A small update because I have the Lurgy…again!



This is me today: a grumpy old, sneezy old mama bear.

Ugh it’s been a snotty, sneezy end to the week. I woke up on Thursday morning with earache and a sore throat, and it’s all gone downhill from there. For the past two days I have been lying on the sofa feeling a bit sorry for myself because I have a nasty old cold. I’ve not slept very well over the last few days and am a bit grumpy, so I apologise if I am not my usual cheery self today.

I hadn’t written anything either until a wee bit earlier, when I began to feel a little bit better and so got 1000+ words down of my young adult book. That’s the thing about being a writer… because you feel compelled to write all the time, you have to do it even when you are ill. However, my (insert swear word here) laptop is running at a snail’s pace (I’ll need to defrag it again) and so is causing additional grumpiness…grrrrrr!

The only good bit about being ill was that I got to binge watch the new Jack Ryan series on Prime while the kids were at school. I should have been visiting a friend and doing the housework, but I had no energy. So, I did the only thing I could – I lay on the sofa with a cup of tea, some biscuits and a great new tv series on the telly. Jack Ryan is excellent, by the way, if you haven’t already seen it.

Book news and the new cover for Dusting Down Alcudia is close to being done, so I will show you it when it’s ready. The early drafts are fantastic. I am so pleased with them (thank you Mia, my wonderful designer). Watch this space for more news on the cover!

I have finally finished a great online course I was doing… Nick Stephenson‘s Your First 10K readers He’s a thriller writer, but also runs excellent online courses (many of which are free) for writers. Really recommend this course if you are going down the indie line like me. Pop over to his website and check it out. Also recommend The Creative Penn by Joanna Penn... another website full of great advice for writers.

Right, I am going to go. Time for a cuppa and some anti-cold drugs. Til next time.

Dawn xxx

September 22 – Hobbit Day

As lover of fantasy novels, it would be a very poor show if I didn’t celebrate Hobbit Day today.

As some of you may know, Shire Hobbits, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins share this day as their birthday. To honour them, and their fellow Hobbits (and, let’s face it, JRR Tolkien who wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books), today is for them.

To celebrate, why not have a birthday cake at your second breakfast, dig out one of those fab books or hold a Hobbit party?

September 16 – World Ozone Day

Today is World Ozone Day which marks the date when the Montreal Protocol was signed (Sept 16, 1987). The Protocol was an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out ozone damaging chemicals.

This day was set up in 1994 to raise awareness of the depletion of the Ozone layer and the continuing research being put in to protect and preserve it.

People from all over the world are expected to descend on Montreal, Canada today to take part in a number of special events (talks, seminars etc) and discuss the issues.

September 13 – Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl birthday quiz – how well do you know your Dahl? Quentin Blake


This is one of my all-time favourite days…Roald Dahl Day, a day celebrating the genius that was the writer Roald Dahl.

Not only did he write wonderful children’s books (Fantastic Mr Fox being one of my favourites), but he also wrote some great autobiographies, and screenplays for adults.

Born in Cardiff on September 13, 1916 to Norwegian parents, at the age of three Roald suffered the loss of both his father and sister. He was educated in Wales and England, and went on to be a fighter pilot in World War 2. He also worked as a diplomat, writer and intelligence officer.

Throughout his writing career, he wrote 19 novels, 13 story collections, three books of poetry, 12 scripts, edited one book and nine non-fiction books. He sold more than 200 million books across the world. He died on November 23, 1990 at the age of 74.

Celebrate Roald Dahl day by dressing up as your favourite characters, reading his books or watching one of the many film adaptations of his greatest children’s novels.


Made! I actually made edible bread!


Home-made bread with home-made jam.

Well, here it is. Bread that is actually edible.  My early attempts at bread making were not successful…at all! What I produced were loaves of bread that were more like building bricks than bread. However, several years and lots and lots of practice later, I can now make bread. Pat on the back for me. It is yummy! Especially with the jam!!

Dawn xx

NB I’ve also managed a couple of hours of writing too, so am feeling well pleased with myself.

September 10 – Swap Ideas Day

Today is Swap Ideas Day, a day where you get together with other people and brainstorm new ideas. There are no rules about what ideas can be share so you can be as creative and crazy as you want.

Swap Ideas Day is thought to be the creation of Robert Birch, who also came up with Lumpy Rug Day and Nothing Day.

September 7 – Buy a Book Day

DarkIsle – a small hint?

Woohoo! Today is Buy a Book Day (not that I need any encourage…or any more books for that matter!) and it’s your chance to support an author by buying a new book.

So, turn off the telly, put away the online games, and grab your book and dive in. Well written books are fantastic. Not only do you get to read a great story (or for non-fiction, get to learn something new), but you’re also subconsciously improving your knowledge of words, grammar and punctuation.

I couldn’t finish this post without mentioning another event today and that is Beer Lover’s Day.

Here’s an idea (for over 18s only) you could grab a beer, find a comfy spot and read your book!

September 4 – Wildlife Day

Today we’re going to celebrate Wildlife Day, which aims to remind us all that we need to stand up for all wildlife. That’s not just endangered species on the plains of Africa, but out domestic wildlife too.

Every year we lose numerous species as humans take over land that was once the homes of different animals be that tigers or snow leopards or even the hedgehogs in our back gardens.

 All animal life is precious, so let’s celebrate them today, let’s raise our voices to protect them and save them for future generations to enjoy.

Wildlife Day was created to honour the memory of The Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin who was killed by a sting ray way back in 2006. He was a leading expert and conservationist.

To celebrate Wildlife Day and to remember Steve (as all us folk of a certain age certainly do quite fondly), why don’t you support a wildlife charity, pop along to an animal sanctuary or zoo, donate time or money to a wildlife cause or find out how you can make your garden more attractive to wildlife.