Sunday, 21 August 2016

Weekend roundup

Sunny Staithes already seems a long time ago
I've only been back at work for a week and it's as though I've never been away. All my freelance work was sitting there waiting for me - which will be nice when payday comes around, but was something of a shock to the system. Even so, I still managed a couple of coffee/lunch dates, so it's not all been nose to the grindstone and shoulder to the wheel.

I also dropped into the Weaving Words writers' group. I can't often make this, because they meet on Wednesdays when I'm usually teaching yoga. It was nice to see Kezzabelle and the gang. We sat in her garden until it went dark, wrapped up in blankets and illuminated by candles and lanterns: all very bo-ho!  We began with a prompt -  'camping', 'strong women' and 'encouraging words' - and it always amazes me how varied the results are when we come to read them out.

Also on the writing front, I made it to the shortlist of the Words With Jam First Page Competition, but didn't win.  Oh well, back to the drawing board. Congratulations to the winner, Annnie Walmsley, and there were a few names I recognised on the shortlist, too, so well done us!

This writing lark is clearly in my blood. My mum has recovered from her recent malaise and has a little something in the local paper's letters page. She has also heard from the Daily Telegraph that one of her contributions to its letters page will be used in its next book. Honestly, there's not stopping her!

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  1. Wouldn't it be nice to get back from a vacation and find the work that had been waiting for you mysteriously done and gone on its way? It never seems to work that way, though. Glad you were still able to have a little fun with lunch dates and the writers' group. Congrats on making the short list, even if you didn't win. That's still something to celebrate. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Lori.

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  2. Congratulations on the Words with Jam, Julia!

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  3. Well done on the shortlist, Julia - that's a huge achievement! And good for your mum.

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  4. You're mum is an inspiration, Julia, and well done on the Words with Jam competition. Are you going to publish the whole thing?

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    1. Maybe - when I've written it, Susan!

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  5. Well done on the shortlisting, Julia. My mum (85) goes to a creative writing class and I keep telling her to submit something - she never does though.

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    1. There's something very special about their generation, Wendy. Perhaps it's because they were youngsters during the war?

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