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School’s Out

5 Apr

Some Flash Fiction written for the Scottish Book Trust’s monthly 50 word competition, since I was not successful, I thought I’d share it here.

School’s Out

By Colette Coen

 The watch keeps good not-the-right-time. From quarter to the anticipation builds with each rotation of the second hand, each juddering minute. At three I listen for the key. And when the hand reaches quarter past, I wind it back, wait, believe for another thirty minutes that you will still come.

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Christmas Gifts and a little good news

24 Dec

For those of you who haven’t bought my book The Chocolate Refuge yet, then I’m giving you a little Christmas present, you can download it for free from Amazon for two days only on the 25th and 26th at http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/reader/B009Y67UV8/ref=sib_dp_kd#reader-link   I would ask though that you pop on a little review, and if you like it, please ‘like’ it.

As for the good news I found out that I’d been shortlisted (nine out of 200 of those who’d applied) for the Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Award http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/reader/B009Y67UV8/ref=sib_dp_kd#reader-link unget fortunately I didn’t get the award in the end, but I was really pleased to get that far. When motivation is waning it’s great to get a boost. Coming after the Mslexia publication it’s been a great end to the year.

Looking forward to the holidays, only 11 hours of paid work to do in the next two weeks, so a bit of relaxation and re-charging of the batteries before the New Year’s Resolutions kick in. I’ve been procrastinating a bit with the new book (mainly due to lack of time) and been putting short stories into my workshops (now renamed the G2 Writers) but I’ve got an early slot in 2013 so I’ll need to get on a bit further before I let people start commenting on the first section.

Hope everyone has a great Christmas and I’ll be back in 2013

Patience

30 Jan

One of the most difficult things about being at this stage in my writing career is learning patience. Normally I’m a very patient person, but when it comes to my writing it is incredibly hard. Over the next week or two there are a couple of deadlines for hearing about publications and grants and I am absolutely champing at the bit to find out if I’ve been successful. Either of them would mean quite a big move forward in terms of exposure and legitimacy, so I’m getting increasing anxious about hearing the results. Just to add to the anticipation I’m finally on my Christmas holidays (I know it’s the end of January, but there you are), so I’ve got even more time to sit staring at the phone and obsessively checking my email.

But that brings me to the next thing that I think a writer needs, and that is persistence. It’s lovely to dream about success, but you also have to be realistic, so I’ve already started thinking about next year’s grant application, and have arranged to go to workshops and perform at a reading at the Glasgow Aye Write festival. Both of these will look good on the cv, but more importantly will improve my skills as a writer and hopefully help me move towards the goal of publication.

Well, after the Patience and the Persistence comes the Procrastination – no more for today, on with the editing.

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