Love short stories…?

Do you love to read but sometimes lack the time to sit down and really get your teeth into a novel? Ever thought of trying short stories instead? They’re perfect for that morning commute or coffee break and are ideal if you want a short read on holiday.

The Cafe Three-Zero authors have just released their 3rd eBook of short stories and no matter what your choice of genre you will find something to your taste.

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You can also find more information about Cafe Three-Zero at the blog link below…


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Canned Food and Veggie Zombies–Apocalypse Week!

Well it’s here–apocalypse week! So here are a few thoughts and ideas to get you through eternal damnation.

Things to remember for the apocalypse:-

Forget queuing for petrol, water is the new gold. Store plenty of bottled water.

Get canned food if you have no camping stove(and remember the can opener–nothing  worse than leaving home without one) oh, and if you’re civilized, don’t forget a spoon/fork/knife.

Apocalypse food:-

Providing you’ve managed to get some canned food, here are some yummy delights that will brighten up your post-apocalyptic days…remember, these don’t need heating up to be great.

You will need a can opener…

Baked beans…always a favourite…even cold 🙂


Canned fruit (contains sugary water which might come in handy)

Canned potatoes or veg( so you can a balanced meal)

Canned tuna with pretty much anything tomato flavoured including:-


Chopped tomatoes

Canned spaghetti (an italian favourite with fish) Yum!

Jamie Oliver…eat your heart out

Actually, scrap all that…lets just eat Jamie Oliver instead!( Only joking…I love Jamie’s 15 min meals)

You will also need a lighter/matches, a wind up torch and a camping knife for just about everything.

MP3 play list:- Radiohead and various.

Watch out for zombies too, they kind of resemble Chavs or One Direction fans so it’s hard to tell them apart…but, this is important…remember it’s the brain that has to be destroyed to kill them!!!

(just a thought…do veggetarian people become veggie zombies?…hummmm? Protect those canned peas and carrots!)

Have a happy apocalypse and even happier Christmas! 🙂

If the world was ending, what would you be doing in those last few hours? What would be on your apocalypse playlist if you had one? Remember, keep it clean. 🙂

See you on the other side (the new year of course). 🙂

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NaNoWriMo and the Hammer House Of Madness!

This month I took the plunge and registered for NaNoWriMo. Having written little more than 1000 words a day in the past, 1600-2000 a day is going to be an achievement in itself, let alone keeping it going for 30 days. As it’s my first go, I’m trying to not get too bogged down with the idea of failing.  Any substantial amount of writing during this time will be a bonus, and if I end up with 25-30k– I’ll be happy enough.

I’ve developed a plan where by I write around 500-1000 words by longhand and then transfer to word processor. That way, it’s easier on the eyes and the shoulders. Also, I can usually get a feel for the piece before it goes digital, and I can type it quickly– therefore avoiding staring at the screen, procrastinating. Of course this plan is not tried and tested; my hand might seize up, my pen will run out of ink and my husband will definitely steal my writing pad and use it for something other than fiction!

Oh, the trials of being a writer, eh!!!

I’ve done the usual preparation for NaNo including reading on-line tips and planning the novel. The internet is packed with writers offering their views and past experiences.

It seems everyone, including the seasoned writer, is in the same boat.

Indeed, much of the writing social network will be turned on its head for the duration of November to achieve the word count. Some will blog. Some like me will shut themselves away and do little in the way of networking (apart from this one-off post).

At the end of the month I will realise that I have no friends or social life beyond the characters in my story. I’ll be talking to myself and freaking the dog out. As for the cleaning, well, my home will resemble a Hammer House Of Horror complete with dust, cobwebs and strange creatures lurking in the corners (my poor unloved and unfed family).

There is a positive side to this of course: I won’t need to decorate the house with tinsel for Christmas. I’ll just stick a few fairy lights up behind the cobwebs and have an instant frosted forest. Job done!

Are you mad enough to attempt NaNoWriMo this year? If so – whether it be a tried and tested approach, or just a long drink at the end of the day – do you have a NaNo survival plan in place?

My NaNoWriMo page :-http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/fullwoodsforge

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