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In the laundry

In which, doing the laundry, I catch sight of my younger self, struggle with Monty Pythonesque machinery and read poetry.

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Take my advice. Do not under any circumstances decide to start two new websites at more or less the same time.

Elin’s Story: Review of reviews

Reviews of an Elin’s Story extract published on YouWriteOn. Interpretations of and take-homes from the comments – plus thoughts on some other reviews received

As promised in my previous entry, this is a brief analysis of the reviews the extract of Elin’s Story has received on

At the time of writing, Elin has received eleven reviews of which I have removed two. We’re allowed to remove one review for every five we receive.


Not the next big author

Reporting on The Next Big Author competition and how the extract of Elin’s Story that I posted there fared.

If you read my previous entry At the Quill, then you’ll know that I submitted the first 7000 words of my novel Elin’s Story to an online competition called The Next Big Author at the end of March.

It’s been a month now and the competition is over (and I didn’t win). So, it seems like a good moment to review the competition and the reception that Elin’s Story received.


Further at YouWriteOn …

Just a short up-date on developments at YouWriteOn where an extract from the current draft of Elin’s Story is in competition.

Further to my previous entry. It’s been 5 days since I last received a review, so whoever was assigned my text to read on 4th April is cutting it a bit fine.



Persperistance II

ovember is the cruelest month. Yes I know that TS Eliot thought it was April, but for me it’s November. As the days get shorter and darker and duller, so I begin to feel all my pleasure, all my delight, all my creativity, all of it, spiralling away like water down a plughole. It’s like … More…