Wednesday, 13 January 2010

January 2010 A new year a new start!

Happy New Year!
Having put my 'failed' novel behind me, things can only get better! And I do have an idea for another. I'm just waiting for it to reach the point where it will grab me by the throat and tell me to start writing! Another writer has now taken up the Writers Forum Book Deal or Bust challenge, with a monthly column following her progress, so good luck to her.
My 'choosing your writing name' article is in January's Writing Magazine, and I have just heard that I am the runner up in their ghost poem competition (to be published in a few months). Lots of non-fiction commissions to work on, including one about using puppets and another celebrating Fathers Day, so I am keeping busy.
Write Invite continues to provide the weekly timed challenge I need to make me write fiction, and I finished the year 7th in their league table with one win and five second places, so quite pleased with that. I will certainly keep doing it every Saturday for a while yet.
The radio interview was great - I missed its broadcast (I live in the wrong area and nobody told me a date!) but I was able to hear it online. It may even still be there (express fm). They changed some of my music choices, but the interview itself sounded good. And the poetry cafe in the library was a great success with people aged ten to eighty taking part, many reading their own work for the first time. I have been asked to compere another in a different local library in February. I do love my poetry - if only it paid more!!!


Suzanne Jones said...

Sounds like you've been busy.


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Rebecca Woodhead said...

Hi again! So pleased to see you back in the blogosphere.

Nightmare time in the publishing industry at the moment isn't it? I wouldn't look at your novel as 'failed' so much as one of the millions of projects that a struggling industry was too scared to take on in a recession.

It may be that a year or two down the line, with a few tweaks, it is exactly what a publisher wants.

I saw your gig was taken. Not nice for you. You've been a real inspiration. Without you I may never have started to blog. Thank you.