Diary of a Writer – Waiting Stages

DSC00252Waiting Stages are not novel to a writer’s life. We all have waiting stages. Take the lady or ladies who knitted the above tree decoration which I spotted in Argentina. How long will it be before such a work is recognised in the way wanted? Immediately, after a few days, when the local paper photographs it, when social media broadcasts it around the globe?

How sad is it that so much artistic effort is ahead of its time and only comes into the recognition stage after, sometimes long after, the creator is dead?

What am I currently waiting for?

An acceptance, outstanding royalties, competition results and the freezer de-frosting. The greatest of these is that freezer.

De-frosting a freezer, in my experience, is one of those life events like waiting for an automatic gate to open. It does it when it does it. Not substantially before and rarely much later. Fertile grounds for observing human nature.

Bella’s Betrothal


Rejection Blues – All part of the Writer’s Journey

Rejection was sitting at the top of my inbox this morning.

Rejections that say, ‘a well written piece with clearly defined characters’, leave you floundering.

The last rejection said ‘You have a fluid, natural and compelling writing style and we were intrigued,’

The rejection at the RNA 1-2-1 was cloaked in such positive language, I believed it meant success.

Success is a spider ready to disappear into the plug-hole.

Foolish Writer. Words clearly don’t mean what the dictionary definition tells you.

On to the next…


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“Oh, Mariah, let us not quarrel. We will be married within the month. At least your papa’s house contains plenty of books. You may practise throwing them.” anne stenhouse

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 …a solitary figure ahead among some gorse and shrubs. Charles thought she made a beautiful picture in her riding habit with the exquisite hat Jenny Menzies wished to inherit. He thought the girl might get it sooner rather than later if he followed his instincts. At that precise moment, he wanted to shake Bella hard. Then he would lock her in the castle in Strath Menzies and hold her forever. anne stenhouse

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