I’ve been a bit poorly the last couple of weeks, just a viral stew from the kids plus the effects of Graves Disease on my slightly broken immune system – being unable to fight things off as well as I have in the past. Anyway I tried to write something. Anything. And I couldn’t! It all looked and sounded like crud. So I put it down to feeling ill and tried not to worry, but of course I did, and I started thinking that maybe I was kidding myself after all and who the hell was I, thinking I had anything to say? So I did some reading instead and that made me feel worse becasue of course everyone can write better than me and moan moan blah blah blah.

Out of the blue, yesterday, I got two e mails in the same hour, one announcing a win on Hour of Writes, and one announcing I came in the top 5 in the Earlyworks Press short story competition, and could they please publish my story in the anthology for this summer?

Bye bye despondency, hello keyboard 🙂


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I'm a writer living in the NE of Scotland. I write short stories, flash fiction and to date, three novels as practice ones. I've won a few competitions and been published in a few places, and I've been shortlisted too... My stories have been described as easily readable, but with serious themes. I'm finding my own unique voice as a writer and it becomes clearer every day. I'm a mum of two young children and have a partner who is very supportive. I give English tuition to anyone who needs it and I drive taxis part time. In between being a keen cook and making ignoring housework a new hobby, I write. I manage a few hours a day during a good week and one day I'd LOVE to spend a week or so on a writers' retreat. Having said that, the busier I am, the more I write. I like working under pressure (hence my attendance on sites such as 'Hour of Writes' and 'Write-Invite') and it never ceases to amaze me what pops out of my head when I sit down to a blank screen. I am a member of a writer's group called Mearns Writers, a lovely bunch of (slightly bonkers and thoroughly interesting) people indeed. I'm trying to build an on line life as I believe most writers nowadays need to have a readily availble 'CV' in the form of a blog/twitter account/social media page and though I would rather spend time writing stories I suppose it's time I collated my successes and made a page that, hopefully, a publisher/agent will read one day. Happy reading!

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