Monday, February 24, 2014

Words for the wounded

Words for the Wounded Writing Prize (raising money for the recovery of wounded troops) closes to entries on 11 March. Up to 400 words of fiction, memoir and poetry. Prize money totalling £400 and publication in Writers' Forum. Entry fee £4.50.   Details can be found on  Remember - 100% of your entry fee goes to the wounded.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentine failure?

The LSO and I are lucky enough to have two gift-sons. A gift-child is one who comes to you, is not blood-related, and who makes your life a whole lot richer.
Andy worked for us when we had our cycle shop and he 'adopted' us. He calls me Other-Mother. His sense of humour is renowned.
Yesterday he braved fallen trees, floods and traffic queues to get back to his lovely partner. I think he had forgotten it was Valentine's Day but he improvised. Here is his post, filched from Facebook.

'Walked in tonight, really pleased with myself, clutching a bottle bag with a bottle of white wine in, which I presented as a Valentine's gift. Emma looked at it and said, "Has a customer given you that?" And that was that little moment of triumph destroyed.'

You see, he ended up with an intelligent and perceptive woman. Come to think of it, she has some of the same talents as his Other-Mother.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The upside of The Three Week Cough or In bed with Phil Rickman

I’ve been spending time in bed with Phil Rickman. Well, what else could I do when suffering from the dreaded Three Week Cough, brought home from Wales by the LSO? I ordered the two books that I didn’t have in his Merrily Watkins series and began again with number one – Wine Of Angels. Now I’m on Book 8 and still coughing. With luck, by the time I finish number 12, The Magus Of Hay, my cough will have gone.

And here’s a shelfie for you. A whole shelf filled with Phil’s books. And, in case you’re wondering the shelf underneath holds some old leather bound books and my great-grandmother’s bible.In bed with