Phew what a scorcher!

Raspberry entries in the village fete (one entrant was told off for taking the stalks off..)

It’s been boiling today (33 degrees, according to my car temperature gauge. Eek!).

I think the heat has befuddled my brain, so apologies for a slightly all-over-the-place post coming up.

I have got a busy week ahead ‘writing-wise’ and it starts tomorrow.

I’ve got to prepare the 4 short story workshops I’m going to be delivering next weekend at the NAWG Festival (which starts on Friday at Warwick University) and .. just a little thing this, I have to send my manuscript to the RNA (Romantic Novelists’ Association)’s New Writers’ Scheme by midnight on 31st August, which also happens to be Friday.

I always do this. I start with good intentions and then life takes over and I run out of time. I shall just do my best! (*she says, pretending to be calm*).

Yesterday it was the ‘Flower Show’ in our village and I took my mum along (mistake! She kept saying things like “That’s a terrible one!” in a loud voice).

Anyway, it was so much more than just a flower show. There were prizes for potatoes grown in a bucket (who knew that was even a thing?) and (always a favourite) an award for mis-shapen vegetables. (As you can see from the photo, the winner of that category was the little tomato with the… erm, nose-shaped protuberance).

It was all very strict and the notes from the judges were worth a read, too. Someone’s arty ‘trug’ filled with 5 different vegetables was criticised because the cucumber ‘was not crisp’ and the winners and the highly-commended in the scones section were, curiously all baked by men. The judge had commented that ‘it was good to see the chaps taking part this year.’

I must admit my competitive spirit did get slightly stirred when I saw they had a category for QUICHES (or, as they called them ‘savoury flans’) because (I may have mentioned this before), I am a bit of a dab hand at a quiche. I told my OH that I will be entering next year and he looked very worried. (But I probably won’t. I’ll do my usual and leave it all too late…!)

And if, like me, you’re immersed in novel writing (or at least, you’re thinking about it!) at the moment, then you might be interested in this book, which I’ve just read on the subject – Save The Cat! Writes a Novel – by Jessica Brody. I liked the tips it gave you on structuring – it was good.

And I found this post by Sophie Hannah*, on how she plans her novels, interesting and helpful. You might too.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday!

*Interesting fact about Sophie Hannah. Many, many years ago, before she turned her hand to novel-writing, she came to the little adult ed. writing class that I attended in Birmingham, as a ‘guest writer’ and read some of her poetry to us. Yes, I knew her before she was famous…..

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6 Responses to Phew what a scorcher!

  1. Tracy Fells says:

    Great snippet about Sophie Hannah. I found Save the cat for novelists really helpful for my novel, also Structuring Your Novel by KM Welland is very good (bit of a bible for me). Good luck with RNA sub – that’s how Wendy Clarke started & now the novel she put through that scheme has sold >40K copies!

    • Thanks for the tip about the KM Welland book, Tracy. I will have a look at that – but not yet! I think I’ve got a little way to go before I’m following in Wendy’s footsteps but she is an inspiration alright!

  2. pennywrite says:

    I might have said this before: ‘retirement’ is when you get up in the morning with nothing to do (!) and go to bed that evening having done none of it. (If so, please put it down to a Senior Moment.) But thanks for this blog. Good to know Time’s Winged Thingy affects us all 🙂
    Now – back to work.

  3. juliathorley says:

    I’m sure you’re far too busy today to be reading comments on your blog, but just in case: I laughed at the remarks about your mum. I once took mine to a jazz evening in an intimate little cafe setting. She sang very loudly all the way through.

    • Aw, bless her. At least she enjoyed herself! (If I take my mum out – to the theatre, for example – she falls asleep, so I deliberately got us front row seats – about four inches from the stage – at the RSC’s Swan Theatre a couple of weeks ago. It was a Restoration play, with Caroline Quentin, lots of shouting and music and laughter and she did manage to stay awake. Hurrah!)

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