NaNo month

Tomorrow is the start of National novel writing month #nano. While there is no chance of me finding the time to write a 50,000 word novel in November, I have decided that by thinking along the same vein, I could perhaps tackle the sequel to my children’s book Magic in the Attic.

The original book is around 10,000 words, so to write a sequel to that would be much more manageable. I already have a synopsis, I just haven’t got round to writing the book, although ideas have been swirling around my brain for several years. However, I hope it won’t take me about 18 years to publish this one. My working title is Not a Cat’s Chance and yes, it is about cats and yes, Fiona the fairy will return in it.

Last weekend my partner and I visited Furzey Gardens in Minstead in the New Forest. There are lots of little wooden fairy doors inserted into the trees and structures around the gardens, each with a sprinkling of fairy dust, or glitter, nearby to add to the atmosphere. It made me think of Fiona, my fairy, and what she might think of the place.  Even though she is a grumpy 100-year-old fairy, I think she would like it.

Good luck to all the NaNo writers who will attempt to write the full 50,000 words or more. May your words flow, and your fingers fly swiftly over the computer keys.

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CHILDREN’S COMPETITION STORY

I posted in April that I had won the Bournemouth Hospital Radio Bedside Children’s story competition with my story Secret Visitor.

It has now been published in their annual publication. Click the link to read my story: HRB Winner 2017 . I apologise you have to read it sideways – I haven’t yet worked out how to turn it round.

I love the little illustrations that have been added to bring the story to life.

 

WOMEN’S MAGAZINES – AN UPDATE

Since my last post on the difficulties of writing fiction for women’s magazines, there’s been a development.

Going on the People’s Friend writing workshop must have helped, because a story I submitted afterwards has been accepted for publication. At last I will have something to show for my efforts.

My story, which I called The Bet, is set on a golf course and is due to be published in November. I can’t wait to witness it in print and to see how they illustrate it. Will they keep my title or will they call it something else? It’s so exciting!

I guess the moral to this, and the note to self should be: to never give up.