When I commence a story I can write happily for a while without any literary references or quick checks with Wikipedia. In my latest competition entry I am not afforded the luxury of either of these things. The Global Writers competition for December is themed on ‘surreal’ so my tale so far is fantasy/science fiction/adventure with some dialogue thrown in for good measure.
Word count will be a secondary consideration for me on this one because my concentration at the moment is satisfactory telling of the story. I’m not a big fan of fantasy or science fiction when it comes to reading and I don’t want to know what other entries are about because I want to attempt this without outside influence. We’ll see how it goes soon enough because I only have so many more days to edit before I end up with the final draft.
Merry Christmas to anyone who happens by.
Getting my blog underway was challenging. Improving it inside a couple of days and concentrating on the theme of writing gave a feeling of achievement. One of the three short stories I wanted to feature had already won a competition. In October 2010, ‘DECISION AT THE ABBEY’ won a place in the English Heritage anthology, ‘WHITBY ABBEY: PURE INSPIRATION’ which was amazing.
I checked my emails this morning to find that I have a fellow blogger subscribing to my site, thank you Cloe! You’ll find I’m already signed up to yours. I wanted to know you before you became famous.
I read my second email to find that my short story, ‘DUTY BOUND’ is the joint winner of the monthly Global Short Story Competition for November. I joined the site in September this year so winning the monthly competition is an ambition fulfilled.
Check out Global Writers on my links… you might just like it.
It was with pen, pad and a totally open mind that I sat at my desk this morning. I promised myself I would allow all of today to concentrate on learning more about blogging. I would like viewers to enjoy my entries and attachments so I set about reading a lot of others to get the feel of the blog author.
I was to find out rather quickly that my days of note-taking were not over. Memorising a sequence of actions was never going to work, but the day was saved by the use of an ancient skill. I formed lists of instructions using the written word… yes, I did it my way. I concluded my day of study with a feeling of accomplishment. This was thanks in no small part to WordPress and the support available.
As a writer I understand the need for useful sites and it occurred to me that providing a handful of choice links would be beneficial to any viewers to my blog. The site links I’ve listed do improve my blog’s appearance, but they were chosen because I use all of them and therefore would recommend them.
I can sense fingers twitching over mouse buttons out there. Don’t just leave, check out a link you don’t recognise. Before you go, please remember to leave me a comment and contact so I can get back to you and your site.
I am presently convalescing and therefore have the opportunity of a few days to kick-start my blog. Three days ago I had my gallbladder removed so I’m not moving around too quickly. The holes made during the operation may have been small but it feels as if the offending organ put up a fight against it’s eviction.
So that it doesn’t come across as just another gush of personal blurb I’ve decided to share some of my efforts. I would appreciate any and all comments on my writing. As a novice at this particular idea (the blog), I’ve set it up with a link to my poetry, included some short stories and introduced my autobiography with the first chapter in it’s entirety.
As things stand I want to embrace the blog as a means of self-expression, a marketing tool and a social link. If you’re a writer and you happen by, please leave me your thoughts on what you find here and a link to your own work.
Please take a look around, enjoy and comment. Tom