Wednesday, 22 March 2017


I knew that engross meant to fully occupy, as in 'she was so completely engrossed in the Paint Me A Picture that she missed her stop and was late for work*'. What I hadn't realised was that there are two other definitions.

Engross can mean to make a 'fair copy' of a legal document or to reproduce something in a larger format.

Have you ever been involved in any kind of engrossment? Please tell me if you have, as I'm sure I'll find the details engrossing.

*I'm told this actually happened to someone. She's since bought other of my books, so I think I'm forgiven.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Lucky seven?

Thanks to Fay Knowles for passing on this link, to seven free to enter writing competitions. There are some great prizes on offer.

Here's a photo of a Welsh castle, because we had to cross the river Severn to get there ;-)

Do you have a lucky number? Ever have the urge to throw something at your computer while reading one of my blog posts?

Friday, 17 March 2017

Dash off a flash

Here's another flash competition which gives me the excuse to post one of my travel photos (I took this from the bridge of a ship on the Irish Sea).

The theme is 'journeys' you have up to 513 words and until the end of the month to write your story. Amazon vouchers are on offer for the best three entries.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017


If something (or I suppose someone) is lactiferous, then they're producing milk, or a milk like fluid. That makes sense as 'lacto' refers to milk and 'ferous' implies having or forming.

Euphorbias can probably be described as lactiferous as the sap of these plants looks very like milk. Don't go drinking it though, as it's a strong irritant.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Did you hear that?

Pin Drop Studio are running a free to enter writing competition. You have almost six weeks and can use up to 4,000 words.

The prize is to have your story narrated by 'a secial guest'. This is likely to be someone a lot of people will have heard of.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Fenland Freebie

Thanks to Alyson for letting me know about this competition from Ely Arts Festival. They're looking for 500 words inspired by 'The Fens'. It's free to enter and there's a cash prize.

The winner will be announced on 1st July at the Ely Writer's Day. That event is free and they suggest booking early if you'd like to attend.

I've not been to the fens (which is why I've used a photo of a completely different piece of wetland) - do you think I should visit?

Wednesday, 8 March 2017


To de-aerate something means to remove the air from it. If I did that to The Sphere, I'd have a plastic pancake.

But of course I never would.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Taking a risk

I may have mentioned this adventure novel competition before, but as there's £16,000 in the prize pot and both published and unpublished novels can be entered and entrants can be of any nationality, I reckon it's better to risk repeating myself than miss it out.

Do you have any adventurous plans for the coming year?

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Annual event?

Harpers Bazaar are running a short story competition. You have up to 3,000 words and nearly two months to write something with the theme of 'The Anniversary'.

The prize is publication in the magazine, plus a weekend in a luxury hotel. The winner will be notified in early July, which means if I won I'd probably have time to book the hotel for our wedding anniversary.

That'd make a change from spending it in the van as we usually do. Pity me if I don't win, having to rough it in some desolate location with almost nothing to eat, hardly any wine, the merest hint of cake and chocolate...

Ah well, I expect I'll cope.