I have now become a private seller on amazon so that I can sell books and anything else I wish to provide. I have already had one order and it looks as though it all works. I’ll find out if the buyer lets me know it has arrived, or if they do a review for me.

While I’m on about reviews, I am reading a book called “Tarring. A Walk through its History,” which is a hardback that I found in a charity shop. The author is Roger Davies and the amount of research that must have been required to produce it is overwhelming.

As our ‘Worthy Words’ homework is ” do some research” I hope reading this book will suffice.I have always been interested in the Tarring Folly and may include it in a story one day.



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In fifty years of loving you I’ve had five different rings

The first a tiny diamond, German reminder brings.

The second, a golden wedding band, in 1966,

Blessed in a church in Worthing, a Northern/Southern mix.

The third a simple silver ring, the fourth a ruby bright,

And now the fifth, my latest choice (old wedding ring too tight)

A Celtic ring, designed in gold, and now we each have one

To last, I hope, and show our love until our days are done.




I pressed the ‘like’ button to try to find out who liked my post and forgot that would mean I’d liked my own piece. Sorry about that. One of these days I’ll work out how to use this computer. It doesn’t help that I have started on twitter and now I can’t remember what I have said where. Just think how much of a muddle I would be in if I joined facebook!

Which books?

Each week I choose four books from the mobile library and bring them home to read. I rarely pick a known author. I read the back and decide whether I am in the mood for a family saga or a thriller.

The last book I started made me think of my choices.It is completely plot driven – as is usual with detective stories. I honestly don’t know why they are so popular. If you don’t like the character of the detective why should you care about the story?

This is the second time I have found myself struggling to finish a book. I can see that I need character driven novels and, of course, there are some detective stories that have interesting characters ( Holmes, for instance)

Which do you prefer? Can you enjoy both? I can enjoy detective programmes on TV but , from now on, I’ll avoid them in books!

Worthy Words

Our writing workshop started up again yesterday with Wendy Hughes in fine fettle, giving us information on how to research for our writing – something I have never yet done!

When you write building on your own experience it doesn’t seem necessary to do research but others in the group write about times and places they know little about and wish to check their facts. I suppose, now I am writing short stories, not a novel, I may need to check on things from time to time.

Our homework was to do some research so I’m going to be forced into it. Two tales are entered for competitions this week. I don’t know when I’ll hear but it is keeping me writing.I keep checking on the new website. When I have 100 hits I’ll be happy. Until then I am beginning to find folk on twitter #jacyround.I keep forgetting to add #amwriting or#selfpub so it’s a wonder anyone finds me!

new resolutions

I don’t know how long it will last but I am going to try to be better organised from now on. I have been sending off short stories to magazines and not recording when I posted them and and where they went to.

It is the curse of the computer, that if you read an email you feel the communication is complete and sent emails mount up if you don’t delete them.

How much do you print off? I try to save instructions about where and when to go for my talks, but little else. I do print the minutes of the Friendship Centre, but not copies of the articles I send to the newspapers.

September always feels like the start of something new, to me. That comes of being a schoolteacher, I suppose.I need a new focus, if I am not to start another novel.

Any suggestions?