Tuesday, 31 July 2012

authors interview

My first authors interview is up on authors spotlight, I am so happy and grateful to everyone involved you can check it out by clicking here

love and hugs
Joss xx

Monday, 30 July 2012

Buccaneer Blogfest post

Social media, well up until the point where my book Insane Reno was published, social media had just been something I used for fun, now however it has turned into so much more and expanded in ways I never realised existed.
My publishers recommended that I get a twitter account, so I did that, still haven't quite got to grips with it, but I have had a go.
I have started getting back into my blogging which I didn't realise I'd even missed until I started doing it again, especially the blogfest. Because they are always fun and help you come up with lots of creative ideas.
It isn't always easy, working with social media, but it is worth while, you meet new people, make new friends and discover some really great stuff, be it books, videos, or ideas.
For me social media is great and really helps you as a new author, I love it.
well I'm off for a long soak in a hot tub, love and hugs all xxxx

Friday, 27 July 2012

Buccaneer Blogfest post

I'm not brilliant when it comes to book reviews, I worry I am not doing the author or the book justice for this reason and also because I'm a new published author, trying to get my book out there, I am going to talk about my own book Insane Reno.

Insane Reno is the story of 16 year old Lizzy Bray aka Tizzy, a young girl who is striving to discover the truth about her families dark past.

I wanted to play around with the whole secrets and lies aspect and how kid's are smarter than we give them credit for.

The story of Insane Reno start with Tizzy and her family, on a journey to their new home. Something, many of us have no doubt experienced in our life. But how would you feel if you discovered that your new home was the local horror house.

Well that's exactly what Tizzy finds. With her mother having a melt down in the front seat and her father acting as if everything is fine, Tizzy naturally wants answers.

Insane Reno is a search for the truth, no one likes to be left in the dark and for Tizzy her need to discover the full truth about her new home, the murders that occurred there and the extent of her mothers connection to it, is all consuming.

It's rarely easy to unravel secrets that people want to remain just that and it is all to easy to admit defeat, but what if there is more at stake? what if the people you care about most, could be at risk? Would you be willing or able to give up?

Human emotions and feelings have always intrigued me and I never understood parent's urges to hide thing from the children, don't they realise that children notice subtle changes around them and have a habit of picking up, when something is wrong?

As well as a journey to discover the truth Insane Reno, has a host of interesting and amusing characters, not to mention the lovable rouge Jem, who is proving pretty popular with female readers so far and I hope these characters will not only keep you intrigued, but make you smile, laugh and maybe even fall in love a little.

I'd be so happy if you'd download a copy today, give it a shot and leave me some honest feed back, so that I may grow, learn and perhaps even beam with joy.

Insane Reno is available for download on your kindle for just 99p or 99 cent's depending on your country.
You can download kindle for free for your smart phone, pc, or tablet from Amazon.
if you would like a copy and you live in the UK click here
for those in America, click here

thank you so much for taking the time to read this and please if you are an author too, send me a link to your own book so I can return the favour.

love and hugs Joss xxx

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Summer refresher

I used to cringe at the thought of cranberry juice until one day in a little cafe in the sea side town of Bude in Cornwall, I tried a drink that instantly had me hooked. I forget the name it had been given but discovered that it was in fact cranberry juice with lemonade and lots of ice and it was so refreshing that I started drinking it constantly.
As time went on I used less and less lemonade until I was drinking just cranberry juice with ice and so the drink that once made me cringe is now my fav.
I have since come to the conclusion that cranberry juice is something that has to grow on you and that of you start off by having it with lemonade to get rid of some of its sharpness as I did and then slowly lover the lemonade to cranberry juice levels you will soon be like me drinking it straight lol and I am not alone in this as many of my friends have tried it and found the same to be true.
So if you want a refreshing drink for why not grab some cranberry juice, lemonade and icecubes and give it a try :)

Love and hugs Joss xxx

Book promotion idea's.

With Insane Reno newly published, I have been looking at good ways to promote your book and it seems there are a lot of ideas out there. From facebook writers groups and your own facebook author page, to blogging and blogfest. 

What I think is sad is that new authors don't seem to support each other as much as they perhaps could. I have been trying to read things by new authors for a long time and leave them comments on Amazon and good reads that will help boost their sells, but since being published despite purchasing many books by new authors who I have discovered in my own journey around the web self promoting, I have found that very few return the favour which is really quite sad. 

