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The theme in May was The Final Straw and I was fortunate enough to both win and claim a runner-up space with my two entries. You can read my microscopic stories here.
It's been almost a year since I've won a competition. I was shortlisted for Choclit earlier this year, but other than that, the few entries I've put together haven't got anywhere. I've entered a lot fewer competitions in the last 12 months, in favour of concentrating on writing my current novel and trying to edit some older work, but I admit I've missed it. I thought to be a "serious" writer I should concentrate on magazine submissions, but I enjoy the challenge of competitions - particularly themed ones - and, just this week, decided that I'm going to keep going at them on top of regular submissions. Perhaps it's because my youth revolved around running competitively - I'm not actually that competitive against other people (well... not much), but I love to push myself. Now that I can't push myself to run faster, I can push myself to get better placings in writing competitions. I learn a lot from what does well and what dives!
It's been a long time since I've had any personal writing news to bother blogging about, so while I'm here, a quick update... Having just finished the second draft of my current novel - Thousand-Word Things - and abandoned it to my lovely readers, I am doing my usual post-draft exercise of writing a few bits of flash fiction to clear my head out from Novel Mode. I'm enjoying it a lot and looking forward to spending a couple of months working on short fiction and non-fiction while I let my novel stew before the final (I hope!) draft. One of my current pieces of flash fiction is based on the same idea as one of my Txtlit entries, so I'm torn now whether to keep going with it or quit while I'm ahead! When I entered Txtlit I didn't think there was much chance I'd be in this dilemma!
As I can't think of a suitable picture for this post, I have resorted to my usual tactic of posting a random photo of where the husband and I live. Today it's the view from my writing room on a misty morning, back when the sun used to shine. Remember those days? Thanks for dropping by!