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Today’s sentence starts

Here are today’s beginnings to do with as you wish:

1527. It seems to me as if… (first person)

1528. You know you’ll be banned… (second person)

1529. Eric had got away with it so far… (third person)

1530. Typing carefully on the keyboard… (you can use any pov)

1531. It drives me mad when… (first person)

1532. You tug and tug…  (second person)

1533. OK, so Geoff had lied on CV…  (third person)

1534. The light flicked on, then off… (you can use any pov)

1535. I flick through the paper… (first person)

1536. You smile as the icon appears… (second person)

1537. Lindsey hoped he was a ‘lights off’ man… (third person)

1538. The material was frayed at the edges… (you can use any pov)

Each set contains for different points of view so if you are weaker at one than the others, you may like to try these first. One of my favourites is the second-person point of view which is rarely used and not particularly commercially welcomed. It’s where the narrator is talking to the reader (you) rather than talking about him / herself and I’d recommend anyone who’s not tried it before to do so. It may take a bit of getting used to but hopefully it’ll grow on you as much as it did me. :) You can read more starts here.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in ideas, sentencestarts, Twitter, writing

 

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Latest Bailey’s Writing Tips podcast episode: no.34 (inc sci-fi/fantasy/horror)

Episode 34 (length 17m 06s) is now available (via iTunes, Google’s Feedburner, Podbean (when it catches up), Podcasters (which takes even longer!) or Podcast Alley (which doesn’t list the episodes but will let you subscribe)).

I started the podcast by detailing some more sci-fi / fantasy / horror websites and info. (listed on this blog at http://wp.me/p18Ztn-jx, where you can also see some related publications/websites at http://wp.me/p18Ztn-ji and competitions and submission opportunities http://wp.me/p18Ztn-jq.

I then provided a couple of writing suggestions before list seven sentence starts picked from my http://twitter.com/sentencestarts page; each one, if you’d like to use them, for a daily writing project: rewrite a historical story (or other genre) that you’ve written or that you know well (or perhaps a film you’ve seen) as a sci-fi, horror or fantasy story; and/or try really limiting yourself and write a self-contained 60- or 100- word sci-fi, horror or fantasy story and then turn it into another genre and/or beefing (not padding) it up into a longer piece. I then gave some genre-related quotes, ‘On this day in history’, ‘news and feedback’ (my blog interviews – see http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/blog-interviews).

The last item of each weekly podcast is a piece of fiction – either flash or poetry and this episode’s was a piece of flash fiction I wrote as a 10-minute exercise some months back using the one-word prompt of ‘hedge’. It’s more of a children’s story but fits with this episode’s genre. I look forward to bringing you the next episode, which will be my interview with British crime novelist Adrian Magson (http://adrianmagson.com) – which will be released as special episode 28.

 

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World Book Night 2012 – Tell us your favourite books

Overnight I received an email from http://jane-davis.co.uk (thanks Jane), with the following info.:

World Book Night 2011 is now a slightly distant memory but we’re enjoying watching the progress of the books registered on Book Crossing and hearing stories of the many different ways in which books and reading were celebrated as a result of World Book Night. We’re writing to everyone who’s registered with us – those who applied to be givers both successfully and unsuccessfully and those who’ve subsquently registered with the site – so that we can tell you a little more about next year and invite you to participate in our search to find the nation’s favourite books and ultimately help in choosing next year’s World Book Night titles. If you were a giver you’ll also be hearing from us again shortly to ask you to participate in a little research to find out more about your experiences, but if there’s something you want to tell us straight away you can always email info@worldbooknight.org.

Nation’s Favourite Books
For World Book Night 2012 we want to find out about the nation’s favourite books. We’re compiling the top 10s of thousands of readers to see what books people love to read, share and give and in September the lists will be compiled into a top 100 which will inform the choice of next year’s World Book Night titles.  So tell us your favourite book and give it a chance to be shared with thousands on World Book Night next year.

