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Yvonne Spence (Melovy)

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Joined 7 years ago from UK




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I write both fiction and non-fiction, hold an MA in Creative Writing and have taught Creative Writing to adults and children. My first novel, Drawings in Sand, and my short story collection, Looking For America, are available in the Amazon Kindle Store. Two of my short stories have won prizes in contests, and I was a BlogHer Voice of the Year for 2016. I have an I live in th UK with my husband and family.

Apart from writing, I have worked in fashion design and teaching as well as as a volunteer counsellor on a helpline for parents. I have taken courses in Non-Violent Communication, Mindfulness and The Sedona Method. The articles I most love to write are those that offer ways to enhance the quality of life.

I write on a variety of other topics, including: art activities healthy eating, parenting and travel. I have a passion for puffins, so you will find several articles here about those beautiful birds.

HubPages is a great place to write, and supports writers to increase their online writing skills. I feel honored to have graduated from the Apprenticeship program.

Ten of my hubs have been selected as Hub of the Day. Some of these are:

Fun Facts About Puffins For Kids.

How To Enjoy Solo Parent Travel With A Baby Or Small Children

“You Can Do It Sam” by Amy Hest - How This Children’s Book Inspired A Child To Give

5 Delicious and Healthy Meals for Kids

Hedgehog Cake - a Chocolate Cake Recipe

I've also won a couple of prizes here on HubPages. My hub: A Guide to the Perfect Family Vacation in the Pucon Area of Chile came third in the HubPages Know-it-All contest in March 2012. My hub: Nut Burgers with Shiitake Mushrooms: a Gluten Free Recipe won Best Healthy Recipe in the June 2012 Cookbook Contest.

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    • Duplicate content question

      Duplicate content question

      4 years ago

      An editor of a digital magazine contacted me because she would like to include one of my hubs in a future issue. I'm not sure if this would violate HubPages terms and also not sure which member of the team to contact regarding it. Anyone know?

    • Should you send a DMCA to the offending website or the host?

      Should you send a DMCA to the offending website or the host?

      4 years ago

      It's been so long since I had a copied hub that I've forgotten!The Learning Center entry says you can send to the website or to the host. The whois entry shows an address for abuse@GoDaddy and  registrant and admin emails for the website. I'm guessing that sending it to GoDaddy would be the...


      RESOLVED: "Broken Link" Message but link is working (do recheck first)

      4 years ago

      I have broken link error message on this hub … -The-WorldI have tested this link and it works fine. I even redid it a few days ago, but the error message is still there. Any ideas what more I can do, other than remove the link?

    • Anyone know anything about Newsalloy or Fantu-links?

      Anyone know anything about Newsalloy or Fantu-links?

      5 years ago

      A while ago when checking for plagarisim, pasting a chunk of text from one of my hubs produced some odd results. The first 2, and some others lower down are to a site called Fantu links and eventually lead back to my blog. other result - and there are...

    • Can we take part in Amazon Associates Special Promotions?

      Can we take part in Amazon Associates Special Promotions?

      5 years ago

      I frequently get emails from Amazon about special promotions, but never looked into them before. Today I got one about Valentine's day promotions with all the information and links require to add special promotional items to your site. But when I looked into this further, the link with tracker code...

    • Copied hubs on Wordpress blog - mainly recipes or about eating out

      Copied hubs on Wordpress blog - mainly recipes or about eating out

      5 years ago

      One of my recipes has been copied, and spun, on a Wordpress blog. I found at least one other from Hubpages, but only my recipe has my name on it, so it's hard to tell if the other posts are all from HP or not. If you write recipes it would be worth your while to check. There are also articles such...

    • Problem filing a DMCA

      Problem filing a DMCA

      5 years ago

      I'm trying to file a DMCA, but the WHOIS record is not like any I've seen before. It isn't showing up any email address that I can send it to. Has anyone had this experience and how did you get round it? There is no way to leave comments on the blog post with my copied content, but there is an...

    • Idling and pending hubs are killing traffic

      Idling and pending hubs are killing traffic

      5 years ago

      I love HubPages, I feel that I have learned so much here and my confidence in writing non-fiction took such a huge leap when I was invited onto the Apprenticeship program last year. I have met some wonderful people here - both staff and other Hubbers. But as may other people have said, the idling...

    • Information on

      Information on

      4 years ago

      If you are familiar with, I'd love to hear what you think of the site. Like many other hubbers I currently have traffic issues, and according to " has too many outer links. Our advice to webmasters is to decrease number of this...

    • Hubs not showing up as indexed even though they have been crawled.

      Hubs not showing up as indexed even though they have been crawled.

      5 years ago

      I have 2 hubs that are not showing up as indexed when I search the url but in the stats on both hubs it shows that they have been crawled by Google and Bing - one of them was crawled 35 hours ago by Google.  I've cleared my cache and and checked on a different computer, and it's definitely not...

