About

 

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Helen Midgley likes to think of herself as a cross between Dawn French and Kate Moss. She has been in the witness protection programme for a number of years and once lived in Brighton as a bearded mechanic called Dave! Her current incarnation is as a part-time Journalism & Media tutor at a small FE College in Yorkshire. She has survived cancer, dandruff and athlete’s foot and has a penchant for black humour and red wine.

Her first story was a humorous autobiographical short on her journey with Cervical Cancer ‘Walking with the Beast’.  A magazine picked up the story and serialised the piece. This led to other short stories and articles being published. She is currently working on her first novel, very very slowly……..

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      • I do, indeed.

        (When I was 11 a boy in my class said something that put me off and I said it was “gross.” “‘Gross’ is my middle name,” he said proudly. “Well GrossER is my LAST name,” I retorted. Because it actually was. 🙂

        Glad to make you chuckle.

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  2. Very nice to meet a fellow English female writer Helen and yes novel writing is a laborious process. I know I wrote the first chapter, edited it over and over again and still I know that I will have to alter it by the end of the book; that is if it is ever completed.

    • I feel your pain. I wrote the 1st chapter, have my plan all worked out and then got another idea in my head and chapter 2’s gone off at a completely different tangent, arghhh. So I’m distracting myself with writing shorts, at least I’m getting the practice in, lol

      • Huge smile. What is your genre or are you not sure? Mine started as horror and has rapidly developed into historiographical meta-fiction, probably because my mentor was Celia Brayfield.

      • Wow, fab mentor! Mines easy reading, chick lit type, bit of mystery, bit of sex, you know the stuff, lol. I’m not a clever writer so think it will be a cheap easy read. Although I’m not sure at min, possibly some historical elements thrown in now. Ask me again in 6 months, lol

      • Jack the Kipper type stuff Helen. 😉

        That would put a new twist on chick lit.

        I’m away to put my feet up. Autumn and the new academic year is just a month away. ‘Sigh!’

        See you, take care.

  3. I can relate to the Dawn French persona, you have a wicked sense of humour Dame Helen 🙂 and a very pretty face like our Kate. Now …tell me a little more about Dave,lol

    Oh Helen I like you already! Where or how can I read the serials? I guess the beast met an even bigger badder dame huh? Way to go for that major ass kicking…it’s going to stay off and away for a long long time!
    Thanks for stopping by and liking my little place milady 🙂 I’m going to be a frequent visitor here.

  4. Thanks stopping by my blog and for the follow. I loved reading your ‘About’. Great comic timing. I look forward to reading more of your humor and wit.

    Congrats on the publications and being a survivor.

  5. Helen. Thankyou for cruising through my Blog, just about to release Lord Alf on Kindle and so this should be free for the first five days or so and would love for you to take a gander and if you would, be so kind to write a quick review. Sill busy with the Chip ‘ole but that should be finished early next year. All the best and so pleased that you decided to shave the beard 🙂
    Colin

    • Hi, your welcome. I love reading other peoples work. The novel is sleeping, lol. I made a mental commitment to myself to write from a prompt every day through August, so I’m distracting myself with that. Although it has been great for picking up little bits of inspiration I can use later. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  8. I love your ‘about’ page- you reek of awesome talent 🙂
    You have obviously led a challenge filled and extraordinary life- I look forward to reading your archive and future posts. Thank you for dropping my blog (and for the follow!). I wouldn’t have stumbled across you otherwise. All the best!

  9. Helen – I love your ‘About’ introductory piece. It’s fun and serious all at the same time. I am out of my blogging routine at the present time but am trying to keep a tab on things until I can return as soon as my hand heals. I’m looking forward to reading your work.

  10. Very honored to meet you! While I’ve been published – I’ve never been paid.
    Not a biggy though. As I’m happy writing poetry (for more moons than I can count), recently discovered flash fiction. Which to me is a mix of prose and haiku – a haibun.
    So not so much of a stretch. Good luck with that book . I’m sort of writing a book…well a story in prose for another prompt site called The Sunday Whirl – I only add one page a week with the word list prompt (up to about 70 pages). I’m JulesPaige there too.

    I’m in the SW part of Pennsylvania, USA. Cheers, Jules

    • Still slow, too slow really. I’m about 5 chapters in, first 2 are on here ‘Lucy Green’. I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo for November so fingers crossed it might spur me on, lol 😉

  11. Hi Helen, I was new to blogging last year and I guess I have explored hundreds of different blogs about books – writing them and reading them – over the year. That’s a lot of reading. You too have read my blog, in its first year, when I was finding my way. So as a big THANK YOU for your support, I’d like to nominate you for four awards:-
    The Versatile Blogger Award
    The Most Creative Blogger Award
    The Most Influential Blogger
    The Reader Appreciation Award
    Please click below to read more about the award:-
    http://sandradanby.com/2014/01/10/thank-you-x-4/
    Please accept this message as a gesture of gratitude. There are no rules with this award but it is nice to pass them along to other bloggers whose writing you enjoy!
    Many thanks, and Happy Blogging in 2014. Sandra

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