How do I submit my favourite books?
1. Go to http://www.worldbooknight.org
2. Sign in or register as a user
3. Go to ‘My Favourite Books’ and type the titles and/or authors of your favourite books into the search box
4. Drag and drop to change the order of your favourites from 1 to 10. You can add more (or less) than 10 books but each book you add will replace the book at no. 10
5. You can change your list as many times as you like. We’ll be basing the final top 100 on everyone’s favourites at midnight on August 31.
6. Tell everyone you know – we want to collect as many lists as possible.

The date for World Book Night 2012 has moved to April 23rd – UNESCO’s appointed international day of the book – but not much else has changed. We’ll still be looking for 20,000 people to give away one of 25 specially chosen titles. The only difference this year is that givers will have a slightly more manageable 24 books to give away rather than 48 but we’ll be giving more away directly into prisons, hospitals, workplaces and through various partner organisations. We’re spending the summer compiling as many top 10s as possible and then in September will release a list of the top 100 (in alphabetical order). That will then inform the choice of the editorial committee (though we’re giving them a little freedom to add something they really feel should be included that hasn’t made the top 100) and the final list of 25 books will be released in mid-October.
http://www.worldbooknight.org: we’ve made a few changes to how the website works, you can now log in and connect via your Facebook profile, enter your top 10 and display it in your profile and you can see a constantly updating top 100 as more and more people add their favourite books. We’ve also added a blog and our intention is to use this quite simply to share our thoughts – on favourite books, on reading, on libraries, bookshops, new releases, prizes, trends, events and anything else that takes our fancy and we think might interest you.

Independent Booksellers’ Week, National Reading Group Day and We Love This Book
Not only is this week Independent Booksellers’ Week, tomorrow is also the inaugural National Reading Group Day and the launch of a great new quarterly magazine simply entitled We Love This Book. So visit your local bookshop (where you should be able to pick up a free copy of WLTB), sign your reading group up at http://www.readinggroups.org and with the weather finally set fair sit back and enjoy a really great back.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in novels, recommendations, writing

 

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Some more sci-fi / fantasy / horror websites and info.

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

  • www.writesf.com is a free online ‘Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy’ course: The course is “for aspiring young writers of all ages. It began as an interactive TV show, broadcast via satellite into middle school classrooms as part of a publicly funded distance-learning network called MCET (Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications).” The quick launch ‘getting started’ set of 4 pages literally tells you how to write a story from scratch and is split into ‘what you need’, ‘story elements’, ‘you must work it out’ and ‘once you’ve finished’. Probably the most useful page is the ‘course outline’ as you can click to any section of the course. It’s split into ‘quick launch’, ‘on writing science fiction and fantasy’, ‘deeper dimensions of sf/fantasy/storytelling’, ‘getting from idea to story’, ‘world building’, ‘creating human characteristics’, ‘creating human characters’, ‘aliens and other creatures’, ‘conflict and plot’, ‘language and style’, ‘seven deadly perils of style’, ‘research and believability’, ‘finishing’, ‘rewriting’, ‘writing workshop’, ‘getting published: trial by fire’, ‘resources for writers’, ‘recommended s/f and fantasy reading’ and finally ‘about this course’ (the introduction I listed above).
  • www.philipkdick.com is the official site of SF writer Philip K (Kindred) Dick. It contains a biography, details of his novels and stories, essays and other works, films, media-related articles, and fan site/forum. Wikipedia’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_K_Dick makes interesting reading.
  • http://www.ebookcrossroads.com/science-fiction-writing.html has a great list of writing resources including writer’s workshop, pitfalls of writing sf/fantasy and much more.
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_bradbury is Wikipedia’s page on Ray Bradbury and lists his ‘Farenheit 451′ which is on my (rather large) book pile to read.
  • http://www.scifi.fictionfactor.com is “the online magazine for sci-fi writers”. You can look at articles, market listings, their bookstore, other links and subscribe to their free newsletter.
  • I would say that ‘http://writingscifi.com’ would be the perfect website for writers of that genre but it doesn’t exist. May you could buy it? :)
  • Should you know a thing or two about the military then http://www.military-sf.com could be the site for you. The front page has tips on writing the genre and even to me, who doesn’t write or read it, it makes interesting reading.
  • http://io9.com/5106135/science-fiction-novelists-reveal-their-daily-writing-routines is another fascinating read. The first paragraph reads “Isaac Asimov awoke each morning 6 AM and worked well into the night, sometimes churning out entire books in a matter of days. Kingsley Amis’ writing binges were fueled by nicotine, alcohol, and numerous cups of tea, while surrealist Haruki Murakami claims to work himself into a routine-induced trance. Take a gander at how some of science fiction’s most famous writers have organized their days and kept their creative juices flowing.”.

