Plot ideas are usually welcomed by novelists, with keyboard-tapping glee - but what happens when we have too many at once?
I have a picture on the wall near my desk, of Hans Christian Andersen. It's one I've had since I was very young and I used to love it. All those images dancing before his eyes. Simply magical. Recently though, it has acquired an almost sinister, aura. And I'll tell you why.
It's been a very long time since I wrote a blog post but one of my New Year resolutions was to write blogs again so as it's June, I thought I'd better get started.
What better way to start than with a little post about my recent, Mediterranean cruise? I only booked this holiday on the 17th of May and I left Gatwick on the 20th, so it was a bit of a mad rush. This is the ship, Oceana, in a not-so-sunny, Venice.
She's in the P&O Cruises, fleet and to be quite honest, could do with a little TLC but my balcony cabin was perfect and I had a fabulous time, so they won't be getting any complaints from me.
I didn't even mind the occasional bucket in the hall, collecting drips from leaking pipes. They were bright orange buckets and there was something cheerful-looking about them. Can a bucket look cheerful?
After a few Bellini's in one of the several bars, yes!
The staff were abundant, friendly and helpful. I made some lovely new friends amongst my fellow passengers. Even the weather came up trumps after a wet first and second day. Not that weather bothers me. I can have fun whatever the universe delivers. Here's a photo taken from the vaporetto as we approached St. Mark's Square... in the rain.
I can't believe Christmas is over for another year. You all know how much I love it... so guess what. I'm having a giveaway of a few extra Christmas presents in my Carry on Christmas Lucky Dip. Click, 'Continue Reading' to find out how to enter to win one of six lovely prizes.
This Lucky Dip is in addition to the Readers' Club newsletter, December draw - which you can still enter, by the way. The closing date for that is midnight on the 8th of January 2016 but you have to be a newsletter subscriber for that one. Go to my Freebies and Prizes page for details and to see the prize... which is a warm and cuddly, one size fits all, slanket.
The Carry on Christmas Lucky Dip will have six prizes and yes, it is international. It opens today, 27th December and closes at midnight on Tuesday, 29th December, 2015.
I want this giveaway to be open to all readers and I know from your emails that some of you aren't on Twitter or Facebook. To make this fair, those of you not on social media can enter here, in the comments box below or you can send me an email via the contact page by clicking here. But read: 'How to enter', below, before you do so. If you do decide to enter via the comments box, please don't panic if you don't see your entry immediately. All comments go to a moderator for approval, so they will appear later... unless you are a spammer of course.
The winners' names and the prize each winner has won, will be posted on the 'Freebies and Prizes', page of my website on December 30th. I'll then need the winners' postal details. If any of the winners entered via Twitter or Facebook, they'll also be notified there, and by email for those using email to enter.