Angel’s First Birthday Guinea Pig Party Photos!


Angel with card
Angel with 1st Birthday card
Angel and birthday banner
Angel with 1st Birthday banner
Angel with balloon
Angel with animal balloon
Angel with Birthday balloon
Angel with Happy Birthday balloon

On Monday 17th of July, it was Angel’s first birthday! These photos were taken of the morning after, the night before! Chestnut, the brown piggie, is her companion and she is 3. Although I don’t think they look much different in age! What do you think?

I did a Facebook Live on the night of her birthday and she got a bit camera shy!

I have started work on my Quirky Books e-book store, which means you will be able to purchase my digital books directly from it, and it should be up and running in the next few weeks, and it will also have a blog on there too – with some of my best posts from my current blogs, including this one, AND new fresh content! To inspire you to live your best life and fulfil your writing dreams.

Stay quirky and write soon

Sandra xx

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Asexual Perspectives Print Edition – More Book for Your Buck!


After having problems with the typesetting of my Asexual Perspectives book, and not being able to edit the work of the original typesetter because he had used a programme called Latex, which you need to know how to code to use it; and being left with a PDF that was unpublishable due to the incorrect Prologue being in the book (it was omitted when it shouldn’t have been; and the wrong one added back in), and the TOC numbered incorrectly in two places and faulty source files with incorrect gaps throughout – after a few tearing out my hair sessions, I finally found a free PDF to word converter, here it is if you should need to use it https://smallpdf.com/pdf-to-word so I could work on editing a previous version, without the gaps and correcting the mistakes, including a few grammar and spelling errors on my part too.

After painstaking months of working with the typesetter since January, and another 3 nights last week, working on all the issues, I am relieved that I could finally print this final 560 page book proof, before ordering a copy to check from Amazon, and then hitting the publish button to the world. It must have been edited well over 15 times, considering all the editing I did prior to the typesetting, and it has gone through a final proof read and edit these past two days, and I am doing the typing up of those as we speak. I love writing but all the book formatting stuff is tough!! I want to get back to my soul love of writing – yes, I said soul – because without writing in my life, my soul feels like it has a part of it missing. But I am also going to start doing online training courses too.

I have not tried Facebook Ads before, but I am going to with this book, when I have a copy in my hands and it is published. If you are a writer, have you ever tried Facebook Ads before? I did a high level marketing course last year, so going to use what I learnt in that for the AD. I feel a lot more confident doing this, as I am also a registered publisher under Quirky Books!

Making a full-time living out of writing, is my dream, and I really want to write more books for asexuals, as this is my huge specialist niche, so please wish me luck and a lot of sales with the AD!! With 560 pages of insights into asexuality and how asexuals survive in a sexualised world; and busting through many asexual myths and stereotypes about love, live and sex, including arousal and masturbation, it will be an intriguing read for both asexuals and non-asexuals alike!! It is told in the voices of 46 different asexuals around the globe and my own, and took me almost a year to interview for it and write it, so the readers are getting more book for their buck!! And an educational, humorous, journey too!!

As always, stay quirky and write soon.

Sandra xx

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Character Crazy! A Writer’s Poem By Sandra Bellamy


Character Crazy! A Writer’s Poem By Sandra Bellamy. Are you a writer? Have any of your characters ever driven you crazy? If yes, then this poem is for you!! Can you relate? Comment below!! Don’t forget to Like, Share and Subscribe!!!

Devon County Show! Technology Vs Crafts!


360 Immersion Experience in Radio Devon Marquee
Array of hand knitted poppies
Lots more Hand Knitted Poppies
My dad’s Dragon poker
Close up of my dad’s Dragon poker

On Thursday this week I went to the Devon County Show on the outskirts of Exeter; which is the city where I live in Devon, in the UK.

I would say it is predominantly crafts and countryside driven. Which means there are lots of crafters around. These poppies in the picture are all hand knitted but look so real. My dad is a retired blacksmith who does regular blacksmithing courses at the same place where the Devon County Show is held. He also enters the show’s blacksmithing competitions and this year he won a prize for his poker being chosen by Sophie – the Countess Of Wessex! Who is married to Prince Edward. He also got a second and third prize for other categories.

What I love about the Devon County Show, is that it shows off so much creative talent and skills, from art, to hand made soap and fudge; to the latest in technology; to outdoor clothing, spa pools and both indoor and outdoor furniture. It really is a mixture. The show is on for 3 consequetive days and it ends today.

