Valentine’s Day

Roses are red,

Hearts are too,

But does Valentine’s day

Make you feel blue?

 

You’re not alone –

Many feel sad.

And unmet expectations

Make others feel bad.

 

While the shops and tv

Make you believe

If you can’t afford diamonds,

You lover will leave.

 

But take comfort in knowing,

Love isn’t an art.

On any day, what matters,

Is what’s in your heart.

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Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? If not, why not? And if so, what will you be doing this year? Happy Valentine’s Day.

How to Tell People You Write…Without Blushing.

Do you tell people you write? That you’re a writer? That you’re an author, even?

Without blushing?

Well, then let the rest of us in on the secret! How do you own up to ‘being a writer’ without…well…this:

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I’m not good at it. This year my youngest will be starting school and people are full of advice and curiosity about what I’ll be doing with all my “free time”.

Pfft, as if.

The easiest and truest response would be to say that I’ll be working on my business, that of writing. But I don’t because quite frankly it makes me feel…like a fraud.

So, if you have the secret then be a mate and let the rest of us know what it is.

You’re Back, You’re Back! I Missed You!

Welcome back! Did ya miss me? I missed you!

I hope the New Year finds you well and excited about the year ahead, wherever you are in the world. Here, we had a wonderful Christmas and a family-friendly New Year. I’m very excited about 2018. My youngest will be starting school and while I’m sad that his time at home is over I’m excited about the new adventure the family will be starting on. Continue reading

Taking a Break

Ugh. I’ve been all over the place with my poor blog in the last couple of months. It’s like a middle-child, loved but over-looked. Luckily it’s not a real child because that analogy is a bit depressing (I’m a middle-child myself). But seriously, my husband got very sick (not scary sick but still, really really sick), my youngest is readying himself to begin school next year and my eldest has been having a few small issues with a boy at school. So, I’ve been distracted.

With all this in mind I’m going to take my break early this year. I usually knock-off from the blog on December 1st and stay away until February 1st. Christmas and summer holidays coincide here, neither of which is conducive to productive writing. I’m stealing a few extra weeks.

So, until the New Year, I hope you stay safe and well. If you celebrate Christmas I hope it is a magical and peaceful time for you, if you don’t but you celebrate another religious festival I hope it is equally as wonderful for you. And if neither thing is your thing, I hope you just enjoy passing from one year to the next.

Next year I’ll be back with more writing tips, more two-sentence stories (of which I hope many will be yours) and more general chattery (which is not a word but I wish it was).

Lots of love,

Wendy.

Is There a Generation Gap? I Don’t Think So

 

I write for young adults. I do so partly because I have a background in high-school education (and so have spent a fair bit of time with young adults) and mostly because I think teenagers and young adults are wonderful. The vast majority of young people I have met are polite, funny, conscientious, caring and hard-working. So I’m always surprised when people tell me the youth of today are the devil. Continue reading

Click-bait

Click-bait

If I were a fish I would’ve been caught and released a thousand times. Or, God forbid, caught and cooked just once. When something tantalising is dangled in front of me, I can’t help snatching at it, so those links that appear in my browser with headlines like, ‘You won’t believe what she looks like now!’ or ‘How did they keep this secret for so long?’ are like the tastiest worms ever. Continue reading

The Unfriending

Social Media and I are not friends. I’ve tried. I’ve visited and kept up with Social Media’s interests and suggested activities we could do together but we just don’t click. Which is a problem. Because everyone else is clicking. On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and probably a hundred other avenues that I don’t even know about. Continue reading

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Nutella is the flavour of my childhood. I like liked to spread it thick on hot toast, lick off the melted chocolate goodness and then eat the toast. Just thinking about it takes me back. My younger brother used to make Chocolate Spread Surprise sandwiches. This basically meant a Nutella sandwich with Nutella spread on both sides of each slice of bread.

We’re lucky we had our mum. Continue reading