One Lovely Blog Award

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I would like to thank Elsie Hagley for nominating me for my first ever blog award! If you haven’t checked out her blog before, please do so; she publishes a truly amazing range of posts, including weekly challenges, recipes and poems! This is a blog that I’ve followed for a good long while now and I always enjoy reading Elsie’s posts.

Rules:

  1. Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link to their blog.
  2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  3. They must add seven facts about themselves.
  4. They should nominate fifteen people to do the award!

Seven Facts about Me:

  1. I’m currently in attendance at the University of Exeter, studying towards a degree in English Literature.
  2. My first ever story, written when I was five, was called “Lucy and the 100 cows”.
  3. I’m very passionate about animal welfare and have been a pescatarian for fourteen years now (this means that I eat fish but not meat).
  4. I am the proud owner of two cats, Margo and Mitch, and absolutely adore them! If you check out my Instagram page, you might see an occasional picture of them popping up from time to time.
  5. One of my favourite things to do is simply to go for a long walk in the middle of nowhere; the more lost I get, the better!
  6. I have quite a bad allergy to egg and so can’t eat most of the desserts/bakery products that are out there! If nothing else, this keeps me healthy.
  7. Some people love Marmite and some people hate it, but as for me, I’ve never even tried it!

My Nominees:

If you’re looking for a new blog to follow, whether they’re a beginner or old-timer, these are the blogs that I highly recommend you check out!

  1. Sammi’sScribbles
  2. WillowDot21
  3. TheDarkestFairytale
  4. JaneDoughertyWrites
  5. SueVincent’sDailyEcho
  6. Ladyleemanila
  7. ThisIsAnotherStory
  8. CatchAFallingStar
  9. IainKelly
  10. AReadingWriter
  11. InsideTheMindofDavyD
  12. Journey
  13. MomusNews
  14. Writer’sBlog
  15. VictoriaKGallagher

There is absolutely no obligation for my nominees to complete a post for the “One Lovely Blog Award”; if nothing else, please see my nomination as my recognition of your wonderful posts! 🙂

And the Winner of The Six Word Story Challenge is…

This six word story challenge is easy to enter and great fun to participate in; it enables writers to use their imagination and interact with one another to compare their ideas. This week, I am delighted to announce that I am the winner of this challenge, having completed my six words inspired by the prompt, “mercy”.

My winning six words were: “knees buckle, eyes close tight: please“.

Read more about the competition below! Thanks for reading!

Sometimes Stellar Storyteller

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Happy Friday Storytellers!

Welcome to the end of the week and the end of another Six Word Story Challenge.

This week I left you the prompt of MERCY to practice your storytelling genius on and as you will have seen there were some strong contenders for the title amongst this week’s entries. Click through if you haven’t had chance to read through yet.

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Want to raise awareness of your book?

Dear readers,

I have recently started a new job as a book curator for Storyteller Alley, which is a business seeking to promote books created by small publishing companies.

If you have written a book, or know of a book, that was published by a small or independent publisher, and you believe that it should have more fame, please visit my profile at Storyteller Alley.

All you need to do is follow the link above, click on “submit your book” and fill out the small form that follows. After this, we will review your chosen book and, if we like it, will raise awareness of it and help to sell it.

Please do check this out, this company is one which has greatly inspired me, as it realises the importance of writing even when it is not in the form of an international best seller. All genres and writing styles will be considered.

Thank you for your time; if you have any questions, please comment below :).

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Business: A Currency Article

As a startup writer, I am aware that it would be helpful to have experience in different fields of the writing industry. This is why I recently submitted an informative blog piece of writing (200-250 words) to Earn Forex, who run a blog with updates on recent currency changes. I did not feel entirely comfortable writing this piece, as I am not too confident about some of the terminology used in this field. However, I had a go, and sent this short article in as a paid test piece: 

This time last year, 1 British Pound (GBP) equated to 2.2 Australian Dollars (AUD), but after a steady decline throughout the year, the exchange rate hit new lows this week: 1 British Pound is now equal to only 1.6 Australian Dollars.

The fall of the pound after the Brexit vote increased after Theresa May put a deadline to the invocation of Article 50, announcing a date of the UK’s separation from the EU, March, 2017 (the full story is available here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37532364). However, this more recent slump in British Pound (GBP) to Australian Dollar (AUD) exchange rates is owing to factors that occurred on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th October.

On Tuesday, Chancellor Philip Hammond released comments that not only vanquished hopes of an MP vote on Brexit, but destroyed the support the Pound Sterling (GBP) had left. He confirmed that the UK government would not reject monetary policies put in place by the Bank of England (BoE), including the possible extension to quantitative easing (read more here: https://www.earnforex.com/news/?s=quantitative+easing). As a result of this, the value of the British Pound plunged still lower.

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) previously stated that it would not maintain a neutral stance on monetary policy, causing a drop in value for the Australian Dollar (AUD). On Wednesday, however, Australia’s publication of the Q3 Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed a rise in the Australian Dollar value (AUD), as these fears were neutralised, and the division between the Pound and the Australian Dollar rose once more.