Monthly Archives: October 2012


I’ve just joined Pinterest! Rather fascinating and easy to set up. Not much communication but lots of pictures. I’ll wait and see what results I get from my photo boards. I’ll have to study it and see what else it has to offer. Helpful information from anyone already on Pinterest would be welcome.


‘Want to tell us a story’ competition is open!

The November issue of Herefordshire & Wye Valley Life is on sale, with details of their short story competition. I was thrilled to find, on page 22, a photograph of myself and my book stall at Bromyard Literary Festival earlier this year. Thanks to Wayne Bird for the lovely photo. My smiling self precedes an article on the National Short Story Week and my own writing experience, also tips for writing short stories for competitions, with extracts from my collection: Destiny’s Footprints. Short stories are becoming popular and it’s a wonderful opportunity to lose yourself in a fantasy world. Have a go, you’d be surprised at the situations and characters your imagination can create! Visit the Writing News page on my website: for further details.

Story of the Week have published my story: And the Organ played on…  as their story of the week. It is set in Kufstein, Austria, an amazing town I visited, where the Heroes Organ echoes over the mountains. The atmosphere begged a story and, before I returned home, the first draft was complete. I find settings inspire most of my stories, I then have to decide on the characters and action! As always, there is a twist ending.

Short Story Competition

Herefordshire & Wye Valley Life magazine is running a short story competition in their November issue to coincide with National Short Story Week, November 12th – 18th. I have been asked to write an article to include a) What is National Short Story Week; b) Details of my experience as a short story writer, and c) Tips for writing successful competition stories. The magazine will be on sale from 19th October, and full details of the competition, when they become available, will be on my website: .

To learn more about National Short Story Week, visit their website:, and have a look at all the exciting events for short story writers. Writing short stories is wonderful; have a go and join in the fun!

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