About.

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April 2019 Updated.

My name is Ellen Best, I consider myself very fortunate to be married to John, he persuaded me to give up work so I can concentrate on my writing. Interspersed with adventures.

We live in the county of Suffolk, in the UK. Together we laugh, love and travel to far off lands. We welcome friends and family into our home. We have a motor-home for scenic holidays, beach walks, good food, fun and festival going. We share our home and motor-home with Lilly the rescue dog.

Our lives are punctuated with stories, shared with love and washed down with good food and beverages. We like to entertain and have music-filled evenings with new-found friends. Together our adventures keep us young .

The Flint house is our converted Victorian school-house that is getting some serious cosseting; we have been doing it together for two years. This home reeks of history, ‘sniff’ I feel myself channelling wonderful Authors as we speak.

This was the second area sorted, (we had to have a bathroom first) the lath and plaster ceiling in this inner hall was hanging down, there is a mud floor with small red and black beautiful checkerboard tiles; only one of three areas that were original when we moved in in 2017. Though I have an office of sorts, I can often be found with bare feet pressed into the cool floor, or with my bum squished into the twisted stairs; gazing at books. Here I drink in the ambience; pencil, notebook or tablet in hand … channelling Jean Brodie; just as you’d expect.

“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 into 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 throes of gestation.
“From that first burst of creativity, the speed and exhilarating ride of the word train; I love. Next, I have to work at perfecting it; try not sanitize 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?’ I need to hone a look or tweak it because I found something new or more interesting. I didn’t want to alter it … I just wanted it to be perfect as it was. So I left it; let it simmer a while.
“Get her done”! One of my virtual friends 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. Other ideas come in to play, new stories that steal time from the first. Before I know it there are several works in progress. That my friends is when I come here and write whimsy.

“I have a need to write. When other writers get to that hard 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 lay). Their slog may be in the beginning at conception, the creative part. I digress let’s bring it back on point.
My resting, clearing cobwebs from my head and taking my mind off the sticky stuff is done here on my Blog. 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. Or on Instagram HERE You can also follow my Pinterest Here. If you wish.

251 thoughts on “About.

  1. Hi Ellen.

    I know it is a tad early, but I wanted to let you know that I will be publishing a post on Tuesday, Jan 28th, at 2 am PST and I have nominated you for the Bloggers Recognition Award. Thank you for being in my blogging arena and your support.

    I hope you will be able to accept and pay this forward, but no hard feelings and pressure should you not be able to do so, I fully understand.

    The post will only be available on Tuesday, Jan 28th, after 2 am PST: https://esmesalon.com/bloggers-recognition-award-7/

    Blogging regards, Esme Slabs from EsmeSalon

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    1. No I have not been well for a while but am back now. Working on my novel and intend to post once a week. But am still unable to share on Facebook 😯😒 thank you for dropping in xx

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  2. Ellen, what a treat reading all this. You are one amazing lady with such spirit and zest. I’m honoured to have β€œmet” you and may our friendship and reading together continue in years to come.

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  3. Hi Ellen, Your words speak volumes…Your positive manner and writing, I’m sure,will reach and appeal to many. Like you (although I’m ancient – think wine rather than cheese…) I have β€˜the world’ inside of me and want to visit and express it ALL.but will never have enough time to do so as eloquently as I wish. But I’ll have a bloomin’ good try though! Where can I read the poem you wrote about the concentration camp? Best wishes.

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  4. Hi Ellen, how is your novel coming along?

    When we were in London, we visited Longleat, Stonehenge, and Bath. Yes, as you said, it’s nice and scenic area. I’m done compiling my poetry book. I know about the first, second, third, and fourth editings. I’m almost ready for my editor.

    I am writing my memoir also and had to take a break because I cut off a big chunk and will start from somewhere else. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes I know where you are… you’re at the hard slog place with your memoir. Good luck with the poetry book, I am so pleased for you. Are you Indie or have you a publisher? I would have loved to have met you … maybe next time.

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      1. I am working on perfecting my Flash fiction with an Idea to gather enough for a book. I am altering where my novel begins and adding another twist. The more you learn the more you see, so back to the drawing board once more.

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        1. I know what you mean, Ellen. I set out to write my memoir and write 30,000 words. When I learn more about memoir writing, I edited and edited and cut out a big chunk. Now I even stopped the part I started and started from another point. I’ve written quite a few for the 99 words flash fiction. I like most of them. When I have enough, I’ll do a book also. I may expand some of them – I don’t know yet. Let’s keep going and keep each other company. ❀

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  5. 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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  6. 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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          1. WOW – awesome – just pulled email, saw your email and quickly checked and saw your post. Unable to read now, as I am on my way to work, but will check it all out tonight. Your post will be scheduled for next week. Thanks in advance my friend. Please share this news with your friends, and let’s get happy guest posting. Thanks in advance.

