Category Archives: Successes

Dare To Be Different

I’ve been away (again, I know!) in Castleton in the Peak District this time, where it poured with rain most of the weekend but we still had a great time. We stayed with friends in this lovely one-time miners cottage … Continue reading

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Managing Expectations!

Nicola Burggraf has written a lovely piece on her blog today about how a recent get-together with two friends has inspired her to pick up her (almost finished!) novel again and it got me thinking about how friends’ attitudes and … Continue reading

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Goodness Me, I’ve Won!

I’m eating a big slice of humble pie. After all I said about social media – specifically Facebook – a couple of weeks ago, I’ve now got cause to think it’s rather wonderful. I’ve just won The People’s Friend serial … Continue reading

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Notes On A Spreadsheet

I’ve got a story in November’s Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special, called ‘Notes from Miss Norris’. It’s only my fifth WW acceptance this year, which isn’t many, so please excuse my boasty-boasty trumpet-blowing for a moment. A quick glance at my … Continue reading

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Write Your Diary On 12th May!

The Mass Observation Archive, based at Sussex University, is inviting people living in the UK to write and submit an anonymous diary of their day on 12th May (ie: this Tuesday). Who knows, your diary could be read by people … Continue reading

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Setting Stories In The Past

‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there…’* I have a story called ‘Blood Sisters’ in this month’s Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special. It’s significant (for me, at least!) because, at 4,000 words it’s the longest story I’ve … Continue reading

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Who Hit The Bullseye…?

Writing Competition Results I am just back from a tennis weekend in Hampshire but before that – on Friday – I did 2 hours of archery, which was a BAD idea (birthday present voucher for ‘him indoors’ which was just … Continue reading

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