Wednesday, 12 March 2014

A win, a Pamper and a Two Stories

 
The last week has been very eventful - in a good way. On Thursday evening the choir I belong to, Cantatrice, entered into two classes at the Worthing Music Festival and guess what... we won both.
 
All 75 of us sat with our mouths open when we heard the results, as the choirs we were up against were all excellent. It was a fantastic evening and it was a great opportunity to hear other choirs sing. The only thing that was rather disconcerting was that there wasn't enough room on the raised blocks for everyone - so I was stuck up there (the only second soprano) amongst a block of altos while the rest of the sopranos were on the flat stage.
 
 
The next lovely thing I did was have a spa day with my youngest daughter who had come down from Manchester. It was her birthday present and we went to the Alexandra House Hotel near East Grinstead. Wow! What pampering! I had to force myself to stay awake during the facial as it was so relaxing. It was a great mum and daughter bonding time.
 
This week started well, with a story in the weekly People's Friend called, 'Someone to Lean On'. The lovely illustration for my story is by Richard Eraut.
 
 
I also have a story in the monthly special called, 'Still Waters Run Deep'. The illustration is by my favourite artist, Andre Leonard, who has illustrated many of my stories.

The inspiration behind 'Still Waters' is fascinating and I shall tell you about it in my next post.

 
Finally both Helen Yendall in her Writing Magazine article and The People's Friend on their website refer to me as Writer Wendy Clarke - maybe now I can believe it!

30 comments:

  1. There are 75 of you in the choir? Wow! We fluctuate, but I don't think we've ever topped 30 - and we need more men. Last night there were only three basses, who persevered valiantly with Rossini.

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    1. There are actually 90 of us, Julia - all women (some couldn't make the concert).

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  2. What an excellent week! And I did see your name in Helen's article! Now I just have to find your own article in last months mag. I hope next week is as good, if not better :)

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  3. Well done on the stories, Wendy. My daughter wants to take me to a spa, but I'm not sure....

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    1. You absolutely must go, Frances - you'll love it.

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  4. An eventful week, Wendy. Congrats on all accounts and the spa day sounded lovely! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Jan and yes, the spa was wonderful.

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  5. What a week, Wendy! Congratulations on choir success and stories too and spa sounds wonderful treat.

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    1. It's been a much quieter end to the week, Tracy.

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  6. A fantastic week for you, Wendy! Congrats on the choir win and the stories. A spa is something I've swithered over for some time and still haven't done.

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    1. 'swithered' - I have never heard of this word before, Rosemary... is it Scottish?

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    2. Just noticed your question, Wendy - I guess it must be but I hadn't realised that! I thought everyone used it.

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    3. Maybe they do - it might just be me!

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  7. Congratulations, Wendy - what a fantastic week x

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    1. Thanks, Teresa - love your story 'Special Delivery'.

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  8. What a brilliant week! Congratulations on all your successes. I love singing (when nobody is listening).

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    1. Thank you, Kate - off to choir today.

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  9. A wonderful, well-deserved week, Wendy. Congratulations on all your success. It was lovely to read all about it. Thank you for a brilliant post. x

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    1. That's very sweet of you, Joanna - thank you.

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  10. You've been a very busy writer, Wendy.

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  11. Congratulations on all your successes, Wendy. Enjoyed your story in PF.

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  12. Many congratulations Wendy. You must still be on cloud nine. I long for the day to see one of my stories in print. I wish you continued success and happiness.

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  13. Well done Wendy, your pen must be smoking!!!!

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  14. My hubby just brought home some People's Friend hardbacks from work and I saw one of Richard Eraut's illustrations, very beautiful. So I googled him and happened upon your site and saw he has illustrated for you too. Wow it's a small world. Congrats on your endeavours, very inspiring.

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    1. How lovely to hear how you came to stumble upon my blog. It is a small world, isn't it and I agree, the People's Friend illustrators are great.

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  15. You're very welcome. It was a real treat. I'm in Australia btw, we have "your" Kate and Wills visiting, they were in my state for 6 hrs yesterday :). I have 2 sisters in Holland, one lives there, one's visiting for 6 weeks. I was born there, been out here for 57 years. How time flies! All the best :)

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