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FOLKESTONE WRITERS GROUP

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I have been involved with this group for a couple of years, always entering the competition and going to some meetings when I am able to. Following on from a meeting yesterday I have said that I will do some advertising for the group and implement a social platform for them. So today I have set up a Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for the Folkestone Writers. Please follow them and it would be really good if you could spread the word about the group as we want to involve far more people and get more entering the short story competition. We are also discussing about a primary school competition so when that is finalised I will let you know.

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I am thinking of asking some authors to come and give some talks about their journey to publication so if you are interested in that then please let me know.

We also have some social lunches at a restaurant in Folkestone which are a great way to meet our members.

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Our membership is only £10 a year and that goes towards our anthology and costs. We are hoping to have meetings at least once a month, rotating between afternoons and evenings so we accommodate all members.

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Our website is about to be up-dated and we will be posting and twittering about our news.

There is no theme for the short story competition so get thinking and start writing and you never know you might be in this years anthology.

STUMBLEUPON

https://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/KarensWorld

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I have joined Stumble, not really sure what I am doing yet but I am sure it will all become clear, eventually I hope. It appears to be saved web pages that you like so I saved my own lol. I think I am going to have to do a bit of research about this as at the moment I don’t see how this will boost my numbers to my blog.

Is there anyone else that is on this site?

 

HOW OLD IS TOO OLD?

What a grey area we have here and it does not matter what the topic is as for some you are never too old.

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I think choosing what we wear after we turn 50 is a bit of a gamble with the good thing being that maybe we are too old to give a dam and just wear what we like and what is comfortable. I think some get a bit braver and mix up their style and I’m all for that, let’s have a bit of individuality as lets face it no one is going to stop you and say something, we are british and far too ‘proper’ for that.

Dating – It certainly does not get any easier no matter what age you are, it’s all a bit of a minefield especially once you look at internet dating. Supposed to be easier as your only matched to people who match you but I can assure you it does not always work. We all know all the rules about safety but what about courage and nerves we need an app to activate that as I am lacking in that department. A truth button on the dating sites would be good as we can all put what ever we like.

A little while ago there was a speed dating event in Folkestone and it is one thing that I have never attempted but I thought I could go with a friend and it could be a fun night out. This is where the title of the post comes in as yes, I was too old! Me at 57 was too old to attend the speed dating, I was a bit peeved. Why would they think the middle-aged of us are too old to speed date? There are an awful lot of single, divorced and widowed older people now which I am sure would make it a very fun evening and I am sure we would all stay for a drink and socialise until the close of the bar!

So maybe age is just a number and you are only as old as the man you are feeling….I wish! LOL

I really liked his poem by Ananya Grace Haldar that I saw on Facebook.

“Romancing After Forty”

We didn’t see this coming
We thought we were done
with pursuing and dating.
It’s Rube Goldberg complex
just trying to meet someone;
and the rules have changed
You’re either too needy —–
Or not needy enough.

Then there’s the danger
of judging too soon.
So we accept each other’s baggage because what would we look like
if we never took that chance?
We learn to embrace
these novelties
with the phases of the moon.

By now, we are who we are
No one is going to change.
We’ve reached middle age
We’re confident, successful.
Ready for the next stage.
We have experience,
so take that leap of faith —–
You might like where you land.

Ananya Grace Haldar
16 January 2018

BRILLIANT IDEA – FOOD ASSEMBLY

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Every so often you come across something on the internet that makes you ask why have I not seen this before so when that happens I really like to share these light bulb moments with you all.

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We are always being told to buy locally as it would be such a shame if these business’s had to close.  I buy my shopping from Tesco once a month but only because they deliver it to me and I can get everything I need, they are very good at carrying the heavy stuff indoors for me, in fact they unload everything for me onto the breakfast bar.  Prices are good and very seldom do they not have what I have ordered.

My problem with this is that I cannot get my fresh foods every week but this Food Assembly really does solve the problem, just have to get someone to pick it up for me. How nice to have fresh vegetables, milk, cheese and juices all from local farms and you can pick it up all together in one place.  Ordering on-line is the way forward and until you do it you have no idea how simple it really is.  This Food Assembly which you can see here offers all you would need for your fresh foods weekly.

This initiative is open throughout Europe they are always looking for more places to join so if you have any ideas then please contact them.

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So that is my contribution to shopping locally and if you are a vegetarian there are many foods for you on the Folkestone site.

Stay warm everyone.

APPLE iOS 11

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Today I downloaded the Apple up-grade to iOS 11 on my iPhone and iPad, not very much difference on the phone at the moment but I am liking the iPad changes.  It always takes a while to find and use the changes so I tend to read all the reviews. I usually find with the changes that eventually I probably only end up using a couple of them or after I have finished playing with them and thinking how good they are I then forget about them and just carry on using the basic ones like I always have done.  At least I think to myself that I am keeping up with the youngsters and I sometimes know what the grandchildren are talking about lol.

