Monthly Archives: May 2011

Where Does The Time Go?

I’m talking about time for writing. There’s never enough, is there? As a part-time writing tutor, “I haven’t had time,” is the excuse I hear most often when students turn up empty-handed (but I use it myself, so I do … Continue reading

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Update on ‘When Winning Isn’t Winning’

As Mel has just pointed out to me, my third-placed story’s no longer on The Author’s blog – in fact all reference to the competition and all the results seem to have been taken off. Whoops! Was that all because … Continue reading

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The Guardian – What’s In It For Writers?

Thanks must go to fellow bloggers Sally Jenkins and Suzanne Jones for this – they’ve pointed me in the right direction with their recent magazine articles and blog posts regarding opportunities in The Guardian. Firstly, a couple of free-to-enter writing … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Michaela’s Moonwalk – From Darkness Into Light

My friend Michaela has just taken part in The Moonwalk in London, which is a marathon (26 mile) walk, through the night, to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. The women (it’s mostly – but not … Continue reading

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When Winning Isn’t Winning…. (Updated!)

I received my book tokens from Stratford Literary Festival yesterday – my prize for being runner-up in their poetry competition. I doesn’t even specify how much the tokens are for. It could just be £10, I suppose it might be … Continue reading

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The News Where I Am

Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet just lately. A full-time (temping) job and some article-writing for a website (believe me when I say, they are both dull and involve hours in front of a PC, wrestling with words and strange … Continue reading

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Is anyone else watching ‘The Apprentice’?

Before you all huff and puff and throw things at the PC screen, let me say in my defence that it’s pretty much the only thing I watch on TV at the moment AND I do other things (like this … Continue reading

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‘The Age of Innocence’ – What Can Writers Learn?

I’ve just read the classic novel ‘The Age of Innocence’ by Edith Wharton. A bit of a departure for me, but I intended to enter that ‘blurb’-writing competition and it was one of 3 books to choose from. Needless to … Continue reading

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Versatile Blogger Award

My writing buddy Sally has nominated me for a ‘Versatile Blogger’ award! Hurrah! I have to now list 7 things about myself and then pass the award on to 7 more blogs! Eek – who will I choose? Have to … Continue reading

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Magazine Madness Part 4: April letters

Here are the magazines I’ve written to this month: 1. House Beautiful (monthly £3.40) House Beautiful has a letters page (‘Have Your Say’) and readers’ comments are accepted by email, letter or ‘social media’. A typical ‘star letter’ prize is … Continue reading

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