Wednesday, 29 January 2020


Ligneous means made of wood, or resembling wood, or just downright woody.

Trees are ligneous, as are some ladders and signposts, pencils, old ships, logs, doors, floors, church pews, garden fences, park benches and traditional Dutch shoes.

 What's your favourite ligneous thing?

Monday, 27 January 2020

Coming soon ...

This competition is for a 'near future' science fiction story – and there's not much time left to enter. Prize is paid publication and the word count is up to 8,000. 

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Big comp and little chat

This competition from Servicescape offers a $1,000 prize, plus publication. You're asked to write up to 5,000 words using any genre of theme, and there's plenty of time to do that as it doesn't close until the end of November.

Here's an interview with me on Pen to Print.

Friday, 24 January 2020

Write On!

I've only recently discovered Pen to Print and Write on. Do take a look – there's a free magazine, free entry competitions and other interesting stuff. 

Wednesday, 22 January 2020


The word way has a lot of meanings. Way more than I want to try squeezing into this post. It can mean a path or track, a physical or metaphorical route somewhere, a plan or course of action. How we behave is our way of life. A ship makes way through the water.

An object may be split three ways, as might our attention. The way we feel is important, as can be the way we make our way in the world. Way might mean the normal course of events, or a specified state (which you'll soon get the way of). We enter buildings through the doorway, then later look for the way out

People can be in the way (or the family way) get out the way, or . We can even have it both ways.

For a long time I've liked to think I have a way with words – and now I can prove it's true! My latest short story collection is currently available at the introductory price of 99p (99c).

Can you think of more meanings of, and uses for, way?

Wednesday, 15 January 2020


Today's Wednesday word of the week comes from the wonderfully talented** Gary Davies*, of Maritime Photgraphic. He described this ferry as looking refulgent in her new livery.

Refulgent means 'shining brightly' or 'gloriously bright'. Do you think it's apt in this case?

*My husband.

**No, I'm not after anything ... this time!

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

How's it going so far?

Has 2020 got off to a good start for your writing? Personally I'm quite pleased – I've had a couple of articles and a short story published, I've written and submitted a few pieces of fiction and entered one of the free competitions I blogged about recently. (And I learned that someone who entered another competition after seeing it here was highly commended.)

I've not entered this short story competition yet, but I plan to. It's free to enter, any theme and genre will be considered and there's a $1,000 prize.

I hope the year is going equally well for you, but don't feel insecure if you're yet to get many words down or receive that first piece of good news – there's plenty of time for that. Please don't get demoralised if at any time throughout the year you find yourself struggling to write as much as you'd hoped, or if
you're not getting the results you want. But if you do have any worries, remember the Insecure Writer's Support Group is there to help.

If you'd find it useful to have daily prompts and exercises to get you started, then A Year Of Ideas might be just the thing to kick start your writing. I've already heard from several people who've used it to create new pieces of writing.

Saturday, 4 January 2020

It's begun ...

The year has got off to a good start – I have two articles in the current (February!) issue of Writing Magazine. 

Obviously I'm happy about that, but I'm also rather chuffed that I'm considered one of the 'publishing experts' referred to on the cover.

Right, that's enough bragging for now – I'd better get back to work! How about you, are you writing, or still in holiday mode?