Saturday, 18 April 2015

So, How are Things with You!

What is going on in your world? Anything you would like to share/pass on?

I only ask because I tell you about what is happening here, even though there are times when I have absolutely nothing to talk about. So I just wondered what was happening away from the tiny piece of the world I exist in.

I have stopped watching the news, as I am fed up with hearing about the election. Everyone posing and promising things they know they are never going to do. I think David Cameron had the right idea: do one or two debates and then get out!

My only hope is that there is not another hung Parliament. Please don't let there be another coalition!

We were back at the hospital again on Wednesday as my husband had to have a bone marrow test. I gather some previous blood test came back inconclusive, hence this latest visit to the hospital. We were back again yesterday, as they also wanted a full skeletal x-ray. As it turns out they found he had fractured his shoulder when he fell on Easter Sunday. However as it is healing, they aren't going to do anything.

Gosh my blog is full of doom and gloom this morning. I really need to lighten up!

I am still struggling to get my latest novel going. I don't know why, but I seem to have come to a full stop. I have tried sitting here looking at the manuscript on the PC hoping to get some inspiration, but it just stares back at me. I could almost swear the PC smirks at me when I look away for a second. But I will not be beaten, I will finish this book - just not sure when!

Now I am going to tell you something I have been doing, which is totally out of character... I have been doing some spring cleaning!  Yes, you read that right. I have been doing the unthinkable. I believe I mentioned I was getting the urge to do some housework  in a previous blog post, but I was resisting it by sitting down until it went away.  Well it seems I am losing the battle, because I have been dusting, polishing and vacuuming like mad. And it's not over. I have got my eye on a few other things that need doing.  I am beginning to think there is something wrong with me. Perhaps I need to see a therapist!

I don't suppose for one minute this extraordinary change in me is going to last, so I will carry on with the housework until it wears off.

Well on that note I think I will call it a day. Hopefully I will have some more upbeat news for you next time. But in the meantime, if you would like to do me a favour, please follow the link to my website and take the time to have a look around.  Eileen Thornton  A few more visitors would be good.

Have a great day everyone!


Chink! Chink!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Funny Old Week!

I thought with the sunshine being around all this week I would be inspired to get on with my novel - I Haven't a Clue.  But that hasn't been the case. I seem to have my head stuck in the sand with this one and quite honestly, I haven't a clue where I am going with it!!

Once I get started with a story, I usually get to grips with it and my brain works in overtime, even if my fingers don't. (I never did have those all important typing lessons.)  However this time my brain is either going slow or has stopped to admire the weather and the daffodils, which have sprung up over the last week or so. Therefore I'm afraid my world is at a standstill at the moment.

We went out to lunch at the Cross Keys last Sunday. It was very nice and we really enjoyed it. It was the first time we had been there for ages. In fact it was the first time we had been anywhere for ages. However, our lovely day was spoiled in the evening, as my husband had a dizzy spell and crashed to the floor, bruising his shoulder in the process. Fortunately nothing is broken, but he is still in a great deal of pain when he tries to move his left arm.

Our polling cards landed on the mat this morning. Another reminder of the forthcoming election. I shall be glad when it is over and a decision has been reached - my only hope is that we do not have another coalition!  I don't think I could stand it...

Well I suppose I had better get started on the ironing. It certainly won't do itself.

Sorry this has been short and sweet, but as nothing is going on in my world (you can't count ironing) I don't have anything to tell you.

Have a great day


Chink! Chink!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Easter Sunshine

We have had glorious Easter sunshine this year and it is still going on. Dare we say that spring is well and truly on the way? I hope so. I really get fed up with the dull, cloudy weather.

But when the clocks sprung forward at the end of March, it seemed to change the mechanism of the weather because since then things have been on the up!

Okay! I know I shouldn't have said that. I am probably tempting fate. But when I am feeling spring-like, I am on a roll! I want to do all sorts of things that I usually hate doing - for instance, housework!  Did I actually say that? Was that me saying I felt like doing housework? This weather mechanism thing must be spreading. I think I should go and lie down somewhere until this feeling goes away. I could start an epidemic!

Is anyone else fed up with all these election debates? I don't know why I should be fed up with them as I haven't watched any of them yet and quite honestly I have no intention of doing so. Why on earth would I want to sit and listen to people I am never going to meet rant on about what they are going to do or should I say not going to do when they get into Downing Street?

