What I’ve been up to this week…
- I’ve been compiling a list of other WordPress writing-related blogs (https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/links/other-writing-related-wordpress-blogs) so if you have one then do let me know (a comment at the bottom of this page will be fine or you can email me: firstname.lastname@example.org) if you don’t mind me reblogging (which is why it has to be WordPress) occasionally. I’ve done this with the idea of reblogging when I run out of daily content although this hasn’t happened yet. 🙂
- I also reviewed a Christmas short story: https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/book-review-022-morgen-bailey-reviews-marilyns-christmas-surprise-by-alyssa-lindsey and have another going up this Wednesday – see https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/reviews/book-reviews if you’d like your short story, collection or writing guide reviewing or would like to share a review that you’ve done (of another author’s writing) – it doesn’t have to be exclusive, none of my blog content does (although please do ask before you share something of mine / my guests) – the internet’s a big place.
- Then yesterday morning, I posted some January-deadline writing competitions, taken from the https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/competitions-calendar page.
- Following a shout-out on Facebook for WordPress writing blogs to add to my https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/links/other-writing-related-wordpress-blogs page, I was offered http://www.businessofbeinganauthor.com, http://simonwhaleytutor.blogspot.co.uk, and http://www.dellagalton.co.uk/?page_id=28 which sadly aren’t WordPress-based (to the point of being able to reblog from them), but they’re great sites so definitely worth a mention here and I’ve added them to the https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/links page.
Guesting on other writers’ blogs and honourable mentions
- Sneaking in before Christmas, I wrote a guest post for Marcia Riefer Johnston entitled ‘Humour – funny or cheesy? Which mentions some chat-up lines. I’ve since had another: “If I had a star for every time you brightened my day, I’d have a galaxy in my hand.” 🙂
- The lovely Rosie Canning, of London-based Greenacre Writers, mentioned me (last but not least?) and this blog on her post http://rosemarycanning.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/some-of-my-favourite-writing-blogs.html, saying “As well as author interviews, writing exercises and all sorts of other writing stuff, I’ve included Morgen for her sheer energy and writing resilience.” – I have that. 🙂
- I’m the second name acknowledged on Jane Wenham-Jones’ 100 Ways to Fight the Flab – and still have wine and chocolate guide and until 11th January she has a giveaway on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/76608
- Then yesterday, I found out via one of their writers (who I edit for) that Greenacre Writers is no more. 😦 I don’t belong to it as I live 70+ miles north but I went to their 2013 Literature Festival and will miss it if it doesn’t run in 2014.
Courses and competitions
- I’ve been silly busy preparing for my courses teaching creative writing and I.T. for Northamptonshire County Council. The details (and booking links) of the courses I’m doing are on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/courses/northampton-writing-courses.
- In March I shall be attending my second ‘Crime and Publishment’ up in Scotland and am just about to enter their competition to win a free place.
- I also registered for http://www.otherpublishingcompany.com/LITBITS-Weekend-Challenge.html and sent them off my first 1000-word (exactly) story ‘The Storm’ yesterday morning. 🙂
What’s caught my eye online
- https://twitter.com/LitBitsStories followed me on Twitter which lead me to their competition (above).
- Spin-off, sequel or sell out? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25151522
- I didn’t realise until I saw the film’s end credits that ‘…Walter Mitty’ was originally a short story. They are my first love and yes, I loved the film so much I bought the book (of this and some of James Thurber’s other short stories). http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00H7O86Z8.
- Similar to my weekday writing prompts, there’s http://kellieelmore.com/free-write-friday every Friday.
- http://interestingliterature.com is a “library of literary interestingness”.
- TV hit Broadchurch tops critics’ poll (not surprised – I voted for it). http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25527309
- Speaking of the BBC, it’s apt for me to end this first musings post with their touching compendium of those lost in 2013: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25438587
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