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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…
What I’ve been up to this week:
- I’ve been learning to lip read and as part of that I’ve learned how to fingerspell http://www.british-sign.co.uk/bsl-british-sign-language/fingerspelling-alphabet-charts. It’s sometimes hard work but fun.
- Last week I had the second session of ‘Ideas & Inspiration’ and third session of ‘Creative Writing for Beginners’ for my local council and the third I&I will be just starting when this post goes live. I shall be running these online from March – see https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/courses/northampton-writing-courses for details.
- I spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday down in not-so-sunny Bournemouth for a novel-writing weekend (‘Dunford’). I arrived Friday afternoon, following fellow writers Della Galton and Peter Jones so we went straight to the hotel without any sight of the sea (which I love but live two-and-a-half hours from) and had the seagulls tormenting me all day. We had an hour off for good behaviour (2pm to 3pm) on the Saturday and although the beach was a 10-minute walk, I just had time for an ankle paddle in the sea (which was very lively) then explored Bournemouth front – including touching the end of the pier – for half an hour before we had to go back. The weekend was spent critiquing other writers’ work rather than do any new writing but it was interesting and it’s always great meeting new writers, and those who I only know online and can now put a 3D face to a 2D one.
What this blog’s been up to:
Apart from the weekday writing exercises, this past week’s posts were…
- Tuesday: I blogged about creating characters.
- Wednesday: I reviewed the short story ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber and I returned to Della Galton’s blog to talk about writing competitions. Then later that day, my article on pitching to agents appeared on the Chipping Norton Literary Festival blog and I blogged about them both Tips on entering writing competitions pitching to an agent.
- Thursday: Guest post: The Seven Things you Need to Become a Writer by Melodie Campbell.
- Friday: I blogged about Writing Short Fiction.
- Saturday: Author Spotlight no.353 Rosalind Minett. I shall be reviewing Rosalind’s short story collection this Wednesday.
- Sunday: Bailey’s writing tips podcast short stories episode no.36.
- Earlier today: Post-weekend Poetry 107 Hello, Iris by Maria Jordan.
- BBC Radio 2 has launched its 500-word max short story competition for 13-year-olds and under. Details on https://500words.external.bbc.co.uk/opportunity/1.
- I learned courtesy of Radio 2 an interesting fact: (a) You have to count to a thousand before you find a number which, written as text, contains an ‘a’. I can add that to my, “Did you know that ‘eighth’ is the only word in the English language that contains ‘hth’ in that order.” 🙂
- Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin is BBC Radio 2’s ‘Tracks of my Years’ guest this week.
What’s caught my eye online:
- Scratch ‘n’ sniff jeans! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25776311
- Zombie botnets: Why some crime networks refuse to die http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25185232
- Booker winner Roddy Doyle teams up with footballer Roy Keane for autobiography http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25774958
- Learning to write with the wrong hand http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23086540. Now that’s something to fill my spare time. 🙂
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