#PassThisBookOn – The Great Book Pass

Picture of #GirlRogues book in the Great Book Pass #PassThisBookOn

This week, anonymously the picture above was emailed to me, showing book: #GirlRogues discovered in the dressing-rooms at Monsoon‘s clothing store in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

As you can see the paperback was attached with a note stapled to its front stating:

“You’ve found this book!”

Read its pages a little

Or more than a lot

Dear reader remember

#PassThisBookOn

What book would you love to pass onto others?

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Hear audio song: Push The Cow Over The Moon, featured in book #GirlRogues Braggadocio …

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Complete song lyrics are as follows:

“Push the cow over the moon,

Who swept the tide out with a broom,

Send a letter of reply,

To the ocean’s tide,

But the tide did not return,

And the orchestra adjourned,

When the poets cancelled lunch,

Oh this caused much fuss.

 

“And while the priest was busy drinking diamond white,

Oh what we were searching for we couldn’t find,

Oh no, no, no, no.

 

“Push the cow over the moon,

Who swept the tide out with a broom,

Send a letter of reply,

To the ocean’s tide,

As the seagulls flocked,

To mock Elgar’s symphonies,

Well angel Gabriel,

Booked a flight to Tel Aviv.

 

“And still the priest continued drinking diamond white,

But what we were searching for we couldn’t find,

Oh no, no, no, no.

 

“So the bride and the groom,

Argued the off side rule,

As the majorettes,

Threw their batons too soon.

 

“Ah, ah-ha.

Ah, ah-ha.

 

“Push the cow over the moon,

Who swept the tide out with a broom,

Send a letter of reply,

To the ocean’s tide.”

>Push The Cow Over The Moon, music & lyrics by Ida Barker.

How do you dress for duress in times of hardship?

New Girl on the Writers’ Block – #Communicardo14

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Hedda Hopper was known for wearing flamboyant hats to draw singular attention to herself. A visual identity, a sartorial signature to affirm her celebrity. But more importantly – self-preservation.

People who are notable for a particular manner of dress are protected in hard times, because their signature outfit represents a lifetime.

A signature outfit says all by itself: Here is who I am, no matter what’s going on right now – any momentary bad spell will disappear quickly. It helps remove the person from reality, like a character in a film or book, so long as they are reasonably successful – then – is the presumption of success about them.

“Happiness is wonderful, but if you have more than 5 consecutive minutes of it, it means you are not thinking.”

Have you chosen a style of clothing for which you will be immediately recognised for? I wrote a particular “dress for duress” for one of my characters in short story: Caught In Amber, from book #GirlRogues: Braggadocio.

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How finding your inner “Patsy” is an Ab Fab way to write better fiction!

Read how finding your inner "Patsy" is an Ab Fab way to write better fiction!

Patsy picture from Stylist magazine

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Bolly banter –

Patsy has a strong identity: big-hair, fast-living, ready-wit, this she practices every day – as a writer take heart from this – practicing an identity everyday can help craft your writing voice.

Remember: hone the voice; iron out imperfections.

Absolute agelessness –

Patsy doesn’t allow age to hold her back, in fact she can’t locate her birth-date – and in much the same way writers can acquire a freedom from age.

Remember: age doesn’t come into it – all a writer needs is a healthy imagination and self-discipline to script words.

During the cocktail hour –

Patsy keeps an awareness to what’s new – but if it doesn’t suit her, she let’s it go! – So faze out the phase; spare yourself from temporary writing fashionistas unless it benefits you.

Remember: don’t feel obliged to write new literary genres; write your way and allow this to carry you forward.

Have you found your inner “Patsy” is an Ab Fab way to write better fiction?

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New Girl on the Writers’ Block – #Communicardo5 – how Nancy Dell’Olio’s interview with Jan Moir influenced my #GirlRogues writings by Zizzi

Nancy Dell’Olio – a feisty lady who has the power to turn a setback into an opportunity

Nancy Dell'Olio influenced #GirlRogues by Zizzi Bonah

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Fearless, feisty, feminine females –

When I began writing the collection of short stories and verses for my fantasy fiction book, #GirlRogues: Braggadocio, I purposely set about writing female characters that had resourceful natures – who nurtured a strong desire to turn any encumbrance into a hidden opportunity waiting in plain sight.

