Monthly Archives: March 2019

Reasons To Go Out To Write

Great advice for those, like me, who are easily distracted

Uninspired Writers

Most writers experience procrastination. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the other things you need/want to do, which leads to putting writing to the side. However, I’ve found that a great way to stop that from happening is to go out and write instead. Here’s why;

No home distractions
Yesterday I tidied and cleaned my home, caught up on some television I’d been wanting to watch, did the laundry…and of course these things are important. But the point is, when you’re at home, you’ll always see the housework that needs doing or the TV you could be watching. Being out, in any good place to write, takes away these other options.
novel writingIt feels like a treat
Taking yourself to a cosy coffee shop and enjoying a hot drink and a slice of cake is a treat. If you look at it like that it becomes a…

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Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge #256


Another storm forecast. The third today. Sunset was another forty-three hours away so we could expect a few more before the day was out. Hopefully we would be able to get outside and rig the anti-icing screens before dark. Although only a curious form of purple twilight, not truly dark, it wasn’t safe working outside once the sun had gone down. The natives seemed to gather strength at these times and always wanted to make a scene. Their parties were not for me sadly. I preferred to sit in my chamber watching  re-runs of old sports games on my telekran. Anyway there was actually some work to do tonight. My discovery on the Carmillion plain today deserved a couple of extra hours. The only difficulty was how to get the news back home during one of the sparse communicator periods. That was when I got what I would call my flash of inspiration. Just like one of those bolts lighting up the mustard-yellow, methane-cloud filled sky. I will lodge a full report in my next telecast.


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100 Word Wednesday: Week 114

road to changiSam looked at the trees lining the highway.  Varieties that he and his fellow prisoners had uprooted many years before. He knew tears would flow with every mile they covered, with each new memory. Memories of a life passed and lives lost amidst tears, both wasted and wasteful.  Tears mixed with sweat-diluted blood. In the blazing, tropical, midday sun, moisture was precious, the guards watching every move, seldom and reluctantly offering  water to drink. They had laid the track yard by yard but now he was perversely pleased to see their death railway transformed into the main highway through Burma

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MLMM Heeding Haiku with Chevrefeuille – Frogs #haiku


Lines across the road,

armed with buckets and torches

to save a species


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Crimson’s Creative Challenge #20


A good looking girl from Tredare

was employed in the signal  box there

while drivers waited at the crossing

they would watch her adjusting her stockings

and if the train was delayed no-one cared.



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Spring haiku

Fragrant beauty forms

swirling, pastel shaded clouds.

Butterflies in prayer.


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Quarterly Short Story Competition from Cranked Anvil

For the short story-writing aficionado, not to be missed.


We are delighted to announce our quarterly short story competition.

The competition is open to any theme or genre, but your story must be a maximum of 1,500 words(not including the title). Closing dates are:

30th April
31st July
31st October
31st January

You can enter up to three stories in each quarterly competition.
Entry fees:
£5 for the first | plus £3 for the second | plus £2 for the third

1st – £150
2nd – £75
3rd – £30

The three placed stories from each quarter will be published on this website. Future anthologies will also be considered, published by Cranked Anvil Press, in which shortlisted stories from each competition will be published.

Full details of the competition, how to enter, and competition rules, can be found on our website.

Good luck!

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #246 Narrow&Minded


As the  vote was lost

by such a narrow margin,

nobody minded.

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Minehead Literary Festival

A recent visit  to my Exmoor home reminded me of an event  taking place shortly

minehead_literary_festivalThe festival features presentations by four leading writers with ties to the area who will explore the importance of place in their writing.

To celebrate the Minehead Literary Festival a short story competition, with classes for adults and children, is being organised in the run-up to the festival. And an art exhibition will run from April 2 to May 6 at the Regal Theatre and Toucan Wholefoods with work by established local artists which will also focus on the theme of the importance of place.

When? Saturday April 27th

Where? Methodist Church Hall, 7 The Avenue, Minehaed, Somerset TA24 5AW



Who? Tessa Hadley, who heads the line-up of speakers at the festival, has just published her seventh novel Late in the Day to rave reviews, hailing her as ‘one of Britain’s finest writers of contemporary fiction’ (Thea Lenarduzzi, Vogue) and ‘one of the greatest stylists alive’ (Ron Charles, Washington Post).

BBC radio producer, writer and bird watcher Tim Dee will share his knowledge of the area and particularly his insights into the natural world. Tim is an exceptionally original storyteller, mixing autobiography with nature writing to captivating effect.

Best-selling author Pamela Holmes has been fascinated by the area since she lived and worked on a farm on Exmoor in the 1970s. Her warm and heartfelt novel Wyld Dreamers was published last Autumn and is loosely based on those experiences.

For the younger audience popular local writer Victoria Eveleigh will be giving an illustrated presentation about her much-loved series of books Katy’s Exmoor Ponies and The Horseshoe Trilogy. Tea Time with Tortie offers a chance to meet the best contemporary writer of pony stories around.

Festival Director? A non-hierarchical collective! Victoria Thomas, Monica Hartwel,l Fi Windle, Janet Styles, Pat Younger

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Crimson Creative Challenge #19 #Limerick- Gunfight at the OK corral

37619B79-747F-4511-AED8-B4D2A448A221Five young gunslingers from Tooting

fed up with the hollering and hooting

so with nothing to lose

but their necks in a noose

should either fight their way out or die shooting



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