Here it is! You can breath again. It took a bit of work (mainly by computer literate son – I suspect my mobile phone bill will have rocketed)
computer wizard and fiancee
but I’ve (well, we’ve) done it – I think, fingers crossed.
I’ve still got plenty of bits and pieces to add but I can do that at my leisure. Now my main task is to publish my collection of stories for children, designed to encourage their imagination by drawing their own pictures for the book. Even the cover has been drawn by a young friend, Maisie, and very good it looks too.
And I must do some writing of my own. But whether it will be a short story or a travel article or a piece for children, I don’t know. That’s the exciting bit about being a writer. I sit at my computer and start what I think is an article and it turns into a short story or a poem or the beginnings of a novel.
It’s a while since I posted here but I’ve not been lazy, just busy and one of the results of that busyness is my collection of short stories, Take a Leaf out of My Book.
These are 12 stories that have all been prizewinners in various competitions in the last few years. I haven’t published them as they don’t fit into the usual woman’s magazine style of story (I do write for them too) and I’ve always wondered quite what to do for them. Publishing them myself makes perfect sense and I hope that you and the other readers enjoy them.
Three of them, the title story and A Man’s a Man for a’ That and The Darkness before Dawn were all winners and runners-up in the Imprint Writing competition run by East Ayrshire specially for Ayrshire writers while the others were similarly placed at the Scottish Association of Writers conference, the title story winning there too, or in club competitions.
They’re all different; crime, or perceived criminal behaviour, seems to feature in quite a few of them from the inept gumshoe in Dougan’s Last Case to Secrets, Bramble Jelly and Knitting for Joyce while Half a World Away is historical and set in Australia and Some Things Never Change starts there before returning to Glasgow. Ped Xing and Are You Listening? are psychological thrillers and the last story, Peach Melba was inspired by my experiences of having a loved one in a nursing home.
Its available for Kindle here and the paperback version will be out shortly too. But enjoy them and please let me have your feedback.
Children’s stories and books, Postman Pat comic scripts, Moomin picture books, BBC radio and TV schools programmes, articles, short stories, even a novel and the odd poem. You name it, I’ve written it.
it’s quite an amount of published, broadcast and online work so why start a blog now?
You can blame Michael J Malone for it. MJM Ink, as his mentoring service is known. I spent an afternoon in his company getting a severe kick up the rear end and came home, sore but determined to DO BETTER.
So I will be posting here what I’m writing and what is being published. If I post nothing or admit to having written nothing, then feel free to chastise, castigate, censure, reprimand, rebuke or chide as the notion takes you.
Here’s one of Michael’s chosen quotes from his coursebook:
If you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re usually right – Henry Ford
Think about it!
And Michael’s books are pretty good too.