It won't stop me reading their books and leaving nice comments, because being in the new author spot myself I would be grateful if someone did that for me and know how important it can be for a new author to receive support and nice reviews. 

That I think is what I like so much about blogging, because in most cases if you take the time to read someone's post and leave a comment they normally will do the same for you and when you are new to blogging even one comment is enough to make your day and I think it's nice to make someone's day. 

So, I guess what I wanted to ask everyone beside the obvious please take a look at my book and possibly buy and review, could you also pass on any good tips for promoting my book. 

I am happy to do any interviews for blogs, or anything that would help others too, including author interviews on my own blog, because I don't want to just help myself but help others like me too. 

love and hugs Joss xxx

you can get Insane Reno for just 99p from amazon simply click here if your in the uk and here if your in America

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Top five book's, buccaneer blogfest

Banner by Cody Underwood

Hello all, 
So today I found the Buccaneer blogfest and although it is already well under-way, I decided to join in. So what we have to do today is talk about our top 5 book's. You do not know how hard this is going to be for me as I love books and reading and also have a very eclectic taste and a very bad memory lol. 
So I am going to start by saying that my books will not be my most beloved of all time, but the five books which I have read fairly recently, which I love. 

So the first book aka number 1 that has really stood out to  me of late is ( Drum role please)

 Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper.

What can I tell you about this book besides WOW!!! I was so badly hooked in by this book that having to put it down for any reason was torture, the characters are very absorbing, the story keeps you guessing all the way through and makes, you scream, cry, and laugh. 
if you haven't read it then I highly recommend it and I can't wait to read more by this author, seriously loved this. 

number 2 is...

Why don't you come for me? by Diane Janes

This book was incredibly frustrating but in a good way. You watch the main characters life and you totally feel for her and become absorbed in it. It is one of those books that has you speaking out to the character in fact screaming out to her at times, because you are so desperate to help her and open her eyes. 
It is both amazing  and heart breaking and in my opinion a must read. 

Number 3

Has to be Junk by Melvin Burgess. 

This was a book I read and reread as a teen, I absolutely loved it and all the characters within it and they have stayed with me throughout my life. 
The first time I read it, it took me a little while to grip with the constant changes of point of view, but I love how hearing each character talk in their own voice allows you to get all the more close to them and Tar, how I fell in love with Tar. I guess he's the reasons nice guys still seem attractive to me today. 

number 4

Ok I am struggling now there are so many choices, so I am going to go with a book that I am currently reading and haven't actually finished yet, just because I am loving it so much, it is...

The day I died by Polly Courtney

For a start this book surprises you from the start and just keeps compelling you to read more. It's well written, full of revelations and just great. I can't say to much right now as I haven't finished it yet, but so far I'm loving it. 

number 5

last but far from least is...
The help by Kathryn Stockett

I actually watched the film first and then went back for the book and I just love it, it is just such an inspirational story, with very vivid and beautiful characters who are facing incredible struggles and taking great risks but who tug at your heart strings. It made me cry, laugh, and smile. 
An absolute must read in my eyes. 

So there you have it my top five, hope you like them and I'd love to hear what books you love so I can add to my already over flowing kindle supply lol. 

love and hugs Joss. xxx

National Tequila Day!!!

So apparently, according to today's twitter trends, it is national Tequila day, now that's bound to make for a fantastic celebration and begs the question is tomorrow National hangover day?

Any who, I have had some very interesting Tequila experiences in my life and yes have even eaten a Tequila worm, however I was tricked into it, by my hubby.

Long story short, I am a very sensitive person, who doesn't like to see anyone's feelings get hurt and so while highly intoxicated on Tequila, my normal penchant for knowing when my husband is on a wind up was seriously lacking.

So when he explained to me in great detail, that I just had to eat the tequila worm because otherwise it was doomed to never achieve its life long mission, that for a Tequila worm is apparently only finished, when said drinker of Tequila eats it. I stupidly felt sorry for the Tequila worm and decided I must help it to achieve this dream and so I ate it.

Once I was sober, I felt somewhat repulsed but there is no accounting for sense or taste apparently, when you are paralytic.

Now, most of us know what Tequila is but probably very few of us know much about it, besides the fact that it is alcohol, it gets you very drunk and there is a worm in it, who probably would have much preferred to live out a long and happy life, then be dropped in potent alcohol, although, I imagine if you are gonna drown that might be the way to go about it.
(however like the worm it is probably much better if you don't and continue to live a long and relatively happy life.)

