Aging the Write Way

Growing old

As I went to put the carton of milk in the oven this morning, and the croissants in the fridge to warm, I thought about my mum and laughed. Yes, I’ve become her. I used to make fun of her all of the time for doing these things. When I was in my teens and twenties, I thought I’d be young forever. Little did I know how quickly those years would pass. Old age creeps up quickly. Everyone seems to be younger than me now. I’m not quite sixty yet, but very close.

Nothing can slow down aging, its part of life, but life doesn’t have to slow down because of it. I’ve been writing since I was eleven or twelve. My head is full of stories.  Every single day is an adventure to me. The older I get, the more important, its become to share my adventures. Some will make you laugh, others, well you’ll think I’m crazy. There’s one thing for sure, I’m not going to keep them locked in my brain until I die, I’m aging the write way!

 

Dead of July is the my first novel. I published it 2013. It took a couple of years to write, and another year to edit and perfect. Give it a try. Its based on real events that happened to me when I was in my early twenties. 

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Traveling Along the Write Path!

Saturday morning means two cups of coffee, a smoothie and a bottle of San Pellegrino before I even think of taking a shower. Saturday means feeding the washing machine and tumble drier constantly, but Saturday also means writing. Its hard write while working full-time, but I’m on the right, or should I say the write path!

I’ve only managed to publish one novel, Dead of July , of which I’m very proud. It’s available on Amazon for $0.99. I’m also re-editing my first two short stories, which will be published towards the end of the year. They’re all fun reads, and great practice for when I retire and write full-time. Add a little crazy to your life and read “Dead of July”. I think you’ll enjoy it. Keep track of this crazy writer, she’ll be famous one day!

On the Write Track

On the Write Track

The Occasional Writer!

A retirement to look forward to.

A retirement to look forward to.

I’ve been back at work for two weeks now. At last things are falling into place. I can actually stay awake long enough to be productive in the evening! Finally my occasional writing is happening more often. When I retire (and that’s a long way off) I’ll turn my hobby into a retirement career. My days will be filled with writing and travel….and of course a glass of wine in the late afternoon. My first novel “Dead of July” is currently sitting on Amazon. When it was first published I sold a lot of copies, not enough to make a profit, but enough to encourage me to keep writing. I got some great reviews too. Go check it out, maybe it’s a book you’ll enjoy. It’s never going to be on the best seller list, but I enjoyed writing it and everyone I talked to enjoyed reading it.

Dead of July

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Because I don’t have time for marketing, I’m going to reduce the price to $0.99 for the foreseeable future. Let me entertain you for less than a dollar. If you take the plunge, please write a review on Amazon for me.

Check out my other blog Stop Talking to Me for free reading.

 

 

Tempus Fugit

 

My little girl is in the air tonight. She’s flying to Germany, the place she was born thirty years ago. Why am I crying? Maybe because I feel old!

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HOW TIME FLIES!

I’ve lived here and there!

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County Durham – England – My first home

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North Yorkshire – England

I moved from County Durham to North Yorkshire. More lovely countryside and rivers

I got married and moved to Dorset, a beautiful county in the south-west of England.

 

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Blandford – Dorset

After a few years in Germany,

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we moved to Winchester. Aren’t I lucky?

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Winchester

All of these places are gorgeous, and I’m happy I had the opportunity to live in them. However nothing compares to my home here in Franktown Colorado. It’s what inspired me to become a writer and where I’ll spend the rest of my days!

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Dead of July – A German Ghost Story by Sandra Thompson

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Celebrating a wonderful daughter

On September 30th 1984, a child was born, in the British Military Hospital of Iserlohn, Germany. My child! That was almost thirty years ago. Today we are having an early celebratory lunch because she will be spending the thirtieth anniversary of her birth in Germany where her husband is currently working. I can’t think of any place better. She may not be in Iserlohn, and the British Military Hospital may not even exist anymore, but it’s still a wonderful place to celebrate.

Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter!

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To This!

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It’s great being a mum!

Below is a link to a story I wrote about my time in Germany before my daughter was born. I’ve been told its a fun read, it was certainly fun to write.

Dead of July – A German Ghost Story

Speeding up the Tale!

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The older I get, the more urgent everything becomes. My passion (as well as travelling), is writing. The first book I published was a short story called ‘Girl on the Beach’. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. The genre was a little mixed, but I had a lot to learn….I still have a lot to learn, but I’m getting there.

A couple of months ago I decided to re-write ‘Girl On The Beach’ and then re-launch it as a Young Adult book. Since making this decision, I’ve had visitors from England, a wedding and a very busy summer. In two days I’m attending a fiction writers conference and would love to share my book with some of the attendees, who knows, I may even get discovered……or maybe not.

I have ten pages to re-write! I can do it. Yes this blog is all about Travel Tales and Mishaps…..I’m simply speeding up the tale. Keep checking in, who knows, I may be a success story. I’d love you to join the celebration.

Dead of July, my first full length novel, is available on amazon. Check it out, read the reviews, support a hardworking old bird who is trying to live her dreams.

 

The World Cup – Wembley 1966

The 1966 FIFA World Cup, the eighth staging of the World Cup, was held in England from 11 to 30 July. England beat West Germany 4–2 in the final, winning the World Cup. With this victory, England won their first FIFA World Cup title and became the third World Cup host to win the tournament after Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1934.

The 1966 Finals, held at Wembley Stadium, was the last to be broadcast in black and white. The tournament held a 28-year FIFA record for the largest average attendance until it was surpassed by the United States in 1994. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Oh th memories. My (soon to be) step dad and I watched this game together in the livingroom of his old stone house in Gilling West, North Yorkshire. The black and white TV was turned up full blast and the air heavy with cigarette smoke and the aroma of beer. Even at nine years old the excitement of the game consumed me. 1966 World Cup

The final score – 4 – 2 to England. Geoff Hurst was a hero when he scored his third goal, a hat trick. England were the victors against the West German team. My (soon to be) step dad, who was not the athletic sort, stood up, slopping beer everywhere, danced a little jig and then hugged me. I still remember that hug. It was special, it smelled of beer and cigarettes, but it made me feel like I belonged to a family again.

I’ve watched the World Cup ever since. I love the skill of the players, the excitement, the drama, and it  brings back happy memories of my step dad. Enjoy the 2014 games everyone. Italy v. England today…….let the fun begin.

My first novel, Dead of July, is set in West Germany in 1982. World Cup Fever was rampant. The final was between Italy and W. Germany. I was living in West Germany at the time and cheering for Italy to win. That was a game to remember!

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First Day of the Month Anxiety

It happens every month. I check my book sales on Amazon and there is a big fat ZERO! Of course I fret that no one is ever going to buy another book. Its tough being self published. Marketing is certainly a challenge, but every sale means something to me so…….I’ll just be patient and wait for my first sale of February. It’ll happen.

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Click on the book cover to read my reviews or, if I’m very lucky, to purchase a copy of my book.

ALMOST THERE – FROM GERMANY TO COLORADO

 

 

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BorzigPlatz – Germany

My journey through life has taken me to many countries. I have crossed paths with interesting and exciting people. I have laughed, cried, loved, and been hurt. All of this makes us who we are.

Because I can’t paint that picture that says a thousand words, I write. I am thrilled and excited to announce that my first full length novel is now in print and can be bought on Amazon. The eBook won’t be available until next week, but for those of you who still like to turn pages, go to the links below.

amzn.to/1bNMQsM  Amazon UK

amzn.to/IeYeGX   Amazon US

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And now I live in Colorado, a place where I can look back at everything I have done, and write about it.

Colorado - The place I call home.

Colorado – The place I call home.

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