It has been on the cards for a while but the final blow was when it got rained on last night, when water leaked through an open window onto the keyboard.
Fortunately, before it died completely, all my files were saved on a memory stick and have now been transferred to The New Laptop but it’s all a bit funny. None of my passwords were saved on Facebook, Twitter, Ebay or Paypal and eeeek, I’ve had to start again and (sssh, don’t tell my OH, who bought the new laptop) but it’s a bit SMALL. I’m still getting used to the screen and the keyboard. First World problems, I know. I am sure I will survive.
A couple of things to alert you to – the first one is URGENT, as it expires on Sunday evening (i.e: tomorrow). Apologies for the short notice but I only spotted it myself this afternoon, on the Twitters, when I finally managed to get in.
Free Writing Retreat
This was the tweet I spotted, from novelist Amanda Reynolds:
“Need time & space to write but don’t have funds for a paid retreat? @nickiwomble is offering 1 lucky (& talented) winner a FREE stay in her beautiful #Cotswolds @Airbnb & I’ll be on hand with a free #mentoring session so #pitchme your novel’s first line using #CotswoldsRetreat”
So, you need to be on Twitter and follow Amanda Reynolds and tweet her the first line of your novel by midnight on Sunday 9th June, if you want to do this.
She’ll then shortlist some entries, who will need to send their synopsis and first chapter of the novel by 16th June. I wasn’t going to enter this because I have other stuff to do and this will be a distraction but then I thought – oh, what the heck! So, maybe you should go for it too? What have you got to lose? (Although I would add that, if you can actually afford a retreat without too much trouble – I can’t, I honestly have no job and no money – then perhaps don’t enter and leave it for someone who really needs it).
It’s definitely worth following Amanda Reynolds by the way (she writes psychological thrillers and she’s lovely. I met her recently when I won a place on a workshop that she was offering on Twitter).
She often has freebies and stuff to support writers on her Twitter feed and blog, so if not this time, maybe the next….
Arvon Poetry Challenge
Here’s another FREE opportunity: those lovely people at Arvon (who run fabulous writing courses), are offering a 5 day poetry challenge, to celebrate National Writing Day on 26th June. Just sign up on their website here and every day between 24th and 28th June you’ll be emailed a poetry prompt. There will also be a competition run in conjunction with the challenge. Even if you’re not that ‘into’ poetry – or don’t think you are – it might be a good way of finding inspiration and writing something different to your usual.
And in other news, I’ve just started to re-read the 2 Joanna Cannon novels – ‘The Trouble with Goats and Sheep’ and ‘Three Things About Elsie’ (it’s no hardship, believe me), in preparation for 30th June, when I will be interviewing her at the Evesham Festival of Words. There are still some tickets left, at just £6 each if you can come along!
There will be Battenberg. (Battenburg?)
And now I must dash because the new series of Killing Eve is just about to start…!