandma while I was tapping away like a wood pecker!  My book is coming together beautifully – there are days where the words just flow out of me without any difficulty whatsoever, and today was one of those days!  Then I have days where I just cannot seem to get what I want to say down before me?  This is odd as I already have the story in my head – it is a true story after all!  Sometimes I remember things in the wrong order so have to back track and insert that chapter or paragraph into its rightful place.  Just because you have a ready made story by no means does this make it any easier to write down as I am discovering of late.  You have to be 100% sure of all the facts you are writing about, my research so far has bought about conversations with various people who have passed through my life during specific events I am writing about.

It has proven to be invaluable so far and has helped correct my vision of one or two events.  As time passes by, some events can appear a bit cloudy in your mind, and you just need someone else to clarify what is stored in your memory bank … or correct you if necessary. These discussions have also triggered memories I had forgotten about completely.  During my research process I have also collated information from various governing bodies to add credence and also back up my story.  I have been amazed at the incredible support I have received during the writing of my story and hope one day this will inspire many people.  Once I have completed my story I hope to finish my thriller based novel soon after, which I am also very excited about!!  So yes, today was a good writing day!

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A shared thought …

 

I think it would be very ignorant of us all to assume that in this vast universe we share with other planets that we were alone.  Whilst I was writing away this evening it was all quiet, all I could hear were the leaves rustling on the trees in my garden, my curtains were open and I stopped writing for a while to appreciate the stillness, the quietness, which is a rare moment in my household!  I was looking at the stars twinkling away, millions of them uncountable, so very bright, I stared in wonder at the beauty of the site before me so mesmerised was I – so I allowed my mind to open its doors to the possibilities of life on other planets, more to the point what would I do if confronted by another life form?  Mmm I told myself I would be dignified, (that translates into not running away screaming!), I thought I would at least give the situation I was faced with a fair moment of my time, until it was proved unworthy (then I would runaway screaming!)

After I gave way to my thoughts for a considerable length of time, I remembered my task at hand, writing my book!  I had gone so far off track I could not find my way back – another planet?  No!  In need of a break?  Oh yes – this however is not a bad thing at all I say to myself!  It was one of those moments when I needed to step away from the computer and re-group after all it was very late…

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Immortality v mortality

Immortality is a luxury only the young can afford to believe in!  When your in your teen years and early twenties you really do think you will live forever, you put off today what can be done tomorrow, throw caution to the wind.  I remember myself thinking “I will never get old” now it does not seem as far away as I once thought!  A year as a child used to seem like an age now it feels like a week. I gave birth to my princess on the 01/01/2009 – yes that’s right new years day a special offering I will treasure for ever!  She will be 3 years old in a few months, how did that happen?  Where did that time go?  Did I miss something?

 Apparently not – time passes by so very quickly i have discovered, I’m thankful that I am of an age where I can appreciate the importance of making the most of every single precious minute!  To look directly into the eye of time and say this moment is mine its not yours for the taking just yet … I often wish I could stop the world and get off for just a little while, to stop time right at the very moment you need to memorise a special look, or special smile, or special place, so its set deep in the confines of your memory never to be forgotten – ready and waiting to be drawn out of your memory bank as and when you need it.  Time is not to be taken for granted but to be cherished, and over the years my outlook has switched from those of that teenage girl I once was.  Now I think that If something can be done today, don’t put it off until tomorrow, just in case tomorrow is not available.

With youth comes beauty with age comes wisdom. As you get older you loose one and gain the other!  I conclude: immortality v mortality, I would take mortality every time – this is what makes us human

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Self employed without pay! Never been happier…

Yes that’s right – WITHOUT PAY- I am working and working very hard!  I write late into the night every night once my beautiful princess is settled for the evening, and do you know what this is the best job I’ve ever had and I have supplied myself with the position!  I think this is pure genius.  No breaks, no pay, no benefits, no holiday pay and no pension. I am doing exactly what I always wanted to do, my payment is in the creation of my writing which hopefully one day in the near future may bring me a modest income.  I find as a boss to myself I drive me very hard, much harder than employers ever did, this is because the passion is so deep with in me that I want to write well, I want to produce something that other people will also want to read.

