Story Chat for September

This month's story is by Val Chapman. Val is one of the founder members of our writing group, The Whittlesey Wordsmiths. No Stone Unturned Val Chapman Barbara sat back on her heels and tilted her face to the sun. She had spent the last half-hour on her knees weeding her garden, and her back was … Continue reading Story Chat for September

Terry Pratchett on old women and misleading covers — quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Thanks to Bridget Whelan for alerting me to this quote from The Master which seems so relevant to my ‘As I’m Ageing’ posts.

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

Terry Pratchett in a yellow hatI do note with interest that old women in my books become young women on the covers… this is discrimination against the chronologically gifted.
Terry Pratchett

photo credit: donielle via photopincc

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August Story Chat Summary

A Dress for a Princess by Wendy Fletcher If you missed Wendy’s story, read it at https://cathy-cade.com/2021/08/03/story-chat-for-august/ Twist in the tale Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged wrote, “I love a story with a twist, and this one definitely provided one – both to my heartstrings and to my pre-conceived idea." Phil thought that “the twist at the … Continue reading August Story Chat Summary

Still Time to Join August’s Story Chat

Read the story here The conversation so far... We are halfway through August’s Story Chat. Wendy Fletcher’s story of a small girl being taken to buy her first party dress has prompted emotions and memories among readers. Anyone with experience of dressing and undressing small children in public facilities, for whatever reason, knows how exhausting … Continue reading Still Time to Join August’s Story Chat

Story Chatting

Marsha Ingrao of Always Write has kindly invited me to guest-host her Story Chat challenge through August and September. For those of you who haven't come across Story Chat before, find the current story up for comment HERE. Earlier stories, along with a link to submit your own, can be found at https://alwayswrite.blog/story-chat-2/. You'll find … Continue reading Story Chatting

But is it Poetry? (2)

This is by way of a reblog from John Spiers, whose posts don't have a 'Reblog' button. Click this link for the post from his blog mylifewithgracie.com which gives links to two websites: one to assess your poems and another to assess your song lyrics. As those who follow my poetic efforts will be aware, … Continue reading But is it Poetry? (2)

Timeless Truths

Things we find funny change as we get older. Small children laugh at clowns. Richard Hearne OBE 1908-1979: As a tweenager, I recall reading a library book my mother had just finished ― one of Leslie Charteris’s “Saint” stories. I was moved to hysteria over a comment made by Simon Templar to his sidekick, Hoppy. … Continue reading Timeless Truths

Tiny stories

Photo by Pedro Figueras on Pexels.com I've mentioned before on this blog the website 101 words that publishes stories of exactly 101-words. That post was to highlight how useful the ideal title can be when words are limited. This post is in awe at the ability to fit an actual story, – with beginning, middle … Continue reading Tiny stories