Guest post: Really Easy to be Overwhelmed

It’s Tuesday so you know that means we are joined by a guest poster and this week’s poster is the wonderful Jaye Marie who discusses being overwhelmed – a topic I can completely understand right now. Enjoy 🙂

jayeReally Easy to be Overwhelmed

by Jaye Marie

I had made the decision to take a break from fiction this year, and already I know I will miss it.

The last few years have been pretty manic, almost destroying my passion for writing. I am 73 years old and half of a writing partnership, which means I am also an editor, proof-reader, promoter, publisher and marketer of our nine books.

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20 great quotes and memes



As I am still struggling with some things I haven’t been able to get myself sorted with a proper blog post. However I did want to get back to a schedule of Friday posting.

So I thought I would share with you some of my favourite memes and quotes that are either about writers or at least could be 🙂

If you have any great quotes, please share them in the comments. I would love to hear from you. Have you any specific quotes that have been inspirational to you during the writing process?

Do pop back on Tuesday for our next Guest Poster 🙂

Happy writing


About Ari Meghlen

I’ve been a writer since I was given unsupervised access to pens and can’t write anything shorter than a trilogy. I live in the greener part of the UK with my awesome boyfriend, 3 mad cats and 1 overly-confident budgie. I spend my time lost in imaginary worlds, making jewellery, taking nature photos or watching bad movies. Connect with me on: Facebook or on my Website or just leave me a comment on this blog. I love comments 🙂

Guest Post: “Love, twue love”

Today we welcome back to this blog the wonderful Pearl R Meaker, author of the Emory Crawford Mysteries. Enjoy!

“Love, twue love.”

by Pearl R Meaker

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This blog is being posted on February 14, 2017 – my 41st wedding anniversary. Still happily married after all these years.

Today is the “love holiday” and, like the movie “The Princess Bride” from which I borrowed my title, most stories have love in them somewhere along the way.

It might be love done well, or love gone wrong. Maybe love long lost and mourned, or love that is being newly sought. It can even be all of the above and more.

It may even be the self-love of the narcissist or someone who is in love with money or some other inanimate object.

Love is usually in there somewhere if only because love is in most of us. We can relate to love.

But what do you, as a writer, intend to do with love? The answer to that depends on the sort of book you’re writing, your characters and you.

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Guest Post: Why Writers Should Also Be Readers

That’s right people, we are back with guest posting! More awesome people have agreed to share their thoughts and ideas on this blog. This week’s guest poster is the wonderful Justine Alley Dowsett from Mirror World Publishing. Enjoy.

justineWhy Writers Should Also Be Readers

by Justine

It’s not a coincidence that most people who like to write are also big readers. Besides providing entertainment and that window into lives other than our own, there’s a lot that reading can teach us about how to be better writers. To do this though, we have to learn to read critically even as we read for enjoyment. Here’s a few techniques you can use when reading to improve your writing.   Continue reading

Attention: Guest Posters (and people thinking of being guest posters)

guestpostimage.jpgHi everyone, firstly thank you so much to everyone who sent me messages following the family emergency. Thankfully things are doing better now so I am able to return to this blog. 🙂

Secondly, thanks to everyone who read my Guest Posters Wanted post and showed interest in being a guest poster on this blog. (If you haven’t read it and are interested, please go and read it…then come back and read this) 🙂

I had a number of people wanting to contribute to this blog, so rather than contact you each individually, I thought it would be best to put the details about guest posting here.

So, if you have shown interest in being a guest poster, please read the below and if you are still interested, select your deadline date from the bottom of this email and leave a comment or drop me an email (listed within this post). Deadline dates are first come first serve.

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Commit to Creativity

Committ to Creativity.jpgWe all have those moments, lingering senses of stagnation or apathy. The best way to get through them is to release your creativity. Everyday!

Creative people need to be creative. We need to dip into that rich, vibrant well frequently for our own sanity.

So just do something. Anything. Be creative.

You don’t need to write an opera or sculpt a life-size model of Benedict Cumberbatch (although that latter one sounds pretty fun 😉 ) 

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On hiatus

Due to a family emergency, I will not be currently on this blog. Thank you to all the recent commenters who wanted to guest post.

Give me a week or two and I will try and get back to you with details, but right now, I need to focus on my family.


Healthy body, healthy brain

healthSo…my guess is, unless you are pretty dedicated to your health, you do your writing sitting down (rather than at a standing desk while on a step machine).

Now as someone who works a job that involves sitting, and who does her writing while sitting (despite having a step machine! ;p) and who crafts items while sitting… I am well aware of how bad sitting is for the body.

And since what is bad for the body, is bad for the brain we really need to make sure we look after our bodies.

Easier said than done, right? So here are a few tips that might help.

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Guest posters wanted!

It’s the new year and I’m looking for some new Guest Posters! Last year I actually went around bothering the good people on social media to see if any of them wanted to share their wisdom, regale us with tales of success or woe….and just shamelessly advertise their writing/books!

It was awesome and some wonderful and talented people became guest posters and did indeed share their wisdom, success and woe…and to be honest, there was no “just shamefully advertise” at all. In fact I had to start encouraging my posters to include links and blurbs about their books because they were too darn nice to just do it!

So why did I do that?

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9 Tips for keeping your Resolutions

13-sep-08-new-year_fJZ4jzYO_L.jpgI hope you all had fun over the holidays and are looking forward to 2017 (because let’s face it, it can’t be any worse than 2016, am I right?)

I’m here to talk about Resolutions since we are right on the cusp of the new year.

Great time to make some decisions about what you want in the new year! But there’s a problem…

Resolutions suck!

No one really keeps them and if you are someone who does, then congratulations, you are the first person in history! *throws a ticker-tape parade in your honour*

So why do they suck?

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