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Another Short Story Review

A recent survey concluded that October 24th was the day many early birds would start their Christmas shopping, ahead of the festive season. Not to brag, but mine is almost complete and to jolly all of you along who haven’t … Continue reading

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A Trifling Success

Any writing achievements have been thin on the ground for me this year, so I was pleased to see my letter commending River, the new BBC crime drama, published in next week’s edition of the TV Times. This is about the … 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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Short Story Reviews for Alfie Dog Fiction

Fairly recently, I decided to chance my arm at submitting an entry to the Alfie Dog Fiction International Short Story Competition. Part of the criteria for entry was to pay for five short stories from the Alfie Dog site, in … Continue reading

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Eclectic Moments

by Vanessa J. Horn Eclectic Moments is appropriately titled when considering this latest short story collection by Vanessa J. Horn and published by Alfie Dog Fiction. There is evidence throughout of the author’s love and extensive knowledge of music as … 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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Chatsworth Country Fair

Last Sunday we visited Chatsworth Country Fair in Bakewell, along with what felt like the rest of the United Kingdom. It was a three-day event held in the grounds of Chatsworth Estate, which accommodates the magnificent Chatsworth House — the seat … 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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Came as ‘Me’ Left as ‘We’

Came as ‘Me’ Left as ‘We’ is aptly named considering this is the theme of most, but not all, of its 21 short stories, published by Alfie Dog Fiction. I found many within the collection to be evocative and moving, … 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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