When the time comes, I will go along to the Polling Station and place my vote the way I want to and that is that, as far as I am concerned. Quite honestly when I turn on the TV in the evening I want to relax and be entertained. I certainly don't want my blood pressure to be raised.

Before I sign off I would like to mention the latest review for The Trojan Project. It was written by MikiHope on Amazon US and I gather from the review that they really enjoyed the read. Hence the title of their review:   "What a roller coaster ride! I was shivering long past the last page!"

Well I think that is all for the moment. 

Enjoy your day!

Chink Chink!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

The Sun is Shining! UPDATE!

What a beautiful day it is today. The sun is shining, the wind has dropped and all is right with the world - well as right as it can be!

There is so much going on outside in the big wide world, I try to shut myself off from it. But it isn't easy because even here, in this quiet corner of Scotland, the tension is mounting due to the forthcoming election. I am certainly not going to get myself all hot and bothered about it, though. Yes I shall vote and I shall desperately hope the election does not end up with another hung Parliament! But I am smiling and I don't want to go down that road!

And that is all I am going to say about that!

Yesterday for the first time since before Christmas, I went to Newcastle with my friend. And before you ask, it was absolutely brilliant! You will recall my friend and I used to go every week, but lately life and it's varying problems seem to have put a spoke in the wheel. So now, the wheels are back on the bus and we are up and running again. Naturally we ended up in M&S Deli Bar, where we had a glass (or two) of our usual wine and a chat with the wonderful staff. I have to add I didn't actually buy anything, but it was just so nice to get back to the city and have a good browse around the shops!

I understand that Rutherford's Micropub are trying to open a branch in The Square in Kelso. I believe they are just waiting for the go ahead from the council. However, if it is anything like the time it took the council to allow the town to have a Sainsburys Supermarket, I won't hold my breath! If they are allowed to go ahead, I gather it will be the first one in Scotland. So now it is wait and see time! A quick update here. It seems that the micropub has been given the go ahead. How about that!  I'll let you know when it opens :-)

When I was walking around the town the other day, I was surprised to see that part of the pavement was marked in red. Does this mean that they need to redo that spot? If so why? The whole new pavements have only just been laid. They only finished at the end of the last year. I can't believe there is a problem already! I will keep you posted on that one.

I think that is all I have for you at the moment. I haven't any book promotions to tell you about, so I think I will just leave you with the link to my website (I could do with a few more visitors) Also, there is a link on there to Amazon, should you suddenly remember you need to purchase something from them.  Eileen Thornton

Take care, all and have a great day!


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Very Slow! - UPDATE!!

Just a quick update to tell you that offer on my collection of short stories mentioned below is now under way! It will carry on until Thursday 26th March - don't miss out!

I have to say that things are very slow here at the moment. Having said that I don't really know what to expect as it is only the middle of March. But I do think I should be out and about doing something!

One piece of good news is that the diet has taken off! Yes I thought that might surprise you. It did me, actually. But I was beginning to look rather like a small dumpling, so I thought that if I didn't do something soon I was going to end up like a large dumpling!  Anyway, the diet is under way, so I will let you know how it is going as I go along.

If anyone is interested and I do hope you are, My collection of short stories will ne 99p/99c to download on Friday 20th March. The special offer will last for only one week, so I do hope you will download a copy and pass the news on to anyone who enjoys reading a short story during their coffee break.

The stories are quite short, but are fun and positive, if you know what I mean. Perhaps inspirational would be a better word - or perhaps not! That word sounds far beyond my realms.
Anyway, the collection comes under the title, A Surprise for Christine.

I was due to go to Newcastle last Monday with a friend and her daughter. I was so looking forward to it as I haven't been shopping in Newcastle for ages, However, as it turns out, I wasn't too well on Monday, so I thought it best not to risk the 70 journey on the bus. I'm sure you can imagine my disappointment.

It is Budget Day today here in the UK. It came with the usual fanfare.  But at the end of the day I doubt anything will change. Though as it is election year there might be a little given away to a few!

Well on that note I think I had better close.

I do hope you all have a great day


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

I Simply had to Tell You!

You will recall I bought a new Dyson Cordless Vacuum for my husband's birthday. Okay, I know it wasn't really appropriate, but, what the heck I did it anyway. Now I just want to tell you that I am absolutely delighted with it. It's brilliant!!

No lead to trip over, nothing to pull along behind. In fact you simply unclip it from the docking station and you are off. And, it is so light to handle, you can whiz around the house in no time at all.

