Thursday, 7 April 2016

Stirring the Cooking Pot of Life.

Hitting the ground running.

Life has been hectic since our return from Gran Canaria a few weeks ago. With the usual round of review appointments at the doctors, dentist, optician etc. we have barely had time to draw breath. We have also been caught up in local issues of one kind or another with writing at the forefront of my mind. I am afraid that the gym and Aquafit sessions have been sacrificed.

Meandering in the Mediterranean Sea. 

This is one section of Island Interludes: Just Us Two Escape to the Sun. It includes Sicily, Cyprus and Malta. Sicily, which we have visited twice, follows on from where The Long Leg of Italy ended; Malta and Cyprus are two other wonderful islands that are steeped in history, culture, sunshine, good hotels, and sea crashing against a rocky shore.


My writing research includes re-visiting camcorder film that I made at the time, the inevitable maps, books, and Internet searches to check my facts and spellings.

In Cyprus on our last visit 2008.
I watched our 'Cyprus with Mum 2004' video yesterday - our second visit; it was wonderful to see my  late mother as she was when, at eighty-six years old, she was sprightly and perky on her first trip abroad. I felt that I had her back again; not as she was when she gradually deteriorated until she slipped away at ninety-seven years young.

The Atlantic Wanderings section will follow where I will chart our adventures in the Azores, the Canary Islands that we have visited many times, and Madeira.

Wrexham Writers' Group.

Last Saturday, April 1st, I had the pleasure of being part of a panel to edit entries for the 'Wrexham Write Now' project. This was part of a BBC Cymru Wales, Arts Council of Wales, and What Next?  initiative to celebrate creativity. The brief was to edit, publish and market a book in one weekend.

The Wrexham Writers Group, led by Sue Miller of All Words Matter
and David McCall -writing as David Ebsworth,  Author of Historical Fiction, set the task to the Writers' Group to write short stories and poems with a Wrexham flavour.
They published the finished anthology, Wrexham Write Now, with digital distributor Smashwords. Our own brilliant artist Alan Jones Art designed a cover which depicted major places in Wrexham town including of course, the World Heritage site of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which soars above the Dee Valley at Trevor in Wrexham County. (We lived in its shadow for many years and never tired of a walk across it - a four mile round trip back home.)

You can download your free copy of Wrexham Write Now! here in a variety of formats to suit your reader or PC. I am sure that you will have as much laughter and tears as I did at the sheer variety and depth of feeling that came across.
Alan Jones. Art
Publishing with Smashwiords

Sue Miller

Some of those involved from the Writers' Group.









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