Ambitions climbing high, inspired by Rod Wood

I have friends who tell me of their day, getting back from the gym or their family walk or….well I am a self confessed lazy person and even the idea of clubbing gets me shaking to the core of some sort of physical activity. I am not great at sport but that doesn’t mean I don’t have ambition or appreciate the world as nature intended.

So on reading Rod Wood’s Kenya, A mountain to climb – a diary of events of his ambitious build up to his quest to climb a mountain, actual and metaphorical had me gripped!

Ron’s first task achieved years ago, an epic high both on adrenaline of climbing to the top and achieving the biggest life goal ever, having climbed Kilimanjaro, a little or in this case a big task to tackle and complete with pride you find solace in an achievement well done.

Secondly after the calm after the storm he feels unsettled, there’s that itch, something upsetting the balance. A reminder of that wondrous achievement is very much in the rear view mirror, years having slipped by. The aging anniversaries of the first success letting you know that you are not happy with the status quo he seems to have fallen in.

It’s just a matter of time before you start to wonder, imagine and first draft a plan to do something epic again – a new victory to sort out. Let’s face it who stops at one mountain when you can have two?

There was a whole kind of holiday planning, least what to pack and more as to who was going with him, those important things like family commitment and finances playing on peoples minds whilst all the time having that need to go to Mount Kenya.

Challenges before new terrain and cultures including ill health (fundraising and charity work undiminished and continuing working as a vet) which could have affected Rod’s will, desire and the need to fulfill this planned trek.

Even the training program before leaving had Rod evaluating his surroundings in his home town and surrounding counties taking up walking long distances and “dealing” with his depression through the healing mood created by the natural environment.

There’s such an amazing wealth of what he encounters on his trip, Mount Kenya and safari’s, no spoilers you will need to read the book to find out the inspiring greatness of Africa. There’s  pictures representing the trip, the views and the cultures and so much more of his great exhibition in this excellent retelling of events.

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Fashion a creative question

I have previously mentioned doing e-learning and extending my skill set. I have also mentioned my flair for anything creative and so it might surprise you that I do follow and have an interest in fashion. Innovation fascinated me and fashion scares and inspires me at the same time and this then led to my article below.

Fashion innovation immunity by Laura Sansom

Who is designing a fashion brand specific to a wearers health needs and not just their purse, the trends or peer pressure?

Whoopsie Daisy

With the usual fashion faux pas, mismatches and colour clashes, crying tears after falling over in heels and creases in the low end mixed adulterated linens there is always a non-surviving trend and always a trend setter. A pair of jeans with half the fabric missing or a low bearing blouse revealing a lot of tit for not at all tat of pure silks need to fill a market demand, even if they have created that demand themselves. That’s why they are called trend setters; they lead by design of whatever commodity they stitched up wisely from market and customer analysis and a bit of creative thinking and design.

Economy and commerce

Considerations of previous and past markets have been economic, both for the seller and buyer; cultural, sociological and anthropological changes and evolution’s have and always will turn fashion on its side and behold the one person who champions the new thing.

A healthy option and choice

So this is my time on my soapbox to ask what can be done for a need I have when it comes to my fashion choices. Lists of health conditions have a bigger list of symptoms and sadly sometime no cure is available. If it’s one of those conditions in which management of symptoms and side effects involve painkillers and getting on with it is usually the best a person can do. I could tell you more about how bad it can get however this is an article to get the fashion world to champion an answer to a girl’s dilemma of what she going to wear on a night out when symptoms expanded her stomach to the size Mr Blobby or the world is spinning before the first tipple.

Feeling alien

I want to know what will make a girl with skinny legs and semi muscular arms look good despite her belly looking like an alien is about to burst out (it can also feel like that too). My current solution to this is to have two different wardrobes, size 12 for good days and size 14/16 for symptomatic days, determined on what occurs on these days depends on if it’s a good fit or at best looks good. Confidence takes a big bashing whilst suffering from symptoms we can be thinking about cancelling the night out.


Compromising situations

One of my answers has been elastic waistlines but I need to make sure these items of clothes still look nice enough to wear out and not that I couldn’t be bothered to make an effort. Being a bigger woman can mean baggy uncompromising and unseemly. This is not right in any demographic; trends have moved on to being proud of your body shape and have confidence with it.

Masking the issues

When suffering ill health we already hate the world and themselves in the worst case scenarios and needs to let her hair down and shake their thing without worrying about mishaps presenting themselves. There’s the need to wear a mask, many a time if you look closely they can reveal everything in their facial features, extra pale or hot flushes and the eyes can reveal all about the pain. I am not suggesting that the fashion industry create actual masks but maybe look at make-up that might adjust to the issues mentioned.

Unicorn it and believe in yourself

All we want is a helping hand with their auto immune condition and just go with it, we are strong and are more than happy to realize that there are always people worse off than they are but on the night we want to brave the public and be a shiny bright unicorn believing party people we need to know that the fashion and makeup choices don’t make us look or feel like ogres under a bridge. Viva a fashion trend that can cope with my health needs as well as my financial and still celebrates my personality and sexuality. Perhaps a fashion trend to fit with a variety of health needs should be rivaling advancements such as digital enterprise and 3D printing?