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The control centre that swipes up from the bottom, which I use for the torch mainly but now you can put in there what you use most.  I am looking forward to using the voice memo control as then every time I get an idea I can record it, very good for authors when doing research.  I think I should use Siri more as you can tell her to write things or find things, making life a bit easier especially the calendar so she tells you what you are doing today. You can change her voice, also she will learn what things you like such as music or what news you read and become more personalised to you. Another good one is the magnifier, so useful when reading the small writing on packages.

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I think this is one of the best apps and it should be compulsory to use it when driving.

The App store has changed and appears easier to find what you are looking for, although with so many apps available now the choice is huge.  Again I tend to stick with the ones I use, I do have a look sometimes and put them on my phone just to try them out.

Text messages, which we all use so much is also better as you can attach anything from the bottom of the screen, I like that. Also if you are holding your phone in one hand you can move the keys over towards you so you can reach them all, very handy if drinking your morning coffee.

What do you like most about the changes?

 

NATIONAL BOOK LOVERS DAY

What is there not to like about a good book you can lose yourself in what ever the weather or where ever you are?  That being the best bit as you can take them anywhere, I do prefer a book to a Kindle but a Kindle is good if you have to share a room or you just want to turn the light out as you can just carry on reading until you fall asleep, I very often find it in the bed or on the floor the next morning.  So go treat yourself to a new book as it is book lovers day.

I BELIEVE IN BOOK FAIRIES.        #ibelieveinbookfairies 

I was so pleased to come across this the other day, what a fantastic idea, one of my favourite authors Amanda Prowse is being a very good fairy and leaving her books all over the place.  There is nothing better than a freebie and then you can leave it or any other books you have for someone else to find them.  I have included the links if you want to get the stickers, I got a pack which included a bit of everything and it was only about £8

They hide books around the WORLD for people to find, read, and then leave for the next person. The best thing is that YOU can get involved to be a book fairy and share your books, too! Head to the  book fairy goodies page to get started.

You can order The Book Fairies stickers so that you can be a book fairy where you live!

They ship around the world, and are so excited to see book drops happening everywhere.

Here is the link to order your stickers.

You can also get Book Fairy Bundles… as well as book fairy stickers in other languages!

 

book fairy ribbonsThey also now sell The Book Fairies ribbons! This can add an extra touch of magic to your book fairy-ing, so why not order some today?

Here is the link to order ribbons.

 

Book Fairies are around the world, and could be anyone.. They share a love of reading and a desire to share books with others! Currently, there are over 100 countries involved, from New Zealand to the U.A.E., and they have created a community of book lovers.

They leave behind books for people to find.  So it gives books another lease of life passing them on to the next person, and encouraging this behaviour going forward. Like sharing a book with your friends, except sometimes much more fun!

Anyone can be a book fairy. If you have a pile of books you want to share, or simply want to share a book each time you finish reading it, then order some stickers here!

I am going to try to follow my books to see what roads they travel on and where they end up, how exciting, I can’t wait.

 

 

MONDAYS

Second week of August already, I feel sorry for the people holidaying in Britain as even though it is not cold we have had a lot of rain with weather alerts for this week again. The grandchildren keep asking when are we going to the beach or outdoor swimming pool or the fountains and I keep saying there is no sun and if there is some sun it does not last long.  I am sure they would go anyway but it’s just not as enjoyable for the adults sitting shivering on the beach.

I have been very productive today though as written two book reviews on all my sites, it would be so much easier if I just copy and past them all but I feel a bit awful if I don’t write something a bit different.  I can understand now why authors are always asking for reviews as many readers just do not bother.

REVIEWING TIPS

What ever you think of the book then write it.                                                                             It can be as long or as short as you want it to be.                                                                         You can do it in sentences or bullet points.                                                                                     Authors love to get feedback from their readers and will often connect with them on social media.

WHERE TO REVIEW

Authors Facebook or Twitter                                                                                                               Goodreads  http://goodreads.com                                                                                                       Amazon http://amazon.co.uk                                                                                                               Google+                                                                                                                                                     Pinterest, I have made a board about books I have read.

So there are many ways we can all support our wonderful writers that we have now and the ones that are just publishing their first book would be so happy to receive some feedback from their readers.

I hope that makes it a bit less daunting for some and to be honest before I started blogging I never even thought about writing a review.

I am just about to start my next book which is by Carol Wyer, I am looking forward to this as it is another one in the series about DI Robyn Carter.

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I am looking after Alfie in a couple of weeks for a long weekend, he is crazy for Minecraft and very clever at it.  So we are going to read all about Pixelville by Daniel Riding which is a new book that was released last month, I will then get Alfie to review it as well as myself.

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I guess I had better go and do some gardening before the weeds take over everywhere, I would much rather be reading or writing though.  I have done a lot of planning for my Jersey trip and decided that I will pop over to Guernsey while I am there as never been there before, so lots to look forward to and I really cannot wait.