Category Archives: Moans & Groans

What makes us mad… well me, anyway

NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is now a week in and although I’ve earned a badge for writing 5,000 words, if I continue at my current rate, it will take me until January 3, 2016 to complete 50,000. The reason for this is that … Continue reading

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Tilly — Our Temperamental Cat

To say that our remaining cat, Tilly, has come in to her own since the loss of our other cat in the summer would be an understatement, to say the least. After years of finding herself the underdog — pardon … Continue reading

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The Mslexia Survey and How Women Can Help Redress the Literary Balance

In the latest issue of Mslexia, my interest was piqued by the results of a survey that asked: The big question: Why don’t women submit their writing? The conclusion was enlightening, albeit a little depressing. I remembered completing this survey … Continue reading

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What attracts you to a social media site?

I am not on Facebook; I don’t like it. But, I’m also savvy enough to realise that I’ll probably open a page eventually, given the emphasis on self-promotion via social media sites. Facebook has many merits: fast and effective communication … Continue reading

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Back to Basics — Mark II

There’s been a lot of talk lately on the blogs I visit regularly about poor stats and how these may be improved upon. In true bandwagon style, I thought I’d jump aboard and use this as an evaluation period for … Continue reading

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Oh look, a bee!

I have to admit to being remiss with my blog updates this year, which is, in part, due to feeling completely demoralised about my writing progress. With very little success to speak of and rejection after rejection eating away at … Continue reading

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My Shrunken Literary Muscle

I’ve often heard writers liken the act of writing to exercising a muscle and after a prolonged break from short story composition, I now understand exactly what they mean. Exercising anything is a concept I struggle with, being inherently lazy. … Continue reading

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Back to the Land of the Living!

Just a short post to let anyone that may be interested know that I’m still around and haven’t quite fallen from the face of the earth … yet. I have been forced to register at the local ‘Knacker’s Yard’ though, … Continue reading

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What determines the popularity of a blog?

Unfortunately, my writing projects, including this blog, have been shelved recently due to a bout of illness that left me feeling quite poorly. Despite not being fully recovered as yet, I am improving with each day that passes, and I … Continue reading

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Turns out, I’m no Jackie Collins! Who knew?

The results of the Ann Summers Erotic Fiction Writing Competition were announced yesterday, and my name wasn’t amongst them. Having read through the winning stories, I can see what lead the judges to make their final decision. They present as articulate, … Continue reading

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