Sunday, 30 August 2015

Relationship Goals

The hashtag #RelatinshipGoals is the theme of this competition from Elle. The prizes are monogrammed manuscript books. (Should I know what they are?)

My relationship goal is for Gary and I to stay this happy.

Thanks to Carol, for the info on this competition.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Irish connection

Creative Writing Ink run a monthly, free to enter writing completion, with a small prize.

They're based in Ireland, which is where I took this photo.

Admittedly it isn't much of a connection, but the picture might make a good story prompt. (The ghostly silhouette is Gary - double points if you work him in too)

Wednesday, 26 August 2015


Consign either means to deliver something to someone (or arrange for that to be done) or to put a person or object in a place in order to be rid of them. Eg the editor consigned the manuscript to the return envelope.

A consignment is a group of items which are to be, or have been, consigned.

Con sign is a cheating or misleading sign which doesn't live up to what's written on it. Eg those which say 'up to half price sale' when in reality it's the discount which will be up to 50%, not the sale price.

Monday, 24 August 2015


I'm experimenting with both technology and marketing. Part of that involves setting up a mailing list and, eventually, sending out newsletters.

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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Just the tip

Thanks to Sharon Boothroyd of Kishboo magazine for sending me the link to this competition fron Online Writing tips.

You have between 2,000 and 5,000 words to play with and until February for inspiration to strike, International entries are welcomed and there's no theme - so there's no excuse for not having a go. The rest of the site looks interesting too.

Talking of interesting sites, don't forget to read the latest issue of Kishboo (it's free online) and perhaps even think about submitting something for the next issue.
A review of one of my books perhaps ;-)

My writing tip - pointy end of the pen to the paper (or fingertips on keyboard) and get on with it.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

And the winner is ...

Thank you so much to everyone who entered my competition to win some Rhodia notebooks. I enjoyed reading them and seeing the wide range of styles and the original takes on the theme. Well done!

Picking a winner was a really tough decision! Actually so tough, I had to ask Brian, the nice man from Rhodia, to help me. He said, "Those were awsome to read." He picked his personal favourites, adding, "They were all really well written though."

So there are actually three winners. Here they are (in order of entry)

She’d scrawled in the notebook, 'If you're reading this I’m dead and the monster is loose in the house. I can only offer you what I have learned. It can disappear from sight but try as it might it cannot hold its own breath.'

The pages of the notebook fluttered. 

*By Jo Styles (Rona J Frith)*

The notebook was placed in front of me. I turned over the page; a clean sheet, a new leaf. She told me to write down everything I could remember.

My pen hovered; I hesitated. Tomorrow I would try again.

*by Maggie Storer*

Curiously, I approach the notebook laying open on the park bench.
The exposed pages burble scrawls, sketches, quotes, potential…a myriad of styles.
A large inked arrow points towards a space at the bottom.  
I read, ‘Inspire me.’
Can I? I deliberate; then pen rumours briskly over soft paper.
*by Lexi Walker*


Could the winners please email me - patsycollins53 (at) - the UK address to which you'd like your notebooks sent. The nice man at Rhodia has asked me to give him your emails too, so they can confirm you get your prizes. If you'd rather I didn't do that then just let me know.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015


Hydrochory is passive dispersal by water. Plant seeds being carried downstream, fruit swept by tides and currents to a distant shore, writers drifting round a pool on a lilo, that sort of thing.