Monday, 26 December 2011

Things to do before you go back to work

Bored of leftover turkey and TV yet? I'm not, but in case you're needing something to do this week here's a couple of suggestions:

1. Try Sally's 100 question quiz to wake up your brain.

2. Decide on your New Year's writing resolutions for 2012 - remember to make them SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-framed). I'll be posting mine up at the end of the week, and reflecting on last year's resolutions.

3. And while you're at it, think of a new year resolution that's gone wrong, write a 250-word story about it, and enter Della's little competition to win a signed copy of her new book Moving On. Free entry, email your story to Della by 10am on 4th January.

4. If you're stuck for resolution ideas, consider entering Sally's 100k in 100 days challenge. Starting 1st January, write 100,000 words in 100 days - this can be a novel, a couple of pocket novels, several short stories or articles.

By the way, skiing was fab. Plenty of lovely soft powder snow - we needn't have worried!


Pat Posner said...

Welcome back, Kath. Glad you had a great time.
I had a little panic earlier today when your blog disappeared.

Happy writing

Diane Fordham said...

Happy your holiday went well and you are back in one piece. Thanks for the links, will go and check them out. All the best for 2012! x

Old Kitty said...

Welcome back - glad you had a great skiing time!!

Take care

Sally Quilford said...

Welcome home, Kath and thanks for the plugs! Only a few days to 100k in 100 days now, and all are welcome to join in. There's nothing to sign and nothing to pay!

(erm ... word verification is redbals ... Clearly it's a Christmas reference, yes?)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Glad you enjoyed the skiing. Great incentives to get back to work - eventually!

Colette McCormick said...

I go back to work tomorrow so I guess I'm going to have a busy day.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I have to take you to task - it's not 'bored of', it's 'bored with'! Bored with turkey already

Sorry, that's one of my writing hates :)

womagwriter said...

Thanks for the grammar lesson, Anonymous! I've looked it up and it seems you are right, though 'bored of' is quite commonly used in British colloquial English. It's also possible I had already started on the Chardonnay when I wrote that post. :-)

Anonymous said...

Ha ha no probs sorry for being a know-it-all and pointing it out, but 'of' seems to have replaced the proper words and it drives me mad. It now seems commonplace to say 'fed up of' 'bored of' etc and I wonder how much longer it will take before our language disintegrates completely.
I was shocked to learn a while back that teachers don't correct grammar, punctuation or spelling any more. If they don't even bother with the fundamentals, we are going to have a nation of illiterates!

Okay I'll climb down from my soapbox now... ;) happy New Year, hope 2012 is a good writing year for us all x

Anonymous said...

Great to have you back Womag. Like Pat I too had a bit of a panic when your blog disappeared earlier today. I really look forward to looking in.

All good wishes


Anonymous said...

Welcome back, Kath! can't find anywhere else to tell you all, so perhaps a clever person could move this to somewhere appropriate? amateur gardening- christmas double issue, alan titchmarsh on front, contains a short story, and asks do we want to see more of them? there is an e-mail address, so please respond!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Anon. I'll email them as soon as possible!
Good wishes Kath (aka Kate Hogan)

Anonymous said...

Hi Anon - Re Amateur Gardening Short Story

Good of you to share the info. Do you have the email address to contact them - also what sort of story was it?


Kat said...

I've emailed Tim the editor to say can we have more short stories please.

I found the email address by Googling it.

Kat said...

There you go :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Kat - email sent!

womagwriter said...

Thanks so much, Anon/Kat for that piece of news which I shall pass on to a couple of writing-related facebook groups I'm in.

Carolb said...

Glad you got the snow you wanted, but it's good to have you back.
Happy New Year.

Suzanne Jones said...

Yays for the snow :0)

Hope you have a terrific New Year.


Anonymous said...

sorry, only just got back on here. the story was gardening related, about a lady with an overgrown garden giving away some holly and finding someone to share the garden with her - I would say a very People's Friend-ish story, but I don't know if that would be a future requirement. I did ask if they might be open to submissions, but no answer as yet. I should have said to e-mail Jenny at the letters page re liking the idea of fiction - but I guess Tim will do just as well. You could even try writing a 'yes please' letter to westover house west quay rd. poole Dorset bh15 1 jg - published letters get vouchers!
good luck everyone and lets hope for another outlet!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Anon. I looked for the mag in our local shop but couldn't get it. I'll keep looking. Thanks again for sharing and All Good Wishes for the New Year!

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