Friday, 26 February 2016

Haters are going to hate…


And there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. You could spend your whole life analyzing why some people are so vindictive and nasty but you won't ever understand unless you can climb into their head. NOW THAT is a very scary thought. Very scary indeed.

Some people will always be negative about you and take great delight in trying to bring you down. I can only imagine they are so unhappy in their own lives, their only way to express their frustration is to attack your attempts to succeed in life. You can be honest without being nasty – a lesson many adults need to learn. It should give us all hope. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and that is just what it is - AN OPINION. Over analyzing the haters deficiencies will not get you where you want to be.

I have had to grow a thick skin and ignore silly adults, hell bent on de-railing my quest to start a new career.  I learned people would go to any length to be malicious, regardless of the consequences, such as changing a review from positive to negative because I wouldn't engage in a discussion on facebook. Then, getting a friend of theirs from facebook to write a similar review – someone who writes ten reviews a day! Now, call me a cynic but I doubt anyone can read and review ten books a day and work! If you're going to try and deceive people, at least be good at it. Anyway, I was warned there were these type of people out there and I have put it down to experience; an important lesson on how NOT to behave. 

The world is such a mean place at the moment and Britain is no longer great in my eyes because of a vindictive and divisive Government. I don't understand how Ministers claim we are the fifth biggest economy in the world when they are persecuting the disabled, we have foodbanks and more children live in poverty. One Tory MP claimed nearly £3,000 per week expenses last year – A WEEK, total £144,792 in a year, over and above the salary received. The very same MP campaigned to have £30 per week taken off disability payments. Totally and utterly repulsive!

All I would like to see, is a fair and equal society. We don't want anything for nothing. We are not like that. We will always work hard to succeed and bounce back from the obstacles put in our way. However, it is really hard as a parent, to keep children motivated and hopeful, and convince them that hard work provides more choices when those choices are being eroded by a government that should work in our favour, not against us. This Government want young people to save, yet forces them into debt before they even earn a penny! I despair when Ministers discuss mental health issues when they are one of the direct causes for worry and anxiety in our society. Children get the rough end of any callous cuts – tax credits, student grants, VAT, parents taking on more hours so not around to bring their children up, teacher shortages, pressure of teacher targets, lack of NHS care… I think you get the message. 

Too much pressure is put onto families and, even if you shield your children, it is hard for them not to feel the effects of a reduction in money coming into a house or lack of money in schools, etc. 

Our future generations don't seem to matter anymore. If they work hard to go to University, they leave with a huge debt. On leaving University, if they are lucky enough to get a job, they pay tax and national insurance that is supposed to provide a free NHS and a welfare safety net, should anything untoward occur. Only to find, decades later, the safety net has been withdrawn by the government who decided they will shift that money away and bail out banks, those who directly benefit from the debts you have accrued! Ever wondered why we are forced into having bank accounts and discouraged from using cash?  And we wonder why mental health is at crisis point! Jeez, it is time we all woke up and realised it is ALL a big con and we are feed lie after lie. Anyway, I'll stop there as my blood pressure rises.

CAN I HAVE A FANFARE PLEASE…

Beyond the Lies

The full extent of the conspiracy to frame former rugby player, Mark Smith, for rape over twenty years ago, starts to emerge. Even DCI Harry Fisher had no inclination his investigation would lead to the most elusive, yet prolific criminal mind of a generation.

Is finally finished!! Yes, the sequel to Beyond the Past has passed my severe criticism!! I rushed publishing my first novel – I was broke, on my own and needed to kick start my career. We all have to start somewhere, right? Anyway, I'm still broke but live in hope of a better life. In the meantime, I am lucky enough to be able to do what I love to do.

The synopsis is almost completed and this project will be off to the publishers this week.

Beyond the Past



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Streetwise 

Here I go again… I have re-edited it! I know, I'm my own worst critic but fresh eyes after time away is a brilliant way to improve your writing.

The Nanny

This started as a book, then I changed it to a script. Guess what? It's a book again. Scripts are great but the beauty of writing a book is the description and characters building – the devil is always in the detail. You never know, I may adapt the book to a script as a future project.

But I love you

This is the working title of my latest idea about domestic abuse, highlighting the horrors for all family members. As with all my books, there is a twist! More coming soon…

Happy Birthday my superstar!!

