BeaconLit 500-word competition also now open for October

Hello everyone. Yes, September’s theme of ‘Norma knows best’ has closed and October’s competition is now open. The theme is ‘sweet revenge’, to be used in any way you would like. Rules, prizes, entry form etc. via

NB. If you have stories ready for future themes, please don’t submit them until the relevant month as the entry will be disqualified with no refund given, and you won’t be able to submit it in the correct month (because we will have seen it). It’s rule number four. 🙂

Another productive week

Hello everyone. In the past I’ve talked very little about what I do but given that I’m now taking my writing more seriously, I thought I’d share my news with you. Yay. 🙂

I’ve started NaNoWriMo (for the umpteenth time) this month with the follow up to The Serial Dater’s Shopping List*, The Serial Dieter’s Shopping List, with Izzy’s sidekick, Donna, at the helm, and set in Hemel Hempstead and Tring (Hertfordshire) rather than Northampton, although Izzy, Hunky Dunky and other characters will make an re-appearance in this one.

By the way, if you’ve read this first novel, I’d be really grateful if you left a review on Amazon, Goodreads and / or wherever you purchased it. Thank you! Reviews can be make or… er, ticking along for authors.

I’m also writing a couple of standalone psychological thrillers, and another women’s novel, so will be cracking on with those, and hopefully the mix will keep my word count respectable. As of day 2, I’m a bit behind but am planning on catching up over the weekend.

If you’d like to be a Beta Reader for any of these, please sign up. Again, you will have my heartfelt gratitude… and a mention in the relevant acknowledgements.

My latest little (150-word) ditty called ‘Feeding Time’ (see below) has been longlisted on and you can vote for it (if you like it) – click until you get to ‘6 more’. If you like it – I hope you do – please click on ‘Vote’. Voting closes midnight 13th/14th November. Thank you!

Speaking of flash fiction, the new rounds of my 100-word comp and BeaconLit’s 500-word competition are open.

I’m on schedule with my client Editing and Critique: one novel sent back yesterday (a day early) and three more booked in, taking me up to 7th December.

On a more personal level, but still writing related, I’ve had two new bookings in: Carlsberg Christmas Fair (mid December) and a talk to Barclaycard Pensioners Club (next July). Woo hoo! Oh, and I’ve got the date for my 15-minute audition with Bedfordshire Women’s Institute for next February. They’ll all be here before we know it.

I’ve updated my Morgen With An ‘E’ page with all these events and more: judging the Flash 500 short story competition (February), a local W.I. panel, and a talk about podcasting at Troubador Self-publishing Conference (both April) BeaconLit Literary Festival (workshops and panels) and a talk to Barclaycard Pensioners Club (both July).

So, all in all, it’s keeping me out of mischief… if only! 🙂

BeaconFlash round 2 now open and round 1 results announced!

BeaconFlash is BeaconLit’s new 500-word competition (with month-end deadlines/themes July to May). Just £2 per entry (no limit on entries) with £325’s worth of prizes! You can also receive feedback on your story / stories at £5 per story with the optional critique service. See for full details. The results for July have been announced.

BeaconLit is a non-profit festival where all proceeds go to local libraries.

The competition opened in July (round 1) and therefore August is round 2 etc. There will be 11 rounds until the final winners / runners up are announced at the 2018 festival on Saturday 15th July 2018.