Category Archives: Cotswolds

Sheep/Welcome Random Word Competition: Shortlist

We alternate our daily walks. One day, we go left out of the drive and head up towards the village and the next, we turn right (Bonnie’s favourite!) and tramp across fields and a railway track. We talk about how … Continue reading

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Hello, from #Lockdown (week 3? is it?)

I seem to be quite busy (sorry if you’ve emailed me and I haven’t replied yet. I will!). Today I’ve played table tennis, walked the dog, had two on-line chats, taken part in a virtual quiz and tonight I’m running … Continue reading

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‘Women’s Prize for Fiction’ Longlist – How Many Have You Read?

Random Word Competition … coming soon! Some of you (Keith!?) may be wondering, now that I’ve hit the 1000 mark (1000 ‘followers’, which always sounds like a cult), whether I’ll be running another of my ‘random word’ story competitions and … Continue reading

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In Which I Reflect on Blogging

In October, this blog will be TEN years old. I’m just 2 followers off 1000 and this is my 665th post. Yes, that’s a lot of words and a lot of time and, I must admit, I sometimes wonder why … Continue reading

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A Bit of a Bumpy Year

If I may borrow the Queen’s expression (apparently, it’s in her speech tomorrow), 2019 has been a bit of a ‘bumpy’ year for me (and the country, obviously – and maybe for you too?). The Bad: On a personal note … Continue reading

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Birthdays & An Introduction to My Birthday ‘Twins’

My birthday’s been and gone, NaNoWriMo is looming (more of that anon), I’ve changed the bed to a higher-tog duvet and the new ‘leaf-y’ header is on the blog. So, I declare it officially autumn/Autumn! (never sure whether seasons should … Continue reading

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How to Mute Words on Twitter! (and other stuff)

Right. I am not going to mention the ‘B’ word (UK readers will understand) or the ‘C’ word (clue: 25th Dec) at all. This is going to be a happy post! I have actually muted those words* on my Twitter … Continue reading

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Judging Short Stories (and Happy Endings….)

Now that Evesham Festival is over and the names of the winners of the short story competition have been announced, I can give you some feedback on my experience as a judge. Another reader and I read all 126 stories … Continue reading

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Trouble with Laptops & A Writing Retreat Opportunity!

I am feeling all discombobulated because my laptop died today (RIP Bluey). 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 … Continue reading

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Sunburn/Carrot Random Word Competition – Shortlist

Sue Johnson kindly agreed to act as ‘Head Judge’ and choose a shortlist of 5 stories from the longlist of 10 and then, a winner and runner-up. Sue’s a short story writer and novelist, poet and tutor and she’s a … Continue reading

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