The thrill of encouragement

Yes, we do write because we have to. Because that is what we do. We know that writing brings its own intrinsic rewards, that it has personal value in and of itself. Yes we do. But that doesn’t mean we’re not susceptible to a bit of external encouragement on our writing odyssey. It’s been nearly… Continue reading The thrill of encouragement

Poems in the interim

That feeling of being in limbo-land, waiting for a result, is certainly ennervating. Like when, in early high school science lessons, so long ago, we each had to pith our frogs. Like a once-living frog, now pithed, I feel nothing, no sense of proprietary ownership, or excitement, about any of my three novel beginnings. Just… Continue reading Poems in the interim

The wait . . . stultified

Although the transition to the old machine seems to have been relatively painless, the real pain is the wait for results from the New Voices: New Novel competition. With three entries submitted, I’m stultified until feedback time (if any), because I really don’t have a handle on which ms would be best to pursue. Of… Continue reading The wait . . . stultified

The writing tools

You couldn’t tell, reading this, what keyboard I’m writing from. In fact, my beloved MacBookPro 13″ 2017 with the notorious butterfly keys, yeah that one, is finally going to Apple Tech Services under the extended three year warranty programme through John Lewis. I can’t deal with the unresponsive spacebar any longer! So these words are… Continue reading The writing tools

The positives . . .

So I’m learning to find the positives, since the negatives have a way of turning up just around the corner. Better to find the ray of sunshine now, then to wait and merely be drenched in the rain. I set myself, inadvertently, but still, a seemingly impossible task at the end of August. Delighted to… Continue reading The positives . . .

New term, new writing challenges . . .

It seems, though it isn’t so, that I’ve been languishing all summer long, searching for writing challenges, making do with compiling earlier work, re-configuring for eBook presentation, that sort of thing. But very little actual creativity, except for one story for a competition, as I may have mentioned. And I know, already, that that effort… Continue reading New term, new writing challenges . . .

For most of us, success is a distant dream . . .

Yesterday, I think it was, BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour had a little feature correspondence from a lovely person who categorised herself as kind of ‘normal, average.’ No thrilling success story, just regular muddling through life. ‘Just the once,’ she implored, ‘Just one salient piece about those of us who quietly persevere, who persist through… Continue reading For most of us, success is a distant dream . . .

‘How was your summer?’

I think this sort of pleasantry, at the beginning of any academic year, is of the same ilk as the daily ‘How’s it going?’ A greeting for which the only reply expected is ‘Fine thanks, how was yours?’ Nobody really wants to hear what the summer holidays were like for anybody else, not really. Fortunately… Continue reading ‘How was your summer?’