Chai And A Chat #16 #ChaiAndAChat

Another week gone by. Grab your drink, it’s time to catch up!

  • If we were sipping chai together  I’d tell you in amazement that this happened! How in the world has my following climbed to over 7000 when I’m posting less??? But thank you all!!!!!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d mention that the manuscript sat quietly as I pondered what to do. I am tempted to try and submit to a few agents to see the reaction, before heading down the Indie route. But I have sent a copy to another writerly friend of mine, whose opinion I am very interested in, as he is of the same cultural background as me, so to hear what a fellow British Asian thinks, is rather daunting but necessary. I don’t want my characters portrayals to be too typecast or offensive, so it is important. In return, I am reading his manuscript that he has completed too. It’s a memoir piece and sounds really interesting!
  • If we were sipping chai together  I’d let you know that the observation went well. And now it’s finally out of the way! I can breathe until they tell us the next one is due!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d moan about tweenage girls and the bitchiness that seems to start even earlier. Lil Princess had an issue with some of her friends, instigated by another girl, who the others seemed to be scared of, so they were just agreeing with all the unpleasant things the child said, instead of sticking up for their friend. It took a lot of guts for her to tell me what was going on, and it is awful to see your child upset and in tears. The hard thing for me is that I work there, at the school. I could go up to the child in question and go all loco on her. In fact, while trying to cheer her up I said I would go to her and say ” Did you forget whose daughter she was? You’d better check yourself before you wreck yourself!” complete with all the attitudy finger and head shaking. She was insistent that I do it, but obviously, I couldn’t! A couple of parents were spoken to instead, and her teacher and things seem to have been resolved now…
  • If we were sipping chai together  I’d mention that I was featured on Shelley Wilson’s Motivate Me Academy site, as an inspiring woman. I feel honoured to have been asked. Did you get a chance to read? Click here if you didn’t.
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that Lil Man had a birthday gathering to attend, at the local shopping centre to watch a film. I dropped him, and waited until I knew what they were watching, so I could be back to pick him up. It was a strange one for me as this is the first time he has been to a ‘party’ like this, in the outside world, with kids who I don’t know and no parents to supervise. Oh my, another little bit of independence for him! Still, I got some shopping time, and me time, which saw me lunching and reading in Costa again!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you my ‘self’ intention is also going to plan, with my weekly bubble bath and book still taking place, and I managed to squeeze in a mani and pedi too this weekend! And I have continued with my handlettering, trying different looks!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that the coming week is relatively quiet, aside from one fraught evening where I need to get home asap. drive one child to a party, get back and deliver another to training, then get back to pick the first one up. I hope Hubby Dearest remembers he has to pick the other one op from training…
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that I really shouldn’t be eating anything sweet with this drink… The weight has crept on terribly! But I can’t help myself!

Did anything interesting happen in your life last week?

Have a wonderful week ahead Peeps!

Chai And A Chat #15 #ChaiAndAChat

Have you grabbed a fresh brew, ready for a catch up?

