Hello and welcome to my blog! I’m a mother of two based in Kent, down in the south-east corner of England. I do a bit of acting, and a bit of writing. My day job is in a university, and I’m currently studying for a Masters in Education.

I don’t really have a theme for this blog, so if you’ve come looking for a themed blog, you’ve come to the wrong place. Most of my posts are pretty lighthearted, so if you’ve come looking for some smiles, then hopefully you’ve come to the right place.

I have a second blog as well, a sweet things blog, mostly baking recipes:

Sugarness logo

I am also one of the writers on the Limebird team, so I blog over there too:

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Leave me a comment if you like, I’d love to hear from you!

131 responses to “About

  1. Hi Vanessa,

    Thanks for stopping by at Limebird. I really like your site, we are now following! :)

  2. Looking forward to following your book journey. I’ve had that book inside of me screaming to get out for over 40 years.

    Seems a little egotistical to tell you to check out my blog, “WTF…What The Fluffy,” but, hey, do it anyway if you get time and let me know what you think.

    I’m following you now. Thanks.

    • Well I did say at the top of this page that you should say so if you think I should go and look at your blog, so I will do so! Of course if I get too popular in the future then I may have to change that wording, but for now…

      By the way, are you sure you’re following me? I didn’t get a notification. Unless you mean literally following me. Oh dear.

  3. Hi Vanessa,

    Thanks for visiting Czechtheflip. I am inspired by your book journey. I am now following.

  4. Hey Vanessa, I’m really enjoying your blog. It’s heartfelt and it’s got a lot of meaning behind it, and that isn’t something you see too often. It’s nice to see a writer that isn’t arrogant or stuck up like a lot of other people.
    Keep up with the fantastic work!

    • Also, if you have the spare time and want a laugh, you can check out my blog, ‘Free Navigation’. Just click the image next to my comment.
      Cheers, and I’m following you. Not literally.

      • Thanks very much for your comments, it means a lot. I’m still finding my feet a bit with it all, but I think it’s ok for my blog to remain a bit random and unthemed.

        I went over and had a look at your blog – how shocking, there were rude words and everything! ;) But I decided to follow you anyway (again, not literally), just don’t ever invite me round to sit on your couch ok? Hehe.

        • Yeah… I’m a teenager. I think most teenagers swear (or is that just in Australia?) but maybe that’s just me. I guess we’re both trying to find our feet… and I think you’ll find thousands of other people are in the exact same boat.
          Also, themes are for people that think inside the box.

  5. Vanessa, thank you for “liking” my post: http://parentingisfunny.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/how-to-tell-if-youre-a-mom-part-1/ and giving me the opportunity to discover your blog. I am now following. Please consider following me as well. There are lots of good funnies for parents. :)

  6. Hello, Vanessa. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Further details are at: http://petedenton.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/blogging-awards-liebster-and-versatile-blogger/

    I hope you accept the award in the spirit that I nominate you. Happy blogging.

  7. Vanessa I have also listed you in return for the versatile blogger award. I had an incredibly hard time coming up with 15 as I am picky about the blogs I read. I ended up with 13, and yours is in my top five. So no need to redo all you have done with your original nomination from Pete, just know that others think highly of your blog as well. Best wishes, Betty….

  8. Hello Vanessa! I nominated you and your blog for a Sunshine Award. You can read all about it here: http://robincoyle.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/affirmation-is-a-lovely-thing/

    I hope you accept the nomination in the spirit with which I am giving it. It has been fun for me to receive!

  9. Hi Vanessa,
    Brace yourself for another one! I’m nominating you for the Blog on Fire Award.

  10. Hi, Vanessa! I read Limebirds and sometimes comment! I just added your blog to my follows! I tweet @TermiteWriter. I’m going to look for you and follow there, too!

    • Hi Lorinda – thank you for adding me and for stopping by to visit me here! I saw you started following me on Twitter, I shall follow back and go and look at your blog too a little bit later.

  11. Hey Vanessa, I’ve nominated you for the Ask Me Anything award. I hope you’ll participate, it looks fun. :)

  12. Great place this is. New to the blogging game, but love it all the same. See you around.

  13. fivereflections

    hello vanessa – nice to meet you…
    david in Maine USA

  14. Hi Vanessa,

    Lee here. We met yesterday at Craig Robinson’s film shoot. – the big ugly git with Sid James T-shirt on Clapperboard!

    I knew there was something familiar about you when you arrived at the shoot but I couldn’t remember from where. Then I check through my blog lists and there you are! Small world eh?

