Novel written!

I finished the first complete draft of my novel two days ago. Lots of re-drafting and editing ahead before the MA early submission date at the end of March.

I allowed myself the indulgence of typing ‘The End’ before celebrating with a glass of wine. Don’t remember one tasting better!

 

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Yeovil Prize

Long-listed for 2016 Yeovil Prize short story competition. Final results will be announced in September.

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Another Uni year almost over…

However, before it is, I have three days on campus to look forward to in June. With some very pleasing results from my last two assignments, I’m happy with the progress I’ve made.

My novel has reached the 28,000 word mark and is progressing smoothly at the moment (famous last words!).

I had the lovely news that my flash fiction entry was short-listed for the Fish competition; no mean feat and I was more than thrilled.

I have also just become the ‘leader’ of Woodbridge Novelists’ Group and am enjoying our fortnightly meetings, as well as getting valuable feedback on my novel.

It’s lovely to see the countryside in her early summer garb. Now we just need some sun…

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Another autumn

Over a year since we moved back to East Anglia. Still not used to seeing the water and boats every time I leave the house.
Some recent successes: shortlisted in the Felixstowe Literary Festival Short Story Competition and, most recently, shortlisted in the Annual Children’s Short Story competition in Writing Magazine.

I’ve only ever written two children’s stories and one won and one was shortlisted. Am I taking the wrong MA route?

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Two and a half terms in …

The MA is challenging, but I love it! This term we are concentrating on our own writing, which leads to a lot of displacement activity (hence this blog post). Nonetheless, my novel (dissertation) is well underway. Sometimes I get so immersed in it I feel I’m living in the nineteen forties. Toodle-pip.

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New Era

New home, new studies, new friends. It’s all happening with a move to East Anglia, the commencement of my MA with MMU and a whole new circle. Cheers!

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New Year

A great beginning to 2014 – my entry for the Western Gazette mini-saga competition has been chosen as one of the five winners! I love this little competition and have won and been placed before but it is always wonderful to see your work in print (and to spend my Waterstones voucher prize!).

Something else new – I have published an e-collection of my short stories ‘Loosely Woven’ (by Beryl P. Brown) available at Amazon Kindle Store, http://www.amazon.co.uk at £1.53. Shortly available for other e-readers, too.

I got the idea when I read my poem at Mere Literary Festival in October and met RR Gordon who gave a talk on e-publishing. Rod made it sound so easy that I decided to give it go once the day job got in the way of my OU studying and I had to defer my course. Editing the collection was easy and didn’t take very long but formatting for the e-book caused a few (more) grey hairs. Still I got it out in 3 weeks, start to finish, and in time for the post -Christmas rush of e-book present recipients.

If you are kind enough to buy it, I’d be grateful for a review.

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