Thursday, 1 October 2015

Stuck in a Rut!

I am stuck in a rut at the moment!I say at the moment, but quite honestly this has been going on for months.
I started writing a new novel about a year ago, but I can’t seem to get on with it. I have absolutely no idea where it is going. To tell you the truth, I am not really sure where it came from… I can’t even say what it is about, because I am still trying to work that out myself. Oh, I had such plans for this novel. It was going to carry on with the same characters as Divorcees.Biz They were going to open a completely new agency, totally different from the dating agency, but that is about as far as I got.
While I was writing Divorcees.Biz the four ladies seemed to take over. The words simply flew out from my fingertips onto the computer. It was almost as though the ladies carried on planning and working even when I had shut down for the night. This time, they are totally silent! Can you believe it! Even Sadie is keeping her mouth closed just when I could do with the help! They have certainly let me down with a large thump.
For some reason all my get-up-and-go has disappeared without trace. My imagination has switched itself off and refuses to turn back on again. What is the matter with me? I need someone to give me a poke, but not too hard  :-)   If anyone has any inspirational words for me, I would be delighted to hear from you.
We have been having some wonderful weather for the last few days, here in the Scottish Borders. I don't know where it has come from, but I do hope they don't want it back too quickly!
Okay, I better go and do some ironing now, which means I will be watching another episode of The West Wing. I haven't mentioned that for a while - I bet you thought I had forgotten about it!
Have a great day wherever you are

Chink Chink

Monday, 14 September 2015

Back to Normal!

Better news this week. The money, I referred to in my last post was released into my PayPal account and has now been transferred to our bank account. So all is right with the world and we are back to normal - until the next little thing crops up and pokes me in the eye or even ruffles my feathers! 

So now I am back to trying to figure out where I am going with the book I am in the process of writing. I seem to be stumped with this one. The other three simply flowed from my fingertips, through the keyboard into the computer and, while it wasn't all plain sailing, it seemed a great deal easier than this one!

It is almost as though my imagination has decided that enough is enough and shut the door on me. Is that possible. I mean, could that kind of thing happen? Or am I just looking for excuses because I am finding it a little more difficult this time around? I am making a resolution to stop messing about and get on with it. Though I'm not sure that me making any kind of resolution is a good idea. I tend to conveniently forget about resolutions. Look at New Year, when I said I was going to lose weight. I seemed to forget that one very quickly! Not only did I not lose weight, despite the drastic efforts of Weight Watchers, but I actually put weight on.

Anyway, at the moment the resolution sounds good, mainly because it is all I have got to work on!

Last Thursday, Phil and I celebrated our 55th Wedding Anniversary. I still can't believe where all the years have gone. It certainly doesn't feel that 55 years have passed since we walked down the aisle at St Paul's Church in Whitley Bay Tyne and Wear.  

Though I still have to admit times have certainly changed. Far too many to mention, but one that sticks in my mind is that when we were married Whitley Bay was in Northumberland. For some reason it was moved into Tyne & Wear. Can they really do that? Can someone just suddenly come up with the idea to moved towns from one area to another with out actually uprooting the whole place? And if so, for goodness say - why? I think most people were quite happy with the address in Northumberland before some hot shot decided he had nothing better to do than mess around with a map of the UK and a marker pen!

Well, I think that is all I have at the moment, except to say that I hope you are all having a great day wherever you are

Chink Chink

Saturday, 5 September 2015

That Was the Week that Was!

Actually, to be honest, it should read "They Were the Two weeks that Were."

It all began when I decided to sell my husband's mobility scooter. (He had just purchased a smaller one, due to the fact that I wanted a smaller car, but best we don't go down that road) Anyway, a friend suggested I trying selling it on eBay. I had never used eBay before, but decided to give it a go.

So I went through the stages of setting up an account, which were daunting enough for someone who isn't used to this procedure. Nevertheless, I finally got the scooter onto the appropriate lists, even adding a few photos in the process. But then I started to read some of the comments in the eBay community. I shouldn't have done that. There are some awful tails of scams/tricks whatever you want to call them, at work during the sales. At that point I began to lay an egg! Had I done the right thing? I decided not to read any more of these posts.

It didn't seem long before eBay got in touch to tell me that the scooter had sold! Great news!

I had stated that any potential buyers would need to collect the item.  Therefore it wasn't long before the buyer got in touch to tell me when he would be calling to collect. And he was as good as his word. He arrived, set the whole thing up in his father's car and set off back home.

Everything seemed to be going smoothly, despite the fact that I was still almost laying an egg about the whole thing. My husband and I don't usually sell things on. We tend to give them away, or pass on to a charity. But in this case there was so much money involved, we thought we would get a little back this time.

And there it stands! The guy has the scooter, but the cash is pending in my PayPal account. Why? Because, as I am new to eBay, I have to wait 21 days before the money can be released. I have sent emails to PayPal explaining that the item has been collected. But because I didn't get a courier to deliver it and don't have a tracking number so they can verify my honesty, I have to wait. So I am still waiting!