    Pleasure to meet you and Neil and well done on a good job. Hope to maybe work with you again in the future.


    P.S My Blog —> http://mibih.wordpress.com/ ;) :P

  15. Hi Vanessa. In appreciation of you commenting on my blog today, please send me your e-mail address to kford2007 (at) gmail (dot) com so I can send you your digital signed cover of the Make Believe Anthology. Thank you for being so faithful.

  16. I’ve just nominated you for a couple of blogging awards. Check out my next post! Congrats!

  17. Congrats, Vanessa, you’ve been nominated for the Commentator Award! :)


  18. “I write about whatever I feel like writing about really.” Good for you!

    I do too. But I don’t think I would call mine writing. lol I just put down whatever my fingers are feeling at the time.

  19. Hallo
    Since you said so, you may like to check this out:
    Your writings are superb, and I love your sense of humor!

  20. Hi Vanessa. I’ve been “working” on not just your knee but all of you. I picked up on something that I wanted to share. I could share it here, or, if you like, we could correspond via email. contact me at lornawrites@hotmail.com orjust send me a message on my “about” page as to your preference. It’s just that this stuff can get kind of personal.

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  22. Any friend of Le Clown is worth checking out..
    Very nice cyber-haven you have here, Vanessa!

  23. Hello, non-existent person,

    I am now following you, which is pretty difficult considering the fact that you are invisible.

    Expecting gratitude,

    Daan van den Bergh
    – I Fkkn Rokk

  24. Nice to meet you, Vanessa Chapman and congratulations on being inducted into Le Clown’s Blogroll of Fame. Cheers!

  25. I’m here from Le Clown’s blog. He does have good taste I have to admit. I’m going to take a look see some more. See you around!

  26. Hi Vanessa

    Found the words you wrote below be such good advice. You must be such a good person to give such great advice. My wife never understood the importance of being honest and facing the truth. It seems odd how her friends are just like her – low self-worth, self-esteem. She’s more of an ostrich with her head int he sand, or she runs away and hides. Unlike you she prefers lies over honesty. I do hope I can get her to read your blog you have such good insight into the way life really should be. I don’t think she wants to have an amicable relationship she’s too afraid of being found out. So now I’m going to have to take your advice and really distant myself in all ways – especially emotionally. I can imagine you must have had great parents who taught you the meaning of being truthful to be so grounded. Thanks for listening.

    Take care, Jorry W

    Stay Cordial
    This involves gradually distancing yourself from your friend while still remaining on amicable terms. It can feel slightly manipulative, but it serves to protect you and should avoid the escalation of any problems. More than likely, the reason your frenemy behaves this way is due to low self-esteem. Managing the relationship without making her feel worse about herself is often be the best thing for everyone involved.

  27. Hi Vanessa – really glad to have found your blog (via your AHKM university post of 2010)!

    Your posts are a joy to read and I will follow you from now on. I particularly like your humour and the way you don’t take yourself too seriously.

    • Really? You found me through AHKM? How funny!

      Thanks for stopping by and following :)

      • Well actually it was via a long and contorted search for AimHigher content. One thing led to another, and eventually I stumbled upon your AHKM blog post and spent quite a while laughing to myself as I meandered through your (very addictive) posts.

        I’m very envious of the way in which your writing is so captivating. You write in the same way as I think, but I never manage to write my blog with the same degree of humour – your posts are a joy to read. And yes, you’re right – the word “sausage” always makes me laugh too :-).

  28. Hi there! Congratulations! You’ve been nominated for a blog Award!
    To end the mystery about the type of award, follow this link: http://richardleonard.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

  29. Dear Vanessa,

    Greetings from Australia. I lived and worked 5 years all over the U.K. which was an amazing and beautiful experience. I really like the honesty and almost childlike innocence of your creative expression. It is both real and refreshing. I sincerely wish you all the best using your gifts to impact others on your life’s journey. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    God bless

  30. Hi Vanessa! I thought your blog deserves a Blog of the Year Award for 2012. Beware, there’s the potential to be flooded with these things! http://richardleonard.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/blog-of-the-year-award-2012-numbers-3-4/ :)

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  32. I see some familiar faces here … and a friend the the Weebs & Le Clown duo is a friend of mine … although I only have a speck of their craziness. Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world.

  33. I enjoyed your post of the interview with Lorna so much that I just have to follow you… your humour shines through in the questions that you asked her… I will be following you as I just adore this type of pick-me-up blog… I don’t care if you go to my blog to look at my photo posts… I just wanted to say how I loved what you did with her and I’m going to be following to enjoy your blog as well… thank you…

  34. Vanessa, I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. For Information, go to http://termitewriter.blogspot.com/2013/02/ive-received-very-inspiring-blogger.html You’ve probably had it before, but that’s no problem. Participation not required.