HORROR

  • http://horror.fictionfactor.com “every month we will feature tips on writing horror fiction, articles on improving your horror writing craft, how to write a horror novel, getting your horror published, promoting and marketing your fiction and much more”.
  • http://www.scribblepad.co.uk/WritingHorrorStories.html is a page of horror writing tips under headings of ‘guts and gore sell…but not always’, ‘characters have to be relatable’ and ‘story lines must be fresh’.
  • http://www.horror.org/writetips.htm is the writing tips page of the Horror Writers Association. At the bottom of the home page is a list of 38 writing-related sites.
  • http://essentialwriters.com/styles-of-writing/horror-writing is an article by horror writer Andy Kirby on writing this genre. The Essential Writers website is “for all kinds of writers, by all kinds of writers” so do take a look around it. The home page has a variety of articles including one by poet/prose writer Noel Williams on “the importance of continually striving to improve your writing, to bypass the mediocre and attain the exceptional”.
  • http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2009/sep/23/sexism-horror-novels-row is an interesting article entitled ‘Sexism in horror novels: the real monsters aren’t the ones you think – The row raging over sexism in the British Fantasy Society’s new horror anthology is only part of the story’.
  • Every year there’s a http://worldhorrorconvention.com and next year (2012) will be held in Salt Lake City, USA.

MIXED GENRE WEBSITES (in alphabetical order)

  • http://www.365tomorrows.com is “a collaborative project designed to present readers with a new piece of short speculative ‘flash’ fiction each day. Using the broad palette of science fiction, our vision of the future creates a diverse pool of stories with something for everyone to enjoy”.
  • http://www.broaduniverse.org is “an international organization with the primary goal of promoting science fiction, fantasy, and horror written by women. Anyone excited about that project is welcome to join us. If you would like more info., email info@broaduniverse.org or check our resources pages.”
  • http://www.bsfa.co.uk is the website of The British Science Fiction Association (BSFA). You can sign up to a free newsletter via the website, check out events via the calendar, join the association or the forum.
  • http://clarkeaward.com/Home.aspx is the website for ‘The Arthur C Clarke Award’ “the official site of the UK’s Premier Prize for Science Fiction Literature.
  • http://darkscribepress.com/pages.php?page_id=17 explains the requirements for this US small press which publishes a horror magazine (1,000-7,000 word short stories), anthologies and novels.
  • If you’re at all interested in writing science fiction, take a look at http://www.scificonventions.com. It lists hundreds of sci-fi conventions and might inspire you. A similar site is http://www.worldcon.org.
  • http://www.mjengh.com is the website of quirky sci-fi writer Mary Jane (MJ) Engh.
  • http://www.mythsoc.org/awards lists the awards presented by the Californian-based Mythopoeic Society. Who? I hear you ask… “The Mythopoeic Society is a non-profit organization promoting the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantastic and mythic literature through books and periodicals, annual conferences, discussion groups, awards, and more. We are especially interested in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams, prominent members of the informal Oxford literary circle known as the ‘Inklings’ (1930s-1950s).” So, now you know. :) You can read more about the ‘Inklings’ on http://www.mythsoc.org/inklings.
 
