Yearbook

Last week I ordered the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook for 2017 and I have just flicked through it. It was about time I had a new one as I keep recommending it at my talks and yet the last one I purchased was in 2013.

I am sure a lot has changed since then.It is really a dipping book, for reference, with 800 pages of contacts in the publishing world and advice to writers and creatives.

I have also had an invitation to enter a poetry competition, but I think my verses might be too simple. Autumnwatch last night should have inspired me. I’ll have a think!

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I was talking to someone who found me on Google and wondered why all my readers on wordpress come from countries other than the UK. Maybe it’s because I don’t use the right tags? I’m still learning how to put things on line. I tried to find a picture of a mouse to go with the last post but once I had it I couldn’t see how to get it onto this blog.( It’s on twitter #jacyround)

That poem was in Sea Scribes’ Christmas anthology and, as I am not writing a novel at present I thought I might put some more verses on from our Worthing  anthology until I realised how long they were.There’s only one that won’t take up too many lines:

The day of the big parade and the Council’s plans were laid

They closed the roads and the signs all showed where the procession stayed.

But they stood there in the rain as it poured from sky to drain

And, in the wet, the dancers fret “We dressed up all in vain.”

While the rain came sheeting down, floats trundled through the town

And the puddles grew as the people knew it was causing the day to drown.

But the Samba band played on as they marched to a cheery song

And the lorries drove while the brollies hove into view, along the prom.

We have had our summer fun, when it’s Birdman day they come,

In the fair they play, but this August day we really missed the sun!

( Worthing took over from Bognor to hold the Birdman event while their pier was out of order)

 

 

 

Short story writing.

What fun this is! So many opportunities to enter competitions and write stories.

I don’t like the competitions where they leave the writer to choose the subject but I have found two this week that give you one line, the first an ending and the second a beginning.

I’d like to put one on my new website http://www.juliecround.co.uk but can’t until the competitions are over. Until then I’ll have to go back to being a housewife. We bought all the ingredients for a Christmas pudding today so that’s next weekend’s task! Anyone want my recipe?

Story homework

Just typed out a story for Worthy Words, our local writing group. Suffering with a painful jaw as have had a tooth out this morning. I don’t expect any sympathy as the rest of the family are on facebook and I’m staying here. I think I need to take the advice I got on twitter and send details of my website and books to my email list. Perhaps I’ll wait until Christmas as I usually do one of those dreaded round robins.

My first sale of “A Lesson for the Teacher” has been made on Amazon. If people look at my juliecround websites they will find the rest ( mostly cheap, second hand)

Next task, looking out familiar poems for reading at a care home. They won’t know mine but I have a few short or funny ones that should amuse them,especially from “Green Fingers” by Richard Arkell  1934.

Old stories

What do you do with your old stories? I don’t mean ones you have read; I mean ones you wrote years ago and kept copies. I write so much I have bags and boxes full of stories, most of which have been rejected by various magazines. I have a file of poems, many of them only relevant at the time they were written but, somewhere, I have an unfinished novel and short stories galore.

I have magazines I dare not throw away as they have a story or an article I have had published and very little space to add to the collection. Luckily, all copies of the poetry book we wrote as a group have been sold or given away but I am drowning in paper, with no filing system, just shelves and cupboards.

Do you keep the manuscripts of your books after they have been printed? If  I could destroy them I would have more space.It’s no fun being a hoarder.

Back Home

After a great weekend away I came home to find I couldn’t get onto the internet. Today I asked hubby to reboot his router and WOW I’m back on! Now we know what to do if it happens again.

We were in a hotel in Chatham with other retirees and had some really nice meals until the Sunday night when I chose Eton Mess. Last time I had this it contained meringue – but this version was Summer Fruits and a creamy topping. Not a sniff of meringue! I didn’t mind that it wasn’t just strawberries but NO MERINGUE! I called it Chatham Mess and complained to one of the staff but I don’t know if it got any further.

Driving round Walderslade trying to find the way with or without a sat nav proved a challenge for many of us. Next time we’ll head for Asda’s and hope for the best.