To combine is to join together or unite for a common purpose, to coalesce into one substance or cause this to happen, a big old machine for gathering grain, or co-operation.
Slightly Spooky Stories II combines 24 of my stories in one book (as do I and III !)
Another meaning is to possess qualities which are usually distinct, for example writing combines imagination with discipline.
I'm combining my other blog with this one, and all future posts for both will appear here. I'm not sure precisely how the combination will work out – it's very much a work in progress. Please let me know what you think, and if you have suggestions for improvement.
For a time last week, I was a very insecure writer. I was wrongly accused of copyright infringement. At first I was deeply distressed, fearing I'd get into all kinds of trouble and, even worse, people might think me capable of deliberately stealing another person's work. Thankfully my on-line friends, many of them writers, were extremely supportive. They offered help and reassured me.
It makes so much difference to know others are on our side, can sympathise with our problems and possibly even help. That's why Alex set up the Insecure Writer's Support Group, and it does a great job. You can join here.
Free to enter writing competitions
Under the Hood are looking for short stories about facing down monsters. The prize is publication and $100.
The Rebecca Swift Foundation is offering £1,000, support and coaching for the winner of The Women's Poetry prize.
What qualities do you combine? Are you ever insecure about anything to do with your writing? Do you enter writing competitions?
I'm (very slowly) creating a database of guidelines posts and official links for all the womags on my website. Does it look as though it might be useful?