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Life Beyond the Menopause

And when you reach that woman of a certain age status, you're body is hijacked by menopausal madness. Suddenly you're itchy, bitchy, sweaty, sleepy, bloated and psycho as your oestrogen levels plummet.

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Friday the 13th and the Nightmare Continues

Friday the 13th is known for being an unlucky day in the Western world and the American horror franchise, Friday 13th, is also well-entrenched in our minds. I woke up this morning to the reality of Friday 13th with the music from the shower scene of the 1960's horror, Psycho, blaring my ears and the realisation that... Continue Reading →

THE DILEMMA: Traditional v Self-Publishing

Without an agent, your labour of love, AKA your novel, isn't going anywhere and, with each rejection, you are engulfed by an overwhelming urge to self-publish. A few of your friends, as well as people you have never met, have read it and given you favourable feedback, but if your MS isn't attracting an agent, then maybe you should think twice as to whether your labour of love is worthy of self-publication. Over a million authors self-published during 2017, so there is plenty of competition out there.  But, before you chuck your manuscript in the bin, be buoyed up by this... Stephen King’s first big novel, Carrie, was rejected 30 times. He tossed it in the wastebasket but his wife fished it out. He earned $39 million in 2012. I am impatient, true to my birth sign, Aries, but my dotage years are too close for comfort, so I need to get on and resolve my dilemma. Cultivating patience and continue to try and find an agent to work with, or give way to my impatience and join the ever-swelling ranks of the self-published? 

TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN’

As for politics...well... I am becoming more incensed on a daily basis. The United Kingdom I grew up in, has never been as divided as it is now. So how can I call myself a niche-less blogger, if I exclude things that are threatening to disrupt and destroy the way we live.  So, my long-term writing modus operandi is about to change and I am ready for the backlash.  My Social Media following, such as it is, will no doubt dwindle as a result, but there is something I need to get off my chest.

Just Say It

JUST SAY IT is the bittersweet story about how the knock-on effects of growing up with a narcissist mother have on one woman's life.

THE FINAL PUSH TO GETTING PUBLISHED

Writing is not for the faint-hearted. The hardest part for all us aspiring writers is maintaining the motivation and drive to, as a fellow writers group member so succinctly put it... push you over the line.' We need to keep the faith in our ability as writers and drive ourselves from final draft stage to getting published.

The Kintyre Experience

After overnighting in Glasgow and putting the FlyMAYbe disappointment behind me, we took the high road to Kintyre by car at 08.00hrs. Half an hour out of Glasgow, flashes of the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, start appearing from behind the trees and from there you are transported into another world as the road weaves its way through idyllic un-spoilt countryside.

FLY, MAYBE…

I am realistic when it comes to travelling.  No trip goes without a hitch.  Trains, boats and planes rarely run to schedule, they are susceptible to the weather, and they go techie at the slightest provocation.  Getting on and off the rock I have chosen to make my home, is often fraught with problems. Fog is... Continue Reading →

The Critic

I haven't quite written myself off yet... 😏  pardon the pun... THE CRITIC © Tessa Barrie  My dear … the trouble is it lacks imagination There is absolutely no originality or guile You say it’s taken you half your lifetime To cultivate your method and your style   Oh dear me … what a shame... Continue Reading →

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