Diary of a Writer – March Prompt

Enigmatic?

Curious?

Elegant?

I took this picture in north Rajastan while on holiday. I was visiting the Camel Research Institute where I learned many things I had not previously known about camels.

While the gap doesn’t represent the eye of a needle, I do believe it’s too small for this lady to get through.

Unless she makes it bigger.

Does the picture inspire thoughts for you?

I’m currently reading Christmas at Miss Moonshine’s Emporium which is entertaining and thought-provoking. It’s a collection of short stories by several authors whose brief is to include Miss Moonshine in their tale.

I’m currently writing a Christmas novella which is set in a place that seems to have got a tight grip on my imagination just at present. Slightly getting in the way of what I should be writing.

The writer’s life…

Anne

 

A Capital Collection and a capital Christmas Tree

Creel Christmas Tree, Ullapool

I’m beginning to feel the Christmas Season is underway and I thought I’d re-post this pic from Ullapool as they’re having the wonderful tree made from fishing creels again this year.

On the writing front, I contributed a short story to the Mayfield Salisbury day of storytelling to mark the 150th anniversary of CrossReach. CrossReach is the social responsibility arm of the Church of Scotland and does so much with people in difficult circumstances.

Capital Writers have produced a collection including the CrossReach stories. Published for kindle this week, you can get a copy here Capital Collection.

What’s special about your own tree?, if you have one. I have a treasured collection of tree decorations. I might share some pics later.

Anne

Judges needed for the Romantic Novelists’ Awards

 

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Urgent appeal for new judges for the Romantic Novel Awards

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If you know anyone who loves reading books with a (sometimes quite broad) romantic theme or you can help by sharing this on your own page, I’d be eternally grateful!

Judges must be able to access books in ebook/digital format and be willing to read a variety of romantic genres, including romantic suspense, sagas, historical, romantic comedies, shorter novels and contemporary romantic fiction. Full RNA members are not eligible to judge.

Please email me at ronaawards@romanticnovelistsassociation.org for further details.

Many thanks in advance

This was posted by organiser Celia Anderson on her FB page

Round Robin – Why do you write or feel compelled to write even through the difficult parts?

This month’s round robin is the first I’ve had the opportunity to join for some time. Life became a little overwhelming in the spring when I had RNA and EWC responsibilities, a serial to finish and some wonderful expeditions to go on. The committees are now in the past. Can’t believe I’m saying that. When was the last time I wasn’t helping with something?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This elegant setting is in The Chinese Pavilion in the grounds of Sans Souci Palace, Potsdam. Our generation did not invent the afternoon tea. Potsdam was one of the expeditions.

So, dragging myself back to the topic in hand Why do you ‘write or feel compelled to write even through the difficult parts?’ Did Rhobin mean the difficult parts in the story or the difficult parts in one’s life. I’m going for the second as I feel the first is rather obvious. If you don’t write the difficult parts, who will? It’s your book.

The difficult parts of life come to everyone. Be you a bus driver or a neuro-surgeon, life will throw things at you and you just have to get on. Perhaps writers have a wee advantage here in that we’re used to exploring characters’ minds and can maybe stand aside and take an objective look at our own.

Well, maybe. I lost a very dear younger relative, last year and for a goodish while, I did not write. I went to bed early, I dealt with the business, I continued to put meals on the table, but I did have to have a meaningful break. So, in fact, I did not continue to write through the difficult part.

I’m back to it now. I know the first few things I produced weren’t that good, but there have been one or two successes since and writing feels back on track.

I’ve completed a short serial for People’s Friend and I’ll be sharing details of that nearer publication date. However, they are publishing a story I wrote for a Scottish Association of Writers’ competition in the main magazine dated today, 23rd June. I called it Woman, Invisible. They’ve gone for What Lies Beneath. I think it arises out of last year’s trauma.

Anne

Other writers exploring this topic are here:

Dr. Bob Rich https://wp.me/p3Xihq-1gQ

Marie Laval http://marielaval.blogspot.co.uk/

Connie Vines http://mizging.blogspot.com/

Beverley Bateman http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/

Marci Baun  http://www.marcibaun.com/blog/

Aimee) A.J. Maguire  http://ajmaguire.wordpress.com/

Helena Fairfax http://www.helenafairfax.com/blog

Diane Bator http://dbator.blogspot.ca/

Fiona McGier http://www.fionamcgier.com/

Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/blogging_by_the_sea

Victoria Chatham http://victoriachatham.blogspot.com/

Rhobin L Courtright http://www.rhobinleecourtright.com

 

 

Diary of a Writer – March Writing Prompt

dsc01314This picture was taken just over a month ago in Trinidad, Cuba. The horse or pony was much in evidence as a means of personal transport and as a draught animal.

Travelling between Havana and Trinidad by bus, we saw many pony and cart combos not only in the fields, but on the highway. Occasionally, they were driving against the traffic! There wasn’t a lot of traffic, but some of it travelled fast.

What does this picture ask of you? I see the light and shade. I see the interesting local houses. I see an animal taking its rest when it can.

And I wonder. Who left it there? Will it be the same man (didn’t see any female riders, folks) who comes back to it? What if a different man rode off?

Currently re-thinking the W-I-P, but still in Regency Edinburgh although on the High Street for this one. Courting the Countess still at 99p.

Also deeply involved in the Romantic Novelists Association’s Awards Night. If you’re there, I’ll be on the front desk. Come and say Hello, why don’t you? Ponies should be tethered outside.

 

November Writing Prompt

dsc00870This month’s writing prompt:

as the world awaits the result of some major elections

as we prepare for a ‘hard’ winter in the West

as the vibrant colours of summer give way to the softness of autumn and the starkness of winter

What does this flower mean to you? The picture was taken in Italy.

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Did you know? A beginners guide to reblogging on #WordPress

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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I’m no technical genius and when I first started blogging, I needed to learn my way around the WordPress system. It is pretty much common sense and easy enough to set up. If you get stuck, there are plenty of helpful articles and forums that show you how to do pretty much anything. Just type the question into your search engine.

The one thing they cannot do, though, is answer questions you didn’t know you should ask. Over the past few days I have become aware of how many of those little tweaks and tricks we learn about, then just take for granted. Reblogging was one area I found frustrating for a good while. It is a simple process, the press of a button, until the button is not there…

1. Can’t see the reblog button?
This took me ages to work out! Many blogs, including this one, have their…

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