Which career direction to go in?

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What do you do if you are someone who loves lots of different things? I’m that person.

I love my creative adventures. I love writing. I love blogging. However, writing is a pretty lonely career and in time, I want to get a job that gets me out and about….I’ll still write – how can I stop? It is in my blood to write.

But looking forward, looking at new horizons and pursuits, for some bizarre reason, I just can’t decide on a suitable career path. I am so certain on lots of different aspects of my life. So sure of many things and yet when it comes to a new career – I get in a complete muddle!

How strange. It is the one part of my life that pickles my brain. Do you have one part of your life – whether it is your love life, your career or perhaps your relationships with friends that drives you ever so crazy?

At least I have a few ideas, but can I pick one yet? Can I heck! Perhaps you can help me?

Here’s some things I can see myself doing…

  • Teacher or Nursery Nurse/Early Years Teacher ( I do really enjoy the energy of little people, well I must do as I have four kids!)
  • Teacher’s aide – a lot less responsibility but still rewarding….
  • Midwife (but then I think about looking up women’s lady parts and think maybe not! Kudos’s to the outstanding people who earn a living doing this amazing role.)
  • Anything to do with nutrition/health promotion.
  • A super-star living in LA…ummmm well a gal can dream right?

Oh sweet baby – Welcome to our wonderful world little Farlan Harris Munro!

Laike meets his new little brother, Farlan.

Laike meets his new little brother, Farlan.

We are delighted to share that little Farlan arrived on the 3rd May via the sun roof. I wasn’t able to push him out due to him lying side ways and a few serious health issues that I’ve had.

I’ve had a very tough week in hospital post-birth. I’ve been really poorly with a collapsed lung, they thought I had a blood clot in my lung and needing blood transfusions but thank goodness I am now slowly recovering!

Farlan is an absolute sweetheart, such a mama’s boy. I’m completely in love and he’s worth all the stress and ill health.

Welcome to the world little darling!

Don’t Stop Writing…

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Hi folks, I go into hospital this week to have our fourth baby (yikes!)…I may go missing for a while – lost in a sea of baby sleep suits and nappies no doubt! I’ll still be reading books for review and trying to write my next book, but there’s only so much one gal can do.

I  just wanted to share something positive and uplifting today. Do keep writing, creating and dreaming – life is a tad boring otherwise.

Don’t stop, don’t give up – If I can manage to find the time (somehow, between the broken sleep patterns), you can, right?

Much love from a hugely pregnant, hormone-crazed woman. See you on the other side. x

Book Review – Our Special Child by Judith Iris Quate

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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (March 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1634180364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1634180368
  • $15.74 – Buy it now on Amazon

Book Blurb: A young mother’s life dream of raising normal healthy children and living a quiet life with her family vanished when her twin boys were born two months premature.

Book Review: I wasn’t sure if emotionally I would be able to read this book. I am currently pregnant with my fourth child and very emotional! However, I am glad I decided to give this book a go. It’s truly a heart-breaking tale of one woman’s experience of parenthood. But, what I loved about this book was how positive and proactive the author was in her pursuit to giving her son a good life despite his many health problems. She and her family endured a lot of personal pain, and yet she fights hard to maintain a normal life for her family and her son, Jason, who required round the clock care due to spastic quadriplegia.

What this book teaches me is courage. We all worry about silly little things and we can often forget just how lucky we are. We can lose sight of the bigger picture. And then, there are people like Judith. People who push on through and make the best of whatever heartbreak life chucks in their direction. They can find joy in the pain. Hope in the heartbreak. If you are blessed, like me, with healthy children, this book will reaffirm just how absolutely blessed you are. If however,  you have experienced a child with special needs, this book will be of great comfort.

Overall, this book has taught me how all children are a blessing. Society demands that all children are 100% physically/mentally perfect. And well, that’s not realistic and it’s completely unfair. We come in many different flavors and yes, some kids need a lot more support. Judith’s story clearly shows us how we are all unique beings and how Jason was a beautiful blessing.

*This book review will be published on Amazon to further support Judith’s work.

Book Review by Alana Munro, The Author Who Supports.

If you have a book you’d like reviewed, do get in touch. It is best if you email me at alanamunroauthor@gmail.com, please read what book genres I am accepting.

