Monthly Archives: April 2011

(Quick mention of..The Royal Wedding) – And Labradors!

(I couldn’t fail to mention The Royal Wedding in this post, as I’ve been watching it pretty much all day – and it’s all still on the tele’ now. It was fun, wasn’t it?! I quite like the idea of … Continue reading

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What are you – an extrovert or an introvert?

Someone clever once defined the difference between an introvert or an extrovert as follows: You’re an introvert if you derive your energy from being alone; you’re an extrovert if you derive your energy from being with others. I’ve been interested … Continue reading

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Caerleon Writers’ Holiday

In the latest Writers’ Forum magazine (June’s! Can you believe it?!) there’s a feature by the wonderfully-named Solange Hando on ‘Making the Most of Caerleon’. That’s the Writers’ Holiday in Caerleon, which has been running now for 27 years. I’ve … Continue reading

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Mslexia 2011 Short Story Competition Results

The results of the Mslexia 2011 short story competition have been announced and the first 3 prize winners’ stories are on the website here. The other 3 runners-up are published in the latest edition of the magazine but I haven’t … Continue reading

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Pitching Articles – Getting it Wrong!

A couple of days ago I sent the editor of Writers’ Forum Magazine an article I’d written on ‘How To Deliver A Writing Workshop’ (‘Most literary festivals, writers groups and writing holidays include half or full-day workshops in their programmes … Continue reading

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Poetry: ‘Divine’ Results & Write A Royal Wedding Sonnet!

The results are out for the Divine Poetry Competition – which I mentioned here back in December. The poems (describing the journey of a cocoa bean), were judged by Meg Rosoff and not only are the winners themselves printed in … Continue reading

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‘Take A Break’ Blues….

I had another rejection from Take A Break today (that’s two in as many days) and I am officially GIVING UP trying to ever sell them a story! I had reasonably high hopes for this one, as Linda Lewis, whose … Continue reading

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Red House Children’s Book Award Ceremony – Win Tickets!

If you’re interested in writing for children – or you have a child who loves books – or if you’d just like a fun day out, mixing with the literati, then you might be interested in this competition to win … Continue reading

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More Advice From Novelist Kate Long – Criticism: What’s Helpful & What’s Not?

The lovely Kate Long found my reference to the webcam on which she’s answering questions about writing (on VYou) which I wrote about here and has kindly offered some more words of advice about taking note – or not – … Continue reading

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Poetry News And NaPoWriMo

Hello – I’m back! I’ve been ski-ing for a week in France. Yes, that was the ‘mystery’ behind my last post. Not very exciting, I know but it felt wrong, somehow, to announce to ‘cyberspace’ that my house was going … Continue reading

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