Bonnie Is Here! (and, er, some writing stuff…)



Almost half-way through April is not really the best time to tell you this but if you’re into poetry, then you might be interested in NaPoWriMo, which is a bit like ‘NaNoWriMo’ but it’s based on the idea that, during the month of April, you try to write a poem every day.

There’s still time if you want to write some poems this month (and perhaps it’s one to do ‘properly’ next year?

Poet Jo Bell, who is posting a poetry prompt on her blog every day, has also revealed that, in the USA (and why not here too?) April 18th is ‘Poem In Your Pocket’ day. (I originally typed that as ‘poet in your pocket day’ -ooh, who would you have?)

Jo’s encouraging us to carry a poem in our pockets that day and share it, perhaps with friends and colleagues (I’ll try to remember to pop one in with the doggy poop bags).


Which brings me nicely on to the fact that, as you may have noticed, Bonnie-the-puppy has arrived! I didn’t dare put this post on until I had a photo of her but, in acknowledgement that most of you will be more interested in the writing stuff than the puppy stuff (and that’s fair enough – after all, this is not ‘blogaboutdogs’!), I’ll be setting up a separate ‘Bonnie’ page (once I’ve worked out how to do it), so you can completely ignore the doggy stuff, if you so wish.

We collected her on Wednesday and she went to the vet yesterday for a check-up. She got the ‘all clear’ (apart from a bit of a blocked tear duct – the eagle-eyed amongst you will notice a bit of ‘sleep’ in her eye) AND she got an invite to a ‘puppy party’ once she’s had her jabs. A socialite already!

Everyone warned me that having a puppy was like having a newborn baby. Why didn’t I believe them!? We are house-bound and slightly zombified but otherwise OK and all is going well (although putting the eye drops in is something of a challenge because she thinks it’s just another game!).

Introduce Your Villain‘ FREE Writing Competition c/d 19th May

Those nice people at Writers & Artists Yearbook are running another free writing competition. This time they want you to “submit a piece (of no more than 500 words) that captures the very moment that your main character’s arch nemesis makes their grand entrance.

Your entry can be a standalone piece written solely for this competition, or it can be an excerpt of a manuscript you’re already working on; it matters not. All we want to read is that moment your villain bursts into colour. Your piece should be aimed at either children, YA or be a crossover of genres, and we’ve asked YA author Laura Powell (Burn Mark and Witch Fire) to judge the entries.”

Sounds like fun!!

See here for more details.

And there’s some advice on writing your villain here.

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16 Responses to Bonnie Is Here! (and, er, some writing stuff…)

  1. Wendy Clarke says:

    Welcome to your Bonnie from my Bonnie. Woof!

  2. She’s so cute, Helen 🙂

  3. Awwwww, she’s GORGEOUS!



  4. sp56h says:

    Oh so sweet!

    I’m taking part in the NaPoWriMo challenge using various prompts – some from some from The Poetry School Facebook page and the rest are my own. You can see my offerings at

  5. Tracy Fells says:

    Aw bless.. she is adorable. Actually this is the best kind of puppy to have – a virtual one, where you can read about all the lovely antics on somebody else’s blog. Thank you Helen for getting a puppy that I can drool over, but not have to tidy up after…
    Wish I’d known about April being write a poem a day, will watch out for that next time.

  6. Helen Lowry says:

    She’s got a lovely little face. A pal of mine at work has just got a boxer puppy, he says you need eyes in the back of your head with him!

  7. cathos says:

    She looks adorable. After a two year gap without a dog, we’re hoping to get one very soon and are thinking about getting a cocker spaniel – so will be following your Bonnie posts with interest!

    • Good for you, Cathy. Ours is a ‘working’ cocker spaniel, as opposed to the ‘show’ type (which has longer ears!). The working types are very full-on and lively and need lots of mental stimulation – but are supposed to be easier to train than the show types. We’ll see…


  8. Simon Whaley says:

    I hope Bonnie is training you well 🙂

  9. Pat Parnell says:

    Congrats; you have atodler with you for life. you will have to shape your life around her. If she says jump your reply is; how high. enjoy. We enjoy our mancha. Old and not in good health.

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