Thursday, 23 July 2009

I've been framed

No more classes until the end of September! What will I do with myself until then? All manner of things, that's what I will do, all manner of things. Accounts first, even though I still have the end of a novel to be getting on with and another story is itching at the temples. Still, both will have to wait until I've finished reading a delicious novel by one of my favourite authors, Paul Auster. This one is called The Book of Illusions and I have about another hundred pages to go. I'm not going to review it here, just to say that Auster is a master story teller. He makes it all seem so simple. Try him and see. Oh, and check out page 242; in a paragraph he gives us the framework for a romance. A good exercise would be to write an actual story using his frame. I think I will...when I've finished the book that is.

ps The bit where the woman walks in the room carrying a gun...well!

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Showin' an' tellin'

I'm sure my students must get tired of the sound of my voice so here's another voice saying the same things. It ain't just me, folks!
I love the dribble analogy too.

Monday, 13 July 2009

No news is bad news

I'm feeling very grumpy about not winning the competition. Third time I've been shortlisted and still no win. Sigh. What was worse was knowing the day the story was being judged, waiting for the call and then, no call at all! Horrid.

But hey, what an ungrateful person I am. Yes, I am. I had a Macbook Air in my sights too.

Interesting how the language has changed over the years. In 2005, I was a runner-up, last year I was a finalist, this year I am shortlisted. Next year...?

Now I really am pushing my luck!

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

On being shortlisted

Last week I had a call from a lovely friend and ex-student of mine; Janet Kipling writes the very entertaining and informative yoga blog, Sex and the Citta Vritti linked to on the left. She was in a state of high excitement because she'd just heard that she'd been short listed for the Woman & Home magazine short story competition. I was thrilled for her! And also stunned because I'd just heard that I was short listed too, for the third time.

Now we are waiting to hear if either of us have won the big prize.

I confess that my ambition, Captain Burning Steel, pictured on the left at the bottom of the page, has been sharpening up her flame thrower. I'm not going to do all that coy, oh, I won't mind if I don't win, stuff. I really do want to win! I note that Janet says on her blog that she's not at all attached to winning. Sigh! I really should be a better person. Or maybe I ought to take up yoga...