Colette’s Christmas Countdown – Day 13

13 Dec

Well, it’s Friday the 13th, although it isn’t really as I’ve decided to write this a day early as I plan to stay up late tonight watching the election results and I have no idea what sort of mood I’ll be in. By morning I bet that some people will be happy, some will be sad, some will be disgusted and some will be surprised that there was an election yesterday.

I’ve voted and bought in enough supplies to get me through the night, although a bad cold means I probably won’t make it to the 10 O’Clock news, never mind the first declarations.

By the time you read this, we should know the complexion of the government. So, maybe I should share a Christmas Quiz from Gallery Beggar Press (If you get more than 24 you’re better than me – see above cold for excuse); and some Christmas jokes and some more Christmas jokes.

My favourite is Scrooge playing football – you’ll need to click the links to find it, and when you’re done, there is always my Amazon page for some Christmas shopping.

Colette’s Christmas Countdown – Day 12

12 Dec

Another Day, Another Giveaway – Be quick, this book is only free today.

St Antony’s Tongue – Almost as gruesome as it sounds – but that’s only one of the stories, the rest don’t have any body parts of the saints. If you click in the box, you can even get a preview.

Colette’s Christmas Countdown – Day 11

11 Dec

Time for another Elf on the Shelf

The elf is looking at some of the books published by the G2 Writers (past and present) this year – Charlie Gracie, Tracey Patrick, Finola Scott and hoping for (on the Christmas list) Vicki Jarrett.

Some of G2's work

Wondering what book to choose from the G2 Writers – 2019

Colette’s Christmas Countdown – Day 9

9 Dec

Waiting is one of those things that can be simultaneously wonderful and awful. There’s anticipation, excitement, dread, fear. When we are kids we know, at least most of us do, that Santa will definitely come. What’s not to love? But will he bring the presents we asked for, and the ones we didn’t, though we’re sure, since he’s magic, that we’ll know about them anyway.

I remember lying in bed one Christmas morning imagining playing with a maze game. It was too early to get up, and besides, the game I played in my imagination was better than anything that could happen in the real world (just think how amazing Mousetrap looked in the ads, and how it never worked). Santa didn’t bring the maze game, which may or may not have been on my list, and I can still feel the disappointment of realising it wasn’t there. But, do you know what: I remember the excitement of anticipation and the fun I had thinking about the game.

In the Scottish writers’ calendar, this time of year also brings the anticipation of the outcome of the New Writers’ Awards and, though it’s been drifting to spring and even summer some years, the contributors list for New Writing Scotland. I try not to get excited about either of these, as I’ve yet to get a ‘yes’ from either, but then I do get excited, because I’ve had lots of ‘oh, you were so close…’ Fingers crossed – I hope that one of these days I’ll wear them down.

My family has also been waiting patiently for an operation to go ahead (I’ll not be more specific, as it’s not my place to be), but alas, for the second time, it’s been cancelled. So, election day won’t be operation day, and the wait goes on. Dread, anticipation, but also the excitement of a pain free new year.

Keep checking back – there’s a Christmas giveaway coming soon. Not too long to wait.

Colette’s Christmas Countdown – Day 8

8 Dec

Ziggurat – Aah. Another of my favourite words, and while we’re at the end of the dictionary, how about zugzwang (no, I’ve never heard it before, but I certainly have experienced it) – it’s a move you’ve got to make in chess even when it’s going to put you at a disadvantage. It sounds like it should be Mandarin, but actually comes from German (which tells you a lot about how good I am at other languages!).

Back to ziggurat – my lovely Concise Oxford Dictionary tells me it is a rectangular stepped tower – but I’ve heard it used to describe any zig-zag stonework. I do have a joke about zig-zag, but I won’t tell it on three fronts – one, it might slightly offend, two, it would take too long and probably wouldn’t work when written down and three, it was my big move when I met my husband (hey, it worked). You’ll just have to content yourself with singing ‘Ziggurat, aah.’ (With insincere apologies to the Spice Girls).

Colette’s Christmas Countdown – Day 7

7 Dec

Time for some music – nothing says Christmas like a flash mob, and nothing makes me cry like the Hallelujah Chorus


Colette’s Christmas Countdown – Day 6

6 Dec

Time for a Present – Free Book – Today Only

Enjoy a free Kindle book by yours truly – Five a Day – it might even make you feel healthy before the Christmas feasting begins. Click on the image for a preview.


Colette’s Christmas Countdown – Day 5

5 Dec

Success and Disappointments – not quite at the end of the year, but I’m Scottish, and if you think I’m blogging on Ne’er Day, you’ve got another thing coming (that, and the fact that I usually do my resolutions in August when the schools go back). So, no resolutions yet, but a little look back on the year: Publications – I was published in Pushing out the Boat, Postbox and the Reflex Anthology and I’ve got another publication pending; Wins – I won the Writing Quarter competition twice in January and July; Success – my proofreading and editing business, Beech Editorial Services started to bear fruit; Disappointments – I had a sniff at a book-sized publication, but unfortunately it didn’t come to fruition. Other Stuff – Pledged money to two crowdfunded literary ventures, one Extra Teeth has just arrived through my letterbox – a new magazine on the block, the other I will let you read about here. Alan Gillespie is an ex-G2 member.

Colette’s Christmas Countdown – Day 4

4 Dec

Enough Words Already – here’s our new elf, looking for a comfy shelf.

Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf with some of my publications

Colette’s Christmas Countdown – Day 3

3 Dec

Tortuous/Torturous – Well, I thought they were the same word, and only found out a couple of weeks ago that they weren’t (although I had a sneaking suspicion that I was pronouncing the word/s wrongly). It just goes to show that no matter how much you read and how much you write, there are always new words to be learned. So, what’s the difference – this is where the etymology comes into it Tortuous is derived from something having lots of twists and turns (tort and contort have the same root); while Torturous is all about the pain of torture.

My geeky brain is also amused by the fact that straightforward pain comes from the Anglo-Norman period, while the more legalistic and complex idea comes from good old Latin.

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