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This Week 23rd October 2017
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This Week – Monday 23rd October 2017

Firstly, my apologies for being so absent recently. This has been largely due to an intensive regime of physio for my new hip which has taken up a lot of my week. It is paying off and I am pretty much back to normal (whatever that is!) Three more weeks of physio and I will be running about like a ten-year-old!

Monday Muse   Chris N has given us some very ‘Halloweeny’ topics along with a couple of great photos. I can almost hear the owls hooting along with the swish of broomsticks.

The Blog    Will be written this week by Nicola and will give us plenty to think about, I’m sure.

The Bragging Stool     Alyson won the Mags4Dorset competition – congratulations once again and great they were so prompt with the prize money!

I have scrolled through the Forums site and think this is the only brag this week so Alyson, please enjoy that comfy velvet cushion aloft! (and if I’ve left someone out, please let me know)

October Challenges    There are plenty it seems. I counted ten, so no shortage of choice, my friends. Something for everyone.

WA Magazine. Jo has sent (by email) the final proof of Issue No 7 and it looks great. She is asking everyone to look through and get back to her if any problems are spotted. The magazine will be on the agenda for Sunday’s meeting.

The Formal Meeting is this Sunday 29th October at 4pm CET and Sue will be in the chair. Please ensure your apologies are in if you can’t attend.

The Poetry Project is this Friday October 27th at 3pm.

NaNoWriMo is around the corner …any takers this year?

I am leaving you with this quote from Anton Chekhov (following on the Halloween theme perhaps!)

Don’t tell me the moon is shining

Show me the glint of light on broken glass.

Happy Writing Everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Week - Monday 16th October 2017
Category: Site News
Tags: Blog Monday Muse

I’m going to pretend (please play along) that the reason “This Week” is up so late is because I wanted to wait for the blog/muses to be published first. The real reason is obviously that I forgot. Apologies to you all.

Well and truly on the Bragging Stool this week is Alyson who was not only Highly Commended with ‘Left Behind’ in the Morgen Freeman monthly comp, but also won the Mags4Dorset short story competition. And, if that wasn’t enough, her crime story ‘Sweet Revenge’ made it onto Writing Magazine’s short list. Congratulations!

Adhocers this week are Sue (on page one!), Angela, Chris, Maggie and myself.  

Monday Muse

Nicola has provided some scary muses for us this week. Here they are:

  1. You’re driving on a country road. It is late at night. You are far from home. You realize, as you check your mirrors, there is a man hiding on the floor of your back seat.
  2. You are falling. The 737 is 100 meters above you. You hear the rush of the wind, and it’s so cold. You realize you are still holding your…
  3. Something in the closet was making a strange noise, so I opened the door and…
  4. Write a story or poem that includes a church, a pumpkin and a black cat.
  5. Write a story or poem that takes place on a mortuary late at night

Blog

Jill has written a very interesting blog about what age people are when they start writing. I often think that I wish I’d started earlier, but I also think that you bring a lot more to your writing when you have experienced life a little. I’m sure it’s different for different people. Certainly interesting to think about whether your age affects your output.

October Challenges and Opportunities

Jill and I have pieces up in this section, but it’s certainly not too late to pen something for critiquing.

Meetings, etc.

The next Poetry Project (1) is scheduled for Friday October 27th 3pm.

The next Formal meeting is scheduled for Sunday October 29th with Sue in the chair.

 

Hope you all have a great, and productive, writing week! 

This Week on WA 9th October
Category: Site News
Tags: news updates progress

It seems to have been a week of quiet contemplation, mutual support and feedback, and general-behind-the-scenes writerly stuff here on WA this week.

 

But first of all the great news that Crilly has come through and is now recovering from her surgery with great aplomb. We’ve all been thinking of you Crilly and wish you a hasty comeback to your writing too.

 

The minutes for the meeting late September mention a number of issues that need further exploration - so check them out and input if you can. Especially the point about low meeting attendance.

 

But there’s great stuff going on too. The ‘hands’ Monday Muse brought forth a super piece from Jill, now looking for (and getting some great) feedback and a market.

 

As for the poetry project: Bruce is posting some thought provoking poems for all to enjoy.

 

And just look at the Chapters thread; getting a workout for sure. It is good to see such activity. 

 

October’s challenges and opportunities thread has some super possibilities for all. But the thread is open to more submission openings if you know of any.

 

Deadline for submissions to the next edition of WA Magazine is now closed. Any stragglers?

 

On the bragging stool this week are the usual culprits of Ad Hoccers (as Angela has aptly named us.) Going great guns as always.

 

Maggie's blog on research is filled with intrigue, and the Monday Muse from Vanessa crammed with ideas to inspire and get the juices flowing. How about the proverbs then?

 

There have been a few tweaks to the planner. Please check your dates up to Christmas again and let yours truly know if you need to make any changes.  Still looking for a blogger for November 6th.

 

If I've forgotten anything, please shout.

 

It is Thanksgiving here in Canada today. So wishing a very happy Thanksgiving to all, from me over here.

 

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