Archive | December 2013

So that was 2013…


It’s almost time for me to start cooking New Year’s Eve supper and get ready to head to the pub, but I just wanted to write a quick post to wish you all a very happy and sucessful 2014. Hope you had an enjoyable and restful festive period as well.

I’m going to follow in lots of my fellow blogger’s footsteps and do a quick round up of my writing achievements this year. My main New Year’s Resolution is to be brighter and more positive in my outlook, so in the spirit of this endeavour, we’ll tactfully not talk about the fact that I haven’t completed the first draft of my children’s book yet (though I’m getting there) or that I haven’t yet broken in to Take a Break’s Fiction Feast.

I’m going to focus on the good stuff and feel proud of myself all over again:

Short Stories – two sales to Woman’s Weekly, one to The People’s Friend and one to The Weekly News (see the photo above). I was really delighted to receive acceptances from two new publications this year 🙂

I also had a short story included in the ‘Came as Me, Left as We‘ anthology, published by Alfie Dog.

Competition wise, I was shortlisted in one of the Flash 500 competitions and had the same story longlisted in The Writing Competition as well. I made the shortlist with a different story in The Yellow Room Flash Fiction competition too. Joining in with the Write Invite weekly competitions also saw me winning the contest one week and placing third in it another time.

Non Fiction – Prima Magazine published my little filler about falling for Leonardo Di Caprio when I was sixteen.

It’s fair to say that the second half of 2013 was a LOT better than the first. I had months and months of nothing and more nothing until things finally picked up around May/June time. It just goes to show – write, write and never give up. Yes, rejections sting but they also make the sales and successes all the sweeter.

Here’s to a hopeful 2014. Have a wonderful time, whatever you’re doing and wherever you are. 🙂



This entry was posted on December 31, 2013. 4 Comments

Embarrassed Face…

My delight in reaching the shortlist in the Write Invite competition the other week, with my story, ‘Mother Hettie’s Old Stew Pot’ was tainted slightly as it was absolutely RIDDLED with mistakes. As you only get half an hour to write and submit your story, the odd typo is very forgiveable, but still, this one left me extremely red in the face.

For a start, I messed up my tenses mid-paragraph and I was so busy fretting over that when I read it back through, that I missed the real howler of the story.

“Um,” started my beloved husband a little nervously, as he read over the story after the competition had finished.

“Yes, I know that the tenses are all wrong,” I answered crossly.

“No, it’s not that. Did you mean to write spew pot instead of stew pot?” he replied, finally allowing himself a bit of a chuckle.

“What the ……..????”

You can guess the rest.

Yes. I wrote spew pot instead of stew pot in a story that went on to be shortlisted and read and judged by everyone who had taken part in the competition!! Truly, only I could do that!

“But it’s still a good story,” my husband tried to reassure me (in between guffaws). Hmmm… yes, if there’s any silver lining at all, it’s that in spite of my unfortunate mistake, the judges still saw something in my writing. To be honest though, I’ve written a couple of Write Invite stories recently that I’ve felt really proud of. They may not have been quite perfect, but they certainly didn’t contain any errors of this enormity. Both placed 4th in the rankings and I do wish that one of them, rather than this one had made the top 3. Oh well, you can’t have everything!

(And it placed 3rd, of course. I really never expected it to win!)

Feel free to laugh at me.

Well, we’re getting to the end of the year and I’m doing all I can to keep motivated and stay focused on my writing with all the Christmas preparation to do. I also have several short story ideas floating around in my head and plan to harness some of them and pin them down on paper before they escape 🙂

Hope your Christmas preparations are going well and that you’re finding time to write too.

This entry was posted on December 6, 2013. 4 Comments