Monday, January 5, 2009

The View From Here (or possibly from behind the sofa if Aliens is on)

Ah ha! Has anyone been observant and noticed that Mrs T has a new badge in her sidebar? Uh huh... no one right?

I thought so. You've all been too busy gorging yourself on turkeys, mince pies and heaps of choccys right? Yes, alright so have I! Which means today, as it's the day the young masters return to school, is the day when I have to start The Diet.

Luckily, since I'll shortly be suffering from self induced acute depression I'll have plenty of things to keep me occupied including writing for the literary magazine The View From Here (Yep, that's my new badge) which I was very kindly asked to join by Mike French just before Christmas. I'm not sure if that was before Mike was "let out" but he's going to have to suffer the consequences anyway. It's too late now!

Now I was given a very flattering introduction ( I believe Mike's had a problem with hallucinations lately). Then for my first contribution I was a little sneaky (difficult when you're my size but I try) and I used an abbreviated version of my review of Paul's novel The Snowing and Greening of Thomas Passmore as part of post on the Top Reads of 2008. But today is my first real contribution; it's a short story called Epiphany. If you've got time, please pop over and have a read; I hope you'll enjoy it. It's something a little different from Mrs T.

The View From Here has also been nominated in the Best Weblog Awards as Best British Blog, as has one of its contributors, Kathleen Maher, for Best Literature Blog. So if you like what you see please vote by clicking on the icon below or on the one at The View From Here.

The 2008 Weblog Awards THE VIEW FROM HERE

Next time it's back to the silly stuff!

"Did I do enough grovelling for votes there Mike? No?? WHAT??? Give them my chocolates? Are you kidding?

Okay, okay, I'll get down on my knees and beg. Oh...alright I'll practice then....

Oh please, please, pleeeeeeeeease vote for The View From Here otherwise Mike will beat me with his Le Cruset Saucepan and torture me with his truncheon.

OW! That hurt....put that away Mike.....this is just a rehearsal..... I said stop it!...... bottooooooooom!



  1. I would just like to point out that I have never heard of this woman and deny everything.

  2. Felicitations on the well deserved recognition Jane. I loved the story.

  3. Oh yeah Mike? Deny it all - no one will believe you! Mrs T is known throughout the world for her honesty!

    Thank you Usha. I'm really glad you liked the story; I fancy to spread my wings a bit!

  4. you make me laugh, Mrs T. just reading this post has had me chuckling, and on a crap day like today (shoulder strapped up with yet another injury:)) that takes some doing. I'll have a butchers at this short story, see what the fuss is about. diets? I need to be nil by mouth to shift this half a stone!

    One thing: can you help me out? How the hell do I subscribe to the feed or whatever the hell it's called so i know when you've stuck a post up? AND, my computer at home must be on the blink, because I'm at graft and all of a sudden there's loads of info on your sidebars. Mmmm. My level of education is seeping through here, isn't it.

  5. Well I'm glad to have cheered you up Gary! But how did you sustain your injury? Were you trying to beat your record and squeeze yourself into a hand basket rather than a shopping trolley?!

    I thought Paul's review of Fat Tuesday was excellent btw. It really captured the excitement of it.

    Now my story may not be your cup of tea as it is not my normal style and the first short story I've written since school... the last year has been a big learning curve for me that's for sure. I've got an idea for another story though (humorous one this time) much to do so little time....

    I'm probably the only blogger who wasn't using Feedburner because basically like you my only understanding of the word "feed" is when my hand moves to my mouth. However, I'd been thinking about using it so just for you the big orangey square thingy is in now place on the top right corner of my blog. Click on that and it should tell you what to do. I never use feedburner myself because I have a blogroll and I like the whole experience... all those pretty colours!And I comment lots. (There's a surprise... I just like to hear the sound of my own writing!)

    Hmm...there was some interference on my blog before Christmas although I didn't see it myself. I'm not sure why that's fine my end. I was messing around this afternoon rearranging things which may account for it but if it's not gone or it comes back will you let me know?

    As I said I just like the sound of my own writing.....

    Ps. I've got some stuff about diets coming up for the BBC. Watch out for it!

  6. Oooh, I think I'll just stick with you and keep sufing around looking. The feed might take the excitement away, the unexpected suprise when you come across a new post. I'm onto that story next, honest! Golfing injury can you believe? and I'm meant to playing saturday. Moan, moan.

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  8. Trigger happy there Gary?! I removed the duplicate because I wouldn't want anyone to think that you were drunk or anything...

    A golfing injury? Just how far were you planning to hit the ball to put your shoulder out? Or did someone clobber you because you (finally) won a bet?!


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