  35. Hi, Vanessa–

    You are the winner in last Saturday’s book giveaway! I didn’t see your email address on your gravatar, so could you send it to me? Then Charissa can contact you with the details for the download. My email is jmmcd2009 at gmail dot com. Congratulations!

  36. Lovely blog! I look forward to see more of your work in the future, I’m your new follower. :-)
    Greetings from North Norfolk

    • Hey there Dina:) Thank you! I grew up in London, but some friends had a holiday cottage in Norfolk (I think the village was called Tittleshall), and every summer we would go and stay there with them for a week, so I got to know the Norfolk coast pretty well. Then when I was 18 I ended up living in Wisbech for a few years, so again, the Norfolk coast was my place to go for days out (You did want my life story right? Hehe). Anyway, it is lovely round there! I’m in Kent now.

      • I didn’t realize you lived in Kent. I laid my Prologue to The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars in Kent. If you have any time, read it and tell me if I hit the countryside even halfway right. I’ve read that Kent is called the garden of England. http://termitewriter.blogspot.com/2012/04/a-new-entry-for-third-sunday-blog.html

        • Oh how funny! I read it and nothing struck me as odd about Kent. I always really like how you evolve the names of places. The only thing is, I’m not sure Dover will still exist that far in the future with the coastline erosion going on, but maybe we can hope they will have found a solution to that in that time!

          • If it doesn’t, they could possibly have moved the city inland. A lot of MWFB is laid in the environs of London, and later I began to realize that sea-level rise will probably drown parts of the city around the Thames estuary. I didn’t account for that. If I ever get that book in a shape to publish, I may have to work that over. Fortunately, London doesn’t play any part in The Termite Queen. My main male character is from Cardiff on the Bristol Channel. Don’t know how much sea-level rise might affect that.

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  38. Food 4 The Soul 93

    Saw your comments on “Lorna’s Voice” and wanted to see your blog. Hope you don’t mind. Looks as if you have an interesting “place” here. I’d like to visit again. Continued success as any friend of Lorna’s is a friend of mine too!

    Take care,

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  40. Vanessa, Gill and I have been nominated for Most Versatile Blogger award. We enjoy reading your blog and have included it in our list of favorites. Keep on writing!

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  42. I didn’t take to turning 40 with much grace or dignity. I’ve never had a problem with my age until I hit 40. I started to hyperventilate and then was sure that I had a tumor and maybe a sudden heart murmur. I laid on the floor by the dog with a 12 pack of Bud Light Lime and got schnockered. That helped a little bit until I realized that the dog is like 80 in people years and that she’d be dead even before me probably….sigh.

  43. “One thing always puzzled me. There’s gotta be, what twenty, thirty billion birds in the world? All kindsa birds. They keep getting born every minute and dyin every minute… Then how come this place ain’t littered with dead birds? They don’t live as long as folks do. So you’d think if you’d stepped out of the house in the mornin’, you’d need an umbrella to keep them dead birds from bouncin’ off your head… When I worked here for Mr. Burt Hines and his family, we’d do a lotta barbecuin’ right over there. Never once saw a dead bird fall into my barbecue sauce!”

    • FIve years. It’s been five years since I did my last community theatre play. It’s been 13 years since I did the play that the above quote is from in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Time goes by fast, and the last five years have seemed fast, as though they contained no theatre opportunities, they have kept me very busy. Next week there are auditions at a small community theatre outside of San Francisco. At first I was not sure whether it was time to do this stuff again. Perhaps I needed a sign. Sunday morning I walked out into my back yard and floating in my pool was a dead bird. Well, it’s a morbid sign, but is it not a sign? I wonder what Vanessa-Jane Chapman thinks. Her perspective is quite unique on such matters.

      • David!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m SO pleased to hear from you!

        Firstly – Yes, of course you should do the audition, sign or no sign, do it!

        Secondly – David!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m SO pleased to hear from you!

        I’ve got your email address that you put in to do these comments, so I shall email you on that later today :)

    • They are eaten by Schrödinger’s cat ;-)

  44. Humorous slants are great! Keep going!

  45. I am happy to have found your blog it is so refreshing and real. I look forward to following and perhaps get some pointers about freelance writing. Allie

  46. I think you should follow me at @eliatcoachdaddy on Twitter, so that I can follow you back, then tweet out some of the brilliance I’ve found here. that’s how I operate.

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