Any who, being that it is national Tequila day, I decided to try and learn more about this potent beverage and here is what I discovered.

Well first of all lets look at our little worm friend who apparently isn't a worm at all but either a type of larva called the Agave Snout Weevil, nice name huh or a type of caterpillar that were it not drowned in alcohol, would have grown into the Hypopta Agavis Moth.

I'm a little less bothered about eating the worm that wasn't a worm now, one less moth in the world sounds great to me because I can't stand moths, they scare the hell out of me. Flapping round your head like crazy as if they are yelling, I will kill you, I will. Ok, best not go there, me and moths just don't get on.

The best part about the worm though has to be that some guy, named Jacobo Lozano  Páez discovered in 1940 that the worms, that are not in fact worms, change the taste of the spirit. What I would like to know is what the hell was he doing when he discovered this, did he mistake it for something else, or just leave his glass somewhere and one fell in and he figured what the heck, I'm thirsty. Apparently no one knows exactly what happened, but might be a cool story game, how did the tequila worm that is not a worm get in the Tequila? 

plus side, the larva/caterpillar is now considered a delicacy and can be found on lots of restaurant menu's and you thought I was yuck for eating one, seriously delicacy. I think this might be in posh restaurant though, cause last time I checked my local fast food joint wasn't serving  Agave Snout Weevil burgers. 

I love the name of the Larva one, Agave Snout Weevil who ever came up with that was a genius. 

Gonna tell you something interesting now though, there is actually no Larva or caterpillar in Tequila, all of the above actually relates to Mezcal another Mexican drink, apparently, however saying that, it definitely said Tequila on the bottle from which I ate the Agave Snout Weevil. Sorry I just like saying its name, because really it could have been the moth baby I ate. 

So either someone forgot to tell this to the manufacturer of the Tequila I drank or they just put them in now because so many people think it should be there. Either way I don't know, but apparently it is only meant to be Mezcal that contains the Agave Snout Weevil or his/her little friend. 

Agave Snout Weevil

How this became a delicacy is beyond me or how I ever managed to eat one. Ewwwww, so there you have it, a little bit about Tequila or not as the case might be. 

Sorry Agave Snout Weevil only Mezcal for you. 

hope you enjoyed my little bit of fact and that none of you get tricked into eating one while your drunk. 
love and hugs Joss xxx

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Another beautiful day in Cornwall :)

I am truly loving this new summer sunshine and think I may take my net book out into the light and get a bit of a tan while I work, never a bad thing right. Providing we wear proper protection of course in the form of a  good sun cream. 
Life is pretty good for me right now and I am feeling very happy, Insane Reno is selling really well and I have had a lot of great feed back from friends, family's and strangers alike, which is always great to hear. 
I'm still not sure I have fully processed it all, but oh well, I won't worry about that too much and instead will simply enjoy it. 
It's funny because when I started this blog and named it dreaming of publication, I never thought that I would ever truly be able to say it and the realities is, I don't think I would be able to, if it wasn't for the huge support of some amazing friends, all of whom showed immense faith in me and pushed me on to have the courage to achieve my dream. I honestly cannot thank them enough. 
Life is good and I suspect I am going to have this silly grin on my face for a fair while lol. 
love and hugs all Joss xxx
P.S. thank you to all of you who have supported me and brought my book it is truly appreciated. 

Monday, 23 July 2012

exciting and scary, all at the same time

I am feeling, a very mixed bag of emotions at the moment. I am not the most brave person, in fact, I am a very un-brave person.
For me taking the plunge to publish, was incredibly hard. It's something that I have wanted, but which it has taken me years to pluck up the courage to do. my faith in myself was seriously lacking, I was certain that even if I tried to get a publisher I would be turned down left, right and centre, but that wasn't what happened.
I received one rejection from a publisher and one rejection from an agent. However, I received three acceptances. Every single one of those acceptances made me cry. I honestly had so little faith in myself that I didn't think I would get a single acceptance. But then I got three.
I have been so prepared for rejection, that the acceptances knocked me for six. Of course I had plenty of friends who believed in me, who said, that they knew I could do it, that my writing was amazing. But it's hard to believe friends, after all they are biased.
So when they say you're good, you think, well of course they're going to say that, after all isn't that what friends are for.
Even now, with my book published by a proper publisher I still feel as if it isn't good enough. I'd hoped, that getting a publisher would Cure me of my self-doubt, but it hasn't and so I am left with a very mixed bag of emotions right now. Part excitement, that I have finely achieved my dream and part fear, because what if now, that it is out there for all to read, they don't like it. 
I am a relatively realistic person and realise that not everyone will like what I write, something just aren't for some people, but there is always that fear, that maybe no one will like it, the reality is that my fears will not go away for sometime, certainly not to I have a lot more feed back on my novel and a lot of other opinions. 
However, despite the fear, I am glad that I decided to publish my book, to take the plunge risk it all and just go for it, because if I hadn't I would not have achieved my dream and would still be sat here biting my nails thinking, should I or shouldn't I. 
Sometime, I guess life is about taking risks and hoping they pay off and perhaps it is better to know either way, than to spend the rest of my life wondering what if. Time will tell I guess. 
love and hugs all, Joss xxx

