So the waiting is over now, for me. Joint third is a good place to be when you’ve never won anything before, and after seeing the quality of the opposition I’m more than a little chuffed! Actually, of course, the waiting isn’t over. Tomorrow comes the pleasure of seeing the two stories the judges deemed better than mine. via Word Weaver Writing Contest November 2017: 3rd Place Continue reading Third Place and Proud of it!
faith is a wonderful thing and is deeply comforting to many people Continue reading Mist and Mysticism
Another announcement from Dan Alatorre, host of the Word Weaver Writing Contest. I am excited and delighted to report that I’m in the top four. But look at the quality of the stories that were there at the finish, just nipping at my heels. via Word Weaver Writing Contest November 2017 5th Place and 4th Place Winners Continue reading Two More Great Stories – and the Tension is Mounting.
Yesterday I shared the long list for the November Word Weaver short story prize. Today Dan has published the 3 ‘honorable mentions’. They are well worth reading and demonstrate the quality of entries this contest attracts. So I’m pleased to note that I am still there, in the top six! via Word Weaver Writing Contest November 2017 HONORABLE MENTIONS Continue reading Three Great Stories
I’ve never made it beyond the status of ”also ran” in any contest I’ve ever entered. Dan’s “Word Weaver” was one of 3 I entered in November. The other two don’t make their selections public until February. This is a good start! Now comes the wait to see how high up this list I end up. Either way you are going to get the chance to read it at some point on Dan’s site. Then you will be able to make your own judgement. via HERE ARE YOUR FINALISTS in the November 2017 Word Weaver Writing Contest Continue reading Long-listed!
I didn’t set out to do this at first, but the notion of sharing one post each day from the many that arrive in my in-box seems to have grown on me. Some might say it’s a lazy way of blogging, but when there’s material to delight like this story from Sally Cronin’s collection “What’s in a Name” I can’t help feeling I’m providing a useful service. via Guest Author #SallyCronin ~ Grace, a Christmas Story from What’s in a Name? Continue reading Something to Warm Your Heart on a cold December Day
Inspiration! That”s what every writer needs and, if all those TV Christmas Specials are anything to go by, not to mention dozens of Christmas No. 1s from singer/song writers, Christmas is a great source of inspiration. But we all know that genius is only 10% inspiration, the rest is hard graft, especially when you’ve got a deadline to meet. Here’s how Paul Andruss handled the problem last year, courtesy of Sally Cronin over at Smorgasbord. via Smorgasbord Christmas Posts from Your Archives – Have Yourself a Merry Little Writer’s Block by Paul Andruss Continue reading What do you Give a Writer for Christmas?
The diamonds, the strong stories, are well worth the cost of the book alone. Continue reading Honest Reviews are Like Gold
Short fiction for Stevie Turner’s November contest. Sweetie Man “Where did you get that?” Six-year-old Jake does not say “What?”. His expression says it for him. His mum has used that tone of voice, the one that makes him think he’s done something wrong. Only, he hasn’t. “You’re sucking a sweet. Where did you get it?” “A man.” Jake’s older sister has come to his rescue. She’s eight. “Man? What man?” Mum still seems to be on the warpath, but why? She’s still talking. Still asking questions. “What have I told you about taking sweets from strangers? Even talking to … Continue reading Sweetie Man
Dan’s contests are always worth entering, if only for the critique which is provided for each the first 50 entries this time around. Source: Dan Alatorre’s WORD WEAVER Writing Contest for November 2017 – let the NEW games begin! Continue reading Dan Alatorre’s WORD WEAVER Writing Contest for November 2017 – let the NEW games begin!