Good Deeds week 28th July – 3rd August

Welcome to my weekly updates on my challenge to do at least one Good Deed a day for a year. This has been inspired by Judith O’Reilly and her book “A Year of Doing Good”

A Year of Doing Good: One Woman, One New Year's Resolution, 365 Good Deeds. by Judith O'Reilly

See the book here on Amazon

28th July – Have been doing some work over the weekend so that we are ahead as we go into the working week. Dropped the work off this afternoon and cleared the desk ready for my colleague who works on Mondays.

29th July – Agreed to do another book review today for an author. Launched my competition to win a Kindle Cover from Joules Clothing, it’s not a massive prize like a car or a holiday, but it’s a start.

30th July – Posted a Guest Author post for Charles Yallowitz here on the blog in preparation for his new book launch tomorrow. Drafted up another post for Briana Vedsted who is also doing a book launch tomorrow.

31th July – It’s book launch day for the two authors mentioned above, so I’ve sent out my posts. Finished 2 books today and will be sorting out reviews.

1st August – Sent birthday wishes to one of my book reviewers. Had a child over to play for the day, took us all out to the park for some cricket, then dropped the child home again. The August Issue of Fleet Life goes online today, check out my book reviews for some lucky authors on page 18. www.fleetlife.org.uk, click on the online directory and go to p.18

2nd August – Shopping for birthday presents today, then out to tea with friends, taking homemade cookies with us. Also gave out some of my rice and pasta winnings.

3rd August – Came down with a stiff shoulder last evening, spent hours trying to get comfy during the night. Lack of sleep makes me a grumpy bear! Had an early appointment at the hair dressers, but still made sure I left the girls a tip. (Tipping is a hardship for some Brits!) Spent a couple of hours reading, could really do with a nap!

Good deeds

The Bath Short Story Award and the Very British Authors Tour 2013

The long list of 46 entries out of 1149 original ones has been released today. Sadly I’m not on the long list, but I enjoyed the challenge, here is my entry, I wrote about my mad weekend when I had “One of those good ideas!” which has friends rolling their eyes and heading for cover! Find out which stories did make the long list here; The Bath Short Story Award’s long listed titles may be viewed at: www.bathshortstoryaward.co.uk

The Very British Authors Tour 2013

 

“AUTHOR’S WANTED” the Tweet, caught my eye, I click on the link and it takes me to Clive’s blog page. Just one of the founders of the tour, Clive and his fellow author have created a plan to spend a year celebrating British authors through a sophisticated type of chain letter. I usually shudder at the thought of chain mail, it gives me bad vibes, but this one intrigued me. Each author will be a “Host” to ten other authors and each will have a link between them to promote each other, my intuition gave me a nudge. I read the article through again, my inner voice shouts at me to join the tour. So I follow the instructions, take up the invite to join and press “Submit”. The prospect excites me, it feels right to be a part of this homage to British writers. The “Spirit of Britain”, which engulfed the country last year with the Queen’s Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics, rolls over my shoulders and tickles the hairs on the back of my neck. We were so proud to be British and I want to feel that again.

Within hours my request is accepted, advice given, downloads sent and contact with my “Host” author made. We’d been around the world and back in just a few clicks; my “Host” is British, but now lives in Australia!

Now I need to create an “Imaginative unique post”, to promote myself and the tour. The world is limitless, my brain explodes with ideas which all need considering. In the last seven months my learning curve in social media has been steep; from zero to blog and Twitter with major lessons in the technology. Turning the lessons into success on the internet gives me an ultimate thrill of satisfaction for someone who grew up without computers. It’s contagious, the more that I can achieve, then the more I want to learn.

I have a great friend and advisor who helps me with the technical side. She is now on holiday and her parting words to me were;

“Don’t get into any trouble while I’m away!”

I really want to write a great post with pictures and links, it drives me on and is my only desire, but I need a little assistance;

“Trouble, trouble, trouble” I title the cheeky e-mail that I eventually write to her, praying that she will at least read it out of curiosity and hoping that she will reply. Hyped by my excitement to get on the tour, I have asked if they can take some “Very British” photographs for me and send them on.

 

Time ticks slowly by and I itch to publish my post, to jump on the band wagon as early as possible. Five hours later, e-mails arrive full of photos and downloads from their phones, plus laughter at my manic enthusiasm and stories of their own about a broken boiler and a smashed fence. Crazy times! I am guilty of taking up their time whilst being psyched by the photos which I upload to my post.

Nearly completed, just a form to add as a “Contact me” to the post. Not to be flawed I search Google for help, but the best answer appears to be a “Plug- in”. What’s that? Dare I e-mail my friend once more? It’s Sunday evening at 10pm. This is a test of friendship surely?

Another twenty-four hours passes by in trial and tribulation, e-mails and tests, learning curves rising again, problems occurring. This is consuming my life and all of my thoughts, I am determined to succeed.

Tuesday; my friend telephones our first verbal conversation. It’s easy not to “Talk” anymore with modern social media. We agree to try a test run where I will add a form which we think will work, I will then publish the article and she will take a look. We have the option to delete it if the form is wrong. But it is a mad twist because I need to leave for work immediately and she has a new fence to build. So we agree to rendezvous on the internet later. I drive to work too fast, deal with paperwork that I can’t recall and exceed the speed limits on the return journey. I can not remember the morning my thoughts are consumed with the blog.

“R U free yet?” I send a text message to my friend.

“10 mins? Holding a fence panel can’t let go!” She replies.

I decide to start making the lunch; the fridge door is open and my arms are full of salad and cold meat when her next text message comes.

“Go, go, go! I’m free now!”

“2 mins” I reply.

I hit the “Publish” button and send a text message which says “Done” and I wait.

“Form ok, have sent it back, don’t know where the h*** it’s gone to though!”

 Rushing now, I open new tabs and accounts, this is ridiculous! But I’m laughing and can picture my friend laughing too! I find her reply sat in my e-mail “Inbox”, it all worked, what a relief! I phone to thank her but have no mobile phone signal Grrr! I wave my phone around and the signal gains strength, I can make my call. We laugh at the chaos and realise that we could have used the land-line telephones to make the calls, and then I tell her that I could have used my lap-top computer for the test if I’d really thought it through. We laugh some more at ourselves but we’d done it and I felt like I’d won Olympic gold, it meant so much to make it all happen.

Now all that is needed is one finishing touch…..

“AUTHORS WANTED” I tweet!

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Warm up your brain cells

Morning Folks! No book reviews today, but I do need your help with a couple of tricky clues for a competition that I’m trying to enter.

In this competition festive song titles and their artists have been muddle up. The letters need to be rearranged, but all the vowels are also missing.

For example; RHCTHTMSWS is WHITE CHRISTMAS and RGBBSYNC is BING CROSBY.

I need help with;

GSHDHBCRR

BCDLNJL

GVPMLSRNCMCTLN

Two of them will be linked ie song and artist, the other will be on its own. I’ll be grateful of any help at all.

Cheers

Writing Competitions

I love entering competitions, any sort, my family moan sometimes when I tell them about my recent entries. I love the thrill of the possible win. So today I had a little look around the net for competitions for writers. Just a five-minute look revealed loads. Many seem to have an entry fee, but I thought I’d share my findings with you all.

www.bridportprize.org.uk This is a creative writing competition with several categories. Closing date 31st May 2013

www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/short-stories/prizes this website listed quite a few competitions.

www.writersdigest.com this website had several closed competitions, but I trawled to the bottom and found some that were still open.

Do check out the T&Cs, but it’s another way of getting paid for doing something you love!