Roberta Writes – Writing! Writing! Writing! My year to date and ahead

2022 has been a very busy year for me, both from a work perspective and from a writing perspective. A lot of work and no-one to help me, combined with contracting Covid-19 in March and taking a month to recover, have resulted in my putting my draft novel on hold in the short term. I am just returning to The Soldier and the Radium Girl now, 3 and 1/2 months after I was diagnosed with Covid.

I may not have felt included to work on my novel, but I have not been idle. I have been working on a number of poems, short stories, and a children’s book, all of which will be published over the course of this year in some form or another.

Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships, WordCrafter Poetry Anthology

I have six poems in Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships a poetry anthology I edited and compiled together with author and publisher, Kaye Lynne Booth.


If you would like to read an ARC copy of Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships, please email me at sirchoc[at]outlook[dot]com.

Ask the Authors 2022, A WordCrafter Writing Reference Anthology

I contributed an essay entitled My Writing and Publishing Journey and answers to most of the questions posted about writing and publishing, to Ask the Authors 2022, compiled and edited by Kaye Lynne Booth. You can find out more about this Writing Reference Anthology here:


If you would like to read an ARC copy of this book, please email me at sirchoc[at]outlook[dot]com.

MEMORIES OF MOM: Rave Soup For The Writer’s Soul Anthology, 2022

I contributed a story entitled The New Baby to this Memories of Mom Rave Soup for the Writer’s Soul Anthology 2022 compiled and edited by author, Nonnie Jules.

Once Upon an Ever After, A WordCrafter Fantasy Anthology

I contributed a short story called The War Babies to this interesting WordCrafter fantasy anthology, compiled and edited by Kaye Lynne Booth.

My story features the British women, nicknamed ‘the canary girls’ who worked in munitions manufacturing trinitrotoluene shells during the First World War. In accordance with the them of this anthology, my story also has a strong link to a well-known fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson called The Storks.

This anthology is available for pre-order here:

You can learn more about it here:

Visions, a WordCrafter Anthology

I contributed a short story called The Bite to this anthology which will be available later this year. My story was the winning entry for 2022 WordCrafter Short Fiction Contest which is incredibly exciting for me. You can read more about it here:

Lastly, I have a new children’s book coming

While I had Covid, I wrote a new children’s book called Haunted Halloween Holiday. This book is approximately 3,600 words in length, so a lot longer than my children’s picture books, and also includes a number of fun limericks about the various characters.

Haunted Halloween Holiday includes some of my fondant and cake art, including my Haunted Halloween Holiday Hextravaganza creation which one first prize in a gingerbread Halloween competition last year.

The photographs of the moon which form the background for some of my artwork in this book were taken by talented photographer Wayne from Tofino Photography, Professional Wildlife, Landscape and Seascape Photography. You can view some of Wayne’s amazing pictures in his gallery here:

Lovely blogger and good friend, Bella Shah from Thoughts ‘n Life blog assisted me with compiling the illustrations. You can find Bella here:

This book is due for publication by TSL Publications in August 2022.

This is the cover:

82 thoughts on “Roberta Writes – Writing! Writing! Writing! My year to date and ahead

  1. Robbie – congrats on what you have gotten done and as Geoff it’s – you are quite the inspiration – and sorry you had Covid but seems like you like to make the most of situations –

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  2. Hi Pete, everyone in my family got ovid. Mom, dad and Michael had booster shots in Feb as they are vulnerable and they all had very mild symptoms, Greg and I were both quite sick and needed antibiotics for chest infections. We both had a lot of fatigue and took ages to get rid of the coughs. Terence wasn’t to bad. He had two bad days. The Haunted Halloween Holiday children’s book is the one I am most passionate about. I like writing for children although I find my children’s books much harder to market. I am thrilled with the artwork in that little book.

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  3. Hi Diana, thank you, I enjoyed writing these stories and am excited about Haunted Halloween Holiday, I am delighted with the artwork. I am happy to get back to Jake and Kate now though. Poor Jake is about to die.

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  4. HI Lauren, thank you, I am very excited about my children’s book. It contains some of my best artwork. I look forward to reading your children’s book in due course. I am going to be reading and reviewing a few in the run up to my book launch.

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  5. I know Robbie it’s been three weeks for me I have the cough and fatigue, hubby is worse he has the fatigue and cough and has gone deaf. No it not nothing, I hope you feel better soon 💜

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  6. Yikes. Reading this throws me into shame. And this while you were dealing with and then recovering from Covid? Many congrats on your creativity with so many wonderful stories/poems/ and soon a children’s book.

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  7. Wow! You really have been busy! The fantasy anthology looks interesting to me. If it’s not on kindle, I wonder what’s the simplest way to get it.

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  8. Thank you, Dan. I didn’t manage Thursday doors this week. Michael was fitted for contact lens on Friday afternoon and we were there for hours. First he couldn’t get them in, and then he couldn’t get them out 🙈

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  9. Hi Jacquie, yes we submit our tax returns in the second quarter of the year too. Our tax is nothing like yours though, US tax is very complicated. Our tax office actually does our returns for us and you only have to do anything about it if you disagree for some reason.

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