About

Thanks for dropping in on my blog! I don’t really have anything interesting to say. Nor am I particularly clever or insightful. I just saw a queue of people and a sign saying “Free Blogs.” “What the hell,” I said to myself, I like free stuff, so I got in line, made uncomfortable small talk, and got myself a blog.

Here you will find random ramblings about things I ramble about.

I also host flash fiction writing challenges.

Welcome! Settle in. Tea’s on. Hope you like Hob Nob biscuits and Coronation Street. Or maybe your thing is wine and horror movies. Either way, we are going to get along just fine!

Here’s a couple of tidbits about me:

  • Grew up in a time without social media and the Internet (thankfully as there are probably more than enough embarrassing pictures of me stored in tattered shoeboxes around the world).
  • Canadian-made.
  • Served John Ritter a coffee one time.
  • I have two awesome dogs, who I like more than most humans.
  • Cubicle worker by day; slack-ass writer by night, but mostly a crappy TV watcher.
  • Have had many โ€˜name-tagโ€™ jobs in my life (Eilidh on a name tag=super annoying).
  • Still eat Kraft Dinner, but the white cheddar kind because of my mature, sophisticated palate.

50 thoughts on “About

    • Thain in Vain says:

      Hey, thanks for checking in! Book project is lame right now. I’ve been busy and the snow is finally gone and I want to do yard work! I also miss my prompts! I might do one this week!! Stay tuned! Thanks for the nomination! I need to get blogging again and this may be just what I need!

      How’s things with you?

      • Megan says:

        Aww, well I hope it becomes un-lame when things get a little less hectic. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Your welcome! Award posts are great motivators for starting again because you already have a title, topic, and part of the content. ๐Ÿ™‚ Besides that, they are just so fun!
        Things are going good. I’m loving the weather, and oh yes, there is yard work to be done (though I live in the south U.S., so snow being gone is pretty much a all-year thing ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).
        I’ll be looking for that prompt!!!

  1. Kate Loveton says:

    Hi TiV! I miss your weekly flash fiction challenges – they were great fun. I wanted to let you know that I mentioned your blog in my Wednesday Whine post. Thanks for recommending ‘Sharp Objects’ to me. It was a very compelling novel.

    • Thain in Vain says:

      I’m honoured!! And I totally agree about the challenge! I have met many great writers and folks since the start of my challenge journey! And like you, it has very much been a good exercise for my writing!

  2. Meg says:

    Hey Eilidh…This isnโ€™t an award thing, I promise. But I wondered if you were interested in participating in a โ€œwriting processโ€ blog tour. Itโ€™s an opportunity to share what youโ€™re working on, how you work, etc. I was tagged by Michelle Terry of MamaMick site. This is her contribution: http://mamamickterry.com/2014/07/29/unpolished-and-earthy-blog-tour/

    I need to tag three other bloggers who are willing to answer four questions about their writing process and tag three bloggers in return. I hope to get mine up this week. If you donโ€™t have time or inclination, I completely understand. I enjoy your writing and would love to hear about your process. Thanks for considering! And I promise to get back to participating in the challenge. I’ve missed it. Just been so busy with work.

    • Thain in Vain says:

      I’m touched that you would think of me!! Of course, I would be interested! Plus, it will introduce me to other great blogs I may be missing out on. I’m glad I found your blog!! I enjoy your writing, too. I’m also really loving Yeah Write, which I discovered through your blog! So, thanks!

      Just let me know what I need to do.

      Eilidh

  3. Mandy says:

    I’ve just discovered your blog by reading some flash fiction out there (that was really good, by the way!) and finding it started here. Great idea! I’ve never done flash fiction but this inspires me to look into it. Thanks!

    • Thain in Vain says:

      This means a lot to me Kate! I started this challenge not knowing if anyone would participate and much to my surprise it’s building a great little community!

      The interaction among all of you is terrific. I think each of us is enjoying the putting our work out there (scary) and getting feedback (even scarier) and loving it (yay).

      Thanks for thinking of me Kate. I will get on it!

      Eilidh

  4. MW Cerkas says:

    Hello,
    I saw your post in Support about the “Related Articles”; I had posted a similar support question… I have found the answer and would like to share with you. Go here: http://www.zemanta.com/download/ and download the app for your specific browser. Once installed (very easy)… your New Post screen in WordPress will look and function nearly identical to how it performed before… The only difference (and it is better) is that Zemanta inserts a picture along with the title of the Related Article. Enjoy!

    ps. You can see the new Zemanta plug-in by visiting my most recent post @ http://cerkas.wordpress.com (The Inspired Verse).

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