Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Candis News.

Had a rejection from Candis today, which is never nice.  It was only after I'd posted it out I saw the news that they no longer accept fiction.  There is a book club page where we are invited to submit a short story, word count 800 wds.  Also authour tips which are always helpful. 

We get a chance to comment on other submissions.  Might give it a go.  It's not the same as having a story in the magazine and getting paid for it, but always worth having somewhere to send stories to.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Oh my gosh!

Oh my gosh I've signed up to twitter.  Haven't a clue what I'm up to on there, and should be writing instead of blogging and twittering.  All good fun though. 

I'm twittering, (or will be when I get used to it) as Jonessuzy. 

Have a great bank holiday weekend everyone.

My Acumen poetry book came the other day.  I've got a letter printed in there.  Patricia Oxley the editor of Acumen asked in the last issue if poetry was a hobby or a way of life.  I'm a great lover of poetry, both reading and writing.  This was the gist of the letter.  I'm thrilled to have a letter in Acumen, can't seem to get the poetry she's looking for at the moment, but will keep trying.  I'm a writer, that's what we do.

Brixham Harbour.

Torbay poetry competition is now open for submissions.  Details can be found on Acumen website.

Isn't that town the quaintest place?  Gets into your heart as soon as you arrive there.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Tagged by Patsy.

Hi Everyone,
I've been tagged by Patsy.  So now I need to reply to some questions, then tag three suspects.  Here we go.

Q1.  Do you think you're hot?

A.  Yes I would say so.

Q. 2.  Upload a picture or wallpaper you're using at the moment.

A.  Aren't fuchias beautiful?  Like pretty flamingos.

Q3.  When did you last eat chicken?

A.  Yesterday.  Cooked in gravy with onions, herbs and served with mash, carrots and peas.  Who thought up these questions???

Q4. The song you listened to recently.

A.  A night like this by Caro Emerald.  On her new C.D. Brilliant.  Wonderful music puts you in mind of the forties.

Q5.  What are you thinking as you do this?

A  I should be going to watch the apprentice and get some sweets and a cup of tea.

Q6.  Have you any nicknames?
A.  My daughter calls me minature mum.  Niece calls me chuck, quite a lot call me sweet pea. 

Now to nominate three blog pals to tag.

Here we go.

Teresa Ashby for those lovely stories
Jarmara Falconer for always being so caring.
Bob Scotney, for nominating me as Writer of the month for May on Writelink.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Write something down everyday.

Here's a poem I wrote for a competition when I hadn't got a clue what to write.  It didn't win, can't think why?

Write it down.

Write something down every day,

I’ve read in all the books.

To succeed as a writer,

Is harder than it looks.

From when I was seven,

In Enid Blyton heaven.

I’d made up my mind,

To write books of that kind.

Rupert Bear lived his life in rhyme,

Speaking poetry all the time.

It looks easy, so here we go,

I don’t know what to put though.

If I wrote as much as I read

About writing, I would have written

Ten novels by now.

Keep writing things down,

Even if they doesn’t make sense,

Just put words onto the page,

Grow up and act your age.

But I still like those fairy stories of long ago.

That began with ‘Once upon a time’.

Hopefully they’ll make a comeback,

Like pink nougat and ginger wine.

I’ll enter a poetry competition,

And read up on the judge.

Maybe she’s a lot like me,

And loves vanilla fudge.

Or perhaps she’ll have gone to sleep,

Reading heaps of bleep bleep bleep.

She must get paid lots of money,

Or like pooh bear, preferring honey.

Or the judge may be a man,

Reading poems, fast as he can.

At the end of the slush and gub,

Grabs his coat, then off to the pub.

This writing game is wonderful,

It clears my mind completely.

I only hope to completely, complete

My novel one day.

But for now, I enclose this.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Simon Brett

Just discovered Simon Brett.  Writing in a similar style to P.G. Wodehouse and Agatha Christie.  Good fun and light hearted crime novel.  The book I'm reading at the moment is called Blotto, Twinks and the ex-king's daughter. 

The book begins with a body in the library.  Looking forward to seeing how Blotto and Twinks solve the crime.