It's official, I am published author!

After all this time, it is official, Insane Reno is now available to download for your Kindle.I am so happy, and so grateful for all the support I have received, both while writing insane Reno and whilst seeking a publisher.

To be a published author, has always been my biggest dream. To have that dream finally come true is amazing!

At the moment, I'm still trying to process all, but I am sure the reality will hit home soon. For anyone out there who are still trying to achieve their dream of being a published author or any other dream for that matter, I say, never give up because dreams really can come true.

So, from their very, new and shocked author, I wish you all the best when it comes to achieving your own dreams and I offer up a link to my new book, which you can now download from the Amazon store. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.

click here if you would like a copy of Insane Reno

Love and hugs Joss XXX

Friday, 20 July 2012

What has gone wrong in this world?

It seems that things just keep getting worse and worse the world over, with crawl people popping up and devastating the lives of others as well as corrupt banks natural disasters and unfair treatment.

We've seen earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, terrorist attacks and more in the last few years and it is heartbreaking to see what this world is coming too.

The 9/11 attacks shattered hearts the world over. Then similar attacks followed in London and elsewhere.

The huge tsunamis that have wiped out hundreds of live and homes along with hurricanes and flash floods. Landslides, earthquakes and forest fires too.

Cold and brutal attacks on other human beings and the riots in London.

Not to mention high prices and low income, i can not be the only person who is heartbroken by the world we live in.

I read about the Theatre shootings in Aurora and I cried. All those poor people who headed out for a night of entertainment and fun unaware of the suffering and heartache that awaited them. Children and adults alike wiped out by one cruel man, what must he have been thinking? What possess another human being to go out with the soul intention of hurting others? We have all had times, I am sure, when someone has upset us or made us mad and we've angrily imagined them squashed beneath a bus, but the reality is very few of us would actually want that to happen. Certainly could never plot and plan for it. But it seems more and more people are, murder is everywhere.

My Own father in law was murdered and although I never met him I watched my husband face the grief and anger of it and my heart bled for him.

Then there was that attack in Norway on that small island so many lives lost.

But it isn't just this our governments are corrupt, banks are corrupt, small businesses are going bust, farmers are being ripped off with low prices for their milk. Wages are low and living cost high. Children's are running riot and parents are failing to teach them respect.

We are all humans, all struggling to make a way in life, without all turning on each other.

Why does it matter what colour out skin is, how fat or thin we are, how smart or not, how tall or short or where we were born, it doesn't.

Because we are all human. We need to make changes and fast before it is to late.

Love and hugs Joss xx

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Ludo service dog in training

Little loopy lu, who is now 9 months old is my service dog in training, he is such a sweet boy and has been doing great with his training but one area we have been failing is with his socialization. 
He is not aggressive with other dogs far from it just very afraid, bar with our other two dogs who he adores, this is my fault as I have babied him a lot lol, a face like that how could I resist. 
Being on a mobility scooter when I take him out it is very hard to encourage him to say hi to other dogs especially when he is hiding between my legs, so I have called in some help in the form of a dog walker/ trainer who will take him out and get him meeting other dogs. 
It's common for border collies to be nervous about new things so in some ways it is not a surprise especially as I have not done much work in that area and pretty much took it for granted that he would be ok, as we had other dogs. 
However, I am hoping this new trainer will be able to work her magic and raise his confidence a little. 
I have trained many dogs in my life, but working from a mobility scooter or wheelchair is raising a lot of new challenges which I haven't faced before, baring that in mind I decided that asking for help was better than making mistakes that will be hard to fix later. 
So fingers crossed Ludo will be feeling a lot more confident around other dogs when this is over. :) 

Monday, 16 July 2012

Are you a murderer?