  • If we were sipping chai together  I’d start off by saying “Hi!” and giving you a huge hug!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you I have been very good with my ‘Self’ intentions this week. I have spent time on myself, having bubble baths, and reading. I have continued to pursue my dream, signing up to a writers course, and starting the first module. I have even finished my big reread/rewrite/edit/tweak mission!
    If we were sipping chai together  I’d mention that I am a little confused now, as to what to do next. I have to make the decision. Do I go chasing representation and an agent for the traditional publishing experience? Or do I knuckle down and head out on the Indie highway? I am preparing for both, with my Writers and Artists Yearbook, and The Indie Author Mindset book by my side, to help me along… what would you do? These decisions will make it easier for me to decide if I need to get professional editing or critiquing done, or whether I leave that to the agents…
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d let you know that school has been hectic as usual, but fun too. We are still operating on our emergency staffing structure whilst my colleague is on long term sickness, and it’s taken me out of the Nursery loop a little more, which I don’t like, but I am getting more involved with Reception in a way that I feel more confident there. Who knows what next academic year will bring…?
  • If we were sipping chai together  I’d let you know that the kids are still more than happy with their newly moved around rooms and that they have kept them relatively tidy… (with my help). But they are not happy about tutoring! We decided to engage with someone to help them with Maths, as it isn’t my strong point, and Hubby Dearest, though he is good, doesn’t always know the newer methods in place for various topics. They didn’t do homework in the holidays which led to much moaning at the last minute, followed by “It’s no good anyway, why do we have to go?” comments on a loop… but they went. No choice. They just need to get their confidence with basic number skills up, then I’ll be happy!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that Lil Princess has a new challenge for herself. She wants to draw Mickey Mouse every day to better herself, and is indulging in a spot of brush lettering too!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d sigh with relief and tell you that Pops and Mum now finally have heat, hot water and electricity! It was a hard three weeks for them, and for us, sat so far away! But now they have issues with their digital tv provider, Sky, which Hubby Dearest is trying to sort out… Always something!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d ask you if you are proud of me. Why? Because I managed a whole week of blogging without accidentally posting more than my intentions of two post a week until I am happy with my manuscript!!!
  • If we were sipping chai together I would mention that upon browsing my stats, and checking out the new WP colours, I saw that I am nearing world domination! The map of the world shows there are not many places left where someone hasn’t checked out this blog!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you my teaching observation, which got delayed before Christmas, is finally looming and that I have that to look forward to on Wednesday!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that the in-laws have decided on their dates for the annual Motherland trip, so I am now trying to organise care for certain times of the day, and certain dates where I am either teaching, parent evening or training! Fun and games.
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you I hope to have decided my next steps for the manuscript too!

Have a great week Peeps! ❤

Chai And A Chat #14 #ChaiAndAChat

Welcome all to the first Chai and a Chat of the year! I trust you all had a good one! Now, go get your drink, snuggle in and we can catch up!

