Literature Ambassador: 2019 Writer Opps #2

Two awards from Moniack Mhor for those who would like to take these courses but find the cost prohibitive: Two Roads Award This what they say about it (click on the link for more details and to enter): This new award aims to support the development of two talented emerging writers of Fiction and Non-Fiction […]

Story-a-Week #2: El Capitan

Christmas et al rather got in the way of the Short Story a Week challenge and it’s taken me some effort to return to it. I actually began this one the week after the last one, as per the rules, but then everything went to festive hell and I abandoned it, thinking at least I’ll […]

Curious-Authentic: a Manifesto

Just as last year was beginning to close its eyes for the last time, in exploratory artistic project mode, I decided to (attempt) to follow: Thus, I have clarified my world view, and picked my platform personality, (steps one and two) and as I’d already started a blog etc (steps three and four), and have […]

Literature Ambassador: 2019 Writer Opps #1

Originally posted on ShortStops:
Word Factory Apprentice Award Application The National Mentoring Scheme For Short Story Writers We are seeking four emerging short story writers to be individually mentored by leading authors for FREE as part of our renowned Word Factory Apprentice Award running from July 2019-March 2020. The chosen writers will be talented, supportive…

Literature Ambassador: Writer Opps

Scottish Mental Health Festival has a writing competition with the theme Connected, which strikes me as rather exciting. You can enter a poem, a short story, a letter, a diary/blog entry, or a newspaper article. The deadline is March 15 at 5pm, entry is free. I’ve copied the guidelines from their website below, and if […]

Story-a-Week: #1 Maggie’s Chairs

Having decided to try the Story-a-Week challenge, and write each week’s offering about a different character from the novel I’m currently working on, I sat down last Monday to decide which one. That was the easy bit. I chose Ellie, a particular favourite. The hard bit was trying to visualise her in a different context. […]

Experiments in Living a Writer’s Life

In the spirit of my newly hewn Curious-Authentic-Artist personality (read on for clarity) I thought I’d share an experiment. A week or so ago I downloaded a free booklet called The Writer’s Road Map, written by Jeff Goins. I stumbled on Goins during a Pinterest foray for poster inspiration, so I can make one for […]

Random Chaotic

A month or so ago, after being harassed by umpteen notifications, I updated the operating system on my computer. The only vaguely positive thing about the new system that I have found is that I now have the option of Dark Mode. I tried it for a while, but it was too much like living […]

Holy Cow

This is going to be the quickest blog post ever. I’ve been typing virtually non stop for days, and I could really do with getting up and moving around. But I had to tell you I did it, I wrote fifty thousand words (actually 50,237) and, therefore, won NaNoWrimo. The novel is nowhere near finished, […]