Ah, it’s a shame. The you-know-what games are over (except for the Paralympic games of course, let’s not forget them). I promise not to mention the ‘O’ word again. But I feel a bit flat! What am I going to watch every
morning, afternoon and evening now?
Just in case you’re feeling at a bit of a loss too, here are a few writerly things that I’ve been distracting myself with:
Do you know what a ‘sestude’ is? It sounds like an ancient type of poem, doesn’t it? But actually, it “a reflective study in poetry or prose inspired by an object, using exactly 62 words” and it’s a fairly recent invention.
Foyles bookshop are running a little competition on their website, inviting you to describe your favourite book from childhood in the form of a sestude.
I’ve done it and it was fun – and quite tricky to boil it down to just 62 words (so it’s a good exercise in editing!).
All I will reveal about my entry – because it’s bound to be the same as some of yours – is that it was an Enid Blyton book!
Read more here.
Novelicious is a handy little website if you want to procrastinate for a few minutes (and we’re all allowed a bit of ‘time off’, aren’t we?)
It describes itself as a website for ‘readers and writers’ and there are lots of handy writing tips and sometimes they have writing competitions (I missed one they held earlier this year but I’ll keep my eye on it from now on!).
As I say, it’s really only for when you’ve done about eight hours of writing and you need to chillax at the end of the day (Chillax?! Where did that come from?)
My beloved has just wandered into the kitchen (my temporary office)
“What are we having for dinner?” he said (nicely)
“Um… we’re having..err…we’re having…THING!” I replied, without looking up.
He went away again.
Moral of the story: do not interrupt a writer when she is blogging.
Maureen Strikes Again
I had an email from Maureen at Woman’s Weekly today. You know what that means.
REJECTION! Re-marketing opportunity for a short story, of course! I changed it a bit and whizzed it straight off to The Weekly News! That doesn’t work for all stories, by the way but I thought it was worth a try with this one.
But, the good news is (and I hope I’m not jinxing it by telling you.), I’ve had an idea for a (possible) serial for WW and I’ve started to write it. Exciting!
Free Short Story Competition (for people in Cheshire!)
And finally, here’s a great FREE short story competition, offering the chance to win a not-to-be-sniffed-at £2000 and publication in an anthology. The closing date’s 1st September, so plenty of time.
BUT (there’s always a but), you “have to have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in CHESHIRE”.
I’m considering moving house, just so I’m eligible. Let me know if any of you are! And good luck!
Right, better go. Got to rustle up a dish of THING!