    • Could page layout be affecting my Google traffic?

      Could page layout be affecting my Google traffic?

      5 years ago

      In line with advice a few months ago, I changed the layout of several hubs so that the top part contains a full-size photograph, and layout almost all my new hubs this way. (Studies suggest this is what readers find most attractive and so are likely to read on.) However, I have read several times...

    • FIXED: Stats on individual hubs not loading.

      FIXED: Stats on individual hubs not loading.

      5 years ago

      On some of my hubs (but not all) when I click the stats button, a message pops up: "Something went wrong. Please try again. And when you get a chance, you may want to report this issue in the Hubpages forums."

    • Advice on uploading a video please!

      Advice on uploading a video please!

      5 years ago

      I'm having huge problems (again!) trying to upload a video.  I am working in iMovle (so on a Mac) and want upload a video of less than 5 minutes. Saving it as a dv video HubPages doesn't recognise it. I have tried compressing, but even under 1 GB it won't upload. But every other format I try...

    • 4

      "Views ever" keep dropping!

      5 years ago

      Anyone know why my total views would be dropping? Is it possible to be credited with views and then have them taken away. My weekly and monthly views are showing the highest figures I've ever had, but I've looked at my stats 3 times in the last 4 hours and each time the "ever" figure is...

    • What are the causes of myeloma?

      What are the causes of myeloma?

      5 years ago

      What are the causes of myeloma?

    • To anyone who has written a Hunger Games review - copier alert!

      To anyone who has written a Hunger Games review - copier alert!

      6 years ago

      I have just discovered that part of my review of the Hunger Games from a parent’s perspective has been copied by someone writing on Squidoo. This person has several other articles on the Hunger Games so it seems likely she or he has copied other people’s work too. This is the article where I...

    • Groups page is empty

      Groups page is empty

      6 years ago

      I will be very grateful for any help. For quite some time now my groups page has been blank (see photo below). I have not removed the hubs, and have tried to add groups but nothing happens.

    • A useful site for anyone thinking of entering writing contests.

      A useful site for anyone thinking of entering writing contests.

      6 years ago

      I found this page, which is from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s website. It warns writers how to spot scam writing contests, and I think it is useful whether you write SF or not. (I don’t.) So hopefully it can stop a few hubbers falling for scams. It also has information...

    • No views showing on a hub with comments

      No views showing on a hub with comments

      6 years ago

      I’m very puzzled as I published a hub of photos of snow earlier today. It’s had 8 comments already, yet while those are showing up on my account page, it says the hub has had no views. Anyone know why this would happen?

    • Problems importing from Flickr

      Problems importing from Flickr

      6 years ago

      I haven’t used Flickr often, but every time I have when I try to import a file I get this message: Unrecognized file type. It is possible that the site is blocking our request for the image. You could save the file to your computer and upload it directly.The...

    • How to adjust hubs to get more search engine traffic?

      How to adjust hubs to get more search engine traffic?

      6 years ago

      Hi everyone,I’ve been here 4 months and had hoped by now I’d be earning something from Google, but I’ve not earned a dollar. From feedback, I know the quality of my writing is strong so it’s something else that’s causing poor traffic and almost non-existent clicks.  I read several...

    • International Peace Day

      International Peace Day

      6 years ago

      Did you know that today, 21st September is International Peace Day, a global day of ceasefire. This annual event has been occurring since 1982, when the UN made this statement about the day:"Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and...

    • If I use Social Monkee am I spamming?

      If I use Social Monkee am I spamming?

      6 years ago

      Since I’ve seen loads of recommendations for Social Monkee I recently signed up, but after listening to the introductory video I am confused. Where do these links go? It sounds to me as if I would be creating spam. If I have got this wrong, can someone please explain!?

    • A few questions from a newbie baffled by SO many things!

      A few questions from a newbie baffled by SO many things!

      7 years ago

      Hello Everyone,   I’m primarily a writer, not  a computer buff or web-site designer and in my other attempts at on-line writing I haven’t been trying to earn money, so I haven’t bothered about gaining traffic. I’m patient, I’ve read it takes a while to build up earnings, but...

    • Confusion about signing up for Adsense

      Confusion about signing up for Adsense

      7 years ago

      i know it’s supposed to be very easy to sign up for Adsense, but I’m not sure if I’ve made a mistake somewhere in the process, so will be grateful if anyone can shed any light. I signed up after I posted my first Hub 6 days ago and the status on my account page reads Active, but I haven’t...

    • What is considered ‘sensitive’ language?

      What is considered ‘sensitive’ language?

      7 years ago

      I am very new here, having only posted one hub so far.  I was planning to post a group of hubs about my experience with a premature baby and to include practical information about baby massage, skin-to-skin contact etc. My hope was that it would be of benefit to mothers who go through this...