Where do you get your ideas from? ( Or – from where do you get your ideas?) I began to think about this as I settled on a subject for my next short story.
All my books had news items as the trigger .Lane’s End had the treatment of people with learning difficulties, Un-Stable Lane had the floods, The Third Lane had soldiers coming back from the war, Never Run Away had redundancy and Never Pretend had crime and the use of local news TV stations.It is only A Lesson for the Teacher that is not relevant today because that has echoes of my past.
It is quite likely I may go quiet for a few days now I have some inspiration. I wrote a poem but it needs editing before I enter it for a competition.
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!
Just to explain why I was so happy to be able to put clipart on line. I haven’t used the right mouse button for twenty years and am only now beginning to discover its uses.
I am so impressed by the photos on this site but don’t use a camera that takes pictures. Now you see what an old fogey I am.I am trying to get up to date but its a hard slog.
I got so fed up with having nothing to write about but I have the glimmering of an idea. It is for children and will need a great illustrator. Luckily I know one who would be ideal.
Time will tell.
So ebooks are the best way for indies to get published are they? Not in my case.
I wrote ” A Lesson for the Teacher” with ebook production in mind and put it on kindle.
NOBODY has downloaded it. It looks better as a paperback and sales are quite steady but I thought a little 1960s romance might tickle the fancy of some readers. I guess it is appealing to the wrong age group, but love is love, whatever age you are! Maybe it is the word ‘teacher’ that puts people off. I did think the cover would dispel any notion that it was stuffy or educational. Reviews have dried up and my hope is that some folk may consider it as a Christmas present. Meanwhile both websites are getting looked at http://www.juliecround.co.uk and juliecround.com so I think I’ll keep them both going for a while.
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)
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?
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.