Editing other people’s writing! My new career?

Chronicles of an Orange-Haired Woman!

I have set myself up as a copy-editor, general editor and ghost-writer. This is in addition to my part-time (at present)work as a private English tutor – and, of course, my own creative writing.

I enjoy all three – but today I am going to concentrate on the first!

Over my thirty years as an English teacher, I must have marked thousands of exercise books and essays written on A4 paper.

Although the sheer volume of books and papers to correct was challenging to say the least, I always loved the actual process of marking a child’s piece of writing – and, though I say it myself, I was excellent at it: Thorough, neat, extremely knowledgeable and often funny, the last of those taking away any sting which my need to use red pen so prolifically might bring to the child’s mind. I also aimed to increase confidence whenever, and…

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‘LLB’: Every Secondary School should have a copy!

Chronicles of an Orange-Haired Woman!

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Huge thanks to Julie for the promotional line in my title. What a brilliant idea! Equally huge thanks to everyone who has been so supportive of my writing generally – and, specifically, Sue Vincent and Chris, The Story Reading Ape, who so generously reblogged yesterday’s post and started the ball rolling once more, also Richard (of ReevePhotos) who downloaded a copy, and very kindly provided a link for US readers: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RZ49HKI.

I cannot begin to tell you how much this has meant to me. I was so touched, I cried.

So, yes, I now say this (courtesy of Julie) with pride:

‘Long-Leggety Beasties’: Every secondary school should have a copy!

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For anyone who loves dogs

A Letter from the Rainbow Bridge

Hi, Mum
Now that I’ve been across The Rainbow Bridge for a couple weeks, they said I should write a letter home. Sorry, mum, but I’m so busy ‘across the bridge’ that I haven’t thought of home much. They said it’s okay and that you would understand. I hope you do. (I think you will.)
Remember that night when I wasn’t feeling very well and we were all crying? I don’t remember much, but I do remember seeing and hearing all of you and feeling your touches and hugs…I remember hearing “we love you” and that one last command of “Go through”. I didn’t know what you meant, so I turned around and walked through the fog that was in front of me. I saw the biggest bridge I’ve ever seen! And so many friends on the other side of it! They were all playing with toys and balls! You were right to tell me to go there!
My feet kept moving forward, but my heart kept pulling me back. Your touches became lighter and lighter and I wanted to come back and nudge your hands for more love, but I was overcome by this feeling of curiosity for the happy place over the bridge! My feet started moving on their own, like a gentle breeze was moving them forward for me! I can’t explain it, but I had no doubt that it was the right thing to do!
So, I walked across that big, huge bridge by myself! I looked for you, because you’re always by my side, walking with me, but this was different. I didn’t have a collar around my neck or a leash connecting me to you ~ I was ‘free’! Even though you weren’t there with me, I never felt alone! I actually felt like I had a huge cape of love wrapped around my body and the more I walked, the easier it was to breathe! So, I kept walking! And I would feel more warmth in the big hug, so I kept on walking! I eventually made it over the big bridge – I did it by myself, mum!
When I got here, all of my new friends greeted me and helped me walk off the bridge ~ it was so cool! They gave me a pair of wings and said that I was now a Guardian Angel!
What I’ve learned over these past few weeks has been amazing and nothing like I’ve seen before! We’re all the same up here ~ we all have wings and we all have Forever People to watch over ~ that’s YOU, mum!You’re my Forever Person and I’m your Forever Dog! We had such a great life together and I do miss you a LOT, but please know that I am so happy in my new home across The Bridge!
I’ll send you another Earth Angel so you won’t be alone. Give them your whole heart, like you gave it to me. I’ll check in every so often to make sure they treasure your love ~ I always did! When you miss me, think of a rainbow and know I’m on the other side of it, waiting to walk with you again. I’ll always be in your heart. I love you, mum! Time for me to go play

Here i am……see me !!staafie1

This blog has been here just over 1 year

I started this a little more than a year ago after the inspiration of a friend, 12 months on and I sit here somewhat disappointed that I didn’t manage to keep the same momentum as when I started out.

Some may remember I started with gusto trying to post daily and like most things after a few weeks or months my musings came to a rather abrupt halt. Initially because of not having a reliable computer but also because I let fear in. Fear that I was boring people and that I had not much to say for myself.

I feel that still but am wanting to give this another go. My last postings were not so happy postings but 12 months on maybe things will be different just how I don’t know

Confessions good for the Soul..so they say…

Sat today knowing its your day. But without the projector of memories I dont see you. I hear you I feel you but just cant see you…

Our friendship was not always plain sailing but I still feel your love like a radiator on a bitter day. True friendship like yours is so missed, Even at my worst when pushing all away as I did you were and are always there no matter what, If im Honest my head didnt always allow me to reslise this at the time.

as I have got older and with the vGrowthalue of hind sight dear friend there is none like you sis,I will always carry you in my heart knowing you come with me but I really do wish Id shown more respect and love whilst you were here. Only you and selected few know me truly. Taught me wisely and above all taught me to take me for me.

Im aware I Havent mentioned a name but that don’t matter cuz I’ll love you forever.. Big hugs babe miss you so much Happy Birthday xxx 

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Monday madness

in I dip again re watching every frame over and over again,

trying to just remain myself above all but continue to change.

to reach out and touch and slowly trust again.

And forget the pain knowing ts my choice to be happy again also my choice I cud stay the same. 

wallow in blame but whats the point when i can take what I am and start again 

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Counting Voices.”

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Counting Voices.”

What is a good number of people for conversation ?

What is a bad number of people for conversation ?

The worst is 0 and I mean 0 not even you no sound utter silence, no communication of any type at all. so a conversation needs to contain  1 person that person is you!! Thats right you read correct you !! 

you see to have the ability to speak in a vocal way requires hearing listening meditating,

even just people watching. 

2 people conversation is a good way to get to know some one well but 3 or 4 is also good and stimulating for the brain to turn a conversation from normal conversation into a space ship and off to anywhere were one subject leads to another and before long you are all on a journey of discovery….

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