Sunday, 19 December 2010

Fantastic Competition

Could you write about being a foreigner in Italy? That's the theme for a great new competition run by The Watermill at Posara and all the details are on their website. This is a wonderful place to have a creative writing or painting break. It really is as good as it looks, that's why I'm booked to go again next year for Sharon Kendrick's course.

It is so peaceful and quiet, what could be better for writing and the scenery is stunning for those who paint.

What could be more perfect than views like this?

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Competition News

Finally the snow and ice has gone and daily life on the farm is normal again. Over the last few weeks the freezing conditions have created so much extra work. Its been hectic keeping water flowing to the cows and keeping them all warm, but at least the sun is shinning- for now!

One of the things I enjoy doing is entering writing competitions and I recently had the results back from the Romance Writers of Australia's High Five contest. I was really pleased with my result of 91% and 12th out of 75 entries. This is a big improvement on last years mark.
The competition required the opening five pages of a novel aimed at Mills and Boon and the feedback from the judges is well worth receiving.

Also I won a signed book from Kate Walker's Advent Calendar Giveaway. This competition is going on daily until Christmas and you can enter by visiting her blog.The book I won is Bound by Blackmail.

For my Australian readers here's a picture I took when the snow started two weeks ago. I'm sure readers in UK are fed up with the stuff.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Christmas Fair

On Saturday, despite the Arctic-like conditions, I went to the Christmas Fair at the University of Wales, Lampeter. Together with other members from my local writing group, Cwrtnewydd Scribblers, we sold copies of our new anthology, Of Cakes and Words.

This is the second anthology the group has published and this year the Co-operative very kindly funded the purchase of ISBN numbers through their Community Fund. Each member of the group has contributed poetry or short stories. The book costs £3.50 and 50p from each book sold is going to the Air Ambulance.

If you wish to purchase a copy please click here.