Before you ask, no I am not on Dyson's payroll. I just thought you might like to know.

But enough of all that, I have never been one to dwell on housework! Oh my goodness, there are far more interesting things to do than housework.

There are holidays to think of, new clothes to buy and new stories to write... Perhaps I shouldn't have mentioned that last thought. You see I am having a bit of an issue with my latest novel. The problem is, I don't know where it is going at the moment. It is meant to be a follow-up to Divorcees.Biz. By that I don't mean another dating agency, what I intended to do this time, was to get the four ladies back together with a new venture - a detective agency!

Can you imagine it, the four ladies, always at loggerheads with each other, trying to sort out someone else's problems. I thought it would be fun and it probably would be, if I could only get my head around it.

If you have read, Divorcees.Biz, you will remember the four ladies who set up their new online dating agency in London. (If you haven't read it - why not?) They had their ups and downs, but they were good friends, well they were good friends most of the time. Which was why I set about using them all again, but for some reason, they seem to be messing me about.

Ah well, back to the drawing board, as they say. But on the other hand I never use a drawing board, so could that be the problem? I think I might have explained in a previous post how I like to make my stories up as I go along

I shall have to wait and see how it goes.

Meanwhile, have a great day everyone,  


Thursday, 5 March 2015

The Feelings of Things!

I suppose you all realise by now that I am a little zany in how I think and act!
Therefore you won't be surprised to learn that a little of this shows up in two of my stories in my anthology - A Surprise for Christine 

You see, I have this thing in my head that all things on this earth have feelings. For instance, peas in a pod, beans in a can. even a bus trying its best to overcome the daily chore of doing the same route day in and day out! Wouldn't you get sick of that? Don't you ever get sick of doing the same job at the same time every day? Therefore why shouldn't the bus? Or anything else for that matter? Nothing in this world likes to be left out and unloved. Even your own arms or legs. Do you treat them both exactly the same? Or do you give one a good wash, while the other merely gets a quick rub? Do you stop to think that one is going to be jealous of the other? It might be, you never know.

To learn more about the feelings of buses and peas, as I see them, you need to read my two short stories in the above mentioned anthology, "The Last Pea on the Plate" & "The Number 57 Bus". Perhaps you will come around to my way of thinking - or not! It might simply confirm your opinion that I am even more crazy than you first thought!

Whatever you decide, I have certainly given you something to think about. And look at it this way, I did set you thinking about something your would never otherwise have thought of - so who is crazy now?

Yesterday was my husband's birthday. I had no idea what to buy him. What do you buy for people who have most things they want or need. In the end I bought him a new vacuum cleaner.  The old one was driving me mad, it didn't seem to pick up any more and had to press the head on the floor so hard I was having back trouble. The new vacuum is being delivered today, so hopefully my troubles are over! I knew I would think of something to buy for him in the end.

Well, all I will leave you on that positive note

Have a great day, wherever you are.


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Not Only One - but TWO!

Yesterday my novel 'Only Twelve Days' went up for grabs at only 99c/99p. The offer is to last the whole week.

However, if that wasn't enough to be going on with, today my other romantic read, 'Divorcees. Biz', suddenly decided that it didn't want to be left on the shelf, so to speak, so it, too is now on sale for 99c/99p.

Only Twelve Days

If you enjoy reading heart-warming love stories or novels of fun & romance, I suggest you head over to an Amazon near you and download your copy today!

Or you could make my heart sing, and download both copies while you are there! If you do, please tell me which one you liked the best!

You might recall that I was going to start a diet at the New Year - well unfortunately it isn't working. For some reason I can't get myself motivated this time. I had hoped that I would have lost some weight by now. After all we are two months into 2015 and I am stuck. I really need to get a grip on myself and give myself a good talking to. The spring, then the summer will be here before long and I won't be able to fit into anything. Okay, I know I could go and buy something new, but I don't really want to buy anything in a larger size. So you see my dilemma. Things are just not going to plan!

I don't think I have mentioned that wonderful series, The West Wing for some time. Well it is still at the top of my agenda. I finished watching the series for the umpteenth time recently and what did I do - yes you are ahead of me - I started watching it from the beginning all over again. You are right! there is not enough going on in my life!

By the way, just before I go, ff you haven't already dropped by to see my website, I would be grateful if you would take a look sometime. Eileen Thornton   Go on, humour me  :-)

That's all for the moment, Have a brilliant day wherever you are and I do hope the sun is shining down on you.