Our writing group has just published two Christmas collections Windy Christmas is an eclectic collection of memories, poems and short stories (one or two perhaps not for the fainthearted). Jingle Bells and Tinsel Tales, on the other hand, is for those of a gentle disposition and suitable for bedtime reading to younger family members. Illustrations … Continue reading Christmas Reading?
I mostly write fiction in narrative tense. I have experimented with present tense, although my first experiment wasn’t, in fact, fiction but an account that I wrote as a blog post. I don’t recall why it occurred to me to change that blog post from past to present but the rewrite was closer to reliving … Continue reading Presently Tense
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
Thanks to Bridget Whelan for alerting me to this quote from The Master which seems so relevant to my ‘As I’m Ageing’ posts.
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
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
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
Nothing for ages, then two come along together. Another quick read from Shannon James on the 101 words website – find Snow Fall here. Photo by Mac2020 Italy on Pexels.comTwo A member of our writing group favours similar plot lines. She assures us they are mere fiction and not aspirational.
I sometimes pass on links to a website called 101 words – not often, because it can be difficult to create an impression with a mere 101 words. I rarely come across submissions I can relate to, or consider a story. I am sure many of us maturer folk will relate to this one though. … Continue reading Sharing 101 words
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 Measuring Up