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I love tea. Love it with a passion. As Professor Elemental says, if you're tired of tea then you're tried of life. (Well, if you're tired of your favourite tipple then you're tired of life.) There's something wonderful about sitting with your favourite drink, a slice of cake (or whatever your favourite snack is) and a good book.

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2012 was AMAZING!

Thanks to Dan over at Single Dad Laughing for this idea! No, you haven't slept through a whole year (although it's tempting at the moment!). You're reading a post as if it's already happened. Go on, are you brave enough to put down your hopes and dreams for 2012?!

2012 was INCREDIBLE!!

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Hello my dear writing friends!

Would you like to have your work heard by a wider audience, including potential buyers and publishers? If so, read on!

July 2nd 2011 is going to be Nuneaton's very first poetry day. There will be a range of events taking place throughout the day and the town. As the prose author in residence, I'll be reading excerpts from my own book and from other up-and-coming authors.

If you write prose, then you can have your work showcased on the day! Read below for how it'll work...

From 11am until 3pm, I'll be walking around the town reading the pieces to captive audiences. This includes a book store, cafe, pub and open air. Should people want to know more about you or your work I will have flyers which will have your name, your piece title and contact details on (be it a Facebook page, email address, blog etc).

Want to get involved?! Email me with your piece and include the title of the work, your name and your contact details. You will need to get it to me by Monday 27th June 2011. You can send everything to:

Take care and happy writing!


1. Excerpts and stories must be work and child safe. I'll leave it to your discretion but if I feel it's not appropriate I will tell you.

2. Genre doesn't matter. Really, it doesn't! Please, no fan fiction (I don't want to get in trouble) and also, see Point 1.

3. Please include all your details - your name (or pen name), contact method (Facebook, email, blog, phone etc) and the name of the piece you're sending.

4. Please send it by Monday June 27th. Anything received after that date won't be accepted.


2,011 Letters Project

I've been promising to blog about this for a while, so here it is.

The 2,011 Letters Project is being run by a home school group in the US. Their aim? Well, it's really simple - to collect 2,011 letters from all over the world during 2011! They want to learn about you and where you live and about the lives you lead. It's really, really easy to take part and you don't normally have to write letters to be able to do it.

Just visit their blog and send them an email and they'll send you their postal address. Write about whatever you want! Most importantly, pass on the news about this wonderful project. Post it on Facebook, reblog it, Twitter it. With the power of the internet we can make something amazing happen this year!

World Book Night - March 5th 2011

Yesterday was busy. Really, really busy but not in a bad way. Yesterday was World Book Night, with the main aim being to give away one million books.

It all began last December when it was being reported about this massive undertaking. The public could sign up to help. So I did. And promptly forgot about it until late January. An email landed in my inbox. I had been chosen! We were given the choice of 25 titles and I chose to give away "Fingersmith" by Sarah Waters, my reasoning being that she had championed getting gay and lesbian fiction into the mainstream, something I hoped would swing it for me and my fiction. Eager to get started, I went to the World Book Night website and posted a brief message: "Hi! Anyone from the Warwickshire/Leicestershire area handing out books!". I got one reply, from a lady in the next town over. What was strange is she shares the same name as me. And we've both worked in mental health... Oh, and we're both insanely creative... And completely bonkers... Fabulous, darling, Fab-U-Lous!
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Jan. 16th, 2011

If you ever feel like giving up, or giving in, this is for you.

William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

(Yes, I did watch the film and if you haven't seen it, put it on your list. It's well worth every moment.)

Funktioning Fine Part 2

Yesterday's post generated a lot of love, all of which I'm grateful for. :) Here's the flip side to that post (hopefully!).

I want to share something with you guys, something which is really close to my heart.

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Funktioning Fine

So I'm coming to the conclusion that I'm not attractive to the other sex for whatever reason/s that may be, be it:

- too fat
- too thin
- too short
- not blonde
- not brunette
- don't wear dresses
- don't wear make up
- don't wear perfume
- don't use hair straighteners
- don't wear anything that's been in fashion in the last 2 years
- don't jump out of my clothes for anyone
- really can't be arsed to style my hair because it doesn't stay like that anyway.
- generally don't give a flying fuck *

So I've decided that I'm going to make it worse for myself by doing the following things:

Fill my house with a vast range of Apple products. That's not hard because they go with the film-making territory.

Buy that JVC camera I've got my eye on. Let's face it, I don't spend the money on myself so may as well spend it on "toys".

Buy myself a Funktion One sound system. Yes, it's a stadium system. Yes, it costs a lot of money. Yes, I will meet my neighbours a lot because of it. No, I don't give a flying fuck.


I know that I said I'd be positive this year and I am being positive but there comes times when you actually realise things. And one of the things I'm realising is the fact that I probably will not have a mate for life. Why? Because I'm not what the media paint as a "perfect woman". I'm none of what is listed above and, unfortunately, most people can't see above the media. They think they have to be skinny and tall and blonde to be loved by anyone and when you flick through photos of people on places like Facebook you actually find that this is generally true. To be "anyone" in with a hope of achieving anything, you have to be tall and skinny and blonde and "perfect". It's actually really quite depressing and it's one thing which gets to me every holiday season. There's all the messages scattered everywhere of people wishing their significant other a Merry Christmas and then there's me, home alone. And it's hard, really hard.

The thing is though, I won't, and never will, accept second best. If I'm going to be a part of your life then you have to be able to reach the heights I want to reach. I don't want someone who sits on their arse all day and does sweet fuck all. I don't want to be the one going out and earning money. I was with a guy like that for a while and, now that I'm actually doing something with my life, he's trying to claw me back because he knows there's going to be money involved and, therefore, I can buy him everything his heart desires.

Uh-uh, doesn't work like that. I've dated too many people like that. "Don't worry, Rach earns enough. I don't have to do anything." Not any more. Finally I want to be with someone who achieves, and aims to achieve, the same as myself. Not only that, but I want someone who loves me for me and not for what's in my bank. I also want them to be the person who looks after me. And why shouldn't I ask for all of that? I have damn right to. I'm tired of being the protector and the provider. I'm tired of being the shoulder to lean on. For once, I want to lean on someone else for a while and perhaps have a little dose while I'm there.

But you know what, I won't get it because I'm not tall and skinny and blonde.

So the time has come to resign myself to that fact and just keep clawing my way to the top. Because I am going to make something of myself. And I am going to be a success, not to prove anything to anyone but because I want to. I'm not going to give up on myself, not now, not ever. Because I'm the greatest person I know.

And why have I written that? Because, from all this darkness of a post, some goodness has to come and I have to put something out there in the universe to keep me going. And you know what? You're the greatest person you know? Don't ever let anyone tell you anything else. You are the GREATEST person you know.</i> You may not think it but you are. Don't think about the depressing stuff. Think about how great and wonderful you are.

Peace out guys! Stay happy!

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Copy and Paste if you have enjoyed the blessing of meeting people
online that you never would have met any other way. This is my end
of the year shout out to the many "friends" I have never been in the
same room with but who have inspired, amused, comforted, encouraged,
and touched me in so many ways. I love you people! Here's to another year together!!

Borrowed from Synnerxx
Photo from my own collection. :)


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