Sunday, 24 February 2013

Second Post Syndrome

Well, at least I've made it to my second post!  Not that I've got much to say.  It's been a quiet week in Writerland.  It's not that I haven't been busy.  I just haven't got much to show for it. 
I was sad, although not surprised, not to make it onto the Inktears Short Story Competition longlist.  It offers a really good prize, and it would have been nice, but maybe next time....  I think of my stories as my 'stock', and now at least I have a story I really like to send out somewhere else.  Hopefully, one day it will find a good home.

I've entered a couple of competitions this week.  Both of them had a word limit of 1000.  I had stories, but none of them were the right length.  So, in one case, I made a piece of flash fiction a bit longer, and in the other I edited a longer story to within an inch of its life, until it fitted the word count.  I think it's easier to make a long story shorter than the other way round.  I'm always amazed (or maybe I should say embarassed) by how many superfluous words I use. 

On the subject of not using too many words, I've also entered the National Flash Fiction Day 2013 100 word story competition.  There's still time to enter, if you're interested.  It's free.  Closing date is 8th March.

Yesterday, my flagging self-esteem received a bit of a boost when I received my prize-winning cheque and print copies of  Words With Jam  magazine.  The cheque is, obviously, very welcome, and will be paying some bills, but there are few things as exciting as seeing your name in print (twice!!) in an actual magazine printed on actual paper.  I also love the fact that people who don't know me at all have liked my stories.  Especially when they are writers I've actually heard of!!  And I'm a little bit chuffed to have one of my characters compared to Holden Caulfield, of Catcher In The Rye fame! 

So that's all my writerly news for this week.  In the coming days I shall be wrestling with the problem of what to do with a handful of stories with unfortunate and unwieldy word counts, and possibly attempting to install a new printer, so I can submit stuff by snail mail to places that won't accept e-mail.  I am a total techno-fool.  So fingers crossed!

Thursday, 14 February 2013

A Fresh Start

I know I'm a bit late, but one of my New Year's Resolutions was to start blogging again.  I had a blog before but it was, to be honest, rubbish, and I haven't posted on it for a year.  So this is a new start - a blog about my adventures as I attempt to become a 'proper' writer.  By which I mean one that people have heard of.  I know it won't make my fortune, but writing makes me happy.  It also makes me miserable and frustrated sometimes, but the happy moments make it worthwhile.

After a quiet start, 2013 has been quite a good year so far.  A couple of weeks ago, my Playlist piece was published in the Guardian Family section.  You can read it here.

Then, last week, I had the exciting news that I'd won 2 prizes in the Words With Jam  Bigger Short Story Competition 2012.  I was placed second in the 250 word category with my story Word Problems, and Little Ears came third in the 1000 word category.  All the winning stories are published in the February 2013 issue of the magazine, which is available on Kindle, as well as on the Words With Jam website. 

So that's about it for now.  Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year brings....