Tag Archives: Animoto

School’s Out

20 Sep

A new multimedia video of my flash fiction for this week. 

Spent the week looking after sick kid, finishing application for Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and preparing for tomorrow’s Pitch Live, which I’m getting increasingly excited and nervous about. I scanned through my first novel All the Places I’ve Ever Been again today, and still think it’s worth publishing, so will pitch tomorrow with gusto.

Can reveal now that I have been shortlisted for the Booktown Writers’ Short Story Award for my story The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, but didn’t make it any further. The winning stories will be published on their website (I think) after the award ceremony in October, and there is going to be an anthology, but don’t know if I’ve made that. http://www.booktownwriters.co.uk/competition.html


52 Fridays

16 Aug

I always think that New Year’s Resolutions come at the wrong time. Just think back to January the 1st – did you leap out of bed ready to face the year and all of its opportunities? More likely you’d stayed up late, drank too many sherries and were feeling like the New Year could wait.

So, instead I’m starting my year now. Not quite as crazy as it might seem as the new school year has just started (here in Scotland), so I have peace and quiet (if you don’t count the washing machine). Fridays are the only day when I don’t have any paid work, so they are the best day to get chunks of writing work done. So for the next 52 Fridays I’ll be blogging – major disasters excepted, and mapping my progress (rather than what I hope to do).

But I do need some goalposts, so here’s the wish list:

  • Major magazine publication – short story
  • An agent, sorry that should read AN AGENT!!!!!!
  • At least one competition win (last week’s was last weeks, so blank piece of paper again)
  • Finish first draft of second novel (and possibly second draft, I’m being ambitious/foolhardy now)
  • At least two Animoto videos of flash fiction
  • Edit second ebook, which I’ve been threatening to do for months (The Chocolate Refuge available at http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=colette+coen and http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=colette%20coen in case you’ve forgotten)
  • Scottish Book Trust Award – shortlisted last year, so it would be lovely to make progress on that one too
  • More readings – already got one planned on the 6th of Sept in Glasgow (details to follow)

That looks like enough to be getting on with, especially when I’ve a party to go to.

…Or Not

3 Jun

I spoke last time about Zoe Strachan’s writers’ workshop for the G2 Writers. At the end there was a Q & A and I asked Zoe for her thoughts on building an online profile. Well, she wasn’t convinced – agents and publishers are more interested in a good story. If you have that then you don’t need anything else (I’m paraphrasing).

Well, that flew in the face of my plans, so I’m afraid for the moment I’m going to ignore the advice and tell you that I’m now extending my profile to YouTube – Colette Coen. I’ve just put up the video for Heart, which I’ve also linked to below, and hope to add a few more animated flash fictions in the coming weeks.

Check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS5gfkPSfT0

Heart by Colette Coen

16 May


My first attempt at Animoto video. I hope you can see it, and if you can, I hope you like it – only took a few minutes to produce the video, but would like to do more with better photos – it’s my birthday soon, so watch this space.