Category Archives: Competitions

Tips for Short Story Competitions

Just a quickie from me today because I’m trying to do NaNoWriMo and I’m already behind on the wordcount! Eek! As you probably know, the idea is to write 50,000 words of a novel in the month of November, which … Continue reading

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Obeying the Dice!

Right, before anyone moans, I’ve checked and these days, you can use ‘dice’ for both the plural and singular forms of ‘cubes with numbers on them’! Who knew? The New Oxford Dictionary of English says,”In modern standard English, the singular … Continue reading

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Writing for ‘Exposure’

I write this sitting in the dog basket. (To paraphrase ‘I Capture The Castle’). Actually, that’s not true BUT I could, if I wanted to, for Bonnie’s bed is empty. DON’T PANIC! She’s at the dog sitter’s, a day earlier … Continue reading

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Ditching The Kindle (& another free-to-enter novel competition)

The Daily Mail Penguin Random House First Novel competition Whatever your feelings about the Daily Wail Mail, there’s no denying that, every so often, they run a nice competition for us writers. For this, the latest one, they’ve joined forces … Continue reading

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Festival Frenzy! (and some free competitions)

Right, I have quite a lot to say (and as we’ve just re-named Wednesday, ‘Winesday’, I’m doing it with a glass of the pink stuff by my side), so are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin… That title is something … Continue reading

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The First Signs of Spring…

It’s got warmer all of a sudden, don’t you think? And, in my garden, for the last two days, we’ve heard the first sounds of spring: the POP, POP, ARRRGGH! of this season’s first games of table tennis. OH has … Continue reading

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Caravans & Cubicles: In Which I Shamelessly ‘Ear-wig’

I read something the other day that I’d never really thought about before: we all spend most of the time trying to hide how we’re really feeling. It’s so true! Think about it. Even when you’re with your nearest and … Continue reading

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