Monthly Archives: December 2012

Review of My (Writing) Year

I originally started this post with: “2012 was rather ‘bitty’ and a not altogether successful year for me, writing-wise,” but then I realised, that I still have over 40,000 words ‘out there’ (that’s 8 stories at various women’s magazines and … Continue reading

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Where Are You Going In 2013?

I don’t mean ‘where are you going?’ in a deep-and-meaningful way. I mean literally, where are you going in 2013? Butlins? The Great Barrier Reef? Auntie Nora’s place for a wet weekend in Scarborough? It’s almost that time of year, … Continue reading

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Very Inspired Blogger Award

Happy Christmas! I hope you’ve all had a good day. We wandered up to the local pub and had an unexpectedly-delicious seven course meal, washed down with 2 bottles of wine and then staggered home again, so I can’t complain. … Continue reading

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National Short Story Day

Well, I’m feeling rather festive. I’m drinking mulled wine (delicious and gone straight to my head); we are watching the DVD of ‘A Christmas Carol’ (Marley’s ghost* is about to appear, in case you are interested…); I have a red … Continue reading

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A Couple of Christmas Competitions (if you’re quick…!)

How are your Christmas preparations going? I had a small panic today when I realised that, apart from a little book on ‘Short Walks in the Cotswolds’ (‘short’ in case I have to go too) and a key ring in … Continue reading

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X-Factor For Writers

The Christmas madness has started! Every year I swear I’ll be more organised and every year, I’m not. What doesn’t help, is that I’ve acquired the role of ‘present co-ordinator’ for my family. Aaggh! My head feels like it’s going … Continue reading

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Costa Short Story Shortlist

Back in the summer (remember that? When the sun shone for a couple of days?), I told you about the Costa Short Story competition. No, don’t get excited – no-one from the blog’s won (as far as I know!) and … Continue reading

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Win A ‘Writing For Children’ Course

Right, it’s time for some more unashamed trumpet-blowing. John, a very discerning chap, who follows this blog, contacted me today to tell me that he’s won the last Writers Bureau competition, that I told you about here. Hurrah! It was … Continue reading

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Some Things Can’t Be Rushed

There are some things that can’t be rushed. Poetry, for example and short stories. They won’t just ‘come’ will they, when you try to do them in a hurry? At least, mine won’t. I’m slow. Mine take ages to develop, … Continue reading

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Reflected Glory

OK, it’s time for this blog to take a little bow. Jo Tiddy is the joint winner of the Hush short story competition. I recognised Jo’s name because her story ‘Besieged’ was shortlisted in the ‘New Writer’ section of the … Continue reading

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