Friday, 29 April 2016

Wednesday, 27 April 2016


My tongue is protractile. I'd stick it and prove it, but that'd be rude, so here's a tulip instead.

The term usually refers to body parts and simply means they can be extended or protruded. Another word for the same thing is protrusible.

Which do you like best - protractile or protrusible?

Monday, 25 April 2016


Congratulations to Fiona Walker for winning the Startford-upon-Avon Literary Festival competition, after seeing it mentioned here!

I won't say that's as good as winning myself because quite frankly I'm nowhere near that generous, but it is good to know people are reading and benefitting from the blog. And it does give me an excuse to celebrate.

Not in the same league, but I have a story shortlisted in the Kishboo competition for the second time. The first time I came second and I expect you can guess where I'd like to come this time! To help my chances, please do 'like' or vote for Pursued to Glory.

Some of my writing buddies also have a story in that issue and you're allowed to vote for more than one, so do have a read through the others and vote for those you enjoy.

I also have a cheery poem in the same issue.

Friday, 22 April 2016


Beatrice is getting better at finding competitions than me! She noticed that this 100 word competition, which wasn't free is now (those who paid to enter will get their money back). There are prizes of books and cash. Not long to enter, so get a move on.

I know some of you write 100 word fiction - I've read it.

Due to a random series of events, I can't add a photo to this post. Given the title, that could well be a good thing.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016


Undulatory is a great word, isn't it? It means undulating or wavy, or due to undulation. And undulation means a wavy motion or a gentle rise and fall.

There are days when my hair is as undulatory as this wave lapping gently against the breakwater.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Guilty secrets?

If you're not exactly a domestic goddess and don't mind people knowing, then you might like to try this free entry competition. There is a prize, but I suspect that only those who have to use a lot of imagination for their entry will find it appealing.

Couldn't see any obvious restrictions on entry, but it does seem to be aimed at women and they're based in the UK and the prize will be posted.

Thanks to Jacqueline Cooper, for letting me know about this.

I was going to illustrate the post with a picture of my unwashed dishes, but Gary got there first so you'll have to make do with a bowl of sudsy water. (Yes, I have a tidy husband. Please don't hate me.)

Monday, 18 April 2016

A reminder

My Kindle version of my latest book, Through The Garden Gate, is currently on promotion. Today is the last chance to get it for 99p.

It's also available as a paperback. If you're interested in how I turned the eversion into a physical book, take a look at Carol's blog.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Go away

If you go away and write about it, you could win £2000 of travel vouchers in this competition. You don't even need to go far as there's a 'close to home' category.

Nationality restrictions apply, which seems odd given the subject matter.

Oh look, I do believe I've created another excuse to post some of my travel pictures! Hopefully we'll be going back here quite soon ...

If it's warm enough for swimming in the sea, I'll try and get one of me doing that with my eyes open.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016


Wellnigh is an old fashioned word meaning almost. It's most often used in the phrase 'wellnigh impossible'.

It's wellnigh impossible to keep finding excuses to post pictures from my travels - but somehow I manage it!

Update - The concise Oxford dictionary gives this as one word, but other places list it as two, or even hyphenate it. All variants seem to have the same meaning. Nigh on its own means near.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Floral assortment

I've produced another collection of short stories. Through The Garden Gate is available for 99p/99c until 19th April.

As with Up The Garden Path and Over The Garden Fence, there are 24 stories, all with a garden or plant connection, but in a mix of genres.

I'm over on Carol's blog today, talking about producing the paperback version of this book and at Anne's discussing how to use our experiences and interests in our writing.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Magna Carta

Is there another document as important as the Magna Carta which can still be read and understood from the original texts? I can't think of one. Admittedly the one I'm holding is a copy (understandably they don't let just anyone handle the original) and I can't actually read Latin, but we did go on and see it. The writing is small, but perfectly clear.

Of course we had a look around Salisbury Cathedral while we were there - and took the fascinating two hour tour up the tower.

It was as high and scary as it looks - but well worth it.

We went up in five stages. This is the view from the first one. I suspect my expression matched that of these medieval lions, by the top of the fifth.

Then we went outside!

That's Old Sarum you can see in the distance.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

I found the cure!

Ooops, nearly missed posting for the Insecure Writers' Support Group! Good news (other than me remembering in the nick of time) is that I've found the cure to writerly insecurity. Simply be so busy you don't have time to fret!

Of course I'm lucky in that madly busy for me still allows for writing time. For those whose busyness means little or no writing time, then I can see it might make things worse.

Darn - not the perfect cure after all.

Saturday, 2 April 2016


Devyani Borade is a writer and cartoonist who's running a couple of competitions for humourous writing and cartoons

*Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest 2016*
Send us your funnies about writing, and win £100!
Entries are now being accepted for the Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest. Humorous essays and cartoons about writing/publishing.
Deadline 31 August 2016. Two categories, free and paid, with cash
prizes and publication. Details at

Anyone can enter either competition. There's £50 prize for the free one and £100 for the one with an entry fee. If you think of anything hilarious which you can't work in to your entry, feel free to share it in the comments. Or even anything quite funny. Actually just slightly amusing or a bit daft will do.