May 2018 Update.

My name is Ellen Best, I lived in The South western tip of Somerset England for four and a half years… until May 2017 when we upped sticks and moved back to Suffolk.

I am extremely lucky to be married to John, who persuaded me to give up work to concentrate on us and my writing. We moved to Somerset from East Anglia in September 2012, leaving family friends and familiarity behind (I love a good alliteration). Together we have laughed, loved, travelled to far off lands and welcomed friends and family into our home for scenic holidays, beach walks, good food, loads of fun and music punctuated with stories all washed down with drink fuelled evenings. All the above continues but back home as we start our newest adventure. In The Flint house, it is a converted school house that is tired and in need of some serious cosseting which we are doing slowly together.

This home reeks of history, *sniffs* I feel myself channelling Jean Brodie as we speak.

“What is this? Who am I? What am I doing here?”

This Blog is part of my journey, this is where I procrastinate from my manuscript; from my novel.
During this process I have to work hard to not get frustrated. When writing life becomes a bloody and sweaty hike, I come here.
I have put the excitement and secret lives of non-existent people in to my work and down on paper. I have characters who live in a place created by me, who live lives of my making, who face obstacles, pain and love; all of my doing. My story has only just begun, it is in the throws of gestation .
“From that first burst of creativity, the speed and exhilarating ride of the word train, I now have to work at perfecting it and try not sanitise it in the process. “It is all in the rewrite, the first and second third sometimes fourth drafts. “The edits, the return to research again and again to check – ‘did I get a date or a law exactly right?’ The need to hone a look or tweak it because you found something new or more interesting. You didn’t want to hou just want to leave it; let it simmer a while.
“Get her done”! As one of my virtual friends once told me. Sit down and do it I tell myself. Sometimes I’m sick of the characters changing their minds and a good slap is what is needed. That my friends is when I come here and write whimsy.

“I have a need to write. When other writers get to that hard slog place, they knit, paint, cook, garden or take photographs; I write. For some, the grammar, typos and punctuation are the easiest parts ( I however know where my weaknesses are). Their slog may be in the beginning at conception, the creative part. I digress lets bring it back on point.
My resting, clearing cobwebs from my head and taking my mind off the sticky stuff is done here. It is with *sigh * a deep breath, (here in my safe place) that you will find me. I am here with words, scribble, story and rhyme, if you look close enough you’ll find pieces of me.

I am Ellen, some say a happy, humorous, quick witted woman who laughs, loves, talks and cry’s in equal measure. Others suggest “I am a bit bonkers, but we know all the best people are”. (Borrowed from Lewis Carroll ).
I am stronger than I seem; happier than I have ever been. I am a complex character who loves life. I Bathe in love, laughter and words. Words that I read and write, words that I swallow whole.

Please pay me in comments and I will respond soonest and you will make me happy and gain a pal *flutters lashes* I am easily pleased.

Please feel free to follow me on twitter. HERE.


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  2. We all have our challenges, some being more visible than others.
    Keep writing – I’m told a positive attitude (which seems present for you) helps!
    Know that Carrot Ranch is a fun and safe place and hopefully writing for the prompts and enjoying reading others replies helps you too. Hugs, ~Jules

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  7. Hi Ellen – Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that I have done the Guest Post – Contributor invite.
    I have set you up as a contributor to my Blog. Now its up to you to accept, produce your post and drop me a note when done and ready for my review and publish.
    One thing, as contributor, this role unfortunately does not allow you to upload images, to please feel free to email me the images you wish to use, if you have any, and where it should go, and I will add as per your direction.
    Thanks you again for your interest to be a Contributor on The Recipe Hunter.
    I only intend to do a Guest Post release once a week, so first come first serve. The next one will be next week, so keep me posted.
    Should you require more information, please email me at Cookandenjoy@shaw.ca
    EsmΓ© – The Recipe Hunter

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  8. Hi, I have to say I’m bonkers as well, ha! It’s so nice to connect with you and I appreciate your recent insight about getting out of my own way. Thank you. Although, if you get that from my words, are you sure you don’t know me in real life, too? πŸ˜‰ Ha! x

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  9. oh me, oh my…I have a Twitter missive from you to reply to!!! Lovely intro Ellen…although I am having a deja vu moment, have I commented on this about page before? Terrible case of over blogging and not posting; I be in a mental place of cluttered amnesia. That said I now have bought a projects book so will start using it….I digress; great page my bonkers friend πŸ™‚

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  10. You had me at “bloody sweaty hike.” And I completely relate to the struggle to get the words down on paper/screen…
    Looking forward to following to see what kind of progress you make. Maybe it will inspire me as well!

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  11. Hi Ellen. This reminds me that I must up-date my ‘about’ page. Reading this also reminds me of myself in many ways. Aren’t we just brilliant!! Hee hee!! Lovely connecting with you and looking forward to reading your posts.

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  12. Well Ellen we meet again and this is a lovely about. I feel I know you now, not that anyone every really knows anyone. I like you when we spoke at the Bloggers Bash and this post has filled in the nutty gaps. So from one Bonkers blogger to another have a fun Social Saturday.πŸ€—πŸ’œ

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  18. What a good day. After a fascinating conference covering gut health, the cholesterol myth and neurolinguistic programming, it was such fun chatting with you about writers’ awards, mean train conductors, the best shoes to embroider with rose trimmings… and discovering your blog x

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  21. Hi Ellen!
    I found you through Margaret’s new writing group! I just read your intro e-mail and had to come visit here, too. I am so excited to get to know you better and learn more about that manuscript you’re working on πŸ™‚

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