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This Week Monday 15th May
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Site News - Monday 15th May

Maggie has added this week's blog on expectations prompted by not hearing immediately from her children at the start of Mother's Day. What are your writing expectations? Do you always expect to write the 'next best thing' or do you need to moderate your expectations and work with goals and hopes instead?

Crilly had posted some writing prompts in the muses†for the week. As always a selection of things for poets, non fiction or fiction writing using pictures, words or phrases.†

The May challenges and opportunities are open with a selection of competitions of different lengths to try or post something different you are working on.†

The Ad Hoc team continue to inspire on the bragging stool.†Well done to all of them. Sue might be away this week but I have no doubt she will still get her challenge in to them...

The next edition of the magazine has been proof read and edited and I'm sure Jo will have it to everyone soon for a final check before it is released on the world.

The next formal chat is on Sunday 21st May with Vanessa in the chair. 11am CET I believe.

I hope I've covered everything. Apologies if I've missed anything or anyone. Have a good writing week!

Travel Broadens the Literary Mind?

(Hallgrimur Helgason reading from his latest book)

Travel Broadens the Literary Mind?

After a few days in Iceland Iíve returned home with the knowledge that this small rocky island in the North Atlantic has a strong literary tradition. As we were told, with a population of roughly 330,000 and one Nobel laureate of literature ó Iceland has the highest ration of literature laureate per capita in the world!

††††††††††† The Icelandic story telling tradition began with the sagas, originally spoken tales mostly based on family and historical events. that took place in the 9th, 10th and 11th centuries. They recorded the struggles and conflict in society including many tit-for-tat killings.

††††††††††† We visited the home of Halldor Laxness (1902-1998), Icelandís laureate, and were given a reading by Hallgrimur Helgason. He read from his latest work, a very funny account of someone trying to make an appointment at the crematorium for himself, and then the poem Suit and Tie that he wrote for the first anniversary of the Icelandic financial crash. You can see him reading the poem on You Tube†.†It is well worth listening to.

††††††††††† One evening we did a literary tour of Reykjavik. Not only was this a great way to see the older buildings in the city and hear the history but it also introduced me to readings from other Icelandic writers. I already knew Yrsa Siguroardottir, but will now make sure I read more of her books. Iím also going to look out for Arnaldur Indrioasun, another contemporary Icelandic crime writer.

††††††††††† Finally at a Ďfireside tales eveningí in the hotel we were entertained by an actress reading excerpts from the sagas, a piece by Laxness, and a charming childrenís story about giants who, story has it, are turned to stone by sun light and since giants are not very bright Iceland is littered with giants who have been turned to stone.

††††††††††† So Iíve returned with a greater understanding of Icelandís literary traditions and a list of authors and books to look out for. Travel can broaden the literary mind.

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This Week
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I hope this week finds you all well.

Monday Muse Ė Crilly has posted the muses with six sentences ideas and four picture prompts.
- there were two moons that night
- Her passport had expired...
- brushed away the dust from the gass mask
- or a picture of a midwife, some Vietnamese(?) peasants, or a station master

People seem to be finding the muses a good prompt. See how many can write this week. Any style any number of words - just get something down on paper.†

Chris has provided us with the blog this week, Write for One Person - takes inspiration from Carl Phlilips and William Kenower, about writing for an audience of one, as each reader is an individual. Don't try and cover everyone and learn to find your own voice.†

On the Bragging Stool this week Sue's illustration has been used for one of the Ad Hoc winning stories, and a week wouldn't go by when she hasn't had a story on the Ad Hoc challenge!

February Challenges and Opportunities are up and there will be work to look at very shortly when I post a story for critiquing! How about entering a competition this month? Lots to chose from at the moment.

The next informal meeting will be held on Sunday 12th February at 11am CET

The next formal meeting will be held on Sunday February 26th at 4pm with Maggie in the chair.

Bright and chilly this morning here in Cumbria. I hope it is nice where you are. Wishing you a good writing week!

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