Click to visit the Siren Stories website and read more work by J.J. Barnes and check out her latest novels.

Click to visit the Siren Stories website and read more work by J.J. Barnes and check out her latest novels.

I am extremely proud of Miss Rose’s ever expanding vocabulary. She likes to name things when we are out walking, proudly declaring “tree!” “Bike!” “Bush!”

She knows “chair”, and “puppy” and “no”. But her current favourite word is “mine” which she applies liberally to anything in the general vicinity which she wishes to lay claim to. This can be anything from toys and food, to my phone and my underwear. I practically had to wrestle my bra from her whilst she screamed “mine mine mine” at me.

The girl knows what she wants, and that’s a good thing. I want to encourage her determination but also I would rather not have to chase her across the room whilst she clutches my phone and screams “mine”, then just as I’m about to catch her, watch as she throws said phone as far and hard as she can just to ensure I don’t get to remove it from her hands. Little madam.

This stubborn, determination also comes through in her ability to turn deaf. You try unwrapping a chocolate bar in a different room whilst there is music playing and she’s happily smashing blocks into cars. She will not only hear but she will develop the ability to move at speeds The Flash would envy. Tell her it’s time to tidy up? Nope she is both deaf and speaks another language anyway so couldn’t understand even if she could hear you. Her determination to look in any direction other than at the thing you’re telling her to look at is astounding.

If I could find a way to blame her father I would, believe me, but when I look at the dogged stubbornness of both myself and her grandmother… I realise I have nobody to blame but myself. Or possibly my mother. Or even her mother. Apparently we are a stubborn group. Damn genetics.

I am hoping this will translate into a woman who knows her own mind, goes after what she wants, and achieves her goals. It might not. It might result in her annoying everyone so much she is sent away to live alone on an island.

You can check out all my contact info an links on www.jjbarnes.co.uk, I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you can get in touch on there, as well as find links to all my work. There’s also www.sirenstories.co.uk which has all the work by both myself and Jonathan McKinney and loads of extra content such as background stories for different characters. If you want to subscribe on Patreon, its just $1 a month to help support our work and it also grants you access to our extra podcast a week, you can go to www.patreon.com/sirenstories.

Thanks as always for reading, and I’ll speak to you soon I hope!



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