Discovering A Song of Jean

Posted: May 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: authors, diary, writing | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last posted here – work/family have been filling my time but I’ve also been hacking apart an almost complete novel and trying to put it back together again. This involves courage – and some writing. I’m determined to have a new #1 draft by the beginning of the summer so I can take a few weeks off before the rewriting process begins – so this post might be my lot for another few weeks.

In the last couple of months I have been accepted as a member of the Tindal Street Fiction Group (TSFG). The group meets once a fortnight and so far I’m enjoying the experience. The evening goes like this: reading, analysis, pub. An excellent format in my opinion. I’ve never belonged to a writing group before and although TSFG has been established for years it doesn’t feel cliquey.

I have just discovered – while writing this post and trying to find links to TSFG – that one of the members, Sybil Ruth, is the author of a poem that I have read and reread since I first came across it last year. The poem won the Mslexia Poetry Competition and is called A Song of Jean – and you can read it here.

I suddenly feel even more chuffed about being a member of TSFG.

When real life is the story

Posted: October 4th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: writing | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »
Mslexia issue 43

Mslexia issue 43

For my birthday, a couple of years ago, a friend bought me a subscription to Mslexia magazine. It’s a brilliant quarterly aimed specifically at women who write. I didn’t have a publisher, or an agent at the time and the magazine was an invaluable resource.

This month I’ve had my first feature published in Mslexia. I haven’t seen a copy of the magazine yet so I’m not sure what page it’s on or how it’s been edited but the piece is about the pitfalls of writing what you know – turning real life into fiction.

So grab a copy  – Mslexia do a ‘try before you buy’ deal, so you can get this month’s magazine and if you like it then buy a subscription for the whole year. It’s worth it!