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This Week - June 26th 2016
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I'm doing This Week on behalf of Bieke, who you may know is taking some time out... so here goes

Sue has provided some great Muses to exercise our creative writing muscle. They include the use of poetic language, an intriguing thriller scenario, a list of words and the 150th birthday of Canada, pluse a few pictures of course. 

Chris has written our weekly Blog on the theme of procrastination, one close to all our hearts I would imagine. If you don't suffer from this terrible affliction please share how you manage it! For me, being accountable to WA helps

On the Bragging Stool we have Jill, Vanessa and myself with stories accepted by FlashFlood Journal for National Flash Fiction Day and Alyson who revised a story which was accepted by Womans Weekly

We postponed our Formal Chat yesterday as many members couldn't make it. There is an extended agenda in the Meeting Room for comments and discussion.

The WA magazine is getting some interest but we've still not had anyone enter the quiz yet, so please shout out wherever you can!

Finally, if you haven't yet, please find some time to post your Writing Visions in the forum which has been set up. As agreed at the last meeting, we would use this exercise for new members and it's important that we all share ours.

As the heatwave continues into the second week here in Italy, my brain is like a puddle so apologies if I've missed anything!

This Week - June 19th 2017
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This week – Angela has posted a very helpful blog on the subtleties of revealing character.  If we are too heavy handed we bore and disappoint the reader, too ambiguous and they end up frustrated.   This has always been a challenge for me, and I’m grateful for Angela’s insights.

Jo’s muse prompts leave me no excuse for not attempting a muse this week.  I’m particularly musing on the one which prompts me to design and describe my own secret lair.

Nicola’s sangria-inspired writing vision (her words not mine!) begins with “I think in order to look forward we need to understand where we are and how we got there…”  Which proves that relaxing on the beach can and does reveal great truths about ourselves.

I agree with Sue that the Poetry Project is off to a slow start. I’ve had my scribblings sitting by my chair for two weeks and just can’t seem to put it all together.  She mentioned she was hoping for more discussion, perhaps this Sunday’s meeting will encourage some thoughts on this.

This week on the Bragging Stool Jo’s “Smiles and Heartaches” was accepted by Flash Flood and Jill’s story “The Widow” was accepted by the NFFD Journal for Flash Fiction Day.  Woo-hoo, thanks for the examples set!!

Bieke will be taking some time off from WA, due to family issues.  We will look forward to her return in September.  Vanessa has returned from Sweden and getting back into the swing of things.  Crilly let us know she’s been focused on family issues, including a loss, but is getting back to normal.




This week - June 12th 2017
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This Week on WA


Another active week for members of WA.


Diane has posted a thought provoking blog leading into three main elements of a novel to give the reader the stuff that really matters. Well worth a read.


This week’s muses are up and shining thanks to Nicola. The first line prompts look extremely appetizing.


June's challenges and opportunities is peppered with places to send our work, some with deadlines of less than a month from now. As I continue with my judging of the Hysteria comp. (poetry category), I am more and more aware of the benefits of getting work submitted early rather than squeaking in at the last minute.


Chris N and I have both submitted three flashes each to Bath Flash Fiction Award. Winners will be announced at the FF Festival June 24/25. So they are very speedy.


Talking of super speed - Alyson got a first in Morgen Bailey's 100-worder comp with a marvellous tale called Superman and Laura got a third with her terrific 100-worder Speed Reading. I think you'll find them here.


Angela is over the moon (and so are all of us) at being accepted on Mslexia’s Online course. We are all looking forward to hearing all about it.


Nonsensically Challenged is now out and available for purchase. We do have some contributors. Lesley is behind the project. And if my memory serves me right - it all sprang from a Monday Muse last year...


Again our Ad Hoc submissions were accepted - five of us in this week's e-book.


I have now received my print copy of ArtAscent, the Orange themed issue. Both Bieke and I have poetry contributions. There is supposed to be a link to share the digital issue with friends and family - but I’m still looking for the right button! 


In other news: many members have now shared their five-year vision on the thread Our Writing Vision. Strong brave intentions from strong brave writers.  Members also have work posted that looks for feedback - not always posted in the WIP thread. Some under the MM and some under the month’s challenges. So if, by the time you check the site, the homepage side bar has slipped to something else, it is worth checking the forums for newish posts. It is a shame to miss some of the cracking work being posted.


The poetry project is limping. Maybe because it is a monthly thing. It was hoped that poetry would become a discussion topic, not an assignment/writing project. Any ideas for livening it up would be appreciated.


And I almost forgot. My interview with Hysteria went live this week. is the link. It made me laugh when I read it. WA gets mentioned - as do our anthologies and magazines, plus Jo's All Will be Well is noted as 'the novel I am reading right now'.


I think that is it - please forgive me if I have forgotten anything.


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