Contest Winners & What Alex Bell Learned
So our Angela Morrison contest is now over, and we’d like to say a BIG thank you to Angela for giving us this great opportunity to share her books with you. An equally big thank you, too, to everyone who entered! Reading your entries was great: heartwarming and hopeful.
In case you missed it, the question we asked was ‘if you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?‘
Although this isn’t meant to be a philosophical meander, I was genuinely interested by your answers, and what I understood is that it’s important to look forward for change – not look back with regret at things that weren’t and could have been. It’s taking control of who you are – here and now – a moment at a time.
‘Right now I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m happy just being me.’
And so: contest! The drawing was done by my sister, via the good old-fashioned method of paper and hats (she insisted on the hat), and I’m delighted to tell you that the winners of a signed copy of TAKEN BY STORM each are KINSEY and SHARLI, and our two runners-up, each winning an envelope full of bookmarks are SARAH and LIZ. To receive your prize, please send your postal addresses to me (you should have received an email) within the next seven days.
The picture on the left is there purely for the reason that I want that top. (Where is it from, Alex?)
So anyway – Alex Bell below!
Things I’ve learnt from my mother
- To appreciate a good glass of wine.
- To tell the difference between an expensive glass of white, and some cheap plonk.
- To need a decent wine glass – the tall-stemmed, big-goblet sort, rather than some ratty little picnic thing (although I think I might have taught her this).
Now for some other stuff that isn’t to do with alcohol(!):
- To match accessories to any outfit.
- To fix a high-heeled shoe that has been chewed by a Great Dane puppy.
- To shop like Speedy Gonzales rather than Slowpoke Rodriguez.
- To eat an ice cream without dripping it everywhere.
- To decorate a cupcake.
- To love animals.
- To enjoy being just a little bit eccentric.
- To be a good traveller, and enjoy seeing new places, and experiencing different cultures – and to not freak out when problems occur abroad.
- To read.
- To drive.
- To adore a good soak in the hot tub, and a massage at the spa.
- To get out of P.E. lessons back when I was at school.
- To love thrill rides of any kind (although this was something she had to learn from my father before she could pass it on.)
And here are a couple of things my mother can do but which I have not quite learnt yet, although I am still trying:
- To roll my R’s.
- To curl my tongue up at both sides.
- To make fancy things out of a serviette.
- To be a morning person.
- To be able to spot a scam when I’m abroad (or, indeed, at home).
- To only worry about important things, rather than little things.
- To be constantly and unfailingly cheerful even when life is not going exactly to plan.