Thaw Wordle – Week 2


Well it’s the end of week 2 for the online blog of Fiona Robyns new novel Thaw so I decided to make a little poem using the most popular words that appeared in last weeks text.

This is what I came up with …

people work

time looked back

know nothing like something

get things asked

just see



Tomlit competition


spots by modish - http://www.sxc.hu/profile/modish

The Tomlit Blog has a short story competition. Entries need to be in by March 15th. so there’s still time. No cash prize I’m afraid but the winner gets their story published in Tomlit.

I think I’ll chance my arm. It doesn’t look like too many have entered just yet so the odds are good.

Mmm, in fact ignore this post. There’s nothing wrong with increasing ones chances are there?


Thaw Wordle – Week 1


Wordle: Thaw week 1

Week 1 Wordle of Thaw by Fiona Robyn

I thought it’d be interesting to Wordle Fiona’s latest novel ‘Thaw‘ which she is blogging online here.

I find the patterns of words it produces fascinating.

Let’s see what week 2 brings …


A New Stone


I’ve had a new ‘stone’ published today on A Handful of Stones.

Click on the link to have a look. Or, just look at the little ‘widget’ on the right. It’s there too!


A Handful of Stones: The Widget has Landed


I’ve long been an admirer of Fiona Robyn’s website A Handful of Stones.

If you don’t already know the site …

A small stone is a very short piece of writing that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment.

A shiny new stone is published there every day.

So I thought I’d put on my geeky hat and see if I can produce a little ‘widget’ that fans of the site can put on their own blogs or websites to display that days ‘stone’.

So I had a bash and came up with something.

I sent the results to Fiona who liked the idea (Phew!) and you can see the results at the side of this blog.

If you would like your very own widget you can get it from here.

Please let us know what you think, any problems and best of all (for us) if you have popped the widget onto a blog and where we might find it!


Honesty – worth its weight in Salt


The Lineup by KLatham - http://www.sxc.hu/profile/KLatham

I first read about Salt’s financial plight on the Novel Racers blog and duly bought one of their books in support (it was Tania Hershman’s ‘The White Road’ if you’re wondering).

I felt a little guilty because I was already ordering from Amazon and just added the book to my list. I hope I won’t be castigated too severely.

It’s truly refreshing to see the honesty in which Salt have approached their crisis. Instead of saying nothing (and going to the wall) they’ve decided to fight and use the net to reach out for help.

I think this is to be commended. Honesty, as we have seen elsewhere recently, seems to be in very short supply at the moment.

And what’s great is the net has responded by trying to help out. Excuse the pun but it has become a true support net.

p.s. To atone for my Amazon sins I will be ordering another book directly from Salt.

Suggestions anyone?


Luck is in the eye of the beholder


Maneki Neko by henry_azui - www.sxc.hu/profile/henry_azui

Last week was a lucky week for me, so I thought this week was bound to be a bit of a let down.

Hold on, is that pessimistic or what?

I really don’t deserve nice things to happen to me if I view a week where I may not get what I want as a let down.

This all started because I won a Blog writing competition on the Strictly Writing website and also a free copy of ‘Crossed Wires’ by Rosy Thornton, from the same site.

I’ve always had this idea I wasn’t lucky and to be honest I quite liked that idea. I don’t need luck, I make the effort to do things for myself.

So I’d convinced myself I never won things and to reinforce that belief I, well you guessed it, never entered things. Talk about self-fulfilling prophecy.

So, am I lucky?

Well I’m healthy (could lose a few pounds, ahem, but the weighing scales went from the house years ago so who’s counting, or weighing?)
I live with a wonderful partner. I have enough money to keep a roof over my head and I’m not starving, (see note above). I get to do the things I like. I have loving family and friends. I am safe.

It’s so easy to spend your time trying to get the next thing on your life list and forgetting about what you already have.

So who’s lucky?

I am.

Every day.