I'd like to thank Resounding Glass so much for giving me this award! He is such a good friend and talented writer. He has helped me lots with his support and advice and words of encouragement. You're a star, Tristan.
Neno’s Rules 1. As a dedication for those who love blogging and love to encourage friendships through blogging. 2. To seek the reasons why we all love blogging. 3. Put the award in one post as soon as you receive it. 4. Don’t forget to mention the person who gives you the award. 5. Answer the awards question by writing the reason why you love blogging. 6. Tag and distribute the award to as many people as you like. 7. Don’t forget to notify the award receivers and put their links in your post.
The reason I love to blog is because I love putting my thoughts on paper. Nowadays, the scourge of absentmindedness has left me a bit verbally vague, so I write things down instead. I like to laugh at my mishaps. Is that not what dottery old mothers (and grans) are all about?
Although this site looks like an interesting concept, unfortunately there has been a change of ownership and business is on hold, until the website has been redeveloped. I will let you know when it is up and running again
Yes it's true, I've caught a bug. The Ebay bug. (I'm a bit of a late developer!)
It is such a delightful pastime. I can't explain the feelings of excitment I get, waiting for the post to arrive with my latest parcel. I only spend a few pounds at a time, on craft supplies, so it's not a major drain on my finances. But is that how it starts? What will I be looking to purchase next? Surely not that classic, racing green, S-type jag, I've always had an notion for? I wish!!
One humugous downside to trolling Ebay, it is soo... time consuming. I can't get on with anything else for scrolling through pages upon pages of bargains!
I keep misplacing something, well quite a number of things really.
Up till recently, I've lived my life in my usual scatterbrained fashion and when I say scatterbrained I don't mean slightly airy fairy, I'm talking about the dim witted and bemused variety of muddled brain function, particular to a woman of my age.
If it wasn't for the handy little thesaurus and synonyms function on this computer, you wouldn't get a coherent word from me.
No, writing isn't much of a problem, (but obviously, I'll let you be the judge of that!) my major headache is the skill of holding a normal, everyday conversation. My attempts consist of lots of broken sentences and phrases and plenty of blank stares as I rake my empty brain for that missing word.
Forgetting words is a particular talent of mine, unusual in a writer, don't you think? My family used to finish my sentences for me, but now even they are struggling. Have they lost the skill or have I just got worse?
After a bit of work, my short story, There's no one quite like Grandma, is now published on Helium. The link is on the right if you would like to read it.
If you have ever wondered how to deal with those pesky sales people? Grandma has the answer!
I had a lot of fun writing it. Although she is a fictional wee old lady, Maybe that will be me in 15+ years from now! I hope so.
I joined Helium on Fresh writing's recomendation. Sorry Chris for not contacting you for advice on how to enrol! (Us old people, what are we like?!! just no patience.)
So I submitted to Helium but, silly me, I forgot to check if I could post on triond first (although I'm still not even sure that's allowed?)
Helium looked quite promising at first glance, they give a cash incentive to new members to get them started and start to pay money for your articles if you meet monthly targets and get good reviews. Unfortunately it seems the same rules don't apply to creative writers. It doesn't look like I'll make much money with my short stories anywhere on the net.
Nevermind, one plus point, it seems my article went to number one in its category, even if it was one of 3!
Low and behold, the hits started to come in fast and furious. After just 30 minutes I had received over 500 views. Okay, I knew that most of the readers probably were expecting different content from the chick lit ditty I had written, but still each view was money in the bank for me.
Getting carried away, I did a quick calculation and estimated somewhere in the region of 12000 views over 24hours. Great, I would be starting to earn real money.
I couldn't wait for this morning to come, so I could check out the figures. It pays not to get carried away. This mad influx of hits stopped just as suddenly as it started. So much for making my fortune.
I got a lovely message from a friend on the Triond site today.
Triond is a site which enables you to post you articles, creative work, stories, poems etc and videos, pictures and audio. You get a percentage of the viewing revenue. (which doesn't work out to be much, if you're like me and only post a handful of articles,then leave the viewing to chance.) The idea is to promote your work and supply plenty of content. Two talents which I seem to lack at the moment. If you have a forte for creative writing or enjoy writing articles check it out at http://www.triond.com/
Anyway back to the lovely message. A fellow writer Resounding Glass wrote to me to say he had set up a blog to showcase the works of developing writers and honoured me by adding one of my flash fiction stories. I am so made up. If you'd like to read my contribution and lots more excellent writing you'll find the link under 'blogs I follow'.
They say life begins at 40 but it's taken me 10 years to embrace that notion. Now at 50 I'm feeling good and some still say looking good. Well that's when I can be bothered to indulge in my newly rediscovered interest, applying a little makeup from time to time. To be honest time would be better spent just keeping my stray eyebrow hairs under control. As you can see I've a plethora of interests, at present I'm finding it pretty stressful trying to fit them all into one day. You know that saying,"there's never enough hours in the day"?,I now understand what it means. I probably knew this years ago, but by letting lower priority tasks slip(housework),I found time to concentrate the necessities in life(socialising). Anyway about me, I live with my husband and my 2 adult male, children, (adult/children, a contradiction in terms? Not in our house.).