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Hi, welcome to my blog, I am a writer of short stories, children's and YA novels . An acceptance from People's Friend finally made me a published writer! Yeah, happy days! I have since had stories published in The Weekly News and The Last Laugh anthology. My main love is writing children's/YA novels...I'm now enduring a fruitless search for an agent... I also draw and paint, I like to draw animals (usually my adorable crazy cats!)Occasionally famous people and motorcycles.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

News at Last!

No I'm not raving about Englebert, I have a story in The Weekly News.  This is old news to some of you, sorry about that.
I was lucky to get a copy as it was published the weekend after it was accepted, which I hadn't realised until I was informed by some kind and thoughtful fellow writers (Thank you!).

I don't know about elsewhere, but it is quite hard to find a copy of TWN here abouts, (Lancashire). So this one is now rather wrinkled (again I don't mean Englebert), as it has been at my mother's and read by everyone who will sit down long enough.

I am still really excited, it has been a long while since anything was accepted for publication and I was honestly thinking it might never happen again.

Also, I have been given this lovely award by Deirdra at
A Story Book World , which came out of the blue and
is very much appreciated, thank you! It has encouraged me to get on and finish that last chapter.

On a completely non related topic, the doll obsession continues as I have
discovered these cute clowns, which look very much like Strawberry Shortcake but are not related. So cute! I have acquired four and three quarters ( one is missing a top and shoes) out of the six. It's no wonder I don't get much work finished!

I just want the one in the yellow hat. Does anyone else rememember them? They were made
by Fishel Toys and were called Pick a Berry Circus clowns, they were fruit scented too.

I'm not sure what it is about them exactly but I think it's the cuteness, the little outfits and also the scent which really reminds me of happy childhood times. Aww. :)

Has anyone else been tempted to buy a long lost toy?


  1. Penandpaints!! Oh you STAR!! Well done you!!! Oh golly - if I don't find this in my local WHSmiths I'll just have to ask for the one with The Hump on it! Yay!! Awww CONGRATULATIONS!!! I just know this is the first of many for you! Like your collection! No I've never heard of these toys - but they sound like collectors' items so hope you get the whole set!

    Big YAY and hip hip hooray to you!! Onwards and upwards now! Take care

  2. Hi!
    Aw, thank you (hehe, cheesy grin) Just got your anthology on kindle, love the ga-ga inspired tale! Congratulations to you too!!

  3. Congratulations Pen and Paints. Hope I can get a copy. Well done, here's to many more.xx

  4. Huge congratulations, penandpaints, for this fantastic news! I shall look out for The Weekly News in town later. Our WHS, although tiny, does stock it. I'm sure.
    And well done too for that very beautiful award. It's very pretty. I love it.

    I love your little clowns and do remember these. They are very like Strawberry Shortcake. I hope you can complete your collection soon. It would be a nice reward to yourself for the writing success.

  5. Big congratulations on your Weekly News success! x

  6. Many congratulations on your published story! It's all about perseverance sometimes. Love the little dolls!

  7. Congratulations :-)
    I'm off up the shop in a minute to see if I can get hold of a copy :-)
    Congratulations on the award too :-)
    Those dolls look so cute - and scented too!
    I think what I would really love to get hold of are copies of the old annuals (Bunty, Mandy etc) I used to get as a child x

  8. YAY! Congratulations! :-)

    I'm always looking on ebay for the dolls I used to play with as a child. And just recently I dug out my old David Cassidy and David Essex annuals and took a trip down memory lane!

  9. That's fantastic! Massive congrats on TWN!

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  11. Belated huge congrats Pen and Paints - sorry I haven't been by for a while - I've got you on my blog as a different name - and only just realised it was you! Hope you are well - I remember the early days of my first Cadno blog - and your help and encouragement with that and on writerly things - again, sorry not to have dropped by - I will follow you more closely (now that I know my link is to you!)

  12. I missed this post - I'm so sorry. But huge (if belated) congratulations.



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