NEWSLETTER Blogging/is it still worthwhile?

For me, it was where I began my online writing life. Posting about my day, whether it was making jam, knitting, walking, or funny things that happened at work, it gave me a space to share things with other writers, family and friends.

Back then, does anyone remember the badges we used to give each other, like ‘Friendly Blogger’ and other cute names, making us feel happy? Then there were the themed posts, like Giggle Blog, Glam Gran’s blog. Among other subjects like pictures of nature, the dog, or family, Grandaughter, and holidays.

Now I was going to start a newsletter, but decided this blog is like a newsletter. We can overcomplicate things sometimes can’t we?

For me, it’s the writing I love best and I’m rocking and rolling with my latest WIP – well – I’m in 1914, so it’s more of a lean time, bit like now really! Surprising how you can save pennies that add up to pounds. I was brought up in the 60’s, and spent time with grandparents’ who had lived through 2 world wars, so that helps with writing in the early part of the C20th.

Also, doing research, I now know why my grandad used to love a certain place, sitting in his chair looking at the landscape, reminiscing – he would have trained there before going out to war, and probably visited travelling fairgrounds with his family when he was a boy.

The heading here is tonight’s subject in #writingchat an hour from 8 – 9pm with Carol, Patsy and Maria. It’s a great help to writers, and if you want to join in, just look for #writingchat and hop on with your point of view, or reply to anyone who has posted theirs.

I am well into the writing, so having a missing night tonight. Wishing you well, and happy writing.

If you want to be on my list of followers here, this is where my writing news will be.

For now, I am working on chapter 7 of 20/25 – It’s changed since I began, but this is more my story than the other one.

More news on how it’s going soon. For anyone doing nano, keep writing and don’t read back or edit, just write.

See you next time.

Suzy xx


Following on from last post

Hello everyone.

Remember I was asking if letters and fillers were still a thing, and was it worth bothering with them. My research tells me it’s definitely worth having a read through latest magazines and replying with a letter or article idea.

Mostly I write longer fiction now than short stories as my stories as short ones are often a bit silly or rushed. But letter writing and funnies are really up my street.

In the November Writing Magazine, not only did they publish my letter, but I got Star Letter. Oh, joys of the writing world. Prize is a brand spanking new up to date Writers & Artists Year Book, to be delivered directly to me Writer at Home in Jonesy Towers.

Funny that as I was planning to get one as soon as I had the cash, so remember, wish for what you need and I firmly believe it will come to you.

And make plans. High on my list, apart from keep no writing, is to get a newsletter organised. And blog a bit more.

Keep writing and talk soon.

Nice surprise


Heard today that a letter of mine will be published in Writing Magazine – it was following an experiment to see if fillers are still used.

Also a rejection from a publisher, who didn’t want a novel, but asked to see more work – I’ll take that as a compliment and keep writing and subbing.

Here’s book 1 of the village in Norfolk – now working on the third one, and it’s going quite well so far.

Filler items/reader’s letters

There was a time when you could always find a magazine that published filler items. I started off writing a letter to Woman’s Realm. We had some giant thistles in the garden. I sprayed them gold and silver and used them as Christmas decorations. That gave me my first cheque for my writing £5. It was the start of having lots of little snappy bits of news published in a whole range of magazines.

I’m on a mission to see if we can still get these fillers accepted and are there any magazines that bother to pay writers’ for them anymore? Maybe with Twitter and Facebook, they have a ready harvest of fillers for free.

What do you think? Do you miss the fillers, or the steady flow of income they used to provide? Or have I forgotten about them. Hobby magazines are full of bits and pieces, I’ll let you know how I go on.

A card I made for a friend, the one on the right:) before I got my score and cut board. They’re a bit more level now.

Getting in a muddle

In my haste to get a blog and a website, I accidentally enrolled up to an extra long name. Talk about getting in a twister, so here I am, my WordPress website and blog are combined here. This is todays news.

Phew, did they say thunderstorm on it’s way? Really hope so, it’s a bit hot to be sensible now isn’t it?

Getting sorted with blog and website.

It’s been a while since I came to my blog and website, so thought a hot weekend would be a good idea to clarify where these two places are. Yes, it’s so easy to hop onto Facebook and twitter, but the blog and website are more like having my own personal space ~ a bit like having your magazine to keep ideas and latest writing projects organised.

Working on my brand ~ a collection of published work over the last 7 years.

Not being the most organised of folk, it’s easy to let these things slip. But now, I have more time to dedicate to my writing, and here is a snapshot of things so far. Almost forgotten how to use WordPress, and to think it was my only way of communicating a few years ago.

I am chiefly a writer of romantic fiction, but the first book on kindle and the one that’s sold most, worldwide is this one, over on the right. Two English hero’s who should have lived longer, to do more good work. It’s sad, but they made an impression in their short lives and researching them both was both interesting, and something I’m glad to have done.

The next best -selling work of fiction is the one here below. Redington. That is a long story, that was determined to get published and has sold all around the world, and I am currently working on a third in the collection. Murder in the Village is Redington 2. Or Country Matters 2, in pocket novels.

Edith Cavell & Rupert Brooke
Sue’s Writing Board

Excited to say I’ve finished the Barbados story, and have a beautiful cover to show you. Also, there will be an excerpt of chapter 1 here later today.

So, this is the blog, and now off to see how the website is doing. Happy weekend, have fun.

Kindle version and paperback will be available

Getting crafty

Thought you might like to see my latest creations – card with yacht embroidery, purple velvet cushion with flower basket on. Romantic Cherry blossom card with May your day sparkle added.

Now I know it’s best to blog on the laptop and not on my phone.

You can’t see all the things to do to edit on the phone, so here I am on the laptop, showing you a few things I have been doing. It’s really relaxing, and I’ll add to these as the weeks go by. I’m half way through my next pocket novel now, so that’s going quite well.

fairy wishes

blossom card🧵🧚🏼🌊

Three fruits marmalade

You know when you fancy some really tangy tasty marmalade?

I made orange 🍊 lemon 🍋 and grapefruit marmalade.

Must say I didn’t remember just how long you have to stir before that jammy stage.

However, we have a Warwickshire Country Kitchen full of marmalade to share with friends and family.

what did you create today?

Talk soon. xxxxxx

Back to the Writing

After a long break, I am finally getting back the momentum and confidence to begin writing again. It’s scary how easily we can let it slip, then again if life takes over that’s how it goes. Yet I never thought when I began taking my writing seriously that anything would stop me. Reading is a major starting point for me. And I’ve just discovered the Albert and Rex series from Steve Higgs. If you haven’t heard of the stories, then trust me on how good they are.

The social media scene is good for keeping in touch, but now I’m retired from work, and doing only things I like doing, so back here aiming to keep writing at the forefront of things. Up to half way through the latest pocket novel story. Also I have started making cards. It’s relaxing and there are so many different techniques that it’s hard not to go rushing out to buy all the gadgets for cutting and crimping and layering and die cutting.

All for now, and hope not to leave it so long before coming back here.

Getting back to blogging

Has blogging gone out of fashion? Or is there still people who prefer it to the immediate fast moving platforms?

I’d be interested to know what you think.

Word press is my website now as I let the old one lapse, so will be posting all writing news on here.

Did I tell you I have a book out on 1st November and 1st December. Published by Linford Romance in large print. They’ll be useful for me now with my eyesight.

Posting a unicorn clock here because I like the picture. And I sell them, have to mention these things don’t we?

I still have hopes for getting my other books published with a large publisher, and will be looking into that one day.

Be back soon. xxxxxx