Such a long time.

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Such a long time.

Hello everybody. 

It's so long since I've been around, the gaps seem to get longer every time I go away--(sounds like a soppy song.)

I supose, I just wanted to pop in and say hello. Again. I say that every time.. I'm not going to make any false promises about keeping up with the threads, or being around for long--but damn I miss this site. 

This, and UKAuthors, were THE places to be, back when the internet was still in short pants. I loved it here, and made so many good friends. I learnt a ridiculous amount from other members, and their critique. And I credit my 'better' writing skills today, down in large part to this site. You want to learn the nuts and bolts of writing? For me, this is the place to be. 

I feel guilty with every absence, because being here, and the people, were good to me, we went through a lot together. ABCTAles distracted me through some dark times. I always big the site up, and recommend it to new writer's wanting feedback and to learn. It's my tiny, tiny way of at least giving something back.

I've been busy for a few years, and work 18 hour days--still. I went to bed at five this morning, and was at it again by ten. There are no hours left for anything, family, fun, everything else gets squished into little boxes and distributed in tiny segments of time. And now, I've scaled work back. I didn't write for six years, and worked on other people's books, but I was diagnosed with a brain condition last year, and had to let my staff go, and scale the business back. Every cloud, now I'm writing again. I still work to pay the bills, but have time for the things I want to do. We go camping three days out of every two weeks in the season, and I swap office for working in the suhnshine. I love it. 

 This crazy, wacky brain condition has given me the wildest facial tics, and I stumble about and fall over a lot, it's great. Drunk without the hangover. I'm in partial remission at the moment, and don't have the most visible symptoms, just a lot of pressure on my swollen brain. See, I kept telling everybody I have a big brain, but they didn't bedlieve me. It'll be back, and it's a case of tick tock waiting. I call him (my condition) Sparky, and he's a bugger, with a warped sense of humour. 

Anyway before this turns into a BAFTA acceptance speech, 'Thank you to my mother, my father, God and everybody else who knows me,' I wanted to pop in, say hi and thank you. I'm going to try and stick around--but I won't, I never do. It's the same in real life, I up and off at a moment's notice--and then crawl back with my tail betwen my legs years later. I could just copy and paste this post every five years. But I suppose it stops people thinking, oh, remember whatshername? I wonder if she's still alive? 

It's been awhile. I'm looking forward to some reading. 



We've all fot BAFTA s here Sooz. So no need to apoligse for being human. You've done some crazy things. Some things that made the cynic in me laugh. But hey, your kindness has always been A*.  If you rerad, you read. If you write, you write. Nobody's counting. But everybody counts. Some kind of encephalitis, I'm guessing. Sounds serious, but hey, you've pushed yourself to the bright side. Good stuff. 


Thanks CM, kind of you, I love your staccato points. No it's Type1-TN  I've got a swollen nerve and blood vesel in my brain that make me dance, even when there's no music. My son calles me Twitchy McTwitch face. It's all good fun.

Anyway, how are you and yours?  


I'm so sorry to hear you've been unwell Sooz, but it's lovely to see you back again, and I'm really looking forward to reading what you write!


Ha, I've just worked out how to make the typing box bigger. I'm thick, I typed all CM's reply in that tiny box. Hi Insert, good to see you. How are you keeping? Hope it's all good with you. 

Thank you. Yes, it's a bit of a thing, but as long as he goes and gives me a break sometimes, it's doable. We laugh at him. But not taking on as much paid work has left me time to fall in love with writing again. I'm being obsessive about it, and writing every spare second I get. 


It's so good to hear from you Sooz, but sorry to hear you've been unwell. You mentioned in your comment that you'd learned a lot from abc tales, well I have to say that you helped me more than you'll ever know, and set me on a road of writing that today is more fun than you could ever imagine.

I just have to thank you for your help, and look forward to reading some more of your own stories.

Take care.



Jenny, hello, it's been awhile. :) So good to connect with old friends. 

That's a lovely thing to say, thank you very much. I still write dark psychological thrillers, but I'm tamer these days vade to gray, and no really naughty words. I'm a calm old lady, lol. And I've veered into detective fiction and have a new 3 book series out. 

The fourth one is set in a circus and I'm having a ball writing it. 

What have you been working on?


Hi again Sooz,

You asked what I've been working on. Well I've been writing what I call free hand poetry.. No set rules, just letting my thoughts flow and seeing where they take me.

It sounds like you've been really busy. I haven't really had any ideas for stories, at least not since Dwellers Of The New World, but I'm quite happy with the poetry, so all is good.

It was good to read your new story by the way.

You take care.




Hi Jenny, 


Freeform poetry is the only kind I can write.  it's good to let your mind go down whichever rabbit hole looks the nicest. 


I hope you can get some reasonable management of the condition. Rhiannon


Hi Rhiannon, got the beggar on the ropes for now.

Thank you, and how are you?