Are you a murderer? most people would instantly answer no to this question but if you have ever been a bully then you could be.
Every year hundreds of people take their lives due to bullies, a large number of which are just children.
As a parent I feel it is my responsibility to teach my child right from wrong and how ever you look at it bullying is wrong. To me teaching my child that fact is of paramount importance, I do not want him to grow up thinking that it is okay to hurt others, to call them names or to make their lives a living hell and can not for the life of me understand why other parents fail to see the importance of this.
Having been bullied myself as a child, I know only to well how painful an experience it can be, perhaps this makes me more understanding and more anti bullying, but it should be a concern for all of us, we should all care more and hate less.
So someone is different from you, so what, the world would be a very boring place if we were all the same and it doesn't matter how we think people should look, dress or act, or what we think about the choices they make in their lives as long as they are not hurting others, we should not attack them, we should leave them alone understanding that we do not know all the facts about there lives and can not possibly know the struggles they face on a day to day basis.
By allowing our children to bully we may very well be leaving them to face a lifetime of guilt, because that child they are picking on, may tomorrow be found hanging from a rope in there bedrooms, no longer able to cope with the pain and distress bullying brings. When it is all over the papers that, that child killed themselves because of bullies and your child knows that they were one of those bullies, they are going to have to spend the rest of their lives knowing that they were responsible for another human beings death, that they were a murder, one of the people that pushed that child to take their life and what if that child hanging from a rope is your child.
We need to educate our children to care and we need to set a good example by caring ourselves.
It's time to stop the murder.
love and hugs
Joss xx

Thursday, 12 July 2012

School bus blues

I've said it before and I expect I will say it again, but kids are getting worse and worse and I honestly believe parents are to blame.
There have always been bullies in schools it's not a new thing but the numbers of bratty kids is indeed growing and it is getting out of hand.
I would be mortified if my child picked on another and would ensure he knew that it was not acceptable but apparently there are very few parents who feel the same and to many ready excuses for a child with bad behaviour.
My child is suffering at the hands of bullies he is just 5 years old and doesn't fully understand what is happening.
The school, give them their dues, has tried to correct the problem but it is a losing battle because they are faced with parents who clearly couldn't care less what their children are up too.
The biggest problems occurred when the bus company that transported our children to and from school was changed the new driver turns a blind eye to everything and is useless.
The school have no say over this it is down to the council and the council are interested in one thing and one thing only saving money not our children's welfare.
I never expected everyday to be a fight for my child's well being but that is what it has come to and all because of bratty little kids who have clearly never been taught right from wrong.
When a parent turns around and says don't look at me he even whacks me, in reference to there own child's behaviour you wonder what the hell is going on in this world and this is something I have seen time and time again.
Why the hell are parents allowing their children to hit them. The London riots, is it really any wonder things like that occurs when parents clearly have no control over their children?
Maybe it's time they stopped slapping excuses on kids like oh they can't help it they have ADD and started slapping the parents with forced courses on parenting especially focusing on dealing with a child's bad behaviour.
I dread to think what it will be like for generations to come if changes aren't made now but I'm not going to stand for it. I've already been onto the school and the bus company and it will be the council next, if that fails the children are going to be hearing from me personally.
I'm not a happy camper.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Strive to try


To love is to live, I believe that, but what is love, I used to think that love was hearts, flowers and romance, but really that isn’t what love is, that’s a distraction from what love really is, that’s a selfish connotation of what love is. A side step, a money making scheme, a ploy perhaps.

The first time I truly saw the truth of love written, it was in a place I never expected to find it, a place I shied away from and ran from as fast as my chubby little legs would carry me.

The bible; God says :

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
New International Version (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

I fail at love.

I’m not patient; I rush head long into everything, hating to wait, not wanting to stop and think it through, the result being that I have made many bad choices in my life, choices I should have learned from but which sadly I often didn’t.

I try to be kind, I do, I don’t want to be a horrible person but the reality is there are those people that just rub me up the wrong way and when they do, oh, I get mad. I hate on them and I moan about them and sometimes I secretly wish a big old bus would come along and squat them in the road. That’s not kind, not at all and it isn’t enough to be kind to the people who are easy to like, you have to be kind to everyone.

It does not envy. Wow! it gets even tougher, because I do envy, I envy the person with the really cute juicy couture bag that I want so bad, I envy people with close families, bestselling authors and well, the list goes on and on.

