We bought ourselves a Hokey Cokey sign today and hung it up on the wall facing you as you go down the stairs. It cheered us up a bit, anyway!
It’s the perfect day for staying cosy indoors and reading about writing (the next best thing to actually writing, in my humble opinion).
If that’s your idea of fun too, then you might be interested in this. With thanks to Womag’s blog for the tip-off – FREE – for this weekend only on Kindle – you can download Della Galton’s ‘Short Story Writer’s Toolshed’ (‘Your Quick Read, Straight-To-The-Point Guide To Writing and Selling Short Fiction’).
It’s a handy little book, based on a series of articles that Della – the undisputed Queen of short stories for women’s magazines – originally wrote for Writers Forum magazine. So, if you missed them in WF – or even if you read them the first time round – it’s worth a look.
“But I haven’t got a Kindle!” I hear you cry. Well, neither have I but if you click on the book on Amazon here and then try to ‘buy’ it, it will magically spot your lack of a Kindle and will kindly take you through the very simple process of uploading Kindle onto your PC – also for free. I’ve managed it, so it can’t be too difficult!
I’ve had a funny week.
I was RELIEVED not to get a part-time job that I’d had an interview for. (That must be a sign that it wasn’t for me, right?!)
I was INCREDULOUS (OK, JEALOUS) that the winner of the Sainsburys’ Munch Bunch children’s short story (she won £1000 of Sainsburys vouchers, just in time for Christmas!) said the story “only took me about an hour to write.” Aaagh – I slaved over mine and it still didn’t even make the shortlist 😦
And I was BEMUSED (for want of a better word) by the letter in the latest issue of Writers Forum, in which ‘Jan Cook’ took me to task for daring to suggest that ‘professional writers’ (her words) should refrain from entering small writing competitions. I won’t bore you with the details here but if you get a chance to have a look, it’s on page 11 …
Oh and I’ve changed the name of my ‘room-where-I-write’. So much for ‘office’ or ‘study’. It seems to have become my ‘cave’ (as in ‘I’m going over to the cave now!’cup of tea in hand). I think I must have been watching too much ‘I’m A Celeb..’ I’m even sharing the space with the odd spider and fly….