Friday, 7 December 2018

All to play for

Here's an interesting sounding competition for script writers. It's run by the Drip Action Theatre Company.

Plays of 30 to 40 minutes are invited. Eight of these will be performed as part of the Arundel Theatre Trail, earning the creator a £150 writer's fee. The very best one will also get a £250 award.

Do you enter any of the free competitions I blog about? I sometimes do – and I came joint third in the adult poetry category of this one, which I mentioned back in October. I'd forgotten about it until my certificate and book voucher arrived in the post yesterday.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018


Historically a host is a large number of people, or an army. In Christian religion it may be the consecrated bread used to represent the body of Jesus, or the heavenly host may refer to angels or perhaps other bible figures – although the heavenly host can also be used to mean the sun, moon and stars.

A host might be a person who has recieved a donated organ, or any living organism which carries a parasite or disease. The landord of a pub, compere of an event, or person who invites others into their home could all be described as hosts.

This week I'm co-hosting the Insecure Writer's Support Group along with J.H.Moncrief, Tonja Drecker, Chrys Fey and of course our Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh. This organisation exists to support insecure writers (as you may have guessed!). This is done through blog posts on the first Wednesday of each month, where members share their anxieties, offer tips only avoiding such concerns and offer encouragement to those who are feeling insecure.

There's also a Facebook group, website and twitter account, so there's always someone available should you wish to ask a question, or recieve (or offer of course!) a word of reassurance.

To join, just click here and add yourself. It's free and all you're committed to is a posting once a month (you can drop out temporarily or leave completely any time.) There's an optional suggested question each time, so no need to worry about being stuck for a topic.

Have you hosted anything? Are you an insecure writer? Are you a member of, or considering joining the IWSG?

Oh, by the way (she drops casually into the conversation) would you like to download this short ebook myself and three friends have created? It's free!

Monday, 3 December 2018

Tiny books

Third Word Press have an ongoing, free to enter, writing competition. Each fortnight there's a chance to win £20 for an 80 word piece of writing. It may be a complete story or extract from a longer work.

The best pieces will be made into a tiny book, which will be sold to raise money for the homeless (a little like the Big Issue, but these are teeny). I have a piece in their last book, and hope to get into the next.

I found this stone, partly hidden under some heather, when we climbed up the hill in Ullapool.

Isn't the painting of the tiny book lovely? I was seriously tempted to keep it, but eventually hid it again for someone else to discover. I hope they enjoy the surprise as much as I did.