It does not boast, did I mention that I have just got my first publishing deal, on a novel? I am so proud of myself, oh wait, it is not proud, that’s another one isn’t it, the next one in fact.

Ok I am not gonna torture you with the full list the reality is I fail fail and fail again. There is not a single thing on that list that I do not fail at or have not failed at.

But I do believe that is what love is. Love is when you stop thinking only of yourself and you start thinking of others, specifically your partner, but ultimately people in general.

I don’t think it is possible to achieve the perfection above, but I do believe it is possible to strive to try.
I mean imagine how different things would be in this world if we all strived to try, when it came to that list of things and how much better the world would be.

But beside the world, when we look closer to home, it’s clear that even for our smaller circles of friends and acquaintances, striving to try makes a whole lot of difference.

You don’t have to be a Christian to see that, what the bible say’s about love is true and when I look back at how I have loved, there is failure stamped all over it.

Because the reality is I was so concerned with what I felt the people in my life weren’t doing for me, that I failed to see what I wasn’t doing for them.

The result of that is that time and time again, I trampled all over the feelings of the people I cared about most, my friends, my partner and my family.

When I truly stop and think about it, I see that I need to stop worrying about what I think others should be doing and instead just worry about what I need to be doing.

I’m not gonna say this is a new discovery; I’ve been trying this for a while now. Some days I succeed and some days I fail, epically so. There have also been times where i’ve just wanted to give up altogether.

I guess it’s kinda like dieting, if you set out thinking I’ll do this till I lose all the weight then start enjoying whatever I want again, you’re very quickly gonna find yourself right back where you started. But if you accept that you need to make a permanent life change, allowing yourself only the occasional indulgence and understanding that your gonna fail every once in a while, but that doesn’t have to make you give up all together, then you’re really in with a chance.

I can’t say that I’m ever going to be perfect, I think that’s an unattainable goal, but I do want to be better.

Life is complex, scary, and difficult that’s unlikely to ever change, yes they’ll be moments of laughter but ultimately there is always going to be a risk that bad things could happen, I don’t want to be the person creating those bad moments in others lives certainly not the ones I care about and I am unbelievably ashamed that I have done so in the past.

I don’t wanna say to anyone who reads this “you’re are doing it all wrong,” because the reality is only we, ourselves can know that, but I do wanna say that it’s worth looking back at your life, at the times you’ve been less than kind, a little to boastful, lied or turned your back on a person who was crying out for your time, or help and ask yourself what if someone had done that to you? How would you have felt? And then last but far from least, do you want to be that person anymore?

And if the answer is No, then maybe you should strive to try too.

Love and hugs all
Joss xxx

doodle tastic

Doodling, I have always been an avid and absent minded doodler. Often scribbling silly little things on my notepad while chatting on the phone or watching TV.

While sitting absently doodling yesterday afternoon while waiting for BT to answer my call, I began to ponder the meaning of doodles and went off to explore online. 
Well suffice to say I found plenty of contradicting meanings, a few all the secrets of doodles revealed if you just buy this and then joy of joys, I had a wonderful ooo a bunny moment. 
I love those ooo a bunny moments, when you go completely off track and find something great, well I say completely of track I was still on the oodles of doodles track, but I hit upon some great books that don't tell you the meaning of doodles but instead encourage you to doodle doodle doodle to your hearts content. 
The first was a doodle diary, a wonderful little book that allows you to doodle away to your hearts content and mark the date of your doodle in a very cute book and even has the added cute feature of little squares in the bottom right hand corner which gives you the chance to create flip books with some practice. 

if you want one you can get it here ...

Mine just arrived as I am writing this, oh how I love google prime. 

Then second thing I came across are these great books that actually encourage you to doodle, by giving you starter ideas, like draw a puppet on the strings, and all kinds of other great prompts where they start the drawing off and you add your own touches too it. 
There are loads of these to collect but I got the do you doodle one, as pictured below. 
if you would like one you can get it here...

You see what tempted me to go for these was one piece of advice I did find about the meanings of doodles, and it was simply this. 
Who cares what they mean, they are fun and they help us to express ourselves, so lets forget what it could mean and instead just savour the fun of doodling and the best thing about doodling, you don't have to be a skilled artist you just let go and have fun. 

So happy doodling people I am off to start doodling on the first page of my doodle diary. 
love and hugs Jossie xxxx