Monthly Archives: May 2012

Oh, Pooh!

People can be a bit ‘sniffy’ about the ‘Richard and Judy Bookclub’, can’t they? I don’t mean the authors whose books are chosen to be featured – they love the instant boost to sales – but literary snobs who see … Continue reading

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Lost My (Writing) Mojo….

It could be the (gorgeous) weather, or the fact that I’ve been engrossed in The (unputdownable) Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins or that the hard drive’s gone on my laptop but whatever it is, my mind has gone a … Continue reading

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So You Think You Know Your Austen?

Lots of you liked the Jane Austen quote in the last post – ‘Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery’, so I thought you might be interested in the Guardian’s ‘fiendish’ Jane Austen quiz here. I consider myself a … Continue reading

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Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Here’s an exercise you might like to try: Make a list of all the things you never want to write about. Everyone’s list will be different, but I’d imagine that yours, like mine, could well include subjects like incest or … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction Competition – The Results!

Today is ‘National Flash Fiction Day’ – and also the day on which I promised you the results of my ‘Random Word Flash Fiction Competition’ – and here they are! First of all thank you to everyone who entered. I … Continue reading

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The Mslexia 2012 Children’s Novel Competition (For unpublished novelists. £25 entry fee)

The country air has gone to my head: I’ve just bought a Pashley bike on Ebay for £500*!!! Eek! This particular model normally costs £645 and the one I’ve bought has only been ridden once so, at the risk of … Continue reading

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Diamond Jubilee Poetry Competitions – Updated 2nd June 2012

Have you noticed there are suddenly Union Jacks everywhere? The whole country’s going ‘Queen’s Diamond Jubilee crazy’, so I thought it was time I joined in and tracked down a few of the competitions that have sprung up to honour … Continue reading

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Cotswolds Calling

Here I am – at last! Sorry I’ve been away so long but you know what it’s like, when you move house. Chaos. It was pouring with rain on moving day BUT the moment we arrived at our house, the … Continue reading

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