Firstly, some funnies from Debby Gies who has been doing some excellent foraging for us. D.G. Writes is where you will find an archive full of …Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – January 2023 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Healthy Eating and Alternative Book Titles
It’s nearly Christmas,
So where’s the snow?
Let’s ask Santa,
He might know.
What a year
We all have had.
Hope next year’s better,
It can’t be this bad.
I want to say
We learned a lot.
But I’m not so sure,
As we soon forgot…
the climate struggle.
Our busy lives
We’ve had to juggle.
Forgot that animals
Are dwindling and dying.
That floods and heat waves
Left many crying.
Forgot how vegetation
Is thinning out,
That many suffer
From devastating drought.
Yes it’s Christmas,
And that’s just great.
But please remember
What’s on everyone’s plate.
These were my brief thoughts on this year. It definitely feels like we have forgotten about climate change and its impending destruction. I hope that when people are swept away with Christmas joy, they still think about spending their time being considerate to the environment.
No need for lots of one use only packaging and endless flights. Let’s celebrate in a more humble way and enjoy each other’s company whilst recognising that we need to find ways to be more sustainable throughout every season.
As my new book is now a week old, I thought I would share another extract from it. This story is about two teenagers who are about to do their A-Levels when they come across a derelict country house. From that moment on their lives change for the worse as they cannot escape a feeling of constantly being watched.
Here is the snippet:
It was getting close to twilight when I called out to mum.
“I’m off to hang out with Max.”
“Alright, remember your key,” she yelled back as I undid the door that linked the garage to the kitchen.
I had picked up some crisps and other vital supplies on my way down and squeezed a bottle of lemonade into my rucksack before picking up my bike. I took a deep breath and was just about to leave when my phone started ringing. It was Max.
“Sorry man, I can’t make it,” he said with a frog in his throat. “You know how much I wanna be there. My throat has flared up and I have just been sick.”
“Oh man. That sucks,” I said shrugging my shoulders.
“Can we do it tomorrow instead?” he said with a genuine sound of someone who was not well.
“Don’t worry. We got this,” I said, putting the phone down and opening the garage up. I wheeled my bike out, clicked off the light and pulled the door down behind me. Taking a deep breath, I switched on my lights and took off.
My first stop would be the local shop. I needed to see if they had any garlic, just in case it was a vampire. Ok this was a long shot, but you have to be prepared for everything right? As I zoomed through the aisles, I soon set eyes on a clove of garlic and chucked it into my basket. Nearby they sold kitchen knives so I thought I may as well get one of those too. It would take the place of a stake just in case I needed to stick whatever was in there in its chest.
Maybe I was getting too carried away and this was starting to be me acting out my favourite movies a little, but I knew Siobhan would be pleased that I had taken precautions. To my surprise, when I got to the checkout, the cashier asked me for ID as she said I could only buy a knife if I had proof of age. Of course, that was one thing I had forgot to bring with me so I gave her the knife back and paid for the garlic. I also grabbed some cheap chocolate buttons to add to my supplies. I knew Siobhan had a soft spot for them and we might both need some instant energy during our mission. Especially if things got really scary.
I threw that idea to the back of my thoughts and got back on my bike. I didn’t want to be late and leave her waiting for me at the top of that hill. My feet ached a little as I had done some cricket practise earlier. Every time I turned the pedals they reminded me that I had fallen over trying to catch a long ball. Eventually I neared the top of the road and could see her stood next to her bike, earphones on, staring at her phone. She waved when she caught a glimpse of me.
“Hey, what took you so long?” she jested, knowing full well that we were both early.
“What you listening to?” I asked as I got off my bike and sidled up with her.
“Shawn Mendes. What else?” she replied, as if to say it was obvious.
“You know Max can’t make it? He came over sick.”
“That guy is sick. For sure,” she laughed, not really meaning it in a bad way, but equally not referring to him being cool either.
“Are you ready for this?” I asked, nervously.
Thank you for taking the time to read this short extract from my YA drama, Being Watched.