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Friday, 30 January 2015

A New Forum for Writers

For anyone interested in writing, be it poetry or fiction, or any other sort of writing, we are setting up a new forum. It's still learning to crawl, walking is some way off yet and running is but a distant dream, but we are definitely open to any new members who love to write. The idea is that the forum is a safe place to share your work and get a little helpful feedback and lots of encouragement from like-minded people.

If you're interested, find us at Writers Reign Forum.


Monday, 26 January 2015

Quirky Campervan

It's been quiet in Quirky Tales land, partly because I've had a sore throat, but mostly because the search for a motorhome intensified with the start of the new year. With the lengthening days and the promise of warmer weather hopefully just weeks away, I have to admit a degree of panic set in. We clocked up many miles driving from dealer to dealer in the increasingly forlorn hope that a suitable van might be waiting for us, but each time returned home dispirited. It was looking as though we might never find what we were looking for, but then a chance call at Marquis at Newbury turned up a diamond.

Yes, we've done it! We've finally found our van. We pick it up next month once all the admin is in place and Marquis have given it a full service etc. This has prompted even more frenetic activity as we hunt out all our old camping kit, replace what the mice have eaten or that simply cannot be found, and scour the internet for information on our beautiful new (to us) van.

All of this is by way of an apology for my despicable absence from the blog. I've been somewhat distracted. To celebrate our acquisition I've set a free promotion for all my books for this Sunday, 1st February. Happily, that coincides with the end of dry-January. Sunday could be a good day.


Thursday, 8 January 2015

The Cartoonists' Response

This post follows the murderous attack at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, where radical thugs used a perverted version of Islam as an excuse for killing cartoonists. In reaction artists around the world have taken up their pens and drawn responses that make the point far quicker and more poignantly than I ever could.


Thursday, 1 January 2015

2015 Already?

Wishing you all a very Happy and Prosperous 2015! (Drat, I'd just grown used to writing 2014.) And so begins the DryAthlon, bring on the ginger beer and grape juice! Cue the endless retrospectives on the news channels. And the annual question of just how many video replays of various nations' firework displays it takes to drive the sanest among us quite bonkers.

Look out for many more new stories in the Quirky Tales library in the coming year.

Happy New Year.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas from Quirky Tales!

Many of my books will be on free promotion on Christmas Day and Boxing Day for anyone finding an e-reader in their stocking.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

A New Christmas Story

Time for a Christmas theme for Quirky Tales now: a new story has joined the Christmas library on the Quirky Tales website. This one is called 'A Christmas Miracle' and tells the dramatic conclusion of one man's personal apocalypse. No zombies or anything unfestively grizzly, I promise. Just a good Christmas tale. I hope you enjoy it.


Acts of Kindness

We live in an age where it's all too easy to believe the worst of people, but sometimes you hear something that tests even the most determined cynicism. The Telegraph is running a story today of a student who found herself in a pickle after a night out. She had lost her bank card and had no money for a taxi home when a homeless man came to her aid, offering her his last £3 for her fare. She refused to take his money, but was so touched by his kindness that she set out on a mission to help him. She plans to live 'homeless' for twenty four hours and has asked people to sponsor her, suggesting £3, as that was what 'Robbie' had offered her in her hour of need.

One act of kindness has led to another, and it's made me wonder what I might be able to do today to be kind to a stranger. This could be a theme for the new year. Spread the kindness!