More mystery and intrigue with Elizabeth McKenna

A review of the crime mystery “The great jewel robbery” written by Elizabeth McKenna…

The make shift fashion police journalist and a reporter in the guise of wannabe detectives end up having a great excuse to play at being real life investigators after being in the right place at the right time when the great jewel robbery takes place.

Could putting a big piece of jewelry as the high end auction prize to the highest bidder of the elite attending the soiree to raise money for charity and get noticed with the gained notoriety of being able to afford such a gem be risky?

What happens when the big boys and girls meet their match in the fun loving  journalist team duo of Grace and Emma who have a flair for being  inquisitively and doing it all with a hint for trendy  fashion too. Our two girls have an investigative streak to use when the jewels disappear in a trail of injury, misdemeanors and come across those boys from the elite who might now be having a cash flow problem or two as investments might not have been so fruitful.

The top ten of who’s in vogue, who earns the most and who has the highest net worth soon becomes the top ten likely suspects for thieving the most expensive auction lot of the year making this the most memorable auction of all time.

Our bravest and sassiest pair plays at solving the crime and take advantage of the after show party which is now a crime scene (do not leave the country type of thing) to their advantage and try and solve the crime of their lifetime whilst maybe enjoying some romance too.

The ending, well no spoilers please, you will have to read it to find out….

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Laura Sansom



Return of the P.I

Your leading man or lady in any murder mystery, it can be a variety of personas and characters and with differing job roles but there is nothing more safe to a reader than having a private investigator leading the story (especially perhaps a troubled one).

Adult mystery writer Katy Munger’s P.I Casey Jones is back in “Fire and the rain” with quite a challenging journey ahead of her. One which takes to more than just a mysterious drama to investigate but also encounters with a few ex boyfriends too and other life troubles – Neither is anything she hasn’t faced before. So if like the author you missed your favorite P.I from before shes back in a new installment in “Fire and Rain”

Obsession with the mysterious

As a genre we truly love a little mystery and perhaps the grislier the better – UFO’s and all but a bit of crime drama well there are book shop shelves and TV channels with a focus on this theme.

We enjoy the drama of some deed that has been committed that is immoral and/or criminal and the need to find the resolution, the who instigated the wrong doing and why such a thing should have occurred.

Lise McClendon adds a female perspective to the before mentioned style of story. Women have some big challenges to deal with and these can possibly be something of having made bad choices and decisions and this fuels an extra complexity to Lise’s work.

Her current story sees her character in France where everything can not be seen as petite by any means – big drama, big romance, big issues and an even bigger crime.

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Spotlight tour – Bolt from the blue and fire and rain.

Today we are going to champion two great new books from two wonderful Authors as we participate in an IReads book tour.

The theme for this is the genre of murder mystery, intrigue and a little romance too, well why not?

Join me all day as we look at Lise McClendon’s mysterious and romantic novel of intrigue “A bolt from the blue”  and also Katy Munger’s “Fire and rain” detective stories .

If you have been suffering from the lack of detective and murder mysteries available and are now suffering from withdrawal then these two books will have you hooked and addicted to the intrigue again and will have you back on the “Detective” wagon.

If you would like to get your fix of murder mystery and what a Private Investigator gets up to, then follow the authors and their work on social media – #fire&rain and #ABoltFromTheBlue!

Let your suspicions decide “Who done it ?” and have you admitting “I never saw that coming!” begin.

More later….







Guest spot

Recently I was given the opportunity to guest on a popular blog by Esther Chilton and I wanted to know more…………

Esther has always loved words and writing, but she started out working with figures in a bank. She was on an accelerated training programme and studying banking exams, which meant she didn’t have time for writing so it wasn’t long before it was a thing of the past – or so Esther thought. Her love affair with writing ignited again when she had a serious injury to her back. It meant she could no longer carry out her job working in the bank and it led her back to writing, which has now become a daily part of her life.

She has now been working as a freelance writer for nearly twenty years, regularly writing articles and short stories for magazines and newspapers such as Freelance Market News, Writers’ Forum, Writing Magazine, The Guardian, Best of British, The Cat, and The People’s Friend to name a few.  

Winner of Writing Magazine, Writers’ News and several other writing competitions and awards, Esther has also had the privilege of judging writing competitions.

As well as working as a freelance writer, she has branched out into the exciting world of copywriting, providing copy for sales letters, brochures, leaflets, web pages, slogans and e-mails.

Esther loves writing but equally she enjoys helping others, which she achieves in her role as a tutor for The Writers Bureau. She feels like a proud parent when one of her students has a piece of writing published. Some of them have gone on to become published authors and have achieved great success.

In addition to tutoring Esther works as a freelance copyeditor offering an editing, guidance and advice service for authors and writers. She has edited novels, non-fiction books, articles and short stories. You can find out more about it here:


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Many thanks for all her help with all the writers she has assisted and wish her well with her future projects and successful students.