Closed for Christmas …

With the festive season finally upon us, ten of the twenty five tonnes of gravel shifted by hand as the motorised wheelbarrow decided to pack up on us for a couple of days, and not one but two Christmas cakes to marzipan and ice, I’m taking a couple of weeks break from Blogging.

Also you’ll all be off to various social events of your own, eating yourselves into a turkey and pigs-in-blankets stupor, over-indulging in the fizz of your choice (which I hope I’ve influenced you enough over the year to make it Prosecco) and enjoying the odd lie-in as you relish the fact that you have a couple of days holiday from work. You’re probably not going to have time to switch on your laptop, tablet or phone to catch up on the goings on over here anyway.

But, if you really feel you’ll miss your weekly dose of all things Ligurian, don’t worry, there is a solution …

… the latest edition of A Place in the Sun magazine (Winter 2017) has a wonderful four page article on living in Liguria. It is brilliantly put together, has some great observations about life in the Ligurian countryside, is fabulously entertaining … and it’s been written by none other than … me!

I’ve been enjoying writing my Blog so much that I approached a couple of magazines and asked them to look at my writing style to see if it had any potential and A Place in the Sun offered me the opportunity to write a piece for their next issue, despite me being a new writer.

This was back in October, and after receiving a few pointers from the editor, creating a first draft for comments and amendments, and then a final submission it was all over.

I’ve been waiting with bated breath and with my lips sealed (not a good combination!) so as not to spill the beans to anyone since, but with the magazine finally now on sale in the shops I can broadcast from the rooftops … or even just my laptop … that I am now a published writer!

As well as the four page article in there, I’ve even got an entry on the Contributors list at the bottom of Page 3 where I’m introduced as ‘Our blogging renovator …’ but the thing I’m most proud of is that the photo from the first page of my article is also the front cover of the entire magazine!

So in a couple of weeks time when your finger hovers over that mouse pad or screen and you realise that there isn’t a Post to read over the Christmas period, take yourself down to the newsagents (be honest, the fresh air and the walk will probably do you good after the second helping of Christmas pudding) and buy yourself a copy of the magazine.

Then back at home crack open that tin of Celebrations, top up your glass of egg nog, put your feet up and turn to Page 96 to enjoy your bonus read.

10 Comments, RSS

  1. Clare Latham December 17, 2016 @ 12:45 pm

    Well you’re a dark horse aren’t you!! Congratulations you literary superstar. I will now spend the day tracking down said magazine. Thank you for keeping us entertained with your blogs and ‘officially ‘ Merry Christmas to you both although you do know I’ll WhatsApp stalk you later!! Xxx PS Nice snowflakes!

    • Mid-Lifer Italy December 17, 2016 @ 1:08 pm

      Thanks Clare! I am so chuffed, I don’t know how I kept from telling anyone for over 2 months! Let me know what you think of the article when you get chance (the magazine is quarterly so no rush) and of course WhatsApp stalking is expected from you lol! Hope you’re getting that Christmas feeling xxx

  2. Jonny December 17, 2016 @ 7:11 pm

    Fame at last , Helen , MASSIVE well done . Could you just copy and paste the article on here to save me having to buy it , yorkshire man and all that !!

    • Mid-Lifer Italy December 17, 2016 @ 9:20 pm

      Thanks John. And I’m afraid you’re going to have to have a neighbourhood whip round for the magazine as I’ve not even got a copy yet! Go on … splash out … its almost Christmas!

  3. Linda & Bob December 18, 2016 @ 8:16 am

    Wow! I have kept saying I would one day boast about my daughter-in-law the authoress but didn’t know it would be so soon. Many congratulations. E-mail soon. Love to both xx

    • Mid-Lifer Italy December 18, 2016 @ 9:55 am

      I thought you’d be pleased! It was hard not to tell you whilst you were over here as I’d known about a fortnight before then … although I did nearly spill the beans after one of our ‘wine tasting’ nights! xx

  4. John and Beni December 18, 2016 @ 3:18 pm

    Many congratulations! We will certainly be hunting out A Place In The Sun. Next stage The Book!

    • Mid-Lifer Italy December 18, 2016 @ 6:13 pm

      Thanks you two … hope you can get a copy .. I think Cyprus may be bulk buying this edition!

  5. Patricia Cooper December 18, 2016 @ 4:39 pm

    What absolutely wonderful news…published writer to add to your extensive list of achievements…congratulations.
    I shall be out first thing tomorrow to the Newsagents in the hope that they have the magazine, if not I know of an agent who will order it for me. We will certainly open the Prosecco. Cheers!

    • Mid-Lifer Italy December 18, 2016 @ 6:19 pm

      Thanks Pat … I hope you enjoy the article when you eventually track a copy down, your newsagent is going to wonder why the sudden interest from everyone in this particular magazine! And yes the Prosecco was opened the other night! Cheers to you too!

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