Category Archives: Magazines

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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R.I.P WWFS

Look at that title. Yet more abbreviations! It’s like I’m writing in code these days. OK, if you haven’t worked it out, it stands for ‘Rest in Peace, Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special’, for it has just been announced that the … Continue reading

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It’s Not All ‘Hearts & Flowers’!

Oh goodness me, I have been away for AGES…! Last time I wrote on here it was sweltering and now it’s rainy and quite chilly. Autumn is a-coming… But, on the plus side, my local swimming pool and tennis club … Continue reading

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Happy to be Home Alone

Ah… peace! But it nearly didn’t happen… My OH was due to play golf today at a faraway club (he’s allowed now!) which would mean he’d be out from midday until about 8pm tonight. And it would be ‘safe’ because … Continue reading

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Tears & Laughter: First Post of the Year

Hello and welcome to the first post of the new decade. We spent New Year in a sweet little cottage in Norfolk and this was Holkham Beach on New Year’s Day. Fabulous. But since then, it’s been back to serious … Continue reading

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Living The Dream? The Reality of Earning a Living as a Writer 

I’m 44k into my NaNoWriMo-ing and honestly my brain just won’t come up with anything to blog about, soooo, I decided to post one of my previously-published-articles (not seen on here before). It was originally published in Writing in 2016 … 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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‘Read Aloud’ Button on Word + a Monologue-Writing Competition (free!)

Boasty-Boasty Corner I’ve had a little success since I last wrote: my entry in the TamLitFest short story competition came second! Hurrah. It’s only a £50 prize (still very welcome!) and the story will probably be going into an anthology … Continue reading

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How Much Do Writers Earn?

Not much, is the answer. Sorry. But you knew that really, didn’t you? I’ll come back to this in a moment. In the meantime, I have good news! Last week, I had 3 short stories accepted by The People’s Friend … Continue reading

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How to Get Your Writing Mojo Back (+ pics of Yorkshire)

What do this month’s Writers’ Forum and Writing magazines have in common? Well, for a start, they both contain an article by yours truly. I’ve written about writing competitions – specifically the Evesham Festival of Words’ short story competition for … Continue reading

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