My baby boy is officially a man this weekend, although in my mind he has been an adult for many, many years but he will ALWAYS be my baby. I am so proud of the man he has turned out to be and the world is a much better place with such a kind, determined, generous and thoughtful soul as his. At his request, we are having a low key celebration. I feel very honoured and privileged to be his Mum and his number one fan of course.





We've shared so many fantastic memories and laughs and many more to come. We have incredibly special relationship that I really cherish and never take for granted.







 
Well, it's time to kick this celebratory weekend off. Have a great weekend and I hope next week brings you all that you deserve.

 

Monday, 15 February 2016

Time you realised… you’re far from perfect

DON'T BE A LIAR...BE HONEST


Isn’t it funny how the only people who want you to let an injustice go are the people who stand to lose the most from the truth. Sadly, I’ve come to the conclusion they are born liars with very little or no integrity. Rather than admit they are like us – mistakes are NORMAL – they would rather spin a web of lies and catch innocent people up in it. The trouble is once you start down that road, it is hard to then do the decent thing and admit you lied. I can’t abide calculated liars.  Let’s face it, none of us are perfect, that’s what make the human race so interesting. We ALL make mistakes. Lying is a coward’s way out. I have no respect or time for any adult that cannot admit when they are wrong. Truth and integrity is everything. Ultimately, the truth will prevail and then more lies will have to follow to dig yourself out of the almighty hole you have slumped into. The thing is…I’m made of really strong stuff and I won’t let any self-centred narcissist get away with lies and why should I? Why should any of us?  #JFT96

Apologies for going AWOL this last couple of weeks but I’m just emerging from the worst ever attack of Meniere’s. Even after ten years, I was not prepared for it to take a further turn like it has recently. Now, I’m getting back to my normal! 

Massive congratulations to my fellow Liverpool FC fans. It is amazing what you can achieve when you stand together and don’t just accept what corporate bullies want to enforce on you. Power to the people!! We shouldn’t have to accept what is unfair and unjust. Obviously, this UK Government and corporate organisations believe they can get away with anything. Jeremy Hunt proved that with his pathetic handling of the Junior Doctors farce. You can’t impose new contracts on people and he knows that. I am 100% behind anyone that wishes to stand up to bullies and 100% behind anyone that wishes to fight for their rights and principles.We can make a difference if we work together.

Sport


We are back in the thick of it. Sheffield Eagle’s Reserves season kicks off on Mother’s Day and I can’t think of a better way to spend my day than supporting my baby boy, who will be by then a fully-fledged adult by the time the season starts. How old does that make me feel? Very, very old. How proud am I? Super proud. He has turned into quite a formidable adult who will not follow the crowd and just accept what he is being told. He has a voice and is not afraid to stand alone if it is the right thing to do. 

Lucas has struggled for the last six months, as he has for the last nine
years, with winter colds, viruses and anything that is going around at school. Come March, he’ll suddenly change and will go through summer with next to nothing. ROLL ON MARCH. In spite of this he plays football and this year will be his first full year at cricket. I’m looking forward to a chilled afternoon at cricket matches.

On Friday, Wes and I went to the Sheffield Eagles first home game at the training ground at Sheffield Hallam University. Congratulations to the staff at the venue and the club. It was a great night. The atmosphere was brilliant and a triumph. I love that my son wants me there. That means everything.

Writing

Beyond the Past



Have you had the chance to read it yet? 

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Read the first three chapters FREE on my website



Available from:
Pegasus Publishers
Amazon UK
Kindle
Amazon US
Or you can order from your local bookshop. The ISBN number is : 978-1-84386-789-0

The biggest project by far has been the sequel, Beyond the Lies. I haven’t butchered it, I’ve murdered it and re-written it. I learned from my first book, to trust my gut instinct and I have this time. I don’t mind admitting, I’m loving the new version and I’m almost finished!! You will hear my CHEER – worldwide - when I put those fabulous words on the manuscript – yes you got it, THE END.

In between vertigo attacks I have managed to formulate some new story ideas and work on The Nanny. It’s tough but I wouldn’t change it for the world – well maybe for some cash coming in! BUT I’m not greedy.

I’m also working on a blog about socialism. I don’t understand why it is such a dirty word. Watch out for my take on it… Last week really did take the wind from my sails and knock my confidence. It takes time to build back up again from each attack. Please bear with me…

Please be kind to yourself - nobody is perfect and once you realise the mistakes you make are part of living life, you will have a greater inner peace and move forward with so much more positivity. I learned this the hard way...trust me.

Have a fabulous week