Guest Post: Cut, cut, cut! Keep Your Writing Brief…

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Meet Cindy

If I can give one piece of writing advice, it is: Be brief.

When I started a weekly newspaper column in 2000, I wrote about the pink bike my dad built for me from an old clunker. The hilarious antics of my young kids. My quest to convince my husband that driving an hour to cash in a coupon was worth the cost of the gas – you know, vital stuff that readers loved and couldn’t do without.

And then the economy dipped. The newspaper needed more space for advertising, and do you know what they did? They slashed my space. MY space! And in the course of the next few years I went from no word limit, to 900 words, to 700…and, to make a long story short (and demonstrate my mastery of brevity), I am now at 400.

Funny thing is…it made me a stronger writer. More focused. Even wittier. Turns out, you don’t need 900 words to set the scene, lay out the plot, and pull the punch line. Jump right in, tell the story, and get outta Dodge.

Some easy places to cut:

–          Adverbs. Seriously, if it has an “ly” at the end, get rid of it. Honestly. Absolutely. You don’t need them. Truly.

–          Adjectives. You want to paint a picture with words. Adjectives help. But use sparingly. (This adverb’s okay. No sense going crazy about it!) Try the rule of three. You can say the flowers were pink, purple, white, yellow, blue, and green. But if you say they were pink, purple, and yellow, people picture a colorful bouquet.

–          Do you need to “start?” I started to run. She started to giggle. You started reading this wonderful blog post. Dive right in! I ran. She giggled. You read this wonderful blog post.

–          Don’t give unnecessary descriptions. In the second paragraph of this blog, I could have said, “When I started a weekly humor column on family life and marriage for our local newspaper in 2000, I wrote about….” But see, when I went on to describe a few columns, the reader got the idea. With fewer words.

Readers are in a hurry. Be kind to them. Be brief!

Bio:

Writing from central Pennsylvania, Cindy O. Herman has had to learn to slash her normally chatty writing style down to the (almost) bare bones and still come up smiling…and you can, too! Check out her Giggles and Grins blog of nice, brief posts at www.gigglesandgrinsblog.com.

Book Spotlight: The Caretaker of Imagination by Z.R Southcombe

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Thanks to the author for sending us a free copy all the way from New Zealand to Scotland. My 11-year-old son is enjoying the book and appreciates the opportunity to read it. What a lovely surprise to find this book on our door mat! There are some real cool benefits to running a book-loving blog and offering book reviews*. Anyhow, here’s the blurb…

Blurb:

Bored with his normal life, John Carroll runs away with his faithful cat in search of adventure. When he meets a real-life pirate, John realizes there is much more to the world than he’d ever thought possible – magic is real, and in desperate need of a hero.

John must convince the (once fearsome) Captain Simon Peabody to join him on a fantastic and perilous quest to find the only person who can save magic from being lost forever: the Caretaker of Imagination.

This wondrous tale harks back to the style of classic children’s literature. Perfect as a read-aloud, it is sure to delight readers of all ages.

 

To discover more about this book and the author, please head to http://www.zrsouthcombe.com/

 

*A review of this book will be published on Amazon once my son gives me his feedback. Typically I read and review the books posted to me, but as this is a kids book, my son is helping me out – a kids perspective is invaluable in this instance. If you have a kids book in need of review do get in touch. I have an 11, 9 and 4 year old at home.

A Friend in Need…

I wouldn’t normally do this kind of post but Carmen has been nothing but supportive to myself and many other creative souls. She is always looking for ways to help out emerging authors. She’s truly a lovely woman and I’m hopeful this post will help.

Carmen and her husband Michael are urgently in need of funds to pay medical bills and living expenses due to being displaced from their home.

Michael was hospitalized for costly emergency surgical procedures while in Belize. After doctors did all they could, Michael and Carmen were forced to leave the island and Michael’s art gallery that they had dreamed of for so long, in order to return to Colorado for Michael’s life-saving care. Some of Michael’s treatment is not covered by insurance. Please help them through this medical and financial crisis. Any amount that you donate is received with gratitude. Your prayers or thoughts for recovery and restoration are also appreciated.

Please head to Go Fund Me for more information on how you can help.

Much love to you both, Alana.

Michael and Carmen

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