This fits in so well with my most important job of all being a mother, to be able to work around my princess without it affecting her is like pure gold to me!  Having the backing of my husband helps enormously of course – without it my dream would be on hold. So do I miss being paid a salary – not at all … the trade off is too high.

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Imagine a world without computers!

Over the years I have read hundreds of incredible books by some amazing authors – Jane Austen – Charles Dickens – Emily Bronte, and many more.  My love for reading started very young and my love for writing developed soon after.  I try to imagine what it must have been like to write so many books without the use of the technology we are blessed with today?  Just imagine for a second – no computers/laptops – no internet – no smart phones, and that’s just for starters … I remember a time without all those things, and it really was not that long ago!  I remember you had to write a letter to stay in contact with a friend, the use of your landline phone was much more expensive as they did not have the competition they have today.  If you needed to make a phone call whilst you were out shopping you used a phone box!  I used to love receiving a hand written letter through the post – something we rarely receive today, unless you have my grandma of course who is a great fan of the written word and always sends me lovely hand written letters!  Once read, i bind them together with a piece of string in a little bundle for safe keeping.

While I tap away swiftly on my laptop, I pause for a moment to appreciate the speed in which I am able to produce this post, yes these days its all made so much simpler for us, I mean we even have spell check!  Imagine a world without spell check (it does not bare thinking about) just ask my editor!  However I cant help feeling from time to time that receiving a text message is not quite the same as a lovely hand written letter, or the smell of a brand new journal and the crisp white paper on which I used to write before I too conformed to the ways of technology.  So again try and imagine what it was like for authors/writers in times gone by, when each and every beautiful word was hand written, with no spell check to correct their silly mistakes!  I feel a sense of envy towards them as even with all the aids we have today to make our writing far easier, the authors of the past such as I mentioned at the beginning produced some of the most beautifully written words of all time.

To this day I do keep a beautiful note book which I write all my ideas in (by hand) in my very own handwriting no less!  I truly love my notebook and it travels with me everywhere just in case I have a moment of clarity.

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Autumn my favorite season…

There was a feel of autumn in the air today … this is my favorite season – it always has been and always will be.  I love that fresh cold feeling on your face as you step outside on a crisp autumn day all wrapped up with your gloves and scarfs, yet the sun is shining – perfect.  The leaves are starting to become a beautiful orange and dark red – to me, the perfect back drop for writing.  I love to watch people toing and froing all in a hurry, heads down, bumping into one another all lost in their own worlds and often wonder where are they all going?  What are they thinking about?  Are they happy or sad?  I love to people watch when I’m drinking coffee in my favorite cafe looking out of the window, couples linking arms whilst looking in shop windows, mothers with children ushering them along, but when you see a very old couple walking hand in hand I find that the most amazing of all … that picture says so so much without saying anything at all!  its amazing what people do when they think no one is looking!

The Autumn season brings many changes –  squirrels collecting anxiously ready for their big sleep, acorns falling to the ground, flocks of birds flying away to warmer climates as they feel the change in temperature. There is just something very romantic about autumn, whether you are outside or simply watching the changing season from your favorite chair in the house!  The nights are drawing in, cosy evenings watching your favorite movie, snuggling on the sofa with your children!  Yes, I love autumn – this season always inspires me more than any other.  Unfortunetly, with the colder weather arriving, I am today writing this post full of cold with a lemsip in hand (a downside I can put up with)!  My princess is lying next to me on the sofa having a nap with her head in my lap … she is smiling in her sleep.  I cant help but look at her angel like face with relief, knowing that she is dreaming sweetly whilst I am tapping away on my laptop.  I pause for a while and look out of my window which is directly in front of me, the sun is shining, the wind is blowing, and there is a chill in the air – perfect!

Autumn is by far my favorite season!!!

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