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An Infectious Success

My story published in The Opening Line Literary ezine and my name on the front cover.

Thank you, editor Frances Button for selecting my story. I am thrilled.

Pages from Winter 2016 - Infection

 

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What a useful coincidence

It’s only two days since I was bemoaning my inability to write some science fiction.

By total chance an email from the local library dropped into my inbox yesterday telling me about their new e-resources. Lo and behold they offer some online magazines. Best of all they have available my favourite magazine – New Scientist. It’s chock-full of snippets about science, medicine, climate, all sorts of information on Pluto in case I want to write about alien worlds. (I don’t)

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So that’s today’s writing planned. I have no excuse at all to complain I’m short of ideas. I’m spoilt for choice in fact. Now I just need a plot, or some free writing to get me going…

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I want to write science fiction stories

I am a scientist and I love science, medicine, drugs, technology and learning about their use and mis-use. I wrote two stories last year using science as a base and I enjoyed doing it. Two different subjects and quite different stories.

Then I ran out of ideas. I surprised myself that the well of imagination was dry. Why?

long DNA colourI did research in two or three new areas that I have some knowledge of so that I would be up to date in those fields. The research excited me and thrilled me with possibilities. I spent ages online and printed off lots of useful background and even drew up a list of possible story plots.

But my pen wouldn’t write about them.

  • what if my science was rubbish?
  • what if the story had already been written by someone else?
  • what if my story was so scientific it was boring?

But when it comes down to it, why don’t I just write it and then ask those questions? Not all of my stories are boring so why should these ones be? aaarrgghhh

Resolution for February 2016 – write at least one science fiction story. And don’t be such a wimp.

 

 

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Flash Fiction – why not?

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I like short short stories and today I wrote my first 100-word story for a competition. It was great fun and it reminded me of some of the writing exercises we have done in workshops. There’s nothing like a deadline and a prompt to get me writing.

I think I should always have some urgency to write because I produce words more readily under pressure. Well, here’s hoping my foray into short short stories will prove fruitful in 2016.

I must thank Cathy Bryant for her super site cathyscompsandcalls. Already I have had a success with one of my stories being accepted for publication in one of the literary journals that Cathy recommended in her list of opportunities for writers. Thanks Cathy!

After submitting over 50 entries for magazines and competitions in 2015 I am hoping to up my success rate this year. And in January I saw my first little success, so that bodes well. Thanks especially to Linda, my writing buddy who keeps me on the right track, and who has seen her own measure of success rise too.

Onwards and upwards, I say.

Linda and I are off to Durhamhill for one of their marvellous residential writing courses in March. Really looking forward to that!

 

 

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New Year Resolutions are SO worthwhile

ovencl1This morning, having finally got over a streaming cold and eating too much christmas pud, I woke with new enthusiasm for my writing. Casting aside the box of tissues and the packs of paracetamol I was raring to go.

So much so that I pre-empted New Year and made an early resolution. Today, I vowed, I would submit five items for writing competitions. I have a good up to date calendar of competitions ranging from 500-word flash fiction to 5000 word short stories. More than six of these have closing dates in the next five weeks.

Well, I have had such a productive day! And it isn’t even five pm.

I have sent off some CDs to a friend who is starting up a film club, bought and posted a gorgeous card for my best friend’s birthday, drawn some cash out of the ATM, taken a huge bag of clothes to the charity shop, walked along the beach and admired the massive waves,been blown sideways by the gale-force winds, put on the dishwasher – and cleaned the oven!

 

 

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