Most of the posts on this blog are guest-related but this is my little corner where I say what I’ve been up to and this week I’ve had a very busy few days, and have a few coming up… What I’ve been up to this week:
- I’m now into the second week of ‘holiday’ – no teaching until Monday 29th April by which time, I hope, to have launched my courses online – see northampton-writing-courses for details.
- In a pre-tax-year-end splurge, I’ve booked my place (a Weekend Break Package – so I get to see everything!) to the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate, Yorkshire this July, the first time I will have been. Details on http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime/events.
- I’ve still not yet sent one of my crime novels off to a publisher I met at Crime & Publishment early March. I still have to do final edits but have been swamped with client editing – one of which, ironically, is by a fellow author of C&P. This is great, of course, as it keeps me in the lap of luxury (ha!) I’ve become used to since I gave up my day job in March 2012 but I’ve also just started novel no.11 (actually the ninth but in between are parts 3 and 4 of a 4-part crime series I’ve not yet written) for Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s going well; as of yesterday, I was 503 words over target so only 1,164 to do today.
What this blog’s been up to: Apart from the weekday writing exercises (posted 6pm UK time), this past week’s posts were…
- Tuesday: My Day at Get Writing 2014 by Morgen Bailey
- Wednesday: Book review 37: Morgen Bailey reviews Grandfather’s Uncle by Philip J McQuillan
- Thursday: Guest post: How to Make Your Book Signing Event Completely Successful by Carol Wyer
- Friday: Flash Fiction Friday 131: Drawings by Jade Kennedy
- Saturday: Author Spotlight no.362 – Jeannie Van Rompaey
- Earlier today: In the absence of any poetry (come on, poets!), I posted Book review 038: Morgen Bailey reviews Death of a Cad by M C Beaton
News – mine:
- Some of my eBooks are still available free: Three of my eBook short story collections are still free (now and / or up to April 15th): Story A Day May 2013: Apr 4th to Apr 8th, Fifty 5pm Fictions (Volume 4): Apr 6th to Apr 10th, Fifty 5pm Fictions (Volume 5): Apr 11th to Apr 15th, see http://www.amazon.com/Morgen-Bailey/e/B007SNIBF8 or http://www.amazon.co.uk/Morgen-Bailey/e/B007SNIBF8.
- NLG’s Flash Fiction Competition is OPEN! Do you write flash fiction? Northampton Literature Group Writing Circle’s 2014 Flash Fiction competition is now open and I’m the Head Judge. :) You have until midnight (UK time) on 30th June to enter your <500-word stories which cost just £2 each or 3 for £5 to submit. No theme and the competition is open to writers of any age and nationality. Prizes: £50, £35, £15 and seven (unpaid) Highly Commended. Click here for more details, here for advice on entering competitions, and writing tips click here. I’ve also blogged about writing short fiction and how to write a 28-word story! Good luck and do remember that writing is mostly about practice. If you’ve never written a <500-word story before, give it a go. Once you’ve written a few, you’ll find it easier to keep it short. If you have already written a longer story, try summing it in one or two sentences. Now add a bit of detail to, say, 100 words. Now add a bit more… and a bit more… This will also help when writing synopses of your novel, or an outline (plan) for the one you’ve always wanted to write.
News – others:
- I received this email late last week: I stumbled upon your creative writing website completely by accident! I was looking for a local writing group to approach with regard to asking if any budding authors would like to submit a short story for publication in a new book that the committee I am on is compiling. The committee is called Local Angels and we are a group of 8 ladies who raise money for charity, we have held coffee mornings, luncheons, bingo evenings etc. We have been together for 5 years and to date have raised just under £100,000. The book is our latest project and we are currently looking for short stories on any subject, all the profits from the sales of the book will be donated to charity; namely a dementia centre, a mental health centre and a day care centre for the elderly in our local area.Do you think that any of your fellow authors would be interested in submitting a story for consideration? If you do then I would ask if you would be willing to post an article on your website / blog asking for any submissions to be emailed to me at email@example.com. The committee is based in North East London but we are happy to accept submissions from anywhere in the UK. As for the word count we are looking for approx. 3,000 words, but we can be flexible and yes we would prefer family friendly. We would prefer exclusive content; it’s so much easier when approaching the publisher, but again we will be flexible.
What’s caught my eye online: Not a lot this week. I’ve been busy with client editing and my NaNo novel but I did spot this:
- Good Life co-writer Bob Larbey dies – I loved that TV series.
- Also Mickey Rooney dies at 93 – I don’t remember watching many of his films but 93’s a great age and by all accounts, his life would make a great movie… which I’m sure will happen before too long.
- Actor Tom Hardy is joining forces with Sir Ridley Scott for a BBC One period drama about the East India Company. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26882137.
- Game of Thrones author: TV network ‘makes final decisions’. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26923282
- And finally, 10 things we didn’t know last week: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-26885952.
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