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A few sci-fi / fantasy / horror competitions and submission opportunities

Do familiarise yourselves with the sites before submitting so you get a feel for what they’re looking for. Also don’t part with any money if you’re not comfortable of their legitimacy; I try my best to bring you genuine opportunities but unless I enter them myself (which I’m rubbish at doing) then can’t promise and details do change so do check them just before you submit.

  • http://www.albedo1.com/index.html is the website for the Aeon Award. The deadline is November each year but there are three rounds of submissions (31st March, 30th June and 30th September) with winners from each round being shortlisted towards the main award. Entries can be any length up to 8,000 words and sent to Aeon Award, 8 Bachelor’s Walk, Dublin 1,Republic of Ireland or e-mailed to fraslaw@yahoo.co.uk. Each entry costs €7 (c. £5). Full terms and conditions on their website. The Writers’ News (back in Nov 08) added that the Albedo One Magazine is always open to submissions of “thoughtful, character driven fiction” and pays €3 (c. £2) per 1,000 words for stories of c. 2-6,000 words. Submissions, pasted into the body of the e-mail (no attachments) are preferred or you can get further details from Albedo One, 2 Post Road, Lusk, Co Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Website: www.albedo1.com/html/guidelines.html.
  • www.escapepod.org is “the premier science fiction podcast magazine. Every week we bring you short stories from some of today’s best science fiction stories, in convenient audio format for your computer or MP3 player. We pay our authors, but we will always be 100% free.” (they rely on donations and sponsorship). Their submission guidelines are on http://escapepod.org/guidelines although currently closed til 1st October for flash fiction so gives you time to prepare. :)
  • www.farragoswainscot.com is Farrago’s Wainscot is a quarterly journal of the literary weird in fiction, poetry, and experimental wordforms. Unfortunately they no longer take submissions but this may change in the future so do keep looking from time to time (plus it’s an interesting site).
  • Started in www.leadingedgemagazine.com is “The Leading Edge is a semi-professional speculative fiction magazine produced at Brigham Young University, (Utah, USA). Our current issue is Issue #55 and can be purchased via mail by following the directions on the Ordering page” You can also submit – <10,000 words preferred and payment is 1 cent per word ($10 min) + 2 mag copies. They also accept sci-fi/fantasy poetry Payment is $10 for the first 4 pages, $1.50 for each subsequent page of published poetry. Two contributor copies are also provided. They also buy illustrations.
  • According to Writers’ News, Virgin Books are revitalising the UK horror market. Submissions are welcome in the form of a covering letter, outline and three samples chapters. Send to Adam Nevill, Editor, Fiction (Virgin Horror), Virgin Books, Thames Wharf Studios, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA. Details on www.virginbooks.co.uk/contact.php. Virgin’s UK website is split into non-fiction, fiction, sport, biography, business, lifestyle and humour, and is worth looking at just for the little figure who changes characteristics on each main page (on the fiction page it’s currently wearing a red Friday the 13th Jason mask and lunging like a zombie…it’s hilarious!). Wikipedia has an interesting biography on Virgin books (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_Books) which is 90% owned by Random Books and 10% by Richard Branson’s Virgin Enterprises group.
  • The Writers’ News also details Clarksworld Magazine, a monthly online sci-fi/fantasy/horror mag. Each issue (currently no. 57) contains work from established authors and at least two pieces of original fiction, and annually printed in an anthology entitled ‘Realms’. Word count is 1,000-4,000 max. Payment is $0.10 per word – see website (http://clarkesworldmagazine.com) for other terms. Response time c. 50 days. E-mail enquiries/submissions to clarkesfiction@gmail.com either within the body of the e-mail or as an .rtf file attachment. Include cover letter with contact details, publishing history and relevant personal info.

