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Last Line, First Line, Last Line

Over on her blog, Natalie Bowers has an interesting project going. She invites readers to write a story based on the last line of another story. The first week, writers had to use the last line of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. He was soon borne away by the waves and lost...

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Brittle Star Magazine

I’m very pleased to say that my short story “Pharaoh’s Daughter” has been published in Issue 35 of Brittle Star Magazine. I’ve been kicking this story around for ages, finessing and reworking it dozens of times. It’s nice that I can now finally consider it done and it has a...

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How not to sell your book

I’m a member of a Facebook group called “Women Writers, Women’s Books“. It’s an online community of women writers and readers who share their stories and successes, interesting articles, and questions about plot or about publishing. We recently had a discussion about why the group works better than other similar...

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The Lost Dog – Michelle de Kretser

“The Lost Dog”, Michelle de Kretser. (Chatto & Windus, London: 2008) Review – Beautiful & tedious & gorgeous & dull. Yes, all of those things. I had to re-borrow this book from the library to try to remember what it was about and if I’d liked it. In general, I’d...

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Song of the Lark – Willa Cather

“Song of the Lark”, Willa Cather; (Kindle edition), 1915 Review – A worthy American classic I’m ashamed to admit I’d never heard of Willa Cather before picking up this book. She’s an important classic American author – but somehow I’d missed her entirely. And, in fact, I may still have...

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Short and sharp

Well that was quick. After sending off 4 stories just a few days ago, I’ve already got my first rejection! Based on the speed and curtness of the response, I’d say that my story is really not what they were after. It was my first foray into writing horror and...

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Fish Flash Fiction 2015

Fish Publishing are running their short story competitions again, and I’ll definitely be entering. Last year I made the longlist for flash fiction, which I was pretty happy with. Next year, the shortlist (at least)! They’ve got 4 competitions, with some excellent prizes, including 1000 Euro for flash fiction. –...

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Stop Start Writing

You have days, you know. Weeks even, where your output is approximately zero. You blame it on: no time, no internet, too much sun, not enough air-con, Christmas parties, moving house (again!), catching up with old friends, drinking too much beer, have you ever noticed that this chair is just...

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An A to Z of Women Writers

Like many people, I like to create rituals or impose odd limitations on myself in order to get stuff done. For instance, I recently went to Bristol to work on my novel. Yes, Bristol. It seems like an odd choice, but if I’d stayed in Zagreb I probably would have...

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Jane Eyre at the Bristol Old Vic – Pt 1

Is the sum worth its parts? I went along to catch the first part of the two-part Jane Eyre which opened last night (previews) at the Bristol Old Vic. Sally Cookson has translated the classic Bronte novel into a breathtaking mix of music, stomp, dance, lights, gags and, of course,...