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Christmas Is Coming

May 11th, 2015

xmas-tree-BlogI’m branching out. As well as blogs, songs and stories, I’m going to start writing articles. I know I can do it, and I certainly need the money. So I’m getting organised – ready to work.

First job is setting up my own editorial calendar. And how do you do that? Well, scooting around the internet I found a great series of ‘How To’ articles at Lorelle on WordPress. They’re aimed mainly at bloggers, but I’ve found their tips useful for all sorts of writing jobs. Amongst other things, they pointed me toward a website called timeanddate.com where I’ve customized a calendar covering the whole of the next eighteen months. Telling it where I live, it’s included all my local state and religious holidays, so I now have everything from Pancake Day to Diwali on a massive one page per month wall-hanging that’s going to be the foundation of my article writing campaign. Read the rest of this entry »




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Competition Crazy!

May 8th, 2015

DSC00644.blogI’ve always been competition crazy – well, for short story competitions anyway. I entered one in my teens and was fortunate enough to win, but it took years before I had my next award. Yet, there’s that something special about them and this compelled me to keep writing and to keep entering. So, exactly what is the attraction of writing competitions and are they worth entering?

Writing competitions are great fun to enter. They offer more scope for experimentation and in many cases, you don’t have to stick to the boundaries enforced by writing for particular markets such as the women’s weeklies. Read the rest of this entry »




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Still Falls The Rain

May 5th, 2015

170px-Portrait_of_Edith_Sitwell-blofThis week’s YouTube clip is a rather unusual one – it’s a reading of Edith Sitwell’s poem ‘Still Falls The Rain’ which she wrote during World War II when London was reeling under the blitz. It certainly won’t cheer you up but the voice of the reader and the fact that it‘s set against a musical background make it very moving.

I chose it because I visited Sitwell’s family home, Renishaw Hall, yesterday where there is a small museum covering her life and that of her two brothers – Osbert and Sacheverell. Edith was highly intelligent, witty, bohemian and capable of close and supportive friendships – but quick to feud with people that offended her!

For years her home provided a salon for some of the greatest thinkers, poets, novelists and artists of the twentieth century. Far from being conventionally beautiful, she still inspired a surprising number of artists to sketch and paint her, and cultivated eccentricity in both her manner and her dress.

If the poem piques your curiosity you’ll find out more about her online. And if you get the chance, visit Renishaw Hall and Gardens near Sheffield. They are truly stunning – especially at this time of year when the woods are carpeted in bluebells.

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Making the Most of Everything You Write

May 1st, 2015

jan-halstead-blogFirst, thanks to Karen for last week’s blog. I know that attending such a large book fair can seem a little intimidating if you are new to writing. But, as you saw from Karen’s report, it can be an interesting day out and pay dividends with the contacts you make.

This week it was great to hear from Jan Halstead (pictured) who is getting to the end of her Creative Writing Course. She had this to say: Read the rest of this entry »




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