Islands of Hope Update – 09/06/2018

Between the school reports I am writing and the vlogs for World Cup Dreams, I have actually managed to write. Posting a shorter update last week gave me more time to write something longer this time around. Now we start Chapter 21 and are back with Johanna and the continuation of her mission. She has had to leave her husband behind, can she complete the mission and get back to save him as well as Kira? Find out in next weeks exciting episode of….oh, sorry, got carried away with 1960s Batman there! Anyhow, you can read Johanna’s continuing mission on wattpad. Chapter 21 is here, or you can start from the beginning here.

p.s. If you haven’t watched the vlogs, the World Cup is nearly here, just the time to promote World Cup Dreams again. There are free and paid for versions you know. Oh look, there are the links below, how convenient…

Free edition:

Wattpad – https://www.wattpad.com/story/17710141-world-cup-dreams/parts

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/461431

Extra Time Edition:

Print – https://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Cup-Dreams-Extra-Time/dp/1500769495

Kindle – https://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Cup-Dreams-Extra-Time-ebook/dp/B00MZH5Z6U/

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Vlog – More World Cup Dreams

I said I would do more vlogs about World Cup Dreams as we head towards the World Cup in Russia. It is now less than two weeks away and we are deep into friendlies and final team announcements in preparation for the event. So to promote my book and help you prepare for the World Cup, here is my second vlog about World Cup Dreams. This time I am reading the flash fiction ‘Too many clichés?’ Remember that World Cup Dreams was a challenge I set myself during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. I decided to write a flash fiction or poem for every day of the World Cup. You can watch my reading below, under the video are links to the free and paid for versions of the book…

Free edition:

Wattpad – https://www.wattpad.com/story/17710141-world-cup-dreams/parts

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/461431

Extra Time Edition:

Print – https://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Cup-Dreams-Extra-Time/dp/1500769495

Kindle – https://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Cup-Dreams-Extra-Time-ebook/dp/B00MZH5Z6U/

Islands of Hope Update – 02/06/2018

Well, it’s been an interesting week. I am on half term holiday so should have another large update, however this week’s update is not even four hundred words. It’s not due to laziness but rather to make the story flow better. This week we see Kira getting to France, there was going to be another section in this chapter but I felt that the timeline would be out with Johanna’s mission. Therefore we are ending Chapter 20 with Kira asleep on a beach in France and will move to Chapter 21 next week and back to Johanna. I have actually started that chapter but you will have to wait till next week (don’t like updating over two chapters in one week remember!). On top of this I have outlines in my head for the next thee chapters. Feels like the story is starting to come together. For now you can read Chapter 20 here, or start from the beginning here.

Islands of Hope Update – 26/05/2018

I really seem to have the writing bug at the moment. This week has seen me spend a lot of time editing ‘A Close Shave with Destiny’ but still write over a thousand words for the ‘Islands of Hope’ update. This week’s update is another splurge of words where I just sat down for an hour and hammered it out, I took longer to edit it than write it! It is the start of Chapter 20 and Kira leaving Guernsey to go and find her mother. She is trying to sneak away before De Puteron knows she is gone. It doesn’t all go to plan, well actually it goes better than planned. You can read the update on wattpad as usual, Chapter 20 is here, or you can start from the beginning here.

Vlog – World Cup Dreams

It is less than a month to the World Cup, to say I am excited is an understatement. However I am also reminded of the challenge I set myself four years ago, to write a flash fiction or poem every day for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and the subsequent book, World Cup Dreams, which I produced. I have been thinking for a while of recording some vlog posts as a way of sharing some of my writing. Then I realised, what a great opportunity, I can promote my book by reading one of my favourite entries and it is topical because Russia 2018 is almost upon us. So here is it, my first vlog. The links you need to purchase the Extra Time Edition or download the free edition are below the video. Hope you enjoy it.

Free edition:

Wattpad – https://www.wattpad.com/story/17710141-world-cup-dreams/parts

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/461431

Extra Time Editon:

Print – https://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Cup-Dreams-Extra-Time/dp/1500769495

Kindle – https://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Cup-Dreams-Extra-Time-ebook/dp/B00MZH5Z6U/

Islands of Hope Update – 19/05/2018

After a non ‘Islands of Hope’ blog post, normal service is resumed this Saturday. Even better, this week’s update is a big one, over a thousand words. I don’t really know what happened, I just decided I wanted to get to the end of Chapter 19 and write the big reveal so hammered out the words. That said, I am not sure if the reveal is that big, you can see for yourself by heading over to wattpad. The bad news is that I now need to have a think about what I am going to put in Chapter 20, oh well, got some time to sort it out before next week’s update. Anyhow, you can read Chapter 19 here, or start from the beginning here.

New Poem – A Great British Holiday

What’s that? A blog post that is not about ‘Islands of Hope?’ You better believe it! Yes, somehow in my busy schedule I have managed to write a new poem. Actually the only reason I got it down is because I had an idea in my head and was waiting for my son to finish at school. It is in those dead times with nothing else to distract me I can let myself get creative. I have said before that I get to points where I think I want to write a new poem then spend weeks deciding what I want to write about. This poem is one such occasion. I had a few other ideas that were a bit rubbish, then I went away for a week with my family. Just within the UK, nothing as exciting as going abroad. I’m not foolish enough to do that with two children under five!

I had an amazing time, there is so much to do in England and I love living here. The problem is the rain, it rains a lot. In fact it rained almost the whole time we were on holiday. This got me thinking, Britain really is a great place to holiday, there is something for everyone. You just need to brave the weather sometimes and it will all be worth it. So here is my ode to holidaying in Britain. Sorry, no rhyming here, it worked better without. And yeah, I did need the last comic line! Anyhow, enjoy. You can read it in my poetry collection, Bad Poetry You probably never want to read, or take a look below…

 

A Great British Holiday

Rolling hills of lush green grass
Over paths trodden a million times
Throughout the years by many a race
From modern ramblers to Saxon folk
As you pass each stone that juts
From broken earth through creeping weeds
What stories these rocks do tell
What monuments there once was built
Through ancient cities and modern builds
To amusements of every kind
Parks full with exhilarating rides
And animals from every corner of the globe
Petting zoos with rabbit, goat and cow
To giraffe, elephant and exotic bird
Museums and art galleries on every corner
Teaching history, science and appreciation
A plethora of worldwide stars
Grace the stage and tread the boards
Music and drama from across the centuries
From The Beatles to Shakespeare
Mozart to Banksy’s political statements
Sport runs through the veins of the land
Great spectacles with balls and bats
Even the beaches are world-renowned
Not always golden sand but donkeys
Ice cream, sand castles, fish and chips
If your fancy a quieter life
The land is dotted with many a village
Quaint picture perfect postcards
And all the tea and scones you can manage
With parish churches and great cathedrals
Spires reaching like arms to the sky
Religious artifacts and stained glass depictions
There is something for the historian,
The scientist, the ramble
Something for the thrill seeker,
The child, the art lover
Something for the relaxers
The sporty, the religious
All of this on a small island
Shame it keeps hammering it down