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.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

There was a young man from Perth ...

The first prize for this poetry competition is a place on an Arvon course. The runner up gets a £100 book token. That has to be worth a try - if you can actually write poetry.

There's a Scots connection to this, so I can get away with another of my photos! (You'll be glad when we go on another trip and I take some of somewhere else, I expect - won't be long now!)

Friday, 12 June 2015

Magical Past

Thanks to Kathleen McGurl for passing on details of this publication opportunity. The payment offered is only a token amount, but if you like the idea of writing historical fantasy, you miht like to give Magical Past a try.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015


A while ago I wanted a one word alternative to 'only child' and my friend Hannah discovered monogene for me. The word isn't in my dictionary and doesn't seem to have one clear definition, but being the only begotten child is one alternative. It can also mean unique, special and one of a kind.

Much as I love my brother now, there were times whilst growing up when I'd have preferred to be a monogene. (I can't give examples as he's got as much on me as I have on him!)

Monogenesis is in my dictionary. It refers to the theory that all living things developed from a single cell. Apparently it was a bacteria like thingamy*. Monogeny is an alternative term as is monogenetics.

*sorry for the technical jargon!

Sunday, 7 June 2015


Sorry, can't remember if I've mentioned this article writing competition already. There are cash prizes, in different age groups, for thoughts on education.

In case I have already told you about that one, I'm going to distract you by talking about the weather.*  Please think back to your schooldays** and what the weather was like back then ... It's said that we usually remember that time as sunny. Is that true for you?

*Don't know if that'll work on my non British followers, but it's worth a try.

** School - education - see what I did there?

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Fiction Addiction

A message from my friend, Sharon Boothroyd (one of the people behind Kishboo Magazine)
"Do you enjoy writing short stories for women's magazines?
Would you like to receive constructive feedback on your work?
Then Fiction Addiction is the place for you!
Fiction Addition is an on-line writing circle. We are a warm, welcoming group and membership is completely FREE.
For more information, please visit my website: 
I look forward to hearing from you!"
Personally I'm not addicted to fiction at all. I could give up anytime. I'm not going to, but I could. Probably ... Talking of not giving up, I have two stories in the current TAB Fiction Feast and an article in Writing Magazine. The article isn't fiction - which proves I can leave it alone for a little while at least.

More info about both on my website.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

A different kind of insecurity

It's the first Wednesday of the month, so time for an Insecure Writer's Support Group post.

Insecurity is often seen as a negative thing - uncertainty, lack of confidence, unsafe. It can mean that and I'm sure all writers have felt a little bit that way at least occasionally.

Insecurity can also mean not fixed or firm. That could be a good thing. Our first ideas for a story aren't fixed and firm - we can develop the plot and characters how we wish, take the storyline wherever we like.

Another definition of insecure is 'likely to give way'. That's not safe and cosy, but maybe it's something we should try on the page?

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

A bit of bragging ...

I have a story in the current issue of That's Life Fast Fiction (an Australian magazine) and at least two in My Weekly which is out today.

And my lovely shiny new website is properly up and running now. There'll be lots of bragging on there, whenever I get the opportunity!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Grins and gurgles

Third Flatiron are accepting submissions in a variety of lengths. They pay per word.

There may not actually be a flat iron in this picture, but it looks like the sort of place that would have had more than three of them, doesn't it?