Wednesday, 20 November 2013

The C word ...

No, not that one. I'm far too ladylike to blog about such a thing! The one I mean is defined in my dictionary as 'the annual festival of Christ's birth, celebrated 25th December'.

I don't want to talk about it yet, but as a writer I do have to think of it (and other festivals, holidays, events and seasons) well before the event itself. Even if I write my Valentine's stories in February and Hallowe'en ones in October, they're no good to magazine editors then.

Here's a competition for very short festive stories with an interesting prize selection.

And here's a really lovely book you can buy. The paperback version would make a wonderful gift, or how about sending the e version instead of a card?

31 comments:

  1. Just written two summer stories and will send them soon!

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  2. Have I converted you to the tiny side, Patsy? I haven't done any Crimbo tweets yet. But my daughter reminded me this morning that there were only 35 (?) days 'til Christmas so I ought to get cracking.

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    1. I am trying to make a bit more use of twitter, Deborah.

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  3. I wish summer would go on and on and on, like Christmas seems to. It's easier to write about the seasons at that particular time, so a good filing system is vital, and less pressure to find a suitable piece when the time comes. All I need now, is to stick to my own advice!

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    1. Remembering what we've written and to send it out at the right time does need a bit of organisation, Maggie.

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  4. My husband & I no longer buy presents we give money. That way our family can either save the money or buy what they like. It makes it far easier for us.

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    1. We're doing that too this year Paula. Much less stress and everyone gets what they want.

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    2. I think we'll be giving more vouchers this year, Paula.

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  5. True, if you're writing a Christmas story, you should've been done a couple months ago.

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    1. Or start now, Alex and be early for next year?

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    1. It's pretty, but I can't take any credit, Rosemary.

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  7. I think about the holidays months in advance, too. Like, I had made some Christmas-related art over the summer, since there was no way I could complete them in time during the actual holiday season!

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    1. It makes sense to do it in advance, Heather rather than putting yourself under ridiculous pressure.

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  8. Oh dear Patsy, your so organized!! We're scrambling to send Christmas Cards 3 days before Christmas. We are checking out the competition & book rec. right now. Luv the pic, by the way. Sharing now.

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    1. Actually I'm not really very organised - but I think I'm getting slightly better.

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  9. I usually realise too late that I should have submitted my seasonal stories months ago. Perhaps I should start my Easter ones today.

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  10. H Patsy - there's a T word first isn't there .. we'd get wet getting their .. but they have T for that T too! I'm not thinking of C yet either .. cheers Hilary

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    1. That holiday is one I haven't had anything to do with, Hilary as I don't have any friends or family over there. I believe you really need to have a parent with a sibling named Sam to get properly involved.

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  11. The book looks lovely and I see some familiar names in there too :-) x

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    1. I'm not going to read my copy until next month, Teresa. I'll appreciate it more then.

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  12. The C story collection looks good! I wrote a C story back in July - smelling Iced Gingerbread handwash got me in the appropriate festive mood at the time.

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    1. I think that handwash would just make me hungry, Tracy. Sniffing something appropriate does sound a great way to get us in the mood to write particular stories though. I'm going to give that a try.

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  13. Love the cover of the C book Patsy, well done to everyone with stories in there.

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    1. Thanks, Suzy. (Can't take any credit for the cover, but I do like it)

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  14. Very cool cover, Patsy, and you are so right about thinking ahead. I am writing summer stories, perhaps a tad early, but hey it's warming me up nicely :)

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    1. That's a good thing about writing, della - we can put ourselves somewhere the weather is better.

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