Walking on Sunshine Blog Hop Party – Better late than never!

Thank you BSLOkay, so I mentioned yesterday that I wanted to join Hugh’s party and show some love to my fellow bloggers. Before I begin – here are the basic rules:

1. Choose a fellow blogger who you think spreads blog love.

2. Write a short post about them.

3. Entitle your post Walking On Sunshine Blog Hop Party (so others can find your post).

You can mention as many bloggers as you want in your post and write as much about them as you want, but try to not make your post too long.

Okay, you know me, so of course I’m going to take advantage of the last point. There are so many wonderful bloggers out there, people who are incredibly supportive and spread sunshine through their posts. I had to limit myself to fifteen (I’ll keep it brief, I promise), but – like I said – there are so many blogs I enjoy. It’s a great excuse for another party!

Callum McLaughlin – Callum is one of the most supportive online friends you could wish for. I’ve been following his blog for well over a year now, and I absolutely adore his poetry. His prose is spectacular too, and in addition to a poetry collection he’s published two novels – go check them out!

Mishka Jenkins – I love Mishka’s candid posts about her writing experiences, and she has some great features. She’s a supportive friend and always makes me smile. I’ve read, and thoroughly enjoyed, all of her work (she’s published five novels, and is busy working on her next project).

Part-Time Monster – I met Diana earlier this year, and always look forward to her posts. The content is varied, always entertaining, and she does a lot for the community as a whole – truly inspirational. She runs a weekend coffee share, which is a great deal of fun, so you should definitely check that out!

Taylor Grace – When I think of Taylor I think of sunshine! She has a wonderful sense of humour and many of her posts have me laughing out loud. Her features are terrific and designed to support fellow bloggers. Her delicious humour translates to her writing and I loved her debut novel.

Gene’o – His knowledge on social engagement and blogging is phenomenal and he always shares his expertise. He has a quick mind, quick wit and is the first to get involved in a project and offer his support.

Sourcerer – The blog is actually run by Gene’o and I’m mentioning it here because of the wonderful content and the diverse number of contributors on the site. It’s definitely worth a visit.

Comparative Geeks – David and Holly provide a geeks’ paradise! There is so much to choose from, even more to enjoy, and the site is friendly and welcoming. I’m sure you’ll love it 🙂

Nerd in the brain – I discovered this site during a weekend coffee jaunt, and I’m so glad I did. I love the diversity. The posts are thought-provoking, fun and even educational. Nerd in the brain is a supportive blogger who spreads joy and positivity.

Mello-Elo – Eloise’s enthusiasm is catching! She has a big heart, is always ready to welcome friends and support her fellow blogger. I have a blast at her place, and have discovered some great articles.

The Story Reading Ape – what can I say about Chris Graham – he should get a blogging badge of honour! His support of indie authors is truly inspiring and the posts he shares are just wonderful. Check out his Halls of Fame, and the author resource section.

Janna T Writes – I love Janna’s short works of fiction, she hooks me every single time. She enjoys to explore different writing techniques, crosses genres, and can do just about anything with a good sentence! She’s inspiring.

Winter Bayne – Winter never fails to make me laugh. I love her writing style, it’s addictive. She creates strong characters, especially females – I seriously can’t get enough of her flash fiction pieces. Her posts are varied and packed full of personality.

Cee’s Photography – I really enjoy the sense of community at Cee’s blog. She runs a weekly feature, entitled ‘Share Your World.’ The questions are a lot of fun, and designed to start a conversation with fellow bloggers. This isn’t the only feature – she runs a variety of photo prompts.

Write on Sisters – Robin and Heather provide a treasure chest of writing resources. It’s a real gem of a site and the ‘sisters’ offer a wonderful balance, combining expertise and enthusiasm for the craft.

Gina Briganti – Gina is a good friend. She is the kind of person who always has a kind word to say. Her blog, not to mention her outlook on life, is a beacon of positivity. She writes a wonderful, and uplifting paranormal romance series, entitled Natural Gifts.

Thanks so much to Hugh for allowing me this opportunity to spread the love.

I’m off to chat to other people who joined the party!


And now for a short (ish) thank you speech…

Thank you BSL

Paul Whitberg recently nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, so firstly, thank you Paul for the nomination – I’m fortunate to be part of such a collaborative group. A collection of like-minded people, who are quick to celebrate the successes of others, and to share their knowledge, their skill and their passion.

The rules of accepting the Very Inspiring Blogger Award are:

1. Display the Award Certificate on your website.

2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented you with the award.

3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.

4. Drop them a comment to let them know you have linked them in the post.

5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.


So, skipping directly to the awards, here are the fifteen deserving bloggers I have chosen.