Good luck and do let me know how you get on.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in competitions, submissions, writing

 

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A few sci-fi, fantasy and horror publications and websites

  • www.2000adonline.com is the home of sci-fi/fantasy comics 2000AD and Judge Dredd.
  • www.elasticpress.com “publishes at the edges of reality and fantasy”. Whilst they are no longer accepting submissions (because they ceased to exist in November 2008), their books are available via Amazon – see the Elastic Press website for more details.
  • www.forteantimes.com is a magazine all about the world of strange phenomena. Even if you’re not interesting in the magazine you might get some ideas (for any genre) from the website.
  • www.goldenvisionsmagazine.biz is the home page of Golden Visions Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy. They also do poetry – see www.goldenvisionsmagazine.biz/poetry.html.
  • www.horror.org/hwabooks.htm#write_horr is the Horror Writers’ Association’s bookshop which includes their handbook ‘On writing horror’.
  • www.mindflights.com is “a new magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction brought to you by Double-Edged Publishing. We’ve recently combined two award-winning magazines – Dragons, Knights, and Angels and The Sword Review – into one frequently-updated, high-quality magazine”.
  • I’ve mentioned Stephen King’s ‘On writing’ before and can’t praise it enough. Every now and then it crops up in conversation (numerous times in my blog interviews) and whilst it’s part autobiography, it does provide some great writing information. You can buy/order it from any bookshop or via Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk/Writing-Stephen-King/dp/0340820462). RRP is £8.99 but you can currently get it from Amazon from £2.62 (used)/£4.47 (new) +p&p. eBay may be even cheaper!

www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide-Writing-Science-Fiction/dp/1896944396 is Amazon’s link to ‘The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction: Volume One – First Contact (The Complete Guide to Writing Series)’ paperback. Unfortunately it’s only available from their US website (prices start from $18.42 plus p&p) but there are other books available from the UK site, namely:

And I couldn’t post this without mentioning these genres’ writers that I have interviewed:

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in ebooks, novels, recommendations, writing

 

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Writing prompts from Writing Excuses podcast

One of the sci-fi orientated podcasts (though you’d only really know it from their reference to the fantasy novels/comics they write) is the weekly ‘Writing Excuses’ (http://www.writingexcuses.com). As they say “it’s 15 minutes long because you’re in a hurry and we’re not that smart.”! It gives you an idea of how friendly the podcast is. It’s such a great programme. Writing Excuses is usually hosted by three guys Howard, Dan and Brandon and it’s really informative and informal. At the end of each show they give a writing prompt which can be done by anyone, not just sci-fi writers. Here are the first few from way back (thanks to a dig around in my files for info for my the latest podcast – links on the left-hand ‘Where to find me’ menu):

  • 29.09.08 – “Take an old piece of writing, look at the dialogue and tweak it – have it evoke a bit more character but mean the same thing. So the story doesn’t change its meaning.”
  • 29.12.08 – “Write a story with no theme and that means nothing.” Is it easier said than done? Actually writing complete garbage is good for you. A fan approaching Larry Niven once gushed “I’ve read everything you’ve written”, to which the cool Mr Niven says, “I doubt it.” Writing something that doesn’t get published is still writing and if it’s rubbish then the chances are that the next thing will be better. I look at some of my writing from 2004 and cringe…but then I look at some of my writing from 2008 and do the same but that’s what the editing process is for. There’s very little that has no ‘legs’. A rejected story can be rewritten or pulled apart for another project so even if you have an idea that you think no-one will be interested in, do it anyway. What’s the harm? Sometimes a rant and rave on paper is very therapeutic and you never know there may be someone out there who will buy it! :)
  • 05.01.09 – Have some fun in the worst possible way: write an extremely violent sequence and then write the consequences (moralise it afterwards and force yourself to walk that path)
  • 12.01.09 – no writing prompt but a very interested programme on time-saving
  • 19.01.09 – Write an ending and start your book (or story) with it.
  • 26.01.09 – Write a credible alien and write something from his perspective.
  • 02.02.09 – Write a story about the worst website ever.
  • 09.02.09 – Come up with a unique governmental/bureaucratic title name, i.e. something completely different to minister, king, priest etc.
  • 16.02.09 – Write a story about a golfing metaphor!
  • 23.02.09 – Come up with 25 words that distil everything you want to say about your next work.
  • 02.03.09 – Write a fight between two people who have never been in a fight before and have to use their environment cleverly. Nothing to do with sci-fi etc. but there was a hilarious ‘fight’ scene in both Bridget Jones’ Diary films between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant – definite must sees.
  • 09.03.09 – Pick your favourite author and in 50 words or less, write down what you think their brand it (and they suggest discussing on their forum).
  • 16.03.09 – Write a story about a character getting attacked by flying monkeys!
  • 24.03.09 – Write a story about a non-genre character (example given was Winnie the Pooh!) within the world of your genre (“on a spaceship”!)
  • 30.03.09 – Write something that you are passionate about. Their guest that episode was an editor and she said she only accepts stories where she can feel the writer is passionate about what they’re writing. I’ve heard so many times that if you are bored with a particular piece it will come through and the reader will get bored. So if that’s the case, put it to one side for a while and move on to something else. That way it will, hopefully, it will seem fresher when you return to it (and you must!) and easier to see where you are going wrong.
 
