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Elaine Smith
From the age of five I knew that I wanted to be an author, I could already read and I quickly worked out that if I mastered the art of getting the squiggles on the page to form themselves into recognisable words I could write stories for others to share too. As a teenager I gave my English teacher a lot of additional grey hairs because in those pre-spellchecker days deciphering my dyslexic spelling classified as an additional language. After mastering the fine art of the pocket dictionary, I became a primary school teacher. An insight into the world of why some learners struggle helped me reach and teach all the children in my care to find their strengths and banish their difficulties. Although born in Dublin, I grew up (if I ever did at all) in a variety of English counties and I now live just outside London with my husband and our two children. Our older child is autistic and making the tricky steps towards living independently while our younger, university aged off-spring is working her way through every cliché appropriate for someone who treats our home like a hotel ;) I love: reading, writing, football, music and yoga. I don't like: flies, runny eggs and heights - physical rather than the metaphysical :D
From the age of five I knew that I wanted to be an author, I could already read and I quickly worked out that if I mastered the art of getting the squiggles on the page to form themselves into recognisable words I could write stories for others to share too. As a teenager I gave my English teacher a lot of additional grey hairs because in those pre-spellchecker days deciphering my dyslexic spelling classified as an additional language. After mastering the fine art of the pocket dictionary, I became a primary school teacher. An insight into the world of why some learners struggle helped me reach and teach all the children in my care to find their strengths and banish their difficulties. Although born in Dublin, I grew up (if I ever did at all) in a variety of English counties and I now live just outside London with my husband and our two children. Our older child is autistic and making the tricky steps towards living independently while our younger, university aged off-spring is working her way through every cliché appropriate for someone who treats our home like a hotel ;) I love: reading, writing, football, music and yoga. I don't like: flies, runny eggs and heights - physical rather than the metaphysical :D
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I'm feeling all STARS AND ENDLESS SWATHES OF HOPE
Poetry and Ally Condie from CROSSED
"The silence stretches on as I look up and realise that even this limited bit of sky holds more stars than I was ever able to catch sight of in the Borough."

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I'm sorry to hear that your husband has been unwell. Hopefully his retirement will give him less stressful times and the opportunity to have some fun. 
I love your evil plan to snatch writing and self-publishing time.
Thanks for the invite! I've been a little out of the loop lately due to hubby's illness and sudden retirement. Have  a scifirom I would like to self pub in April if all goes well, bk 3 of my series. Haven't been blogging regularly but my evil plan is to get back into it!

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Rylo brought his bow up and he tapped it against the one she held, armed and ready. “Without enemies you hone your skills on rodents? I feel sorry for the scurries, already.”

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Did you put your MC on a pedestal so, when he made a mistake, he had a long way to fall?

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HALE IS DRAWN TO DARRAH BUT HE IS CONVINCED SHE WILL NOT SURVIVE HIS ATTENTION

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You have intrigued me. She may not know but I can see why He is there. I hope he is due to thaw a little. ;)

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I love the selection of knick-knacks you showed, they made me smile. The pink elephant picture was alarming; not that I have one but I definitely think I prefer my elephant's grey ;)

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As my short story is being published in Laurence O'Bryan's e-pub version of The Jerusalem Puzzle (*yeah) I've been reading a lot of Crime fiction. This is from page 1 of the probable prologue - 1 I'd love feed back. Crime, who'd have thought it? ;)

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C is for the Challenges a character must face and try to overcome. 

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B is for Backstory: because characters need depth 
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