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    1. Thank you for your kindness but I am an award free blog on account that I have so little time spare as it is and i wouldn’t be able to do it justice. Thank you so much for thinking of me I appreciate it enormously.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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          1. Very true and often that is the case with people living one way inside and another outside….aka depression. I never make light of that as the beast is known to me too. However, happy mad and strange discourse is a totally different quality of bonkers lol

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. HI Ellen, I’m glad you replied to my story of “fear.” Every word true. BUT, I’ve found your blog and how fascinating. I too am in the middle of writing a novel. I’m retired and happily married to a lovely Japanese lady. We travel to Japan once a year and I love it there. I still haven’t made it to England. The Broome family still has distant…very distant…roots there…somewhere! I love your blog and if you can spare a moment to hop over and check my blog out please do!

    Meanwhile I’m gonna surf yours and wait for you next post!

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  15. So sorry i just found this in spam😱 I am not a group but just me on FB. Without the twenty four. X Thank you for coming please come back and read some pieces of me. X

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  16. Ellen, I just want to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing my “Share and Inspire Others!” post on FB. You’re awesome, adn I thank youi again for taking the time to do it. I am going to try and find the post on FB, so please will you be able to provide me with your FB group name, thanks so much. Happy Cook&Enjoy

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  17. Hi Ellen, it is such a pleasure to meet you. I’m so glad you stopped by my blog which led me back to yours. I look forward to learning more about you through your blog. Have a good one!! ~Steph

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  18. Hello and a very special welcome aboard pensitivity101. You have clocked up as my 800th follower, and whilst there is no special prize I can offer, I am glad to have you join the ranks and look forward to hearing from you in the comments.

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  19. Hi Ellen, Like me you don’t let on where you are located and your reason for blogging is very similar to my own. I enjoy the freeing up of creativity that blogging allows as opposed to those painful editing sessions on the manuscript. Like you I write to relax and escape the serious writing stuff. You can always tell when I have a project on the go as I blog much more than when I am between. Anyway, it has been lovely to meet you and look forward to following you and getting to know you better. Cheers Irene

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    1. Irene as i am sure you can tell I talk too much so if I hijacked your blog do feel free to delete some of my responses… but please don’t delete me πŸ˜…πŸ˜†πŸ˜„ we moved away fromball the family and friends and familiriarity of place four years ago. We moved from east Anglia, Suffolk, to the south western tip of Somerset. Settling hasn’t truly happened so I Probably skkip the detail and just say England (in secret hope of returning).
      And you are right which is silly really, to blog morevwhencyou are up to the rafters with a manuscript doesn’t make sense. Then I often coose not to… make sense to others it keeps them on their toes. 😘 have a good end to your week πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

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      1. For some reason I had you living in the USA which would really have made you homesick for East Anglia. I know what you mean about not settling and I hope you get to that state soon. It is the friends you make (or it was for me) that finally allowed me to settle , and then we moved again. For me, it is both a break and as I have an excuse to be on the computer constantly, I can get away with neglecting some of my chores. I was working, I reason with myself and sometimes my husband. πŸ™‚

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  20. I’m so glad you found your way over to me as I may not have discovered your lovely page! I have followed you too of course! I’m looking forward to reading more of your work! Truly Fabulous! 😘

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  21. really happy i came here Ellen, i really love your writing…its almost midnight on the equator and of this princess doesn’t go to bed soon she gonna be an old hag tomorrow morning….but your words are luring me in deeper.

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    1. Ahh Elizabeth, the I’m not writing one, who caught my eye with her clever tricksy way of not… writing. I am pleased to have you visit and hope you like at least some of my work. I love to chat and comment so hope you do too. πŸ˜‡

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  22. Ellen, your ‘About’ is amazing, I am so very glad to learn more about you. Thank you very much for following my blog. I will certainly take time to visit yours as well. I hope your day is a happy one! πŸ™‚

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        1. Your view facinates me. On either cloudy or translucent days, other writers inspire and whip my writing bone into action. Reading, writing, and dare I admit editing, clears my tubes, lubricates my soul and simply allows me to breathe. πŸ˜‡

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    1. Thank you for being here. Slip off your shoes pull up a chair and let me entertain you for a while. It is a good place to come and ponder, I know because I procrastinate here often. *titters* πŸ˜‡

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  23. Well, hi again, and thanks for the follow, and the teaβ˜•οΈ. Am trying to finish a book too, so I can feel for you. Will look around yours as well. Pleased to meet you! Marina

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