What really surprises me is that PayPal go to great lengths to tell their customers they and eBay are no longer one company - they are now two separate companies. So why are they following this eBay ruling so stringently?

Anyway I am not going to concern myself any further. Life is too short to battle with companies, when you know you can't win. I shall sit back and wait until the 21 days are up and see what happens. I will let you know.


On a lighter note - anyone who hasn't read my novel 'Divorcees.Biz' can download it for only 99c/99p at the moment.

It's a fun romance about four divorced ladies, who suddenly decide to set up an online dating agency for divorcees. The story is set in London

That's all for the moment!

Have a great day wherever you are!


Chink Chink!

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Another Special offer!!

I am in turmoil this week!

I was spending a great deal of time trying to promote The Trojan Project as it was on offer for 99c/99p. (Incidentally the offer ends midnight 18th Aug.)

But then I suddenly noticed that Only Twelve Days a rather sweet love story set before mobile phones and computers took over our lives, was selling well. It was only then that I realised it had suddenly started a new promotion!!

Only Twelve Days

I say suddenly, but I had been put in the loop and then completely forgotten about it.   How could I have forgotten something as important as that?  Okay, I realise that it isn't really as important to others as it is to me, but it means I lost the first two days of the campaign. I doubt I will get it onto any of the sites that send out names of books on offer to their masses of readers.

Though, thinking about it now, it did seem to be doing quite well without me - is that good or is it bad??  I hope my publisher doesn't read this! :-(

Anyway, good or bad I am here to tell you about it now. So if you haven't read Only Twelve Days, might I suggest that you pop along to your nearest Amazon and download a copy before the offer runs out on Saturday 22nd August.

Well that's all for the moment. Best I go and tweet my socks off  about my book promotion to my followers.

Have a great day!


Chink Chink!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

I Have Been Away! --- QUICK UPDATE!!

Yes, you read that right, I have been away!

But not to some foreign shore with sun-kissed beaches. No we have been somewhere much close to home - Nidd Hall, near Harrogate, Yorkshire,, here in the UK.
We had a really relaxing week, Not having to think about what to have for the next meal is bonus enough for me!

We had the most gorgeous room overlooking the delightful grounds at the hotel. I have to say the gardens are well kept and look wonderful, whatever the weather. The hotel also has a Beauty Salon and swimming pool, for those who want to use them. While outside the activities include rifle shooting, archery, croquet, tennis and a bowling green. You name it, they have got it.

What did we choose to do? You've guessed it - We lazed around, sipped wine and enjoyed watching everyone else try their hand at all manner of things.  We have been going there for several years now and have tried and tested everything, so now we leave it all to the newcomers.

There is also entertainment every evening. One evening while we were there Martin Daniels was the guest act. Comedian Magician. He was very good. You may recall his father Paul Daniels, who, incidentally, bought my novel The Trojan Project when I did a book signing, some years ago.
The following evening it was the urn of String Fever, a very talented group of three brothers and a cousin, playing violins and a cello.

The week came to an end far too quickly for me. I could have done with another week... or two, even. But all good things have to come to an end at some point.

There was a time when we enjoyed jetting off to foreign parts. But quite honestly, we have left all that behind now. We are more suited to the quiet life.

Now I am back to the nitty gritty. Washing and ironing spring to mind, as there seems to be plenty of that. I look at the clothes and wonder - "Did we actually use all these things." One of the worst things about coming home is unpacking and washing. I suppose that is two things, but you get my drift.

Now I wonder what life has in store as we settle back down into our routine. Like for instance, getting back to the novel I started to write ages ago. I did manage to get going with it again while on holiday, I think the different surroundings helped. Hopefully I will be able to carry on where I left off.

I think that is all for the moment, except to say that The Trojan Project, mention further up this post, will be on special offer:  12th - 18th Aug. Only 99c/99p to download.  But don't worry, I will remind you nearer the time!
You knew I was going to say that, didn't you!

QUICK UPDATE - The Trojan Project is now on special offer. 99c/99p until 18th August. 

Any tweets, shares or anything else you can think of would be much appreciated. Thank You x

Have a great day wherever you are


Saturday, 18 July 2015

It's Been a While!

It has been such a long while since I last posted here, I guess you are all thinking that I will have lots of things to talk about.

Well I am sorry to say, that is not the case. How sad is that?

Things seem to moving very slowly in this part of the world. Nothing seems to be happening. On the other hand, perhaps that's a good thing. It would be awful if I had to tell you some really bad news.

There are two houses up for sale across the road. There were three, but one has been sold and the new people will be moving in very shortly. The lady who is leaving is really very nice and I am sure we are all going to miss seeing her smiling face. But life moves on and I know she is looking forward to living nearer to her family - especially her lovely granddaughter.