I loved watching the screen of the guy with the headset on. He was in outer space in a 360 immersive experience, and he had to climb a ladder on the outside of the aircraft. A guy who was 80+ years old had a go on it after this guy, and did not want to stop!! 

So often crafts and technology are thought of as polar opposites; one bring artsy, the other more scientific. But both this and the other crafts, all require a great deal of creative thinking and action taking to produce the outcome. Someone still needs to create the virtual reality world. As a writer, I know what an enjoyable but sometimes painstaking experience the action taking can be. The experience of writing non-fiction, is not the painful part, but the editing, typsetting and everything else, can be tough. I am on the 3rd Typsetter for my Asexual Perspectives print version of my book!! I won’t be paying someone to format for me in ‘Latex’ in the future. #lessonlearnt

Write soon and stay quirky.

Sandra xx

ASEXUAL PRSPECTIVES BOOK IS NOW LIVE ON AMAZON – GRAB YOURSELF A COPY NOW!!


ASEXUAL PERSPECTIVES, LOVE, LIFE and SEX, ACElebration of ASEXUAL DIVERSITY! Book!
ASEXUAL PERSPECTIVES, LOVE, LIFE and SEX, ACElebration of ASEXUAL DIVERSITY!

 

My Asexual Perspectives, Love, Life and Sex, ACElebration of Asexuality Diversity book is now live and published on Amazon Kindle. Get your copy here for only £1.99.

In broad terms Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction, but what does this actually mean for those who identify with this sexual orientation? And what do asexuals really think of love, life and sex?

Whilst all asexuals have one thing in common – the lack of sexual attraction towards a specific person, we are all different in our likes, needs, wants and dislikes. This can make fitting into the asexual spectrum and finding a suitable relationship difficult.

Right now, there are a number of myths about asexuality and stereotypes – even within the asexual community, about what asexuals do and do not like, should and should not do, and these need to be addressed and broken through!

If you identify as asexual do you –

Struggle to have a voice in this sexualized world?
Feel alone?
Misunderstood?
Misplaced?
Broken?
Left out?
Not recognised?
Have no one to relate to?
Find it difficult to find others like you?
Feel like everyone is speaking a foreign language where sex is concerned?

Or are you unsure of your identity and sometimes get confused and you want to know what asexuals really think of Love, Life and Sex, and what experiences they have had or are having; and how they manage their relationships? If so, then look no further than this book. In this book you will discover asexuals who feel just like you.

In this book I will reveal my own asexual perspective and personal story as well as perspectives from 46 asexuals around the globe; dispelling myths and breaking stereotypes; sharing their own personal journey to help you in yours and with a surprising over-riding message!

In this book you will:

•Learn the asexual perspectives of Aromantics; Heteroromantics; Homoromantics; Panromantics; Grey Aces; Demi-sexual; Biromantic; Agender; Transgender; Polyamorous and many more.

•Uncover Asexuals’ deepest fears, concerns and worries about being asexual.

•Find out possible reasons why, in general, society does not accept asexuality as a sexual orientation in its own right and what we can do about this to change the world!

•Discover what asexuals really believe are the differences between sexual attraction, sexual desire and arousal.

•Find out what asexuals really think of nudity; porn; masturbation; BDSM and kinks.

•Discover what it feels like to have sex as an asexual and how to cope with the sexualized world that we live in.

•Find out what asexuals think about living together, about marriage and about having kids.

•Discover what an ideal asexual relationship would look like and whether asexuals believe a relationship with a sexual would be fair or not.

•Uncover the positives about being asexual.

•Find out what advice asexuals would give to a younger version of themselves regarding asexuality and what advice they would give to others who are just discovering they may be asexual.

I feel truly blessed that all interviewees have been willing to open up and share their most intimate moments, thoughts, feelings and emotions with you. What you are about to read is unique, amazing, interesting, sometimes candidly humorous, fascinating and insightful. This is their story, now it’s their time to tell it.

If you have resonated with any of these points and you want to know more, please invest in this book and scroll up and add to cart!

Heteroromantic, Author Sandra Bellamy is the founder of http://www.asexualise.com, with products, resources and services for asexuals. She sees herself as an ambassador for asexuality and is on a mission to get asexuality recognised as a sexual orientation in its own right throughout the globe so that no asexual has to live in fear of ridicule ever again. By purchasing this book you will gain a deeper understanding of this often misunderstood sexual orientation and help to spread awareness of asexuality at the same time. We may be small in numbers, but we can still make a huge difference to the world at large and celebrate our diversity.

