Random Acts of Kindness – the joy of mate-ship, and who has your back?

Random acts of kindness are an inspiration. They mean that someone has our back. I read this in an article written a couple of years ago entitled Who is on your Team by Alison Winn Scotch and then the other day Thrive Global were asking for pieces to do with just this subject. I was…… Continue reading Random Acts of Kindness – the joy of mate-ship, and who has your back?

Making wine, or making vinegar – the difference is in the fine tuning

There are days when I feel so frustrated with the world of writing that I wish I had never started. The reality of it all, the hoping for reviews, hoping for readers, the media, working on follow up books, both in The Unexpected Series and my Emotions poetry trilogy has meant feeling overwhelmed. Don’t misunderstand. I…… Continue reading Making wine, or making vinegar – the difference is in the fine tuning

Moonstruck, starstruck and Mamma Mia all makes sense

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXmaZCm7fqs If you recall my bucket list post, you will be aware that Cher is an idol of mine. I thought I would use that in this post and share Cher (don’t you love the assonance, I think that’s the right poetic device) because this segment comes from Mamma Mia Number 2. If you haven’t…… Continue reading Moonstruck, starstruck and Mamma Mia all makes sense

Meetings, questions and Oprah

Like many, I am an Oprah fan. How can you not be when you see the things she has achieved? This will be the first of two posts where I use Oprah as my springboard to consider certain aspects of life. Sometimes we make a connection without understanding the connection. This post is a good…… Continue reading Meetings, questions and Oprah

Keeping a blog interesting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E8EKEFQ_vU My determination to keep my blog interesting has me coming up with a variety of ideas. Sometimes though it is about my novel and using music to give insight into my couple in Unexpected Obsession, is so much fun. I get to play with some of the older Italian songs like this one. I…… Continue reading Keeping a blog interesting

Flavours of Italy

When I got side-tracked by poetry, I wondered what the heck I was doing. I went with it and it surprised me. Not so much in the first book, but certainly in the second because the choice of topic wove itself into the novel series. It felt right and then it slowly dawned on me…… Continue reading Flavours of Italy

Supporting others is a form of gift giving; Meet Claudine Tinellis

The season for giving has arrived once again. These days it all seems to come so soon, a symptom of the times. Everything happens faster. One year follows another before we know it. These days everything comes with a price tag and not being as solvent as I would like to be, I have had…… Continue reading Supporting others is a form of gift giving; Meet Claudine Tinellis

FIT doesn’t always involve a gym

As a writer, successful or not, imagination is a key to everything we do. Without it, I for one would be stuck for a blog post. Mental imagery is what drives us, forcing us to put into words the cinema inside our head. We could call imagination a staple, much in the same way ingredients…… Continue reading FIT doesn’t always involve a gym

Butterflies

I wrote this originally for my youngest child. She has never been difficult, not as a baby, a teenager or as an adult. I always felt truly blessed because the pregnancy and birth were traumatic. Yet I knew the moment she arrived everything would be as it should be. To me she has been the…… Continue reading Butterflies

Love, poetry and ideas that inspire

Looking through some previous work I came across some things I had written regarding genre. I wanted to reassess what motivates me and so I went searching. We need to do this from time to time as a reminder of what we set out to do. I love the different worlds books offer us, but…… Continue reading Love, poetry and ideas that inspire