Purdah (noun): 1. The practice in certain Muslim and Hindu societies of screening women from men or strangers, especially by means of a curtain. 1.3 British The period leading up to an election, during which government departments generally refrain from making any new announcements. (Oxford Dictionaries) Tomorrow, March 30, the organisation where I now work will enter purdah. … Continue reading Countdown to purdah
I love writing, just for the sake of writing, but a little encouragement is nice. It can be tough when you send stories out to potential homes and they come back, sometimes with a form rejection (double ouch). On a bad day you wonder why you're doing it, whether you should be doing it, and … Continue reading Boost
On Monday I completed a MOOC. Applaud if you feel like it. In fact yes, do applaud. Completion rates for the MOOC or Massive(ly) Open Online Course, according to which figures you believe, are between 2% and 10%. So I'm in quite select company. However, this is probably more to do with the quality and … Continue reading How was it for you? Thinking about MOOCs
Just for fun, here's a list of the last 10 writing-related things I Googled... Spinach soup The meaning of the name Sholto The shipping forecast Robert Browning the grey sea and the long black land Seasonal fruit and veg in September DDT (weedkiller) Shades of blue Liverpudlian bands Earth in the solar system The Scotch … Continue reading Things writers Google…
Look away, nothing to see here... Editing has finally begun in earnest on the middle-grade book I'm writing, AKA the hot potato. I've got past the point of vaguely researching bits and pieces, and things have advanced to printing out a chapter at a time and scribbling all over it. Did I really write that? … Continue reading Vennsday: #amediting
Back in October I had the opportunity to attend an 'in conversation with' event featuring Brian Cosgrove. I was VERY excited. For those of you who are considering nipping off to Wikipedia to look him up, Brian Cosgrove is largely responsible for some of the best fun you can have in front of a TV; … Continue reading Lots of love and fun
While I'm slowly getting used to reading aloud (see Things that go bump in the night and Reading aloud), I wouldn't say it comes naturally...