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Moving to a New Site & Blog

Although WordPress has been good to me as a start-up & introduction to blogging & websites, I’m jumping ship to Wix. I’ve imported a few of my past blog posts to my new site, just to establish a bit about … Continue reading

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First Ever Story Sale

My short story, ‘Studying Shakespeare’, has been bought and published by Silver Pen/Youth Imagination Magazine. http://www.youthimagination.org/index.php/publish/current-issue/issue-10-feb-2014/item/77-studying-shakespeare-by-b-lee-draper I’m pretty excited about this as it’s the first story I’ve been paid for. Plus it gets its own accompanying picture on the site. … Continue reading

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Like Bees to Honey

The theme of my life lately has been ‘BEES’. It all started when somebody on Scribophile posted a link to a writing comp. Essentially on the Unfettered site there are ten beautiful images from featured artist, Terry Whidborne, and you … Continue reading

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The Classics Club – Challenge for 2014

Recently, a friend of mine joined The Classics Club, and it piqued my interest. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with the classics – memories of being forced to wade through dry, boring texts at school war with memories of … Continue reading

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2013 vs 2014

It has certainly been a busy year. It was only around June this year that I got ‘serious’ about writing again. I’ve tinkered around with it on and off, just for myself, since I was a kid, but never dreamed … Continue reading

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Annual Holiday Flash Fiction Contest

  Susanna Leonard Hill’s Holiday Writing Contest is in its third year, though this is my first year of participating. The 3rd Annual Holiday Contest!!! The Contest:  Write a children’s story about a Holiday Mishap, mix-up, miscommunication, mistake, or potential disaster (a la Grandma … Continue reading

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10 things I learned from failing NaNoWriMo

I signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for the first time this year – and managed to fail completely at completing the challenge. However, I’m still happy with what I achieved, though it isn’t anywhere near enough to … Continue reading

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Publication with Postcard Shorts

http://www.postcardshorts.com/read-2097.html The story I submitted, The Red Shoe, was culled from a longer short story which was an exercise in playing around with description – trying to use expressive, lyrical language to describe a rather depressing scene. If you’re in the … Continue reading

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PiBoIdMo

What is PiBoIdMo you ask? It’s the cool shorthand for Picture Book Idea Month, a fabulous initiative begun by children’s author Tara Lazar. Tired of novelists having all the fun in November with NaNoWriMo, I created PiBoIdMo as a 30-day … Continue reading

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The perfect writing space.

Question of the day: I’m so torn when it comes to this question because three settings instantly leap to mind: A beach hut on an isolated, wind swept peninsula. My desk sits before a giant picture window which looks out … Continue reading

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