Category Archives: Competitions

All Zoomed Out

Does anyone else have a recurring nightmare? (Apart from being stuck in an everlasting Zoom meeting?) Here’s mine: I’m packing to go somewhere (that has to be a dream, at the moment, right?) and I’m late and in a mad … Continue reading

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Taking a Knife to Short Story Endings

Almost exactly a year ago (in my 18th March ‘Keeping Perky’ post), I wrote: everything’s gone a bit weird, hasn’t it? And 12 months later, it’s still weird. Although, hopefully, with vaccines being dished out (here at least), quicker than … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day

So here we are again, another week over. As someone wise (it was Marian Keyes, actually) said on Twitter today, ‘The weeks whizz by but nothing changes’ (probably a bit wittier than that, but you get the idea). It’s all … Continue reading

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A Hotchpotch of a Post

Hello! I’ve been meaning to write long before this (it’s been a fortnight!) but somehow, the days got away from me. I don’t even have the excuse that I’ve been snowed in or stuck in the snow (again) because we … Continue reading

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Eyes Front!

Now, like me, you probably spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen (over 4 hours yesterday teaching on Zoom, anyone…?) and it turns out, probably not surprisingly, that this is Not Good For Our Eyes. Every … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all! I meant to post before the end of the year but time got away with me, so here I am on a cold and rainy January 1st, feeling glad – as I’m sure you … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas to You!

Hello! Well, it’s that time of year again and although things are weird out there, I’m NOT going to mention them. Let’s just all stay in a little blogging bubble and pretend all is well with the world, agreed? Have … Continue reading

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In Search of an Ending

My mum (who is in our bubble) has been staying with us for a few days and this is what I’ve been doing: watching Tipping Point, Pointless, Only Connect and University Challenge, playing Scrabble and Rummikub, sweating/sweltering (because we have … Continue reading

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Getting My NWS Report

NWS Report Today I got an email to say my report was ready from the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme. (Has anyone else had theirs? How was it for you?) Eek. My stomach gave a lurch. It honestly felt like getting … Continue reading

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DISCOVERIES 2020-21 (& Making the Most of Opportunities!)

Four years ago, almost exactly to the day – on 19th September 2016, to be precise – I blogged about how author Jojo Moyes was offering her cottage in Suffolk for a week to an aspiring writer in need of … Continue reading

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