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…
- Lodger no.1 (Evie) and I spent a long weekend in Scotland at crime novelist and short story author and interviewee Graham Smith’s wonderful crime-writing weekend. Having written four novels of various genres (a lad lit, a mystery, a chick lit, another lad lit) I then wrote two crime novels so am settling into this genre, spurred on by agent Judith Murdoch looking me square in the face (when I was pitching my chick lit at the 2011 Winchester Writer’s Conference) and saying, “You’re a crime writer, you need to write crime.” It turns out I do. 🙂
- I’ve also been interviewed twice this week; firstly on Monday by Jane Davis who called me the “hardest working writer on the planet” 🙂 and on the 16th I was given a short, sharp interview by Paul Brazill.
- I went down to London on Wednesday to do a talk on blogging at The Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden for Agnes Meadows’ Loose Muse (which went really well, I gave out all my handouts).
Award-winning feature film writer-producer Brendan Foley and Hollywood writer-performer Shelly Goldstein are running three courses in London this week (see http://www.filmfoley.com/?page_id=461):
- Write A Script That Sells (Monday 18 March, 9.45am to 5.00pm) – only a few places left
- Features Journalism ( Wednesday 20 March, 9.45am to 5.00pm) – I’m going to this one!
- Comedy Screenwriting (Thursday 21 March, 9.45am to 5.00pm) – only a few places left
- I was due to go and see Kate Atkinson (who anyone who’s read any of the interviews of me will know she’s my favourite living author) near Oxford on Monday but I checked too late for tickets and it was sold out. Needless to say, I’m gutted. She’s then dotted all around the country so I’ll have another look at maybe have a day or two away. 🙂
- I have an interview for a creative writing teaching job on the 25th! Some would be nervous but I can’t wait. I sent an example 10-week lesson plan with my completed application form, and my interview letter says I’ll be doing a 10-minute lesson during my interview so I’m already planning it and having great fun.
- And I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo for the first time in April.
- From next weekend I’m upping the author spotlights from three evenings a week to every weekday so if you have a book (or two – it’s more about you than your books) you’d like to promote, for free, then do email me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- The Online Writing Critique Groups are ticking over although I could do with more submissions. I’ve just posted the eleventh poem for critique! Ditto for Flash Fiction Fridays as I’ve now run out!
There are other options (see https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/submission-information/opportunities-on-this-blog) but those are the two I’m actively looking for content for. 🙂
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