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Various artistic opportunities

Below is a list of a few opportunities (in closing date order where applicable) for a variety of artists sent to me via email from http://www.creativenorthants.co.uk:

Dance4 is offering an internship from 18 July to 23 Sep to gain experience of working in the dance sector – http://www.dance4.co.uk. Deadline 30th June.

Training in Dance and Movement based work in dementia care, Northampton, UK on 3rd July (mailto:tinaheeley101@hotmail.com or call 07739315084) £20

Marketing for Makers Courses 2011 on 4 July at Ferrers Gallery, Staunton Harold, LE67 1RU see http://www.ferrersgallery.co.uk/coursesformakers.html

Performing Arts Network free event (talk by CEO of Curve/Edinburgh Festival show tips) 6 July, 5-7pm. Curve Theatre, Leicester LE1 1SB. http://pannetworkspring.eventbrite.com

Core Gallery Open Submission, international contemporary Arts Festival, South East London. http://www.coregallery.co.uk. Deadline: 10 July, 5pm

The BBC Performing Arts Fund now accepting applications for community dance project (deadline 12 July). See http://www.bbc.co.uk/performingartsfund/grants.

Writing your online profile, Wednesday 13 July, 6pm – 8pm. LCB Depot, Leicester LE1 1RE. Book at http://onlineprofile.eventbrite.com

Call for submissions: Frequency 2011 – Lincoln Festival of Digital Culture http://www.thresholdstudios.tv/frequency-2011 by 5pm Friday 15 July

The Upshot: East Midlands Creative Celebration Showcase (Diverse Visual & Performing Arts) Friday 15 July tel 0116 2533450 or email mailto:Mia@mainstreampartnership.co.uk.

An Introduction to the Games Industry: 21 & 22 July. Phoenix Square, Leicester, UK. http://www.phoenix.org.uk. Cost £60

Artist Call Out: Leicester Print Workshop (http://www.leicesterprintworkshop.com/news/14). Deadline for expressions: 5pm, 29 July

New 6-week Write Exposure Creative Writing Courses in Coalville, Leics, UK starting at the end of July (mailto:ches@writeexposure.co.uk) £50

Call for exhibition submissions to LCB Depot (a platform for emerging & professional artists) info@lcbdepot.co.uk – deadline 1st August.

Call for entries: Sculpture Competition (Oxford, Bath and London): http://www.artattheedge.org/competition. Deadline Monday 1 August, 2pm. Entry fee £10.

Promoting Your Music Online event Wednesday 10 August, 2pm-5pm. Studio 1, Embrace Arts, Lancaster Rd, Leicester LE1 7HA http://promotemusiconline.eventbrite.com

http://www.salonartprize.com offers £1000 prize money per category: Painting, Sculpture and Installation (including sound) and 2-D Media (ends 13.08)

2011 Aesthetica Creative Works Comp open (deadline end August) – Artwork & Photography, Poetry, Fiction (http://www.aestheticamagazine.com)

Marketing for Makers Courses 2011 on 12 Sept at Ferrers Gallery, Staunton Harold, LE67 1RU see http://www.ferrersgallery.co.uk/coursesformakers.html.

