Wednesday, 1 July 2015


It's Insecure Writers' Support Group time again. It's open to anyone who ever suffers writerly insecurities, worries or concerns ... which I think includes just about everyone who's ever had a go at writing.

I expect my current 'issue' is a common one - it's lack of time. Of course I have exactly as much time as everyone else. I'm far luckier than many in that I could, if I wished, spend a large proportion of my time writing. But ... there are so many other interesting things to do.

What do you think, should I make more effort to concentrate on the writing, or is having a life away from the keyboard and characters just as important?

Another, rather different insecurity is the realisation that I have to select a winner for my free to enter writing competition - and there are already several rather good entries.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Rhodia notebooks competition

I'm running a competition to win an essentials box from Rhodia, just like this one. All you have to do is write up to 50 words on the theme of notebooks. Interpret that however you like (as long as I can see the connection) and in any form - poetry, story, non-fiction etc.

Entry is by comment on this blog post only and must be done in the following format - *entry* your work *By author name* I'll do one myself as an example. If you wish to make a comment or ask a question then please do so seperately from your entry. (see here if you have problems leaving a comment)

Anyone may enter but the prize can only be sent to a UK address (sorry.) The delivery address will be requested from the winner, don't send them now. One entry per person only.

Entries open when I post my example and close at midnight UK time on 5th August. Winners will be announced by the end of August.

Authors retain copyright to their work, but I and Rhodia reserve the right to publish any winning works online.

Update - If you make an entry and then wish to change it, you may delete it and put in a revised one - as long as there's just one entry showing by the closing date it's fine.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Orange goodness

I was offered free snazzy (and very orange) Rhodia notebooks and all I had to do was mention them on this blog - so here I am mentioning them!

And here they are ... Nice eh? I was sent matching pencils too and a nice box which looks like an extra big notebook to keep them in.

Would you like some? If there's enough interest, I'll run a small writing competition with an essentials box as a prize.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015


Quadrifid means to have four divisions or lobes. This akebia quinata has three parts to the flowers and five to the leaves - so that averages out right.

It also smells quite nice and grows like a triffid.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Greenhouse funny

This competition is for funny books written for children or young adults.

The prize is representation by Greenhouse. The deadline is soon!

Friday, 19 June 2015

Connections, Divisions and History

You can write either fact or fiction for this competition, but you need to keep it between 1,500 and 2,000 words and stick the the themes given. There's a £300 prize.

I don't have an appropriate photo to illustrate this post, so you get an innapropriate one.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015


A couloir is a steep, narrow gully on a mountainside. It's also a marvellous excuse to post yet another picture fro my Scotland trip (only 7,346 to go and you'll have seen them all)

It might not actually be of a couloir, but it's definitely a mountainside. Or a hill. Anyway, there was steepness involved.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Love and Loss

The theme of this poetry competition is love and loss. There is a prize on offer, though I'm not sure what it is.

The best poems will be included in an anthology which will be sold with the aim of raising funds for the Peace Hospice and as an HRH is a judge, there should be some publicity for the winner. Entrants are invited to make a donation of £2, but as that seems reasonable under the circumstances and is voluntary, I'm still considering this a freebie.

In a way these flowers symbolise love and loss for me - though probably not in the way the competition organisers have in mind.