My Desk

My desk is a colourful cluttered place half-buried under a pile of writing magazines, surrounded by all manner of things stuck on the walls, in a corner of the lounge. Above me is a mandala painted by my very talented friend the artist Simon Sharman, and if I need a bit of inspiration it’s here my eyes are drawn. There’s a space for a cup of never ending coffee, a phone, and whatever I’m munching on. The woodburner’s three metres to my left and keeps me toasty, and I’m kept company by three cats and the occasional friend popping in for coffee, which is always nice. I sit here and write whenever I possibly can, and when I can’t, I miss it! I try not to write when the children are home as I like to focus only on them and when I sit here I can allow myself to drift off to whatever world I’m writing in. I find it really hard to come back to earth as mummy Emma, and focus on the real world. I need to keep them separate. It’s difficult entering the write-on-site comp on a Saturday if I’m on my own, as invariably there’s a crisis, involving a child/food/cat/toy, however gently I say right, I need to go and sit and write for half an hour, what do you need before I start?! there’s always, always a point I’m needed. And I wouldn’t have it any other way, of course. Usually my partner is here to help but he’s away this weekend and I do enjoy entering. The two things I like most in the world are hanging out with my family and writing, and I’m very lucky ot be able to balance them out and enjoy them both.

Having this three-foot by two-foot space has been crucial in me thinking of myself as a ‘real’ writer, someone with a purpose, a job. For, I hope, it will become more my job and less my hobby as time goes on. At the moment I manage to earn a little, but my goal at the moment is to get myself noticed and secure and agent and get my stories out there, only to make enough money to carry on being able to do what I enjoy the most, instead of having to leave the house every day and go to work. I’m a teacher and I love this job too, however I know I’d not have enough creative energy left after a day’s teaching to write as well.

On a shelf to my left is a place I store anything I’ve had published, and it’s a joy to watch this growing.

I had the lovely news this week that I’ll be included in the Plymouth Writers Group 2016 anthology out later this year, as I came fifth in their competition. There’s a link to the story here:

PWG 2016 Writing competition

And it’s always a great buzz to win or be a featured entry on Hour of Writes, which I am this week. Check out Seaside Scribbler’s entry near the bottom of the page.

And please, do feel free to leave a comment!


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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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