Have a little Christmas humour on me

Hi everyone

Just to let you know that I am off work sick at the moment and it is going on for longer than I anticipated. I had a bad night last night and smacked my foot on a filing cabinet, rushing to get to the sink. I hurt my toes and one turned a purple colour and was pounding for hours. At least it matches a piece of tinsel in my toilet.

Apologies for not replying to your comments. I will answer them when I can. I am resting a lot at the moment.

On a brighter note, I received my first two Christmas cards yesterday and this one from my Uncle Dave. It made me laugh.

Have some Christmas humour and cheer on me.


If you can’t read the text, it says:
“Oh Charming Thanks! And a Merry Christmas to you too!”

Happy Christmas.

If you read one of my previous posts, you will know that I am also up against a deadline to have my book finished by the 20th of January for my illustrator to create the printed version of the book cover. As it is a project that has been going on for longer than it should have been, the date is not negotiable and so I can’t blog or comment as much as I would like to because of this.

Write as soon as I am able to.


It’s Christmas time – Lights and no wine

Hi everyone

The Christmas lights were switched on in Exeter around 6.30pm.


I love Christmas because of:

The magic.

The creativity of decorating the Christmas tree. Of making decorations and Christmas cards and of writing your own personalised poetical verses in cards.

The lights, Christmas tree, tinsel and other decorations. I decorate every room in my flat.

Spending more time with my parents, Grandma and guineapigs.

Eating lots of my favourite foods including sugar free chocolate and ice-cream.

Santa Parents giving me pressies. I love buying lots of presents for my family and I love receiving them too.

Not drinking alcohol. I enjoy drinking fresh juice and Appletiser instead.

Reaching another Christmas and feeling happy to be alive.

Enjoy every bit of Christmas.

Write soon

A great Advent in my life

Hi everyone

Apologies for the pun on the word event but I just had to share my excitement with you.

For the first time since I was 19 years of age, I have an advent calendar and I am over the moon.

I have multiple allergies, including sugar and wheat.

I was on my way to get my guineapigs some hay and woodshavings, when I noticed a billboard poster outside the local health shop. It read that they had Sugar, wheat and gluten free advent calendars. I went into the shop, read the list of ingredients and was thrilled that it was a Plamil chocolate calendar. I have eaten Plamil sugar free chocolate before and it’s delicious.
I bought it and have been floating on air ever since.

An early Happy Christmas to you.

Thanks for all of your well wishes for Daisy, thankfully she is finally on the mend.

Write soon

Launch of quirkybooksnet Facebook Page – Guest Blogger Rochelle Melander here on 18th September

Hi Everyone

I have some exciting news, not only will there be a guest blogger, Rochelle Melander, Author and Writing Coach, blogging here on Tuesday 18th of September, the quirkybooks.net Facebook page was launched yesterday, click on the link below to view and to Like it: facebook.com/pages/Quirkybooksnet/144394649036836

quirkybooks.net is currently a basic site about me and my writing but in the next few months you will see it transform into a more attractive design, incorporating an e-book store. Join me on this extraordinary journey of creating an e-book store especially for you, as it unravels book by book.

My debut children’s picture book should be available to buy as an e-book on quirkybooks.net before Christmas and I will be writing lots of non-fiction, How to books, many of which, will help people who have been made redundant, to get back into work.

I already have ideas for different books I intend to write but in the meantime you can have your say about what non-fiction books you might like to see in the categories of redundancy/employment/business/writing/self-belief. By this I mean would you like books on how to get work in a certain type of industry? How to cope with redundancy? How to gain the art of self-belief?

Let me know what you think by commenting below.

Write soon


Write at the last minute

Hi Everyone

It’s that time of year again, when it’s busy, busy, busy.

And yes, even the most prepared people, I include myself in this category, can still end up becoming very stressed until the last minutes before Christmas Day.

I started my Christmas shopping in July but I still need to wrap them.

One of the worst things I can get at Christmas, is the writing blues, as I am so busy with Christmas prep that I become frustrated with not writing enough.

It’s important to keep the mind flowing and the writing fluid.  It’s doesn’t matter what you write, just do it.  Here are some tips:

1)  Write a short message in each of your Christmas cards to family and friends who haven’t seen you in ages.  Give a brief summary of key moments in your life this year.

2) Write individual messages on all of your gift tags.  Use your imagination to come up with something better than just Happy Christmas.

3)  Create lists of tasks to do each day.  Prioritise them and give yourself a timescale.  Check each one off and modify as necessary.

4)  Keep a diary of Christmas events and appointments, you may need them to spark ideas for future stories.

5)  Ensure pen and paper is handy as you never know when a new story may spring to mind.

Happy Christmas.

Write soon.





Five ways to write and excite at Christmas

Hi everyone.

It’s been a while since I wrote my last blog.

I don’t know about you but it seems every year I prepare earlier and earlier for Christmas and I still end up rushing around like a mad woman trying to get presents, sticky tape, food, stamps and the list goes on.

Speaking of food, here are some writing ideas to add food for thought and create a Christmas sparkle, or twinkle or whatever you want to call it.

  • Write a small hand book of sexy discoveries about your partner.  Wrap it in red paper and deliver it in a way I will leave to your imagination.
  • Make your own advent boxes for the twelve days leading up to Christmas, then write a sexy message in side each one and ask your other half to open one a day.
  • Get some post it notes and using a glitter gel pen write one thing you love about yourself or someone special on each one and attach them to the Christmas tree.  This will boost your confidence or enhance that tingling feeling of love.
  • Be imaginative.  Personalise each gift card with a special message.  It can be sexy, caring, funny or erotic.
  • Make your own Christmas crackers and write your own message to go inside them.  Fill the crackers with all things naughty and nice!

And enjoy a Happy Christmas.

Write soon.  Sandra