Ghosts and Haunted writings….

Today at The Orange Box in Halifax I attended a FREE ghost story writing workshop led by author/performer/tutor Adam Robinson, the writer of the hit and often sold out theatre play ‘The Book of Darkness and Light’. Find out more at : https://adamzrobinson.wordpress.com/the-book-of-darkness-light

It was a great workshop- full of advice, references to the ghost writing greats of the genre, take a bow M.R.James et al, writing exercises, encouragement and help with story structure. I can honestly say it’s one of the best writing workshops I’ve attended. There was a really warm buzz in the room. Orange Box is a fantastic place for teens to go as well with a bouldering mini wall, pool table, cafe and courts. Very impressed. They even laid on a mini buffet for us!

I’ve got the bare bones (sorry about the pun) of a ghost story started- which is a bonus.

 

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2017 writing plans

I have plans -big plans- for this year – writing wise- Kindle children’s book/ Flash fiction collection/anthologies/crime novella/ world domination etc etc

In the now- I have made the short list for the horror anthology ‘Mrs Rochester’s Attic’ from Mantle Press at www.red-lighthouse.org.uk with my short story, the Victorian gothic chiller, ‘Mother Love’. Fingers crossed.

Shannon who runs www.101words.org emailed me a contract for an upcoming Kindle book which will include my piece ‘Crow.’ (due out later in the year).

Today onĀ  https://zeroflash.org/2017/01/02/januarys-zeroflash-entries Dave Wing’s FF site, which runs a monthly themed Flash competition, there is a new piece by moi out- ‘No Home for Holly’. This deals with the issue of homelessness and living on the street, an issue close to my heart.

I am hoping to rewrite/edit/publish my 1940’s British noir crime novella under the mentorship of crime writer Alison Taft this year as well; if she’ll take me on- this would be a longish piece of fiction for me.

I have other news which I am keeping under wraps at the moment- but I am excited about what the upcoming months are bringing my way.

It’s my birthday next Wednesday, not a big one though, so I can claim to be 47 again :)- and writing wise I feel very happy.

Writing this Christmas and into the New Year-

well honestly I could lie but I won’t – Christmas was a bit of a wash out- creative writing wise – only did about 2 new short pieces (rough drafts)- but just before the hols I did enter about 4 mags/comps- all free ones – cos I’m tight and don’t want to pay the entry fees which seem to be getting higher and higher.

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Next up is editing my ghost story ‘The Resurrection of the Reverend Greswold’

and putting my children’s book up on Kindle- yes I know I’ve been saying that for ages but it’s going to happen soon.

Set up a wordpress blog for Saltaire Writers’ Group

I’ve been a member of SWG (on and off) for 3-4 years now. It meets in the Mill Building in Saltaire opposite Titus Salt’s original mill which is now famous for housing a great Hockney collection. We are a small group, who all enjoy some aspect of writing whether it’s poetry, Flash fiction or novels.

Enlisting my son’s expertise with computing (he is indeed a tech star- well in my eyes!) he guided me through setting up the writing group’s first ever website with accompanying cool photos.

It is available to view at:-

www.saltairewritersgroupswg.wordpress.com

The rest of the group meet up again next Monday and will see it then and have their say in how it looks.

We are planning to run a free writing competition in 2017, increase our publicity for the group, draw new members (?), maybe even run a workshop? who knows- the sky’s the limit.