I would like to say we had wall-to-wall sunshine BUT for the first time ever (it’s a tennis holiday and I’ve been 10 – or maybe even 11 – times), we had torrential rain for 24 hours and the whole first day of the programme was wiped out!
I wouldn’t have minded quite so much if it had been in the middle of the week (the rest would have actually been quite welcome!) but it was frustrating at the start.
However, it did give me chance to do some holiday reading! I took 3 magazines (see photo) and two books. One of the books was disappointing – and I don’t like to be negative about other writers (*pauses while she polishes her halo*) so I won’t tell you about that one but the novel I did enjoy was Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty.
Funnily enough, it had been on my ‘to read’ list for ages and then Della Galton wrote about it on social media, just before my holiday (she thought it was great), so that reminded me to read it, finally. And I wasn’t disappointed. The title’s a bit misleading, imo. It sounds like a sweet romance set in the countryside but actually it’s a court room thriller, with lots of twists and turns and well, it was pretty unputdownable.
Free Writing Competitions
It all seems very autumnal out there now, don’t you think? But, looking on the bright side, it’s easier to write when the sun’s not shining! So, here are a few FREE writing competitions that you might like to try your hand at:
1. Flash Fiction – 100 Words on theme ‘White’ Closing date: 30th September
Morgen Bailey has started a free monthly 100 word (‘drabble’) flash fiction competition. You can win her on-line writing courses. The deadline for this month is 30th September and the theme is ‘white’. If you scroll down the page, the themes for the next 12 months are also listed.
2. Writers Bureau: Flash Fiction: 500 Word Romantic Fiction Story aimed at MEN
Closing date: 14th October
Prize: On-line WB Fiction Writing course.
3. Commonwealth Writers Short Story Competition
For short stories of 2000 – 5000 words. Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country
Closing date: 1st November 2015 (12 noon)
Tracy Fells whose story was shortlisted for the award last year has just put up an interesting post about it on her blog here.