I promise I'll try and do more blogging. Honest.
Now the A level exams at Bilborough College are over I have a bit more time for writing, although the vocational exams at Stephenson College are still ongoing so I still have another job to go to. I'm booked to help on results day and enrolment days at Bilborough in August too. That's usually fun.
One of my stories was in The People's Friend at the beginning of July and the next one will be in the August 1st edition. That still leaves another three to be published.
Because I'm concentrating on stories for magazines I haven't entered any competitions for a while but I thought I'd give it a go this month. Erewash Writers and Fosseway Writers have a few ongoing at the moment. I sometimes find that if an entry doesn't get a place it can be revamped and made suitable for the womag market anyway.
Talking of competitions, for the second year running I've been asked to adjudicate Trowell Writers' Club annual short story competition. I find the task quite daunting as I'm pretty certain that many of the entrants that I'm judging are far more talented than me. I'd love to hear any words of wisdom from those who do it regularly.