On hearing that Earth Hour was happening worldwide I informed the children that we would be taking part. I lit the candles & grabbed the pack of cards. My children are now tweenagers so I expected some form of conflict. Yet, as ever our children do, they surprised me.
They found torches so the bathroom light didn’t need to go on. Minecraft was switched off. Even mobiles were placed out of the way. We went the whole hog. Not even a kettle was boiled! I almost made a flask of coffee… but felt maybe that was an overreaction. We set up at the kitchen table & ate rice pudding. Because we were getting into the Eco swing of things we washed out the empty cans & used them as candle holders.
My favourite part was when they went to check that their older brother wasn’t cheating because he had his door closed & they were pleasantly surprised to find him reading by candle light!It was such a calm evening of laughter and conscious thought about the electric being consumed.
I was so proud when they requested that we do it every night. Later once the laptop was fired up again we thoroughly enjoyed looking through all the positive posts & how people all over the UK had enjoyed their evening too. A great way to bring aware while connecting people. I thoroughly recommend an evening by candle light for more than just Valentine’s day. Claire x
For more info follow this link http://earthhour.wwf.org.uk/
Today has been fantastic. As an author there can be some hard times & moments of doubts, but in the mix there are amazing moments. Today I was invited to speak at the King’s Lynn Bookfest organised by U3A. Alongside the wonderfully talented Elly Griffiths & T M Payne I spoke about my author journey & listened to theirs. My cheeks hurt from smiling so much as everyone was so friendly & enthusiastic. Thank you again to them for having me along. Also the photo should be in the local paper, so I will share them with you once i have them. Enjoy your evening. Happy writing x
Just to keep you updated. Double Thinking Girl is now available in the Kindle store. You can find the link in the My Novels page and just below this message. The paperback will be available by the weekend. And to top it all the reviews are already starting to come in!
I am speaking at a Bookfest event in King’s Lynn on Friday so I will let you know how that goes, and hopefully have pictures to show you too.
Have a great week & don’t forget to go grab a copy of the new book. I can’t wait to see what you think.
Sometimes while I am up to my eyeballs, literally most of the time, I take a break. Where does this usually take me? Well, other than the local coffee shops, I like to take a wander around the charity shops.
Normally I can find the odd bargain or two and other times, I find something that goes on my wish list and it takes all of my willpower to not just hand over the money and claim it as my own.
On one particular occasion I discovered a little red suitcase. It was there in the window of a charity shop on the Steep Hill in Lincoln but was not for sale yet, as it was part of their window display. However, because I wanted it so bad I popped my name down for them to contact me once it was available. Why? I mean, it was just an old suitcase, I rarely travel so what was the point?
picture borrowed from (https://www.flickr.com/photos/woolgenie/7662451110/) who is also lucky enough to have one.
The point was that it reminded me of my childhood. It was identical to the one I had owned as a small child. It had traveled to London with me to visit my grandparents. It had held my dance costumes when I attended shows around the country. But to me it was worth far more than the £20 I paid for it. I almost wished for it to have been my old one and have my name written inside when I opened it. It didn’t but that didn’t matter.
So on my last visit to Lincoln I found this…
an old typewriter! Now my typewriter that I had learned to type on as a child, was cream and this one was blue. But strangely it was very similar to mine and the one I added to this website when I first started it.
My point is this… I didn’t buy it as it was £30, of which I did not have. However, I know that soon enough I will find one at the right time, in the right place, when I have the money to purchase it and it will become a part of my world, as it was all those years ago when I wrote my first little stories.
For now I will ring my parents and see if they still have mine.
Have a brilliant week and allow yourself time to daydream and reminisce. x
☆ Happy Friday 13th! ☆
Unlucky for some, but not for us!
In the rush of excitement that is stemming from the upcoming release of my new novel, Double Thinking Girl, both Twisted Fate and Ups-a-Daisy are currently FREE for download on Amazon Kindle!
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