The day-job's been horrible lately and given me no time for the important things in life like writing, blogging and eating chocolate. Catching up now with a few snippets from my in-box -
1. 50 Stories for Pakistan now available to buy - see badge on the right. A great charity initiative, may there be many more from Greg!
2. Don't forget the ongoing How To competitions - the November one is now open and the results from the October competition should be on the website any time now. A great way to win £100 from non-fiction!
3. And a plea from a blog reader:
I wonder if your readers can help. I was delighted when I sold a story to Take A Break in the middle of August. It was all a bit of a muddle because we had just got back from holiday and landed in a crisis, but I was told it was scheduled for Issue 43. It wasn’t in Issue 43, so I have looked in every subsequent copy and it hasn’t been in those either. When I got my Remittance Notification, it had 41/10 on it, which led me to think it was in issue 41 and I’d missed it, but it seems it wasn’t in that issue either. Now I am utterly perplexed. If it hasn’t been in yet, then fine, but if I’ve missed it because it was published earlier than scheduled I shall be rather disappointed because it’s only my third sold and happens to be a favourite of mine.
Did anyone spot a story by Linda Gruchy (or Linda Priestley) about a man and woman meeting on a bus in an issue of TAB since mid August please?
If you can help Linda, send me an email via this blog and I'll forward it to her. It's horrible when you miss a publication.
4. And finally, I've read and loved Della Galton's book, The Dog With Nine Lives. It's the perfect stocking filler for all your dog-loving friends and relatives this Christmas, but be warned, you should supply a pack of tissues with each copy. It's a lovely book, and a great example of how to write from your own experiences. Writing from Life, as Lynn Hackles would say.