  • If we were sipping chai together  I’d tell you that I am actually quite proud of myself! I said I would not post, and aside from a new years message, and a Blogger’s Bash reminder, I stayed true to my word! It’s been hard though. As I get notifications of the weekly challenge, I am having to force myself to not save them all, and resign myself to the fact that I am going to miss a few weeks worth! But it’s all for a good cause…
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that I have been really good! I have been doing my reread and tweak-style of editing every day, bar one where I was physically too tired and I have done over a third of the book so far! I created a little page in my journal too, to keep me motivated and on track, where I colour in boxes representing chapters each time I get another one done!
That’s me at the start of my Saturday morning!
  • If we were sipping chai together  I’d confide in you that I have even contacted a couple of editors for quotes and advice on what next, because if I go Indie, I need to fund all the professional stuff myself, whereas a traditional publisher would pay for all the editing, polishing and tweaking stuff required. There is a lot to take in, developmental editing, copy/line editing, critiquing, alpha/beta readers, then formatting, blurb and cover… It won’t be easy, but I am on a mission! I am still toying with the idea of reaching out to agents, to see if there is a chance of traditional publication…
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d also mention that I started a new group on Facebook – Kick Ass Kreators – a kind of online accountability group, where we can post our achievements on whatever we are trying to create at the moment, and ask for help or a virtual kick up the backside to keep us on track for reaching goals… if you want to join, you are most welcome! Just click here!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that I have started a new hobby too, to keep me calm – hand lettering! It’s not the same as calligraphy as there is more of an element of individuality to what you write, but I love experimenting with new pens and paper! And Lil Princess has also caught the art bug again, after getting a lovely art set for Christmas! She has been experimenting with watercolour wash pieces, and we even collaborated on a piece of art!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d say that I didn’t make a resolution this New Year, but rather an intention, or rather, a few… the first was that I intend to do something with this book this year! Another is to look after myself. Because if you don’t look after yourself, you can’t be there for others properly… Obviously, there is the eating well and lose weight stuff, but I just have to try hard on that… I am finding it hard for some reason, this time round to stick to any decent eating plan… chocolate and cookies are to blame!
My lettering again!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that I was fully intending on having a relaxed last day before school started again on the Thursday, but that didn’t happen! Instead, I got an idea in my head that buzzed around like an annoying fly and until I had fulfilled it, the window in my brain wouldn’t open, to let that fly out! It was to totally restructure the furniture in my kids’ bedrooms! So there I was, alone, as it was an impromptu idea, lugging bookshelves, beds and desks around, to create a different, more productive environment for both of them. It worked, but not before unearthing all sorts of mouldy rubbish from under my teenage son’s bed, and finding all manner of awful ink and paint stains on my daughter’s cream (😣) carpet! Oh and the dust! I was sneezing for England! Still, I managed to finish it all and ended up an aching mess on the floor by the end, groaning because I knew I still had to be fresh and ready for school the next day! A bubble bath soothed the muscles, but nothing could get me to sleep that night… and it was the same for the kids. A fortnight of messed up sleeping patterns meant no one was ready for an early bedtime!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you school was actually pretty great! The kids came back happy, and for the most part, healthy! My own two woke without a fuss on the first day too ( a true surprise, as I have been used to battles every morning to get them ready in time!) but the tiredness was there… and on Friday, I was honestly ready to be a bad teacher… If I could, I would have put Youtube on a loop, sat my afternoon kids in front of the screen (which they would have loved!) and curled up in the corner to catch a few zzzzz! But I couldn’t do that, could I?
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d whisper quietly, that the weekend planned was a very quiet one… lots of rest, once the grocery shopping and house cleaning was done, reading, eating (healthily) and editing…
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d have to mention that I have been increasingly worried and frustrated about my parents! I guess this comes as they get older. We couldn’t see them this holiday for various reasons, but on Christmas day they told me they were without heating as the boiler had sprung a leak that caused some damage which could not be repaired in a straightforward manner. Now, I knew of the leak before and was under the impression things had been sorted out, but no… they left it to Christmas morning to slip in the fact that they were sitting, wrapped up, in their living room, with plug-in heaters and no hot water either! Of course, they wouldn’t entertain the idea of coming to us, because “what if the pipes freeze and burst while we weren’t there?”  (it has barely been below freezing, so no chance of freezing pipes, but too cold to be in a house with no heating!) and the saga continued as they discovered there was some issue that involved specialist equipment to clean some pipes or something like that… Then, the icing on the cake, when mum called me to mention, in a slightly panicked voice, but with a layer of “don’t worry, we’re okay” smoothed over the top, that ” We don’t have electricity, and I am alone, as your Pops has gone to class, and no, he doesn’t know because he forgot his phone at home, though it’s not just us, the neighbours just came round and they are in the same boat – they have small children too, so it’s terrible for them – and I’m okay, I have candles.” I wanted to teleport then right here, but no, there was no movement! The electricity company came round and it was something big that needed repairing so they ended up with a generator so at least they had power overnight, and the roads were dug up the next morning to restore normality! And the hope is that the heating issue will be fixed by Sunday… I’m still waiting to see if it is all sorted! Hate being so far away from them, not able to do much more than get myself worked up, and offer comforting words…
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that I had a great chat with my brother and sister-in-law in Finland one day and there is a possibility of they coming over to the UK in the Spring, so I may finally be able to give my Finndian nephew #2 a real cuddle! That is something that will totally keep me going once they set a date!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that the next week should be a relatively quiet one, so hopefully a straightforward school week, with no surprises, and lots of editing opportunities!

So… tell me about the start to your New Year!

Chai And A Chat #13 #ChaiAndAChat

Well, well, well, well well! We’ve reached the end of the year… It’s the last of my Chai and A Chat catch ups for the year.

Where did 2018 go? Seriously, it just whizzed by!

You got your drink? It might be a long un!

