It’s great to see everyone emerging from the winter gloom and getting together again. Here are a few dates which should be of interest to anyone who loves writing, reading or just listening. March 19th: Story Sunday ‘Another Country’ As you know I’m a member of Writers Unchained and hopefully this poster says it all. … Continue reading Save the dates!
It seems no time since I was up in Stroud at the Short Story event last October and telling you all how great it was. The good news is that submissions are open for the next event on April 19th, with a deadline of March 21st. All the rules and regulations are on the Stroud Short Stories website. … Continue reading Stroud Short Stories – submissions open
It hasn’t really been a week for getting much writing done as most of it was spent in the wonderful city of Edinburgh where I combined a day of intensive research with another couple of days of equally intensive sight-seeing. So what if those pesky pandas were taken off show? Everything else came up trumps including, remarkably … Continue reading Research – not always what you expect.
Interrupting my current musings/rants on blogging to report on a Grand Day Out provided by Get Writing Conference 2011 and to say that my efforts to get there (2hrs 40 mins in never-ending downpour) were rewarded with an extremely well-organised day, some excellent speakers, and (roll of drums) – third prize in the short story competition. When this … Continue reading Get Writing 1: the prize
Mouse Years has just been posted on the Brighton COW (that’s Community of Writers, by the way) website. It has now been published in Scribble Magazine and was short-listed by Exeter Writers’ Circle earlier this (oops, last) year. So if you feel like something light-hearted (and definitley non-scientific) , do take a look. And for a complete contrast, read … Continue reading A Mouse and a Jellyfish
I consider myself more a reader of novels than of short stories, but just as I have found time for writing short fiction, I am also learning to give it a place in my reading schedule – and for pleasure as well as for ‘educational purposes’. For this I am also developing some rules, e.g. I don’t want to … Continue reading Short Story Time
Forget bakewells, victorias, roulades and other members of the Great British Bake-Off, if you want to raise a smile, try the humble scone. First of all there was Alexander McCall Smith’s The Unbearable Lightness of Scones . I don’t think I have actually read it, but being familiar with the tenor of the Scotland Street novels, I … Continue reading The Scone Effect