Monday, 23 September 2013

Seasonal seasoning

How do you feel about reading or writing seasonal stories and poems at the 'wrong' time of year?

Do you want ghost stories at the end of October when the nights are drawing in, the wind is blowing and scary kids, demanding you hand over your chocolate supply, could descend any minute? Or would you rather read a summer romance then?


By the time December 25th comes round are you in the mood for a magical tale of peace and goodwill, or does a murder mystery hold more appeal?

The magazine stories I read often reflect the time of year, but other than that I can read anything anytime. When it comes to writing, I write the story when I think of it. It can be a little disconcerting to look up and see that although I've spent the last hour on a hot beach everyone else has been scraping ice off their windscreens, but it's no worse than realising I'm no longer planning an Easter egg hunt, organising a firework display, plotting to overthrow the government or doing whatever else occupied the main character just a few minutes previously.

Here's a seasonal poetry competition with a £25 Amazon voucher as the prize. My entry is here.

Fancy winning novel writing software or other writerly goodies? Then pop over and see Hawk.

32 comments:

  1. Love it, especially the last verse.

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  2. Lovely Patsy!!!!! So read and rated!! Take care
    x

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    1. Surprised you ever have time to read, Alex.

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  4. Hi Patsy,

    Hawk is having a big contest today with a couple of agents who are offering a contest to win FREE software programs for writers of plotting a story for publication and FREE BOOKS aw well. There will be 6 big winners...so go visit http://houstonawknight.blogspot.com/ and bring all your writer friends who wnat to know the secrets to getting a book published.

    See you there
    Houston

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  5. Hey Patsy,

    Yes...it is a generous offer of so many prizes...and I can tell you I have the software...I use it and I'm about to sign a contract with a publisher soon if all goes well....I'm doing pre-contract edits right now and hope a contract follows. I highly recommend it for all writers that want to become selling authors....it actually helps a writer plot her story without the help of a crit partner that might walk off with your ideas...a reason why I love this software!
    And entering the contest is so easy... click the link and you're there! I hope you entered!

    Best of luck - I hope you win!
    Houston!

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    1. I've put the link up in the main post, Hawk. Don't want people to miss the chance to try winning this, if they fancy it.

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    2. I agree and thank you...this is a once in a life time opportunity for writers to ask Lit AGENTS a question an get an answer and the gifts are awesome for a writer who is serious about becoming a published author!

      Thanks so much for spreading the word.
      Houston

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  6. That poem is really moving Patsy, and shows your passion for gardening. Thanks for the links, and I've found Mavis again. I had a crash, and she vanished, now she's back on my pc kindle... so glad she's back in my life. Will review when I've finished it.

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    1. Thank you, Suzy. Yes, I'm quite keen on gardening.

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  7. I've never understood the stories for a season thing. In the middle of winter, the last thing I want to read about is a car stuck in snow, or a Christmas tree catching fire, or some poor kid realising that Father Christmas isn't real...

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    1. A break from all the tinsel is often welcome, isn't it, Frances.

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  8. B&N always gets me w/the seasons in their kid's section, as they've always got cute displays up- back to school, Halloween, Christmas, etc. I'm minding my own business and then wham- that school bus/ghost/ elf is so cute. Must buy! ;)

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    1. Ah, so it's your fault, Leandra! Resist, resist.

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  9. I'm pretty flexible, so I can easily work on a project during the "wrong" season. Like, this past summer, I wrote and drew comic strips that took place during the Christmas season and had no issues with it at all...

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  10. I do enjoy reading seasonal stories but not exclusively. Because I love autumn/winter so much, I do tend to prefer those themes in the final part of the year.

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    1. I like autumn too, Rosemary. Less keen on winter, but it is a good time of year to curl up on the sofa with a book.

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  11. Hi Patsy - it always seems odd to see things out of the time zone - such as Christmas Cards on a hot August afternoon! I prefer the seasons to run as they're meant to ...

    But I can read anything whenever - yet somehow it resonates more in season ...

    Cheers and good luck with your writing .. Hilary

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    1. I agree, Hilary - Christmas cards in August is very wrong. That sort of thing puts me off buying, rather than encouraging me.

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  12. Could almost smell the herbs in your poem, Patsy. Absolutely beautiful.

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Thanks so much for commenting!