Wednesday, 28 May 2014

I shall not abnegate

To abnegate is to give up or deny oneself something, particularly a pleasure. It can also mean to renounce or reject something, such as a right or belief. I'm no abnegator; I believe I shall enjoy eating the rest of this cake as much as I enjoyed the first slice. (I grated the zest of the lemon and the whole has smells of citrus freshness)

Cake goes well with birthdays, don't you think? That makes this poetry competition relevant. Don't deny yourself the pleasure that winning the $100 prize could bring.

My entry is here.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Northern Lights

Thanks to Beatrice Charles for telling me about this competition. The prize is £50 of book tokens and you've got plenty of time to write the required 500 words.

In case you were wondering, the picture in my last post was of Llanogwen, in North Wales. It's one of our favourite stops with the van. This picture is of another - Holyhead. The sheep you can see are pale in colour and not very heavy ... You know, light.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Let's fry

To fry is to cook in hot fat or oil. Americans refer to chips as a fries (and crisps as chips). Gettting fried can be a slang term for being cheated or sunburned.

Fry are also baby fish. I'm sure there are some in this resovoir. Anyone like to guess where it is?

Would you like your work read by Stephen Fry and a grant of £332? All you need do is write a proverb or short pithy saying. Not 'out of the frying pan into the fire' though as that's already been done.

Thanks to Beatrice Charles for passing on the link!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Watch your fingers!

Here's a competition with a collection of books as a prize. You can use up to 500 words and have until early June to write them.

Apparently Ernest Hemingway said, "There is nothing to writing. You just sit at a typewriter and bleed."

Do you ever feel in need of metaphoric leeches to get the words trickling out - or would a pressure bandage to staunch the flow be more useful?

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Time for a change?

I had a temporary change of image recently. Somehow that sensible look doesn't seem quite me, so I'm switching back to mad curly redness.

Writing in a different form or genre can sometimes feel as though what we're doing isn't quite us. I think it's good to try new styles, but not to stick with them if we're not entirely happy with the results. That would make us insecure.

Luckily the Insecure Writer's Support Group is on hand to help if that happens. Have you made any changes recently to your writing, reading or other aspects of your life? Were they changes for the better, or are you trying to grow them out?

Thursday, 1 May 2014

An exception

Usually I only post details of writing competitions which are completely free to enter, but I'm making an exception for this one from Alfie Dog. They're looking for short stories in almost any genre.

Anyone can enter, but they first need to download 5 stories from the site. Most cost 39p, so entering will set you back nearly £2 (think that works out just over $3?) You can enter by email though, so that's it. (By the way, if you enter please consider including one of my stories in your 5 downloads)

The prize? £200 plus publication of your short story collection, from which you'll earn royalties, plus 5 printed copies.

If you're wondering what Alfie Dog collections are like, take a look at this example ;-)

Alfie Dog are the publishers of my FREE short story collection.