Results of the Whale/Kidney Random Word Competition

As a change from writing short stories and entering competitions, I recently read the short list of a competition and picked the winner.

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Here are the results of the random word/flash fiction competition – at last – and I can reveal that the ‘secret judge’ was Patsy Collins.

Patsy, is, I’m sure, known to many of you. She runs the womagwriter blog, which focuses on writing for the (sadly, rapidly shrinking) women’s magazine short story markets, as well as her own blog which has regular links to free-to-enter writing competitions.

Patsy is also co-author of From Story Idea to Reader – an accessible guide to writing fiction, which is available in paperback and on Kindle (and PS – she’s too modest to tell you this herself, but as she’s a novelist and had over 500 stories published, I reckon she probably knows what she’s talking about!).

Thank you very much to Patsy for agreeing to judge the shortlist, well done to the winners (I’ll be in touch about your prizes) and thank…

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An update

Have you missed hearing about my writing? If so, this video will be of interest. It’s pretty much my entire (writing related) life story, told by my friend Anne Rainbow.

btw, I do have a good reason for the lack of updates here – I’ve been travelling in the Outer Hebrides.

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Writers in Warwickshire

I’ve had a lovely few days meeting up with writing friends – including romantic novelist Susan Jane Jones.

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What a wonderful day, here in Warwickshire today. Blue sky, blossoms blooming and a lovely walk and chatter with my writing buddy and pal, Patsy Davies. It so happened that she and hubby Gary were passing through the leafy county and stopped off to look around Kenilworth Castle. Time flew by and the writing chatter was in full flow.

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We had a mini break on a bench by the lake, and chatted about how we must not leave it so long before we have another catch up. We also discussed our latest romance stories and how they’re coming along.

Alan's pic Alan happily enjoying a quiet moment.

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