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Blythe Beresford

Writer, nature enthusiast, and lover of the unusual.

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February 2017

Growing & Me: “Adenium Obesum” #1

What I do in my spare time is a lot of looking after cool plants. Following on from last week's Audrey Saga, this is the tale of what I'm up to with my growing currently.

Check out how I got on with growing this bonsai from seed so far!

Growing & Me: The Audrey Saga

(Featured above - Audrey the VFT in her early days! Not a bonsai, no, but read below to find out why Audrey was so important in cultivating my interest in growing all things green!)

When I'm not writing or reading, I'm tending to the various jungle of plants which are gradually taking over my house.

My love for plants probably stems (haha, no pun intended) from my mother's green fingers. She gets it from my Bapcia, who would always be proud to show us her gardens and greenhouse every time we went down to visit her. My sister picked this up when she moved in with her SO - but I had suspected for a long time that she, too, had dreams of possessing the 'green touch'. It was only a matter of time before my 'plant powers' emerged (I hoped).

5 Lessons from “My First Novel”

I've been writing stories since I could pick up a pencil and form letters on paper (or whatever else my pencils and crayons would make a mark on). But besides my abysmal attempt at a story when I was 11, my first complete novel didn't happen until 2012.

I had just finished college, and managed to get my first job in retail as a Christmas Temp. October was running out and November approached. I'm sure a couple of you are familiar with National Novel Writing Month which takes place annually in November. I've attempted Nanowrimo every year since 2010. It's not easy, and it's not for the faint-hearted.

I did not win in 2010 or 2011. I got to around 15,000 words and 21,000 words respectively and gave up.

But in 2012, I had my first win. I barely scraped past the finishing line with 50030 words, but I did it. And my story was, I thought, finished. How did I win that year - what was different on that third attempt from the previous two years?

Whoever said Procrastination was bad?

Wednesday morning, and I'm stuck procrastinating - again! Between signing petitions and scrolling Pinterest for Valentine's Day ideas, I've uncovered some cool resources this morning.

Check out the full post to see what I've found!

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