I don't think it will be long before the other two houses are sold, as there have been several people to view.

The other week I decided to clean my carpet. My that I didn't mean I was going to get down on my hands and knees and scrub like a maniac possessed. Nor did mean I had one of those super carpet cleaning gadgets tucked away in the cupboard. No none of that - what I used was, Vanish. A bag of white powder, which you sprinkle around your carpet and then brush in. You leave it for twenty mins or longer to dry before vacuuming it up.

I have to say it worked quite well considering how old the carpet is. Obviously it isn't going to be as good as having it cleaned more professionally, but it will do until another time.  As I said the carpet is old, and it is one of those foam backed things. Therefore I am not really sure how it would fare with something that used water??  Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

My friend and I went to Newcastle earlier this week. We had a good day and ended up as usual in the M&S Deli bar for a glass of white wine and a light lunch.

Last Sunday Phil and I went to our social club for Strawberry Tea. It really was very nice and we quite enjoyed it. The committee had laid on a very nice afternoon tea and a large bowl of strawberries to finish off. They even provided Pimms - extremely nice!

Nothing else to tell you at the moment, but before I sign off, could I just mention my website again... A few more visitors would be good - Eileen Thornton

Also I have just added myself to another book promotion site so perhaps you could stop off there sometime.  It's called - Quotes Rain  the link will take you to my page on the site, but from there you can look at other books and famous quotes.

I think that is all for the moment. I hope to be back very soon.

Chink Chink!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Weighty Problems!

Six months ago I made a New Year's resolution that I was going to lose some weight! For one reason or another I'm afraid the diet never got off the ground. However I am delighted to say that at last things are beginning to move!

Over the last three or four weeks I have lost 9lbs! I seem to have managed to get a grip on the diet thing and thankfully the pounds are slowly dropping. Now all I need to do is to hang on in there and carry on with the good work. Those of you who have even the smallest weight problem will understand how difficult that can be. There are so many lovely things to eat nowadays. One of them is ice cream - I adore ice cream. I know ice cream has been on the go from way back yonder. But it seems to be more delicious, more creamy and... more fattening than it used to be.

Anyway, I thought that if I wrote it down here and told you all how well I was getting on - albeit six months late - I might manage to stay with it and lose another 7lbs or so.

Another piece of good news is that all nine copies of my novels placed in the Borders Book Festival shop were sold. I was absolutely delighted when the lady sent me an email telling me about it. There were some big names at the Festival, all giving talks or workshops and selling their books. I would have been pleased if I had sold one copy, but all nine - that was brilliant.

The Festival which ran for four days, was held about two weeks ago and all local independent authors were allowed to place a restricted number of books in the shop. I took 3 copies of each of my three novels.

This afternoon I am popping around to a neighbour's house for a chat. We live so close, yet I haven't seen her to talk to for ages. I wonder whether we should have made it an all day thing. Will there be enough time to say everything we have to say in one short afternoon?

Well, I think that's all for the moment.

Have a great day wherever you are - enjoy the sunshine - if you have any. Still pretty dull here.


Sunday, 21 June 2015


On Friday evening, we were watching Graham Norton's chat show, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was introduced. He was quite fun and game for a laugh with the other guests. But suddenly I found the years flying back to when Phil and I were on a whirlwind tour of California.

The tour was great and we saw everything it was possible to see in the two weeks we were there. We even flew over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter - a wonderful experience, especially as I was sitting up front with the pilot. There was glass on the floor of the helicopter and I was able to look out down to the Colorado River below.

But I digress, what I wanted to say was that when we went to Los Angeles, we saw the Chinese Theatre where Hollywood stars have imprinted their hands/feet and signatures into the stones on the ground. In the photo, I am looking at Arnold Schwarzenegger's contribution.

Of course since seeing the show, I have been thinking back to that wonderful time in California. Though I have to say it was very hectic. We lived out of our suit cases for the entire trip, but it was worth it. It was Brilliant!!

Isn't it amazing how one little thing can trigger off a whole load of memories? I feel as though I have been back to California since Friday evening...

 But I suppose I will have to come down to earth again. For one thing I will have to organise a plumber next week as the tap needs changing in the kitchen. Well it certainly needs something doing to it. You very nearly break your hand when trying to turn it off!

Hopefully my friend and I are going to try to get to Newcastle this week. I also hope to meet up with my sister, who I only seem to see once in a blue moon.

Our gorgeous nephew was two years old on 20th June. I can hardly believe that he is two already. The years are flying past far too quickly.

I don't seem to have anything else to talk about at the moment, so I suppose I should go and do some ironing - not a pleasant thought, but it needs to be done.

If you are interested in reading the Prologue to The Trojan Project I have included it on the appropriate page on my website.
I just thought I would whet your appetite - who knows, you might even want to read more of this suspense thriller.

Have a wonderful day wherever you are and enjoy the longest day of the year...

Chink! Chink!