Time flies!

It's been a month since I last wrote. I have been very busy. Although if you can call taking holidays being busy I'm not sure!

Our last holiday took us from Southampton on a cruise around the Iberian Peninsula. It was wonderful, visiting places like Valencia, Cartagena, and  Cadiz. This was followed by a stop in Tangiers and Lisbon before sailing home.

We decided to take advantage of having a couple of days sight-seeing before joining the ship. We stopped at Salisbury and I was able to see Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and Old Sarum.

I shall ignore the comment about one ancient monument visiting

Last time I told you about my few minutes of fame on the Andrew Edwards show on BBC Radio Leeds. They did bring the show to our village library and broadcast from there. It was great fun. We were discussing The Bletchley Girls by Tessa Dunlop. By chance I discovered one of my neighbours used to work for Bletchley Park on one of the outstations. She had never discussed it in 70 years as they had been sworn to secrecy. Marjorie, who is now in her 90s kindly came along and chatted on the show.

Marjorie preparing for the show and talking to Andrew Edwards.

What about my own writing I hear you ask! Well I'm glad you did. The novel, Resolution, has been edited and revised, that's another reason why I've been so busy. It has been returned to the publisher and I hope to hear from them in the New Year or soon after. Fingers crossed for me and anything else you can manage to cross, would be appreciated.

Earlier this year I was privileged to judge short stories for the Hysteria competition. The anthology has now been published. I was also asked to supply a short piece on what I looked for when judging. It was a fascinating experience. I think I read over 100 stories over a few weeks.

You can find the anthology at www.HysteriaUK.co.uk
You would be supporting a worth while charity.

I hope I've made up for disappearing for a while. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a successful, happy and healthy 2017.


  1. You've had a busy month, what with your travelling and writing - not to mention your broadcasting experience! I have everything crossed for 'Resolution'!

  2. Thanks Paula. Without your help Resolution wouldn't have got this far.

  3. Your absence is excused. You have been somewhat busy. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a happy and successful 2017

  4. Thank you so much Natalie and the same to you. x

  5. Keeping my fingers crossed for your novel Carol. You have worked so hard to get this far! x

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  7. Thanks Trish. There's still some work to do on Resolution, some changes the publisher has suggested so I'm going to be busy the in the New Year. x


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