Christmas Wishes

wp-1450960586535.jpgI would just like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas. I hope your festivities are filled with fun, laughter and lots of love.

Thanks so much to each of you that has been a part of my blog. I am looking forward to sharing in 2016 with you!

Enjoy the holidays, however you like to spend them ūüôā

November Might be Quiet Around Here!

As I mentioned a while ago, I have signed up to take part in this year’s NaNoWriMo Challenge. I don’t do things by halves so have gone running full tilt into something I know very little about, which is typical of me really!

As many of you know, I have never written a book or even half a one before, so panic is now setting in at the enormity of what I am about to do. However I am nothing if not determined, and I do have a story that I really want to tell, and it has been swirling around in my mind pestering me to write it, so I am going to have a bloody good go at it!

This means that I probably won’t be blogging too much during November, as I will be trying to articulate my jumbled thoughts into a coherent story (I know, it doesn’t exactly bode well), and won’t have any energy left for anything else I shouldn’t think!

I will be around though checking in (how could I not), and anyone else that is taking part in the challenge is free to add me as a buddy if they feel like it! I do hope to write the odd post (nothing new there) now and again, but other than that, will be back in December to bore you all senseless with my trials (and hopefully not too many) tribulations!

Be Thankful

I have been invited by the effervescent Ritu¬†to take part in this relatively new challenge that is going around at the moment. I am sure most of you are already familiar with Ritu’s blog, a mix of wisdom. scrummy recipes, laughter, love and lots more. If not, then go over and say hello, you will be made most welcome.

I particularly like this challenge as it all about being thankful. Sometimes it is so easy to take the most basic things for granted, yet for others, it is something they aspire to. or might never have.

So without further ado let me give you the challenge rules:

*Share this image in your blog post

*Write about 5 people in your life you are thankful for

*Write about 5 things in 2015 that you are thankful for

*Spread the love and challenge 5 other blogs to take part

Five people who I am thankful for in my life:

Coming from such a large family this is going to be really hard!

My Mum: Although my mum is of the generation that traditionally stayed home and looked after the home, my mum went out to work when I was young. She qualified as a registered nurse but gave up after marrying my dad. However, things didn’t work out between them, and although divorce was not that common, mum went ahead and did it anyway. I should imagine she had plenty of gossiping to deal with but ignored it. She then went out to work, forging a career for herself in Social Services. This showed me that it is possible to break with convention¬†and to do what you believe is right, whatever others may think!

My husband: Yes, good old Mr Grump. He is very supportive of whatever I want to do, and encourages me to challenge myself as he has faith in me.

My daughter: I was beginning to think that I would never have children, for one reason and another, but along she came when I was 37 years old. She makes me laugh and drives me mad, in equal measure, but I love her from the very bottom of my soul.

My younger sister: I call her Mrs Masterchef on here. We share the same birthday but are two years apart, so are very similar in many ways, especially with our sense of humour. She is there when I want to have a moan, and I always get a warm welcome, whenever I go to see her.

My older sister: She has always been there as someone I can go to when I am feeling upset or down. When we were younger, she looked out for us quite a bit (as well as telling us off)! As with my other sister, she is very family oriented.

Five things in 2015 that I am thankful for:

The rest of my family that I didn’t mention.¬†Despite us all not living that close to each other, I know that when needed, they are there, and it is always lovely to catch up with them at family dos!

My health: I know I have been moaning about my cold, then feeling sick (now I have got cold sores all over my top lip), but in the grand scheme of things I am bloody lucky really. Some people would love to be able to get up in the morning without pain, or actually be able to walk to the shop. I know how lucky I am to be able to do these things and so much more, and am very thankful.

My job: I know I have only just started this job but I am thankful that I have it, and am really looking forward to actually getting ‘stuck in!’

My blog: I am so thankful for my blog which helped so much with my depression, leading me to meet some wonderful people.

My friends: I actually do not have many friends as such, that I see, as I am pretty unsociable! However, I am very grateful for them, and always love it when I see them.

My Nominations: I am going to have to break the rules on this one, as I cannot choose only five people who I want to share the love with!  If anyone fancies having a go at this challenge, then please, consider yourself nominated!

In The Future: What’s Next For Edwina’s Episodes?

Today is the last day of the Writing 101 course, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Not just for the fact of learning some new ways of gaining inspiration that I never would have considered, but I also met some more wonderful bloggers, whose work I may not have found if it were not for this course. I have, of course, shared some of these blogs with you all so you can enjoy them as well.

Now comes the tricky part; What do I want the future to hold for my blog? Well, as I have mentioned, I signed up for NANoWriMo during November as I wanted to really challenge myself.(Actually, I think I have punched too far above my weight on this one. I can’t even understand how to use some of those ‘writer’s apps’ like ‘Scrivener’ or ‘YWriter’ so God knows how I am going to knock out 50 000 words in one month. Still. it wouldn’t be a challenge if it were to be too easy!

So, as a result of my overestimation of my abilities, my blog might be a little neglected during November, as I probably won’t get much time to do it! I will definitely be posting, but it may be a little sporadic, to say the least.

I thought that come December, I might want to slow down a bit on the blog anyway, but then I am not so sure. One of the biggest attractions about blogging for me is the interaction with other bloggers that I get on a daily basis. I will just have to see how that goes….

As far as my blog content goes, I will still be writing about the funny, the silly and the downright hilarious side of life; I would like to keep up my ‘Wacky word Wednesday’ but am running out of inspiration for that so might have to re-think that one, The Haiku challenges I take part in, I love and will keep on with those, as I will with the ‘Free-For-All Friday’ feature. I also enjoy Linda’s One-Liner Wednesday posts and have a go when I can, as I do with Ron’s (recently joined by Colleen) BeWoW posts.

So, that is my plan for my blog in the next year or so. I might get involved in other challenges along the way, or perhaps try to¬†introduce a new feature on my blog, who knows? I never even expected my blog to last this long! ¬†I don’t want to have too much structure to my blog as it takes away my freedom, and I like an element of surprise as well, so that a reader doesn’t always know what they are going to get when they come to my blog!

Mining My Own Material.

The assignment we were given for Writing 101 today is to look back into our previous posts,or social media and find something to re-use or recycle from it. Perhaps an unused draft (I never have those, I have to publish everything straight off, or schedule it) for example.

I have decided that my whole post will be made up of previous post titles that I have used, so don’t be surprised if it does not make that much sense (you should already be used to that from me anyway).

Firstly, I’m ‘pleased to meet you’. I’m Judy and I like to blog about ‘when things go wrong.’ It is normally a good idea to ‘think before you blog’, but always ‘be yourself.’ ‘I write because’ ¬†there are so many ‘things I like’. for example, it could be ‘expanding on comments, ¬†‘what I see in a tree’ or even just writing about ‘home.’ ‘What a mix-up!’

‘I would tell you over a coffee’ that I have ‘no sense of direction’ despite being told that ‘it is all about perspective’, and anyway, getting lost takes me to ‘new horizons.’

Blogging, to me, brings a much-needed ‘ray of sunshine’ and makes for ‘a colourful life’. In fact, I think I have become ‘addicted to blogging’ due to having found a wonderful ‘community’ of ‘fantastic friends.’