Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Abiogenesis

Abiogenesis is the formation of living organisms from non-living substances. It sounds an unlikely thing to happen, but unless it was created from nothing at all, then this must be how life started on Earth. Unless it was brought here by aliens, in which case abiogenesis must have occurred on whichever planet they came from.

Oh, and the spontaneous generation of living forms is also called abiogenesis. Gosh, who'd have thought that explaining the creation of life would be complicated?

Here's a fluffy, baby living organism. If you don't know how babies are created, ask strangers on the bus. You'll be sure to get a seat to yourself.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Look sharp

This competition asks you to write something creative using one or more visual prompts. It can be poetry, fiction, non-fiction or smething experimental.

Whichever you choose, you'll need to write it promptly, as the competition closes at the end of the month. There's no entry fee and a cash prize of $25.

If you don't fancy the competition, maybe you'd like to use this photo to write something else?

Friday, 24 March 2017

Comedy Gold?

Theatre Cloud are looking for funny writing of up to 500 words. There are cash prizes including £300 for the winner. Authors retain the rights to their stories, but these are published on the site at the time of entry, so you won't be able to offer first rights anywhere else.

You have until 7th May to enter, but if you do so by 1st April, you'll qualify for discount thetre tickets as well as having a shot at the prize.

I told this chap a cheesy joke about how he could hide himself with marscapone. As you can see, he's laughing himself horse.

Hmm. Maybe I won't enter this one.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Engross

I knew that engross meant to fully occupy, as in 'she was so completely engrossed in the Paint Me A Picture that she missed her stop and was late for work*'. What I hadn't realised was that there are two other definitions.

Engross can mean to make a 'fair copy' of a legal document or to reproduce something in a larger format.

Have you ever been involved in any kind of engrossment? Please tell me if you have, as I'm sure I'll find the details engrossing.

*I'm told this actually happened to someone. She's since bought other of my books, so I think I'm forgiven.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Lucky seven?

Thanks to Fay Knowles for passing on this link, to seven free to enter writing competitions. There are some great prizes on offer.

Here's a photo of a Welsh castle, because we had to cross the river Severn to get there ;-)

Do you have a lucky number? Ever have the urge to throw something at your computer while reading one of my blog posts?

Friday, 17 March 2017

Dash off a flash

Here's another flash competition which gives me the excuse to post one of my travel photos (I took this from the bridge of a ship on the Irish Sea).

The theme is 'journeys' you have up to 513 words and until the end of the month to write your story. Amazon vouchers are on offer for the best three entries.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Lactiferous

If something (or I suppose someone) is lactiferous, then they're producing milk, or a milk like fluid. That makes sense as 'lacto' refers to milk and 'ferous' implies having or forming.

Euphorbias can probably be described as lactiferous as the sap of these plants looks very like milk. Don't go drinking it though, as it's a strong irritant.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Did you hear that?

Pin Drop Studio are running a free to enter writing competition. You have almost six weeks and can use up to 4,000 words.

The prize is to have your story narrated by 'a secial guest'. This is likely to be someone a lot of people will have heard of.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Fenland Freebie

Thanks to Alyson for letting me know about this competition from Ely Arts Festival. They're looking for 500 words inspired by 'The Fens'. It's free to enter and there's a cash prize.

The winner will be announced on 1st July at the Ely Writer's Day. That event is free and they suggest booking early if you'd like to attend.

I've not been to the fens (which is why I've used a photo of a completely different piece of wetland) - do you think I should visit?