Nancy Dell’Olio‘s interview with Jan Moir from The Daily Mail  highlights – to my mind, an intelligent woman who exercises the right to such desires and throws sand in the face of difficult questions in response to her former lover’s autobiography.

Quote Jan Moir on Nancy:

Lesser women might have hidden away. Thrown themselves on the empty double bed and sobbed into their mink coats. Not Nancy Dell’Olio.

Jan Moir goes on to describe Nancy’s Dell’Olio as being  – “a resourceful person with bomb-proof confidence in herself” – something most females would like to aspire to – so with this at the forefront of my writer’s mind, I penned the verse “I’m Not Fond of Him, I’m Fond of Me!”

While I must say, this verse is not strictly about Nancy, it is a celebration towards females who live by their own terms – and Nancy is certainly an inspiring voice – one from whom you can always expected the unexpected.

TITLED: I’m Not Fond of Him, I’m Fond of Me!

I want to be wined. To be dined.

To be adored. To be admired.

To catch the eye of a billionaire,

So I’ll never be poor ever again.

:

He’ll buy me all the friends I’ll ever need,

So I’ll never be lonely.

And as for the colours of my dreams?

I love diamonds, not daisies.

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You see I intend to always travel light.

Love is the last thing on my mind.

For when it comes to passions of the heart,

I’ll fall in like, not in love.

:

What’s the point of being rich?

If there’s no-one there to share it with.

Half the fun should be spending it.

More to the point someone else’s.

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A girl must start as she carries on.

You make your own luck in this world.

Don’t estimate the fuel of her fire.

You might overlook an element of desire.

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For my persuasion has always been,

Diamonds, not daisies.

You can’t be wise and in love,

At the same time for it’s impossible.

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Yes, I intend to always travel light.

Love is the last thing on my mind.

It only leads to confabulations.

Whereas diamonds never diminish a #GirlRogue.

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That’s why I’ll fall in like, not in love.

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To view Jan Moir‘s interview with Nancy Dell’Olio:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2509095/Nancy-DellOlio-Sven-hated-flirting-lipstick-scarlet-catsuit.html

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Winners of #GirlRogues facebook competition – Jess Kidde, Ruth Elisa Munoz and Emily Brown

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Thank you to everyone who entered ‪#‎GirlRogues‬ competition on Zizzi’s facebook page – who, to be in with a chance of winning a signed paperback – were asked to comment when they’d last behaved in a rogue-like way…

Due to the lively roguish comments, we have selected two further entrants – who both win a #GirlRogues: Braggadocio eBook by Zizzi Bonah.

WINNERS:

  1. Jess Kidde – who commented “Kidde by name, Kidde by nature.”
  2. Ruth Elisa Munoz – who commented “My sister was gonna eat the last croissant but I snatched it from her and yelled MINE!”
  3. Emily Brown – who commented “Everyday! I don’t follow the rules!”

 

This competition was held for one month only – closing date 31 May 2016 – via facebook.com/ZizziBonah page

#GirlRogue style – how to avoid getting employed – the unwanted job interview

In the confession box is a girl rogue who to conceal her identity – we’ll call Miss X.

At the request of her local job center, Miss X agreed to attend a job interview in order to prevent her allowance being stopped.

During the job interview Miss X was asked to identity a time when she’d applied initiative. This I am assured was her reply:

Quote: “Just this morning at hearing the recycling truck pull onto my street, a flash of inspiration struck me – I finished the half bottle of wine from last night, then added it to the rest of the recyclable bottles in time for collection.” Unquote.

Needless to say, Miss X’s interview was not successful. She remains happily unemployed for another week.

 

Have you deliberately failed a job interview in the style of a #GirlRogue ?