Murder on Tyneside

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Very Slow! - UPDATE!!

Just a quick update to tell you that offer on my collection of short stories mentioned below is now under way! It will carry on until Thursday 26th March - don't miss out!

I have to say that things are very slow here at the moment. Having said that I don't really know what to expect as it is only the middle of March. But I do think I should be out and about doing something!

One piece of good news is that the diet has taken off! Yes I thought that might surprise you. It did me, actually. But I was beginning to look rather like a small dumpling, so I thought that if I didn't do something soon I was going to end up like a large dumpling!  Anyway, the diet is under way, so I will let you know how it is going as I go along.

If anyone is interested and I do hope you are, My collection of short stories will ne 99p/99c to download on Friday 20th March. The special offer will last for only one week, so I do hope you will download a copy and pass the news on to anyone who enjoys reading a short story during their coffee break.

The stories are quite short, but are fun and positive, if you know what I mean. Perhaps inspirational would be a better word - or perhaps not! That word sounds far beyond my realms.
Anyway, the collection comes under the title, A Surprise for Christine.

I was due to go to Newcastle last Monday with a friend and her daughter. I was so looking forward to it as I haven't been shopping in Newcastle for ages, However, as it turns out, I wasn't too well on Monday, so I thought it best not to risk the 70 journey on the bus. I'm sure you can imagine my disappointment.

It is Budget Day today here in the UK. It came with the usual fanfare.  But at the end of the day I doubt anything will change. Though as it is election year there might be a little given away to a few!

Well on that note I think I had better close.

I do hope you all have a great day


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

I Simply had to Tell You!

You will recall I bought a new Dyson Cordless Vacuum for my husband's birthday. Okay, I know it wasn't really appropriate, but, what the heck I did it anyway. Now I just want to tell you that I am absolutely delighted with it. It's brilliant!!

No lead to trip over, nothing to pull along behind. In fact you simply unclip it from the docking station and you are off. And, it is so light to handle, you can whiz around the house in no time at all.

Before you ask, no I am not on Dyson's payroll. I just thought you might like to know.

But enough of all that, I have never been one to dwell on housework! Oh my goodness, there are far more interesting things to do than housework.

There are holidays to think of, new clothes to buy and new stories to write... Perhaps I shouldn't have mentioned that last thought. You see I am having a bit of an issue with my latest novel. The problem is, I don't know where it is going at the moment. It is meant to be a follow-up to Divorcees.Biz. By that I don't mean another dating agency, what I intended to do this time, was to get the four ladies back together with a new venture - a detective agency!

Can you imagine it, the four ladies, always at loggerheads with each other, trying to sort out someone else's problems. I thought it would be fun and it probably would be, if I could only get my head around it.

If you have read, Divorcees.Biz, you will remember the four ladies who set up their new online dating agency in London. (If you haven't read it - why not?) They had their ups and downs, but they were good friends, well they were good friends most of the time. Which was why I set about using them all again, but for some reason, they seem to be messing me about.

Ah well, back to the drawing board, as they say. But on the other hand I never use a drawing board, so could that be the problem? I think I might have explained in a previous post how I like to make my stories up as I go along

I shall have to wait and see how it goes.

Meanwhile, have a great day everyone,  


Thursday, 5 March 2015

The Feelings of Things!

I suppose you all realise by now that I am a little zany in how I think and act!
Therefore you won't be surprised to learn that a little of this shows up in two of my stories in my anthology - A Surprise for Christine 

You see, I have this thing in my head that all things on this earth have feelings. For instance, peas in a pod, beans in a can. even a bus trying its best to overcome the daily chore of doing the same route day in and day out! Wouldn't you get sick of that? Don't you ever get sick of doing the same job at the same time every day? Therefore why shouldn't the bus? Or anything else for that matter? Nothing in this world likes to be left out and unloved. Even your own arms or legs. Do you treat them both exactly the same? Or do you give one a good wash, while the other merely gets a quick rub? Do you stop to think that one is going to be jealous of the other? It might be, you never know.

To learn more about the feelings of buses and peas, as I see them, you need to read my two short stories in the above mentioned anthology, "The Last Pea on the Plate" & "The Number 57 Bus". Perhaps you will come around to my way of thinking - or not! It might simply confirm your opinion that I am even more crazy than you first thought!

Whatever you decide, I have certainly given you something to think about. And look at it this way, I did set you thinking about something your would never otherwise have thought of - so who is crazy now?

Yesterday was my husband's birthday. I had no idea what to buy him. What do you buy for people who have most things they want or need. In the end I bought him a new vacuum cleaner.  The old one was driving me mad, it didn't seem to pick up any more and had to press the head on the floor so hard I was having back trouble. The new vacuum is being delivered today, so hopefully my troubles are over! I knew I would think of something to buy for him in the end.

Well, all I will leave you on that positive note

Have a great day, wherever you are.