A few years ago My Weekly asked me for a few words about myself, to put under one of my stories. I mentioned this blog and the editor helpfully described blogs as online diaries, for those who were unfamiliar with them.
I'm not sure precisely how long I've had this blog, but I recall mentioning my engagement on it and that was over nine years ago. That's a lot of posts!
I'm thinking of somehow combining this blog with my Womagwriter one (which is for those who write for women's magazines). Although I'd still have the same amount of research to do, I think it would be slightly easier and less time consuming to only have the one blog.
What do you think about that? Any suggestions for the best way to go about it? Or maybe I should just stop one of them?
Fellow blogger Paula Readman recently invited me over to her blog for a virtual tea and chat.
If you're interested in the subject of blogging, you may like to join #WritingChat this evening. This is a Twitter event held 8-9 (UK time) every Wednesday evening. There's always a theme – this week it's 'Does blogging still work for writers?' Participants are encouraged to suggest topics for further discussions.
To take part, just tweet at the appropriate time, using the #WritingChat hashtag. (Without that, we'll probably miss your comments.)
And now for what you probably visited this blog for – free to enter writing competitions.
The Val Wood prize is for feel good stories of 2,000 words. There's a £100 prize, plus publication.
Amazon are offering a £20,000 for 'outstanding writing'. I know I'm cynical, but as readers play a significant role in deciding who wins, outstanding marketing is also going to play a big part. Still; like all the competitions I blog about, it's free to enter. If you intended to publish through Amazon anyway, you might as well have a go.
Bardsy are offering $345 and a six month placement on their Elite Writers' Scheme to the winning writer of a short story about dreams.