  1. Callum McLaughlin – Callum continues to inspire me. His poetry is visually stunning, with layer after layer to unpick and savour. He also produces thought-provoking posts and short works of fiction that are as entertaining as they are original. His seemingly endless support and encouragement reinforces what an inspirational and collaborative community we belong to.
  2. Mishka Jenkins – Mishka’s posts are refreshingly honest, and a unique look into the processes of writing. She shares her experiences because she understands the importance of a strong support network, and because she has a passion for writing. That’s inspiration in itself. She also manages to encourage and applaud the achievements of her peers.
  3. Winter Bayne – I’m a relative newcomer to Winter’s work, but her short works of fiction are a treat, so I would highly recommend them. She has great resources on her site for writers and readers alike, and she supports others – offering encouragement and contributing to the writing community.
  4. Amreen Shaikh – Amreen runs a weekly ‘Be-Inspired’ poetry prompt, which I have taken part in on a number of occasions. Her exploration of different poetry forms is a testament to her passion for the art. With clear guidelines, and endless words of encouragement, she inspires me to stretch myself and try out new techniques.
  5. Paul Whitberg – I recently discovered Paul’s work and have found his writing style to be articulate, clever, and often amusing. His skill is an inspiration, and I particularly enjoy his candour about the creative process. It can be difficult, even as writers, to put our words out into the world and he reminds us how supportive the community can be. I know Paul already has the award, but he deserves to be in this list.
  6. Brenda Davis Harsham – I met Brenda through the weekly inspired prompts, courtesy of Amreen. She is an inspirational poet, and paints vivid pictures with her words. Her poems are based on the beauty around us and she makes it a magical world indeed. If you don’t believe in fairies – head on over to Brenda’s blog and she’ll soon change your mind!
  7. Chris Musgrave – Chris has a great selection of resources on his site; tips for writers (Top Tip Tuesdays), providing a constructive look at the tools all writers should have; reviews, on a variety of things related to the craft, and quotes, which are brutally honest, funny and often inspirational. His collection of short stories and flash fiction contributions are also a must read.
  8. Cee Neuner – Cee runs a variety of challenges on her blog, mostly linked to photography, but all involve connection in some form or another. A photograph can tell a story all on its own, so the opportunities Cee offers, including tips and tricks, are truly inspirational.
  9. Lic. María Raiti – María writes inspirational posts on family, parenthood, and education. She also writes poetry and took part in NaPoWriMo, so there are plenty of examples to choose from. The poems are fun, often associated with one of her passions (family), and challenge the reader to sit up and take notice. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the musicality and unique rhythm that identifies her voice.
  10. Cassie Newell – From personal musings, to adventures in writing, Cassie’s adventures are a pleasure to read. She’s not afraid to take a challenge and presents information in an engaging and constructive way. I enjoy her observations, particularly those on management – her love of writing is plain to see.
  11. Wendy (Starting Write Now) – Besides having a clever blog title, Wendy’s ramblings are a delight to read. She has a great sense of humour and a unique style that engages her readers – whatever she’s talking about. She actively contributes within the community, taking part in prompts and other blogging events.
  12. Janna T Writes – I was introduced to Janna’s work through my occasional jaunts over at the Speakeasy. She always surprises me with her contributions to the weekly prompt, and I look forward to reading her stories. Her style changes constantly, so you never know what to expect, and that’s one of the things I love about her writing. I also appreciate the feedback she gives when reviewing work; she tells it how it is. It’s refreshing.
  13. Jodie Llewellyn – I just love Jodie’s resources, and learning about her journey. I also enjoy the questions she poses at the end of her posts, and the fact I can’t resist rising to the challenge! She often raises some interesting points, pockets of useful information that make you sit back and reflect on the way you do things.
  14. Kay Kauffman – For starters Kay is a fellow geek, so it’s not surprising her posts and style of writing resonate. Her contributions to others within the community is an inspirational thing; she seems to volunteer her time in a number of ways – I have no idea where she finds the time!
  15. Verity (Just be V) – One of the things I enjoy about V’s blog is the desire to share, experience and learn from the blogging community. Her contributions, whether it be short-stories, photography, or inspirational quotes, always capture my attention. I particularly enjoy her contributions to the Daily Posts.

As the rules suggest, here are seven (interesting) things about me:

  1. I was once held-up at knife point (whilst working in a video store).
  2. I talk too much!
  3. Sometimes, usually at random points in a conversation, I burst into song 🙂 Not because I think my life is a musical, but rather my mind relates words to lyrics or lines from a movie.
  4. I’ve never had a hangover (though, granted, I’m not much of a drinker).
  5. I jumped out of a plane for charity, despite the fact I’m scared of heights and I was three months pregnant at the time (I didn’t know it then!).
  6. I once picked up a couple of grateful hitchhikers, only to break down at the next exit (on the motorway).
  7. I’m bilingual.

