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This week saw Chris walking two steps forward to three back as she is trying to wrap her mind around the technology we have come to depend on so much to get our writing out there. Oh, the days of pens and SASE! Check out her blog and if I here a suggestion, Chris: how about you try walking this one backwards. That way you'll be ahead one step each time.

Sue, after receiving her good news, has left us some stimulating prompts. I particularly like the extra little challenge with the pictures. She also invited us to join a 50 word writing prompt, deadline March 28th and link provided. Alyson is already on it with a captivating story.

Jo, on top of it all as ever, has posted the agenda for the 11am meeting on Sunday 26th. Some of us have already put our clocks forward, some of you might do it that day. Make sure you take note. We are also approaching the last call for submitting our pieces for Issue 6.

Then there is the Bragging Stool. Queen Sue shares this with Alyson as both came in first and second for Ad Hoc Fiction. Great going. Jo also had an acceptance with her piece "Home is a feeling...Not a place." The sale of Winnebagos is bound to go up after its publication!

And finally, a meeting of creative minds is set up for the end of April when Angela joins Nicola in the mountains of Northern Spain. We are all welcome to join. Not this time for me, sadly, but thanks for the invite and some day I would like to be part of it, or in Australia as Crilly suggests. It would be nice for all of us to sit and write together. 


I really want to be a technophile but...
Category: Writing

I have been thinking about setting up a new WordPress domain for many weeks. I asked Jo and Vanessa whether my old domain, used once I think, would be a hindrance. Assured by both that I could have as many as I wished, with no need to rid myself of the old, it has taken me until now to attempt creating another.

As I am working on this blog for WA, I am in a panic as I don't know whether the domain name I chose some weeks ago requires punctuation. I now have a headache - purely due to being a technophobe!

I have been pretty proactive with my writing, particularly poetry and flash fiction, the latter for Ad Hoc courtesy of Sue's encouragement. However, the dreaded technology phobia once again raised its ugly head. Last week, I submitted my offering, received an acceptance email, didn't get published. No problem - you can't win them all.

I went to submit this week's entry and what did I find? Last week's great words still in the submission box. I shrugged and thought 'minor blip' until I added my new flash fiction. It sailed off to wherever it goes, acceptance email appeared like magic, and I heaved a sigh of relief. How presumptuous of me! The following day, I thought I'd best check the Ad Hoc page. Wise move, as it turned out, because there was my story, in situ.

I contacted Ad Hoc and received a swift reply, asking me some questions re the device I use, browser, and operating system. I am told there should be no problem but he, John, will look in to it. He requested I submit again and if the problem persists, continue to try.

I have just resent and keeping fingers and toes crossed, it has actually gone this time.

I want to get better at this technology lark but it seems to me, I'm moving ahead two steps and promptly back three. I'm not a quitter though so perhaps I will get there in the long run.


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Jo has given us a list of stimulating muses. She says it “Doesn't have to be polished, the point is to promote writing... and who knows where it may lead you?"  I need this reminder, I often think I don’t have time for the muse, and that is true if I spend hours on making it “right”.   

Angela’s blog on dual citizenship and global citizens has already sparked interest from members. I looked up the word “emotive” after seeing it in the comments a few times. I could not recall seeing it before. In the Merriam-Webster dictionary it says the first known usage of it was in 1830, but in the reader’s commentary several people from the U.S. mentioned how its usage has just recently become popular here. 

It looks like there are a couple of small slots left to fill for the upcoming WA Magazine, which, just a reminder, has a deadline for April 1st.

Nigel’s posted his most recent feature article written for his English Library Newsletter entitled “What’s Your Beef?” It’s about getting a good steak in France and most entertaining. Angela’s post in the March Challenge entitled “Lust” is a piece hard to forget and well worth a read.

Congrats are due for Sue’s “Fur Eise” that received the Highly Commended award from Morgon Baileys 100 word comp, and for Alyson’s 2nd Place award in the same publication. Both Chris and Sue published in the most recent Ad Hoc, this being Sue’s 54th consecutive submission.

Anything I’ve missed please feel free to post in the comments.  Everyone have a great week and may it be filled with productive writing!



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