The loss of my Mojo

All my recent attempts at stories have turned limp and flavourless, like old chewed-up gum left on a bedpost. This could be because in my earlier writing I experimented with style and ignored things like structure, concentrating  on just telling the story. Post MA, my head was filled with so …

Strawberries fields

The other night I was dreaming it was raining strawberries. I woke up and reached for my dream journal, convinced it meant something. What it means is that I’ve been working too hard, spending all my free time at my desk. I go to sleep with writing in my head and …

Rainy days and Mondays

Back to working on the short story collection. Back to my rain story. One minute it’s a funny little piece, the next it is brooding and tense, going back and forth like a metronome. To help me get into the mood, I’ve listening to songs with RAIN in the title. …

The Letter arrives

It finally arrived this morning. For a while I just stood there, rooted on the spot. Even though I knew I wasn’t going to get it, I was still upset when I read the letter. I hope this rejection doesn’t deter you from continuing with your writing, it said. We hope …

The Letter that never comes

I’ve been stalking my postman.  As soon as I hear him outside, I race the dog to the front door, half-dressed, extending my hand into his face. Over pints at the pub with his mates, the postman probably tells them about the scary woman who waits for the letter that never comes. This …

When good ideas go wrong

I was recently working on a story in my collection about the rain and it splintered into two different stories. Rather than choose between the two, I went with both. Just as I was getting the hang of it, they split again. Mitosis. So now I  have four versions of …

Like Christmas in July

I received a copy of Tell Tales III, the anthology that printed my story and it is gorgeous! A soothing green and straw-coloured yellow with a great layout. I quickly flipped to my story and read it with the happiness and enthusiasm of a Christmas-time kiddie. I hope I never stop being excited …

Reality Show for Writers

They should do one of those Big Brother/Temptation Island thingies for writers. Six weeks with no internet, television or mobile phones in some beautiful paradise by the sea.Chatty procrastinators and pompous types would get voted off first, with the rest of the candidates crying in frustration and trying not to …