IWSG Day!

How do these first Wednesdays of the month come round so god damn fast! I always think I will plan ahead and then it creeps up on me by surprise.

insecure-writers-support-group-badgeSo this months questions:

As you look back on 2017, with all its successes and failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

For myself 2017 and my writing journey has been pretty positive, at the end of last year I sent my first application in for womentoring and sadly I didn’t get my first choice but she sent me some feedback which was ace.

Then I applied for someone else and got accepted woo! Which though this is a great thing I feel under pressure to perform.

I sent Rachel where I had got up to and we had a skype chat and she sent me on my way again I am not racing, well racing isn’t the right word to get my first draft done. But I have found more recently that i’m scared of getting to the end. When I used to write stuff at school my stories used to go on forever and never end, I think I forget that my WIP is already totally 87,000 and I need to give my characters a break! They want there lives back!!!!!

The biggest lesson I have learned has been grammatically! HONEST! I remember when I posted my first piece of work to Scribophile and got ripped apart I think to think I may have progressed from there?

I have this be all and end all date in my mind, when we go on holiday next year, but at the same time when I get a deal it won’t be the end will it!!!!!

I have also met online and offline some amazing authors again this year! Who I look forward to hearing more from and about in the future! My TBR pile has also ballooned! and in not a good way!

So going back I don’t know be more lively and friendly to other authors other than wanting to run and hide? Been more confident!? 2017 has been a positive writing journal that I can only hope will get better in 2018! Book deal here I come!

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IWSG Day is when authors come together to share there insecurities with each other and we all blog hop and offer each other advice. You can read more about IWSG Day here.

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The Escape – Book Review

The EscapeThe Escape by C.L. Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First off I must undoubtly apologies to Cally, as during reading this book I doubted her writing at several points during this story.

This story isn’t about a woman who had a shit husband who doesn’t support her, this is about one woman’s struggle with a mental health problem.

I could totally relate to Jo in this story as I sat willing her on, and panicking when things started to go wrong. Like Cally’s previous books such as The Accident

This book like J M Hewitt’s “The Hunger Within” is also steeped in Irish history; those of us that don’t know about Ireland in the past are drip fed information as the story moves along.

As of all of the other C J Taylor books, this book will probably be in my favorites.

Cally has recently written a YA book and I look forward to reading it and seeing how her story telling skills transfer into this genre.

A recommended read for certain, and though I thought I was going to cry at the end, luckily no slobbering snotty mess on the way to work this morning.

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Elevator P!tch

Hey,

So I have attempted to write an Elevator P!tch and have no one to ask what they think…

DI Chris Jackson and his team find a dead body, as Jennifer Garner starts to receive strange gifts though the post. Two separate incidents that will change both their lives.

 

Welcome To The Family – Flash Fiction

Welcome To The Family?

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Image courtesy of J Hardy Carroll

We were all fast asleep when his pager went off, they had told us when he qualified it would start off quietly, they lied!

Andrew dived out of bed to get changed and to the station, As I tried to settle my racing heart, Melanie then appeared asking what was going on, closely followed by her brother.

“Out of the way” Andrew shouted racing down the stairs and out the door, leaving the chaos behind, I guess I had better let the dog out for a wee and settle everyone back down again.

“Welcome to the family?”

 

This was written for Rochelle’s Friday Fictioners. Rochelle posts a picture prompt every Wednesday with the challenge to write something in 100 words, no more no less.

This weeks picture is very apt as my husband qualified as a Retainer Fire fighter about a week ago and we are awaiting his first call out. No doubt it will be like the story above.

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Proud wife!

 

New Home Worries – Flash Fiction

New Home Worries

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We were so excited about moving to our flat on the 55th, but then I stood and thought about all the things that could possibly go wrong living up so high up.

Would the cladding be fire proof and safe? We didn’t want to be trapped in a fire.

Are we in the flight path of any planes? Then again airport security was now said to be second to none.

How long would be have to wait for a lift, would there be one especially for tenants as I don’t want to stand next to business men with my cases.

Friday Fictioners is run by Rochelle, where we all come together to write a piece in 100 words of less.

The piece I have written could be extended… I’m not sure I am feeling it this week, having not taken part of a while, I thought I had better make an appearance. : )

 

Flash Fiction – American Dreams

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© Ted Strutz

It had been a once in a life time trip to America, as the boat pulled into the harbor I was beginning to long for home.

I had seen the sites of Michigan, I had eaten an English muffin and watched the “game,” visited the zoo and fought to keep my coke, but there was nothing like being home.

The plane ride would take forever and I would have to watch a ton of films just to get through it, but it would be worth it in the end being home.

So long my American friends thanks for the memories…

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Friday Fictioners is organised and run by the amazing Rochelle Fields, where we are challenged to write a piece of fiction based on the photo she provides on a Wednesday. It’s loads of fun, everyone has there own take on the photo.

This weeks piece is semi autobiographical, about my first visit to America, when I went on a trip on the Detroit Princess (we think, I went on some boat, so we could be wrong)

IWSG Day!

Hey All,

I hope everyone is doing okay! Today is the first Wednesday of the month so it’s IWSG Day! A day hosted by Alex Cavanaugh were we all come together to share our insecurities and take part in a blog hop. So hop hop along

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Lot of positivities this month to share. I have been chosen my Rachel Burton to be mentored as part of the Womentoring project. I am currently patiently awaiting feed back on my work I sent her last week. A week is along time in the life of Claire.

Today I past my second insurance exam!!!!! So that is two down one to go, though I think I will be having a break before I take the module to concentrate on my novel writing.

We have also gained a dog Podrick…. So without further a do…

Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

The first stories I wrote aka teen anx, I wrote about the people who had upset me as character’s so a couple of people I knew had staring roles. I would like to go back to this story one day and maybe add another dimension in. With the plans I have for my two main characters I could easily add them into that original story.

My creative writing teacher is always going on about D H Lawrence and how he upset the people in Eastwood (Nottingham UK) so all being well I wont make the same mistake again.

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