Child Protection Policy Writing : Review and Update Workshop
Thursday 15 September, 1pm-4.30pm. Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham. mailto:artsplan@artswork.org.uk

Call for Entries: World Event Young Artists – deadline 1st October (http://www.ukyoungartists.co.uk/content/weya-submission-now-open).

Bilston Craft Gallery is seeking innovative work in metal by national and regional makers… £4000 commission fee. http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/bilston/whats_on/004642.html

Leicestershire http://www.quirkycloset.com wants to make local artists and designers brands BIG (100 free “shop” spaces on the website).

CreativeCoffee Club is where creative people meet fortnightly on a Wednesday at Screen Lounge at Phoenix Square Digital Media Centre, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TJ. http://www.creativecoffeeleicester.com

Job opportunities based in the Midlands area, UK (http://www.themightycreatives.com/whats-new/jobs).

http://thrillskillsnchills.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html is a website “for writers of thrillers, crime, horror and mystery stories to share their short stories or flash fiction”.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2011 in events, submissions, tips, writing

 

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New podcast feature: red pen critique (interested?)

Given how popular the blog interviews are becoming (see http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/blog-interviews), I shall be cutting down on the in-person or Skype author audio podcast interviews (currently two per month) so am considering a new feature for my weekly ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast episodes: red pen critiquing.

In a similar vein to http://www.youwriteon.com and http://authonomy.com, would any authors reading this be interested in submitting to me their work-in-progress complete short stories (preferred) or extracts (max c. 1000 words in either case) for me to ‘red pen’ then talk about in my podcasts? It’s a feature that Australian podcaster ‘Paula B’ (Paula Berinstein) offers in her c. 45-minute Writing Show ‘Slushpile workshops’ and I enjoy listening to them so am now thinking of doing the same thing. My episodes would be about half an hour long and probably every other Monday, in between the regular Monday mixed hints & tips episodes (standard episode 33 at the bottom of the Google’s Feedburner page is a typical example) and/or event review.

I’ve been critiquing my writing group for the past three years and love editing other people’s work as I don’t know the thought or meaning behind the writing and see it with fresh eyes (if I’ve not had a late night) – plus short stories are my first love. In every case the copyright of the writing remains with the author (and I will attribute each piece to them) but the podcasts are listened to worldwide so please bear this in mind (plus the podcast has a ‘clean’ rather than ‘explicit’ rating).

If you are very protective of your work, sensitive to negative but constructive feedback then this may not be for you but it doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t learn something from listening to the episodes (links to the various ways of listening / subscribing are in the left-hand ‘Where to find me’ menu). If I have some willing volunteers then I can start recording in the very near future. If you are interested then feel free to email me and we’ll get the ‘red pen’ episodes rolling. :)

 

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Blog visit milestone – a big “thank you”

Visits to this blog hit the grand milestone of 3,000 today (since launch 31st March 2011) and I’d like to take this opportunity of saying a big “thank you” (from the bottom of my clichéd heart) firstly to everyone who’s stopped by, especially those who have stayed long enough to leave comments, but also to all my blog interviewees (listed on http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/blog-interviews) because without them it would be half the blog (literally) it is today. I’m having such fun talking to new writers and going through their replies then talking to other writers (and readers) who are enjoying the posts and telling us so. I intend to keep posting interviews for as long as I have them coming in so if you’re reading this and write (to any extent, published or otherwise) then seriously, feel free to email me (morgen@morgenbailey.com) and get involved. I don’t bite and you get total choice as to which questions you answer (from a Word document) and how long it takes you to do so, and you never know you might even find it fun. So “thank you” for your support to-date and “thank you” in advance for the interview you know you’ll ultimately be too tempted not to take part in. :)

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in blog, interview, writing

 

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