This is the second part of my two part Asexual Perspectives behind the scenes of my book video series. – What a writer’s life is really like!!

I hope you enjoy reading the book and if you purchase a copy, please leave and honest review!!

Stay quirky

Sandra

I Love My Writing Because


I love my writing because it doesn’t lie to me, it doesn’t cheat on me. 

I love my writing because it gives as much as it takes.

I love my writing because it makes me feel happy, fulfilled, and like I’ve achieved something good, even great, in my life!

I love my writing because it makes fantasy a reality!

I love my writing because it brings me closer to myself.

I love my writing because it brings me joy, peace and happiness.

I love my writing because it brings out the best in me.

I love my writing because it makes fairytales a reality.

I would love to be married to my writing because I 100% love it; I know it is fullly committed to me, it brings out the best in me and insists I pay it lots of attention, more so than the housework I hate. It doesn’t moan or complain if the washing up is not done and doesn’t expect me to do it as it would rather spend quality time with me.

Me and my writing are 100% wrapped up in each other, 100% into each other and 100% love each other. One cannot exist and thrive without the other. We are wrapped up in an eternal bliss together, forever and always.

I love my writing because it’s a reflection of me and it’s a part of my soul forever.

I love my writing because it’s always been there for me and never lets me down. Through sad times, happy times, good times and bad times, it’s always been true to me.

I love my writing because it enables me to change lives and fulfil my dreams.

I love my writing because it loves me!
Always stay true to your quirky self and your writing, because it’s worth it and it values your worth in return!

Celebrating 6 Years Blogging Anniversary With Quirky Books


6 Years Blogging Anniversary With Quirky Books
6 Years Blogging Anniversary With Quirky Books

Wow! 6 years to this day I started Blogging on this blog – Quirky Books. This photo is actually taken from a video I did recently for my other channel.

Sandra Bellamy
Sandra Bellamy

Thank you for all your support; love, kindness, and friendship you have shown me. This blog is one of the very best things I ever started in my life, it helped me changed my life to be much more positive, and helped in my recovery from depression that I had for years prior to 2012, and I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for me. I love you to bits xx

Coming Soon
Coming Soon

I want you to be one of the first to know – that I am changing my QuirkyAcademy.com into an online training centre for Entrepreneurs, Start-ups and Creatives. So if you are interested in any of those areas, and as creative writers I expect you are – then watch out in the next few months for courses to empower and accelerate your learning in all aspects of these areas.

Keep writing, keep being quirky, and keep being you xx

Sandra xx

My Future With Kindle Publishing!



I have some great news and hope you don’t mind me sharing this with you? Yesterday I received the 5th email from Amazon.co.uk promoting my How to Get Started With Twitter For Absolute Beginners, Get Going And Get Growing A Step-By-Step guide; at the top of its list, in ‘are you looking for something in our computing store’. And my book is in the subject line for their email, for at least a third time.

For this, my second book, I went with a very specific strategy, and although the book is inexpensive at only 99p – $1.40, sales although not always every day, are regular, and even more with Amazon promoting it for me. I am so proud just to get my name more out there as a writer and I am learning so much about Kindle publishing. I really want to make a full-time career out of writing, it is what I love to do, it’s in my heart, my soul, and it’s every breath I take. I feel so blessed that what I created is getting into the minds of many people and that I am understanding my passion and my desire to do this is more than ever before. If I can create more books that sell successfully, I can create training courses for others and more books in the future about how to be successful with Kindle.

I am still learning at the moment, but this success so far, has made my night shine, my day sparkle, and my heart come alive. No one really knows the extent to which writing is what I was destined to do. When I am writing (non-fiction books), it makes me feel sensational and that this was always the destiny that I chose for myself when I started this blog over 5 years ago and when I was made redundant in 2009, when I discovered I was born to write and to help others who have been made redundant to get back into work. But writing will always be my first love. I want to write so badly, it consumes my being.

My mind lately just keeps saying I want to write, I want to write, I want to write. I know with every molecule in me, that this is what I must do. It makes me feel physically sick when I think of this and am not writing, it’s like I am holding myself back. I have so many unwritten books bursting out of me, so much knowledge, skills and experience to offer the world, it’s like I can’t write them fast enough. There is stuff I have to take care of first at this time, before I can write every moment of the day in future.

It’s a hard road to travel, with uncertainty in terms of creating a full-time living, and I am still happy in my day job right now – but don’t worry – it gives me time to come up with more writing ideas, so is helpful too.

Thanks for your continued support and never give up on your dream. Keep being quirky xx And write soon xx

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