Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Held to account

An account can be a narration or description, arrangement with a bank, assets of that arrangement, method for obtaining goods on credit, financial record keeping, counting or reckoning. If you have to account for something you must give an explanation.

It can refer to a proportion eg romances account for at least half of my stories* or it can mean to kill or dispose of. I haven't ever heard it used in that way - have you? Another use is to consider or regard. Eg he was accounted guilty.

If you are of some account you're considered as important. My husband is of some account to me. I met him when I worked as an accounting assistant and accounted for the money he wanted to spend. There are several ways he gives a good account of himself, but I'll take into account the fact you may not want all the details.

*I've no idea if that's true as I don't account for each genre separately.

Win this competition and you can pay £2500 into your bank account. (I'm sure the judges will take the personal statement into account, so on no account forget to include it)

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Mish Mash

This regular competition looks like fun. Each quarter three random words are selected for entrants to include in a 500 word story. Shortlisted entries will be published and narrated by actors. The winner also gets $100.

For the competition starting 15th July the words are oxidation, love and alphabet. Don't waste time trying to work out what a towel elephant has to do with any of this* - get writing!

*Although there's a 100 points in it if you can come up with a convincing explanation.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Self publishing awards

If you've self published your novel (as I did with this one) you might be interested in this list of 50 different awards you could try for. The ones I've randomly clicked on seemed to be free, but they might not all be.

Thanks to Liz Brownlee for bringing this to my attention.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Just spoofing

Here's a genre spoof competition. It might be fun but probably only if you pick a genre you don't usually write or you'll be left trying to create murder mysteries with no red herrings and wrongly suspected characters and romances where nothing stops the couple getting together.

This is my Dad's new horse. I'm not spoofing - it really is. What he's going to do with it I couldn't say. His sense of humour is rather odd. (Obviously not a hereditary trait)

Friday, 18 July 2014

I'm versatile ...

... and have an award to prove it! Thanks very much for nominating me, Jan! After thanking the person who nominates me and linking back to them (check) I'm supposed to tell you seven random things about myself and then pass it on to fifteen (!) other victims, er I mean versatile bloggers.

Here goes ... 1) I had quiche for lunch. 2) My toenails are painted silver. 3) After writing this post I'm going to pack for our next adventure in the camper van. 4) We've just been to France and celebrated our wedding anniversary there. 5) Thinking up randomness is harder than I thought it would be. 6) My Kindle has a purple cover. 7) I haven't eaten any cake all week (scones, buns, waffles and meringue don't count, right?)

I'm passing this on to Linda, LindaLizyR.Mac, Keith, Carol, Vikki, Oscar, Marion, Alex, Kitty, Frances, Charlie, Lindsay and last but possibly the most versatile of all, Hilary. Apologies if you've already had it and no pressure to join in if you don't want to.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014


An aphorism is a short statement of fact or opinion. They're often catchy and quotable. If you snooze you lose, All for one and one for all, Forgive your enemies but remember their names, Little strokes fell great oaks. Actually oaks feature quite a lot, From little acorns grow mighty oaks, Storms make oaks grow stronger roots, Today's oak is yesterday's nut which held its ground, The only cure for sea sickness is to sit with your back against an oak tree.

Even when aphorisms are opinion and/or wrong they're stated as facts eg Lightning never strikes the same place twice, Posession is nine tenths of the law, All things come to he who waits.

Sometimes they're designed to encourage better behaviour or spur us to action, If you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem, Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, Nothing ventured nothing gained. They can also suggest a deeper meaning, All that glitters is not gold, You can lead a horse to water but can't make it drink.

Aphorisms often contradict each other, Oil and water don't mix, Opposites attract, You're never to old to learn, You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

One of my favourites is, Keep your powder dry. It's good advice.

If you can make up your owm aphorism, and impress Stephen Fry, you might get your hands on £332. Remember, He who hesitates is lost, You never know 'til you try and You've got to be in it to win it!

Monday, 14 July 2014

Hard at it

I've not done a lot of writing lately. The picture is a clue to my excuse for the last week*, before that my reasons were less convincing!

Oh well, I'm back to it it now. For a start I'm going to send something in for this competition. With a £3,500 first prize and free entry it'd be silly not too.

*More splash than plash, I think?

Friday, 11 July 2014

A quickie

Womagwriter has details of a great comp for unpublished novelists over on her blog. Excuse me for not stopping, but I have a glass of wine and a husband waiting for me in the van.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Making a plash

Plash can mean a pool or puddle, or a splashing sound. It's usually used in reference to water and I feel it suggests something gentle and refreshing. A fountain plashing water into a large basin where wearry tourists stop to rest. A beach being plashed by the tide. The sound of oars plashing into a sunlit river overhung with willows.

It's the kind of sound we'd enjoy hearing on a hot midsummer's day. Maybe even something you could work into this poetry competition? If you'd rather write about a poet than write a poem, you might like this competition with a £500 prize.