Wednesday, 30 November 2016


Whee! is an expression of delight. The exclamation mark isn't compulsory, but I feel it's justified.

Whee! is the sort of thing a person might say either because it was the launch day of their first ever co-written non-fiction book, or to show how thrilled they are to have purchased a copy of the rather excellent From Story Idea to Reader. (Wheeeeeeee! is what you squeal when being spun round on a children's roundabout in the park after a celebratory glass of something bubbly. Apparently.)

From Story Idea to Reader is available from Amazon as a paperback (£9.99) or ebook (£3.99). If you'd like it in a different format, such as pdf, you can obtain them direct from the publisher.

For a full list of contents, click here.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016


Estimation is the process or result of making an estimate, an opinion or judgement of worth, or an old term for esteem.

By my estimation it's time for another plug for my books. You'd all go up in my estimation if you bought one ;-) Or read it on Kindle Unlimited, or borrowed it from the library ...

Wednesday, 16 November 2016


The word keep has a variety of meanings.

To keep is to retain or preserve – I keep food fresh by keeping it in the fridge. Or it can mean detain or prevent – Don't let reading this blog keep you from writing. Or to guard or protect – keep yourself safe on the internet by keeping your passwords secret. It's also part of a castle!

There are other uses for the word, but I'm not going to keep on typing as that's kept me away from my stories long enough. Maybe some of you would like to keep on with the definitions or examples?

Monday, 14 November 2016

Daggers drawn?

Daggerville Games run a monthly short story competition. Word counts, themes and prizes vary (typically it's 350 words and a £30 Waterstones voucher). These details are found on their Facebook page. It's a condition of entry that you like' this. Seems to be the only one.

I'm not sure there is a dagger in this collection, but there are enough weapons for a large village.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

It's almost here ...

From Story Idea to Reader will be released on 30th November as a paperback and in a variety of e-formats. The kindle version is available to pre-order now!

From Story Idea to Reader is an easily accessible guide to writing fiction. Whether you are brushing up on your writing skills or starting out, this book will take you through the whole process from inspiration to conclusion. No matter if you are looking to submit your work for publication, enter a competition, or want to self-publish, this practical guide will help you every step of the way.

Between them, Patsy Collins and Rosemary Kind have sold hundreds of short stories, written sixteen published books and produced numerous articles for Writing Magazine and similar publications. They've both judged writing competitions and run workshops, and Rosemary has read and edited thousands of short stories and published dozens of books for other writers.

With the information, help and encouragement in this book, you too could see your work in print.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

No Family Secrets

I have another short story collection out! (No, I don't have anything better to do with my time.) You can buy it here. No pressure at all.

You could also help spread the word by tweeting, sharing on Facebook etc. Only the teensiest bit of pressure there ;-)

Perhaps Aunty Louise hadn't wanted to be told the truth about why her bum looked big in that dress. If so, she asked the wrong person; Tracie's mum never lied. Louise did ask though, that's why she was told. That's why there are questions Tracie keeps to herself.

Sue's mother always tells the truth, but people don't always listen. Jemima tells lies. Well, it's either that or get a job and pay her way and she's not really suited to that sort of thing. She's much better at manipulation, although perhaps not good enough.

Angela hasn't been strictly honest about the painting and Mary's mother-in-law has withheld important information. That causes upset in both their families, until the loving, honest support of their daughters-in-law put everything right.

Can lies ever be a good thing? Perhaps if they're told to preserve family traditions, or to allow a sick child to benefit from the help of a superhero, they're forgivable. The made up stories Jane tells little Charlie certainly have a positive affect and not only on her son.

Families, whether we're born or married into them, or choose them for ourselves all have stories to tell. This collection contains 25 of them.

Do you ever write about members of your family? I don't do that directly, but I do use some relatives as inspiration. Hard no to as they're such an interesting bunch.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016


Tantamount, which is almost always followed by 'to' means equivalent.

Clicking on my blog is tantamount to agreeing to see more of my photos!

Monday, 7 November 2016

Are you a grown up?

If you're 50 or above and would like to submit to an anthology about ageing, take a look here.

I still have my teddy bear and I'm a lot less grey than he is, so I don't think I can be anywhere close to old yet. Don't think I've grown up much since my Granny made him for me either.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Free editing book

My friend Anne Rainbow's jolly excellent editing book is FREE today. Her ten step editing plan is simple, effective and has certainly helped my 'hit' rate.

You can also sign up for her free, informative emails and follow her blog here.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Heavy feathers

The Heavy Feather Review is currently open to submissions.

Other than with copies of the issue you're in and a lifetime digital subscription, they don't pay. I suppose it's better than nothing.

They accept fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, hybrid pieces and artwork.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

What do you enjoy about writing?

 "What is your favourite aspect of being a writer?" That's this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group question – and it's an easy one for me to answer.

It's the writing part! I love how we can write about what we like. It doesn't matter if we want to tell the truth or make everything up, whether we prefer haiku or epic novels, or both, or something else entirely. We can create whole new worlds, or fix this one. 

Being able to change our mind is good too. If, after 30,000 words, we decide to alter our character's name, or sex, or age, or outlook on life, we can do that. If we feel we'd like to attempt scriptwriting, poetry, articles, or short stories then we simply open a new document and start typing away. 

The fact that I have two new books coming out before the end of the year perhaps shows how much I enjoy writing and the variety it offers. No Family Secrets is a collection of 25 short stories and From Story Idea to Reader is a non-fiction book I've co-written with Rosemary J Kind. The writing for both is done so it's time to start on one of the less fun aspects of writing; marketing our work. 

Ah well, I'm doing a cheat's version of Nano – 30 short story drafts in 30 days. That should keep me happy.

What do you most like about writing and what are you currently working on?