These words of wisdom quoted from the eponymously named film Forrest Gump do have a ring of truth about them (unless you have one of those handy little pamphlets outlining the contents of the box and even then you can still be disappointed with your choice). Unfortunately this means that many of us spend a lot of time eating coffee creams (yuck!) because that’s all life leaves us with. But occasionally we are lucky enough to be landed with a filling we really like. This week I have had the good fortune to be presented with a box full of my favourite centres.
Firstly, I won a gorgeous pair of earrings (to the right of the picture) thanks to a competition run on Twitter and Facebook by Milly Johnson to promote her new book It’s Raining Men (which I am currently reading and enjoying immensely). I have also acquired a delicate porcelain dinner service from an aunt – but that’s another story. And things continued to get better and better.
By chance I discovered (again on Twitter) a writers’ circle based in an extremely arty café in the centre of my home town of Manchester. The writers involved sound quirky and dynamic and just what I’ve been looking for, so I shall trot off next week to CAKE.shortandsweet – What a fabulous name! – to investigate further.
I’ve also submitted a short story to the talented and prolific Morgen Bailey to take advantage of her editing skills in the hope it may improve my chances of success in the commercial market. The first 1000 words of any manuscript are treated as a free sample to determine whether the service she provides is to your taste, and thereafter £4/1000 words or £2/1000 words for proofreading – a very competitive and reasonable price, I think you’d agree. I’m uber excited (and a little apprehensive) to read her comments, but any constructive feedback from a professional writer has to be worth its weight in gold.
So, all in all, a week filled with hazelnut whirls and Turkish delights – not to everybody’s taste, I know – and I’m left hoping that the criticism from Morgen doesn’t turn into a hard caramel that may cause havoc with my fillings and render me speechless and writhing in pain.
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