  • If we were sipping chai together  I’d tell that I did indeed manage to wrap the presents, before the Christmas Eve party (WHY on Christmas Eve?!), then as the shops were pretty quiet, I bought more, and had to find the time to wrap them too that evening! I did also manage to squeeze in a leisurely lunch date with myself, my Kindle and a LARGE Chai Latte too!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d moan that we had to also spend time at the Minor Injuries unit as Lil Princess managed to bend her fingers backwards at said party, and we were worried that she may have fractured or broken two of them. Thankfully, like the shopping centre, the unit was quiet, and we got her checked, x-rayed and back home within an hour. No breaks or fractures, just tendon pulling!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d let you know that Christmas day went smoothly, and quietly as it was on a Tuesday, which in my in-law’s house is a vegetarian and no alcohol day. So no Turkey dinner for us! My Sis in law and I spent the previous evening making samosas from scratch, and so for our festive food, we had Samosa, Pakoras and Spring Rolls for Christmas lunch and dinner was an array of Veggie pizzas!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d lament that Boxing day was not a day of chilled relaxing and grazing on the leftovers of the day before. Oh no. Because the turkey hadn’t graced the table the day before, our Christmas dinner was a day late, so we spent the day slaving in the kitchen, again, for our Christmas feast! All the good cheer was consumed today instead, so we had a few very merry members of the household indeed by the end of the day!
  • If we were sipping Chai together, I’d tell you that the day after Boxing day we didn’t even surface until gone 10am! Still, everyone needed a day of rest and not doing too much to recover from the craziness of the past few days!
  • If we were sipping Chai together I’d also say we ventured to Bluewater Shopping centre on Friday. A 15-minute journey usually but an HOUR instead, where we ate, wandered around a couple of shops then left because it was just too busy!
  • If we were sipping Chai together I’d tell you that we went to Bluewater AGAIN on Sunday, this time,mega early, to watch Mary Poppins Returns! Bluewater at 9am on a Sunday is like a ghost town! But we managed to grab breakfast then watch a great film!
  • If we were sipping Chai together I’d moan that we got home and I ended up in bed with what I hope is the last migraine of 2018!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that I have made some plans for my blogging future… I know I have mentioned it a few times to you already, but you are all like my online accountability partners so, I’ll reiterate! As of the new year, i.e. tomorrow, I am going to attempt to finish all I need to do for my novel manuscript. The rewrite has commenced, but I need to finish it. For that, I need to be a little less typey typey on the blog, and more typey typey on the manuscript! As a result, I shall be holding back on the daily creative challenges I usually participate in, until I feel happier about the story I have crafted. But don’t worry, I’m not about to disappear completely! Spidey and I will be here on a Sunday, and this Monday Chai date? Definitely keeping that, so I can tell you how things are going. Of course, if the urge takes me, I’ll post about stuff, you know what I mean! And I shall keep reviewing any books I read too, after all, reviews are what keep authors going!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that 2018 was another great year for me, blog-wise! I may have had less overall views, but the interaction was so much more meaningful for me! I posted less, but the average comments per post have gone up! I was so happy to have attended the Annual Bloggers Bash, for the third time, coming home with the runner-up place on Best Overall Blogger too, and I was able to introduce my Hubby Dearest to many of my dear blogily there!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d say that I am looking forward to the new year. 2019 is going to be epic! I can feel it in my bones! New challenges at school and in my own life, goals I wish to achieve… Bring it on!

All that’s left is for me to wish you all a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! I’ll see you in 2019!!!

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Chai And A Chat #12 #ChaiAndAChat

Got your drink ready? Or at least got your kettle on? Settle down then!

  • If we were sipping chai together  I’d firstly say, PHEW! We are finally on holiday! The last term has been really long, and coupled with the staffing issues and illness, it has not been an easy ride, but we have got there!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that Christmas can really make a teacher feel appreciated! My pupils ad colleagues excelled themselves, I was loaded down with gift bags to take home, filled with choccies, bickies and all sorts of lovely goodies!
  • If we were sipping chai together  I’d tell you about another drama involving Lil Man, his friends, an X-Box controller, security cameras, black magic, Autism and friendship… but it would be far too long, and we’d need IV drips for our drinks! Suffice to say, Tuesday was an eventful evening!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d say the staff Christmas party was a fun evening, even though the younger members of staff didn’t quite appreciate the entertainment, asking what a UB40 was, rather than who… as we had a tribute band, UB42, providing the music for part of the evening! Still, I enjoyed it and by swaying along to the reggae, I smashed my step count and active minutes according to the FitBit app!
  • If we were sipping chai together  I’d tell you that I have been secreting little presents away for the kids, and now I really need to get them wrapped!
    If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you Saturday and Sunday were pretty calm, all Christmas-panic-related things, considered!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d whisper that I still haven’t wrapped anything! Eeeek! Guess what I’ll be doing this evening!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d rant that I have to take Lil Princess to a party today – on Christmas Eve – at the local Shopping centre! Seriously? Who chooses one of the busiest times of the year and one of the busiest venues, to have a party?! Still, I am hoping to have a couple of hours of either shopping, or sitting with a book and a Chai Latte at Costa, to while the party hours away!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d wish you a very Merry Christmas, and say, I look forward to all the Christmas stories next week!

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