It’s Here

11 Jan

Chroma has arrived.

Not the best photo I’ve ever taken, but probably the smartest magazine I’ve ever been in.

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Out with the Old and In with the New

31 Dec

Life

Here we are on Hogmanay, and it’s time to take an inventory of the last year, and plan for the one ahead. I sat this time last year with my family, and we all said ‘well, 2017 can’t be as bad as 2016’, well it was a close run think – I lost my father-in-law and a friend, who were both lovely gentle people and who are missed. I also spent at least ten nights in hospital (5 separate admissions) with one of my kids, and countless other times at A&E, Out-Patients, the GP and Boots with both oldsters and youngsters. But we did welcome a new baby into the family, and had a wedding which united my nephew with the cousin of one of my oldest friends.

I also got on top of my horrible atopic eczema, thank you Child’s Farm, and got my mojo back (at least a bit)

Writing

An alright year on the writing front. I got back to my writers’ group; went on a retreat to a freezing but very atmospheric country house/castle; continued to write short stories; and made some progress with my novel. I managed to get a few pieces published, but there were the inevitable knock-backs and disappointments. I am starting the new year with a new notebook, which I hope will be filled with lots of tantalising snippets that will grow into fully-formed beauties.

Out with the Paperblanks (I love you) and in with the Essential Waitrose

I have a writing plan in hand, should funding become available; and a another plan if it doesn’t. I’ve got my new office/son’s bedroom painted, so all I need is a carpet, and his university term to start again, and I can move back in.

Reading

I failed miserably at my GoodReads challenge of reading 20 books this year (only managed 12), and got to the stage with my book group that I didn’t even know what book I was meant to have bought (and read). That will all change this incoming year, with Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark in honour of her centenary. I am a huge fan of Muriel Spark, but I actually haven’t read this one, so I am really looking forward to it.

The fact that I haven’t finished many books disguises the fact that I have been doing huge amounts of reading. My writers’ group means that I critique around 15k words a month, and I am nearly finished a Proofreading Course which takes reading to a whole new level. I plan to launch my new website/business in the next couple of months.

Talented G2 Writers

I’ve felt huge pride, and not a little jealousy in the success of friends – four past members of my writers’ group have gone on to great things. Ethyl Smith and Maggie Ritchie published their second novels this year, and Kevin Scott and Gail Honeyman , their first. Gail’s success has been phenomenal, and gives hope to us lesser mortals. Having read the books in draft form, I am only now getting round to reading the books in full, but I know they will be great.

So here’s to 2018, may it bring happiness and health to us all.

 

 

Now on Sale – Chroma

11 Dec

Looking for a stocking filler, here is the link for Chroma Magazine, which is now available to order online.

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A Little Bit of Success, but Just a Little Bit

7 Dec

As you know, I fairly regularly write posts here inspired by Creative Writing Ink prompts. What you maybe don’t know is that they also run monthly, free-to-enter, short story competitions. I’ve won a couple of times in the past, and this month I made it onto the shortlist. You can find the link to the winner at Creative Writing Ink Journal.
I also got a very nice knock back from a journal who liked my work, it just didn’t fit with their theme for that issue. Nevermind. I have seen the proofs for Chroma, where I did fit the theme, but more of that next time.

Woodland Farewell

24 Nov

Died of cancer, he did. Wanted a woodland burial, like the smell he said, reminded him of when he was a kid and could run about without getting out of puff. Packet of fags and a lighter in there, you know. Just in case I need to burn my way out, or give the lungs another blast, and die again, happy.

 

This piece was inspired by a photo prompt at Creative Writing Ink

Chroma Magazine

10 Nov

Very excited to be appearing in the first edition of Chroma Magazine 

I was asked to write creative non-fiction, and I thought it was the first time I’ve really done this, but then I remembered that the first thing I ever submitted was an essay in 1990 on the theme of imagining Glasgow 2000. I won the competition, and thought my writing life would be a breeze from there on in. Ha, Ha, Ha.

Nice to speckle the years with the odd publication and prize though, and haven’t given up hope of the big break.

Chroma – The Red Issue

29 Oct

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had been approached to submit a creative non-fiction piece to a new magazine, well, I am very pleased to say that Shot to the Heart is going to appear in the first issue of Chroma.

Each issue is based on a colour, No.1 is Red. There is a launch event in a couple of weeks in Brighton, unfortunately too far for me to travel – but if you’re nearby you could pop in. Watch this space for how you can make a purchase.

The website for Chroma is gorgeous, so I can’t wait to see the printed edition. Properly chuffed about this one.

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