Wednesday, 23 February 2011

A bit more about my writing

Although I've been lucky enough to have many articles about family and social history published in one of the best-selling national genealogy magazines, for the past few years, I've been concentrating on the fiction market. A couple of my short stories have been published in national publications and I've won 2nd and 3rd prizes in short story competitions. The phrase 'never the bride' comes to mind! After many rewrites, I finished my novel Save The Last Dance For Me last year and submitted it to an independent publisher. As I didn't hear anything from them, I've just submitted it to another publisher. I'll post here if there's any progress. In the meantime, I'm writing a follow-up novel featuring several more minor characters from 'Save The Last Dance For Me.'

That's enough for now, folks! (Possibly some of you are saying, that's quite enough!)

Friday, 18 February 2011

The Write Spot

If you're a 'senior' like me,  the poem, 'When I am an Old Woman' is brilliant. It's about wearing purple with a red hat, if you want to, when you are old. The poem was written by Englishwoman Jenny Joseph in 1961 and popularised in the United States by Elizabeth Lucas in the 1980s. For a shortened version of the poem, see Wearing purple.

When I took early retirement, I vowed to take my interest in writing more seriously. And with great good fortune, that is what I have been able to do. Like all writers, my ultimate aim is to get my novel (about which more another time) published but the world of publishing so far remains unconvinced.

Confession time now. This is the first time I have blogged so hope I've done it right!