Wednesday, 6 November 2013

OK actually

It's Insecure Writer's Support Group time again. It's whizzed round so fast that I've been caught out feeling pretty OK about my writing at the moment.

For a start I've got to grips with the new laptop much more quickly than I'd expected, so I'm writing instead of fretting about the things I can't make it do or looking for lost files.

Secondly, if you were to pop down the newsagent's (in the UK) you could pick up three different magazines with my stories in.

 Thirdly the post hasn't come with today's rejects yet.

Fourthly I've not put myself under the pressure of doing NaNo this year. I'm doing my own less challenging challenge.

Fifthly (which doesn't feel like a real word although if firstly and secondly are then it should be) I can get men to take off their shirts just because I tell them it'll help sell one of my short stories.

As I was so rubbish on the insecurities front the least I can do is to find you a couple of free to enter competitions.

Here's a poetry one (I'll enter it and won't win, if that's any consolation)

And here's a short story one.

And another.

And another.

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  1. Congratulations, Patsy! That's great news. :) And now I'm going to go click the link about the shirtless guy. . . .

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  2. Wow,three different magazines with your stories, Patsy that's great news. Congrats.

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  3. Glad the new laptop is working!
    Is that a new book? Or is that the short story? Congratulations.

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    1. I'm working on a book and short stories, Alex.

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  4. I picked up two today, hope I got the right ones. Will get the others if not. Oh, at a quick glance, I thought that said 'The Copper' That looks a bit sexy..... Are you venturing into erotica by any chance? Thanks for the links.

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    1. That story is the closest I've come to erotica, Suzy - but it's not very naughty.

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  5. Congratulations on publishing three stories!!! That is amazing! Fifthly doesn't sound like much of a word, but apparently it is because spell check says so. lol Thank you for the links to free competitions! I'll be checking them out. :)

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  6. 3 stories in magazines, way to go! Congratulations. I agree though, fifthly doesn't sound like a proper word and the spelling looks kind of odd too! Glad you have got to grips with the new laptop.

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    1. Funny how some words just seem wrong isn't it, Suzanne?

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  7. Which mags? I have to go out and find them now, and then tell everyone in the shop that I know that author! Congratulations :-)

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    1. It's Fiction Feast, WW's Fiction Special and Best, Annalisa.

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  8. Three different magazines with your stories... wonderful!

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  9. Congrats Patsy,
    Good going
    thanks for the lovely and eye capturing links LOL
    Keep inform

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  10. Sounds like you're more than ok at the moment, Patsy - great stuff!

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    1. Yeah, I've had a little run of good news, Wendy.

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  11. That's brilliant, Patsy! I'm off to the newsagent's this afternoon :-) x

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    1. We're issue buddies in the two monthly ones, Teresa.

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  12. Well done on magazine stories - a hat trick! Thanks for free comp news - I keep trying to win an Arvon course, as have heard good things about them.

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    1. I've heard good things about Arvin too, Tracy.

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  13. Great to hear your positive news, Patsy! Thanks for the links.

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  14. Great to hear your positive news, Patsy! Thanks for the links.

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  15. Well done on the acceptances, Patsy. Thanks for sharing details of the competitions.

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  16. Well done with the acceptances, Patsy. Still struggling with the re-editing of First Wolf, due to be re-printed yet again, and trying to have River Dark published by the end of the month, so problems with time there. Though the main problem at the moment is the operation that my husband has to undergo next month, so posts are rather brief and often late at the moment, until we return to a semblance of normality.

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    1. Hope things are soon back on track, Carole.

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  17. You have every reason to feel secure, Patsy. Well done!

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  18. You're doing even better than you think, Patsy, because you've got a story in this week's Weekly News as well!
    It's called Slipping Away and I thought I'd better let you know so you can get a copy because you may well not have been told that your story was going to be used.

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    1. Oh that's good news, Sue. I didn't know it was going to be used. Actually I'm not entirely sure which story it is as that's not my title.

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  19. Great blog, Patsy, and congratulations again re- having three stories out in the magazines at the same time! 'The Copier' looks interesting - great cover! Thanks for the information about the competitions.

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    1. Thanks, Jan. Apparently it's four, not three!

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    1. I've only just found out about the fourth one (see Sue's post above) It really is a good week!

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  21. It's about a lady called Vicky who has a daughter called Alison and a mum in hospital after a knee replacement operation, Patsy, if that helps.

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    1. It does - thanks! (Crikey, I only sent that a couple of weeks ago)

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  22. Hi Patsy .. it's not ok ... it's AOK! How wonderful that your stories are being accepted in different titles - great exposure ...

    And I guess the more stories you can get out and about then the more recognition you'll be getting .. congratulations on writing another book .. and so pleased the laptop is working just fine and dandy ...

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks, Hilary. Yes, the more stories I have out and about the better it is for me.

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  23. Wow, three stories in three magazines. Wonderful. Thanks for the links to the free competitions. I've just entered one!
    Alyson

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  24. Fifthly sounds dirty, but I guess it's allowable. Personally I can't work out why you're in the IWG anyway with all your successes.

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    1. I'm not insecure about the stories I've sold, Liz - just all the ones I haven't and all those I've yet to write.

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  25. Congratulations, Patsy!
    I look forward to reading your work.

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  26. This is a cute post! I enjoyed it! Glad you aren't feeling too insecure this month :) Thanks ever so much for commenting on my post this month! I appreciate you stopping by.

    Cheers,
    Jen

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