I was told once, ‘get a job you love and write as a hobby’ – setting out to be a writer straight off rarely works. Great advice that led me to teaching. I’ve been tutoring from home most recently but earlier this year went on the supply list for the local council. I was fortunate this term to pick up a part time short term cover post in my subject, English. The first few days were a steep learning curve – I’ve been out of the classroom for a while – but I’ve absolutely loved being back. The English department staff couldn’t have been friendlier and the students are largely a nice bunch, with some bits of attitude here and there. Kids have got a lot lippier since I was last at the chalkface. It’s been great to teach writing again – I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to teach creative writing to most of the classes. There are some very talented young writers out there and I’d forgotten how much I love inspiring young minds to make stuff up.

My holiday let goes a bit quiet in the winter so income is needed, and I just feel very lucky that the job I do is one I enjoy. It’s tiring, but it’s also energising.

Today was the first acceptance – well, a longlist which means publication on site and in print next year – for AGES. Happy me to get that email this morning. I have had 14 rejections in a row.

I did hear back from one of the publishers I sent my short story collection off to, but they offered me one of those ‘you pay a bit’ contracts in which the bit is four figures. Erm, no thanks. Still holding out hope for another publisher who are looking at it, and if they say no I might just self publish, but get it copy edited and read by as many people as I can first.

My words feel all a bit jumbled today – the holiday let suddenly got busy this week so I’m currently spinning a few plates. I’ll sign off for now and try to write something a little more intelligent-sounding next time….


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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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