Tuesday, 28 May 2013


This blogging lark isn't as easy as you think is it?

It's nearly the end of May and I didn't post at all in April so I thought I'd better get something down pronto.

Time management has been a problem. I've been trying to keep the magazines busy with a few submissions and I've managed to sell a few more stories. I have a total of five not yet published – People's Friend, Take A Break, Yours and two in The Weekly News. Being a competition junkie means even more time taken up. Plus, we're in the middle of the exam season so I'm working up at the local college in my invigilator rĂ´le. Then there are the other distractions like Test Cricket, the Cycling Grand Tours and the forthcoming British & Irish Lions rugby tour to Australia.

On top of all that there's the domestic stuff of everyday life like decorating, gardening, repairs etc.

The other problem is that you've all been posting such interesting stuff about writing, publishing and competitions that my trivia will seem a bit... well... trivial. Then there's the contract controversy at DC Thomson which several blogs have commented on including womagwriter and my friend and colleague at Nottingham Writers' Club, Carol.

I know you've all probably got your own personal excuses for not doing what you feel you ought to be doing so I don't expect a great deal of sympathy. So, good luck to everyone with their writing projects this summer and please continue diverting me with your fascinating blogs.