Thanks for reading.


There is no greater gift than friendship – Be Inspired Challenge #26


Before I get to my entry for this week’s Be Inspired Writing Challenge, I wanted to say a huge thank you to Amreen for her recognition, her support and her encouragement. She awarded me with a much sought after ‘Be Inspired badge’, and I will display it with pride. If you’d like to read the post, you can find it hereI always enjoy taking part in the challenges, not only because I am keen to improve my skills in poetry, but because they do exactly what the title suggests – they inspire me.

The challenge this week is to write a Clarity Pyramid, and here is my contribution:


I know I’ve used the subject of friendship before, but I hope you enjoyed it. The friendships I’ve made throughout my life make me a better person, and it is nice to think about all the friends I have yet to meet, those who will touch my life as I, in return, touch theirs.

Thanks for reading.


Say what you will about writers, we’re a supportive bunch.

the-liebster-awardI was recently nominated for the Liebster Award on Featured Fiction, a contest-based site I run. Then, to my surprise, a blogging buddy of mine, Callum McLaughlin (I hope you don’t mind the title), nominated me for this, my personal site.

Now I know I probably shouldn’t accept the award again, since I’ve recently nominated and answered the obligatory questions, but I’m going to anyway!

So thank you, Callum, for the nomination, you continued support, and for sharing your awesome writing with us.

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For those of you unfamiliar with the award, here’s a little reminder of the rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.

3. Nominate 11 other blogs with less than 500 followers.

4. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

5. Tag your nominees & post a comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them.

Let’s get to it. Here are my answers to the questions;

  1. Summer or winter?

Winter, because there are no wasps. I have a huge phobia of wasps – I usually run away like I’m being chased by a tiger! I don’t know what it is about them. But they’re evil – little instruments of torture sent straight from hell 🙂

  1. Comedy or horror?

Definitely comedy. I usually hide behind a cushion when I’m watching a horror, and if it involves wasps…I’m outta there!

  1. Savoury or sweet?

One word…Chocolate!

  1. City or countryside?

I used to think countryside, but after living in a city so long, and then recently experiencing life in the countryside, now I’m not so sure. I love the solitude and the opportunity to write, but I miss the buzz and the convenience of a big city.

  1. Night in or night out?

Night in. I tend to avoid crowds of people and opt for a cozier, more intimate environment.

  1. Modern music or old music?

I’m not a huge fan of music. People are always shocked to hear that. But, living in my own world (most of the time), nothing really penetrates that bubble. I either find music distracting, or I don’t hear it at all – I tune it out.

When I’m in the mood to listen, my tastes are varied. If forced to choose, I’d probably say modern.

  1. Theatre or cinema?

I love both, but I’d probably choose cinema because I’m a film fanatic.

  1. Home or abroad?

I love England, I really do. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. But I’d also like to travel more, so I guess that means abroad, as long as I get to come home 🙂

  1. Company or solitude?

I crave solitude more than I crave company, but I’m not a hermit! I enjoy spending time with my family and close friends. I just need lots of alone time.

  1. Financial success or critical success?

They say money can’t buy happiness and you should never write solely for the recognition. I love to write, and if I somehow touch others with my words – well, I’m happy with that. 

  1. Fantasy or reality?

I’ve had some of my happiest moments in reality, and my daughters continue to bring me great joy. Aside from that, there’s nothing quite like losing myself in new worlds, whether that’s between the pages of a book, creating them, or watching them come to life on the big screen.

And now for my nominations. There were other people I wanted to put forward, but couldn’t because their blog either had too many followers or they’d received the nomination before. I have a number of extremely supportive followers and I appreciate every single one of you. You know who you are – I hope!

Whether you like receiving awards or not, take these nominations in the spirit they were given. I enjoy your blogs and appreciate the opportunity to tell you so.

Rose Red Stories

Irene Waters

Beneath The Ash

Starting Write Now


Brennan Reid

My Glass Bottle

Weekly Flash Fiction

Lightning Droplets

Life Unscripted

Hi. I’m Dave

These are my questions to you;

1. What sound do you love?

2. What is one of your favourite quotes?

3. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?

4. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as a mentor?

5. If you could witness any event, past, present, or future, what would it be?

6. If you were immortal for one day, what would you do?

7. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

8. What would you name the autobiography of your life?

9. What book are you reading?

10. What is your favourite genre?

11. What is the funniest prank played on you, or played by you?

I look forward to receiving your answers.

Thanks for reading, and for indulging me a second time!