Category Archives: Short Stories

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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The ‘Crime’ – Or Joy – Of Not Finishing a Book!

I so agree with this post on The Guardian website, about how it’s OK not to finish a book you’re not enjoying, that I had to write a quick post and ask what YOU think? I have to admit, that … Continue reading

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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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Alright, how’s it going, alright? (Back from Wales!)

To be honest, I didn’t hear anyone say that ‘Alright’ thing while I was in Wales last week (maybe it’s only in Gavin & Stacey) BUT there was a lot of Welsh being spoken (fair play) and they might have … 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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Getting Your Facts Right

Rain Report Hello, I am back from my holibobs ‘up North’, where, I am pleased to report, I spotted a smidgen of rain one afternoon, as we drove to Loch Lomond but not as much as I was expecting/hoping for … 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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And Relax…..

My novel draft (yes, the one I was working on here) was finally finished and zapped off (all 71k of it) for a critique last Monday. Yes, I know, weeks later than it was promised but it wasn’t through lack … Continue reading

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A Dog’s Tale: The Story Behind the Story

As Crufts is on at the moment (I love it!), it’s rather appropriate that I’ve got a doggy story in the current Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special. It’s called ‘Borrowing Billy’ and the idea came from something rather sad, so if … Continue reading

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Sad & Happy News – and a couple of writing competitions

Ah, David Cassidy (RIP). I loved him. If you were a fan of Jackie magazine, back in the 70s – and I’ve talked about that before here – then you probably had posters of David on your wall. Ooh, that … Continue reading

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