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This Week 27 November 2017
Category: Site News

Blog: Crilly mused about how much time we spend waiting and what we do with it. She included a link to an article on the subject and another on writing in your head. How much do we write in our heads while waiting for something to happen?

Monday Muse: Angela’s prompts produced some lively ideas on the subjects of whisky and wails.

The Third Space: Jo reported that WA7 has had 72 viewings in Joomag and 51 PDFs. Of 435 subscribers, 185 opened the email, but we do not know how many read the magazine. Nobody has yet entered the quiz. All WA members have agreed to share the information on The Third Space with their contacts.

Bragging Stool: Jill’s run of success in short story competitions continues. ‘Fingal’s Cave’ has been shortlisted in the Erewash Competition and ‘Rainbow Nation’ was runner-up in the Kosta’s Olive Tree Competition. Many congratulations!

Felicitations to Alyson too, Her story ‘Belonging’ was also shortlisted in the Erewash Competition.

December Challenges and Opportunities:

Lulu New Writing Deal – Writing magazine – deadline 31 January 2018

Historical Society New Novel Writing Award – HN members only

Now or Never Competition – 800 words – deadline 28 January 2018

Magic Oxygen Competition – short stories 4000 words, poetry 50 lines – deadline 31 December 2017

Other News: Chris has finally got her blog ‘Almonds and Olives’ up and running and hopes to post a poem each Friday. Great effort, Chris!

Susan has posted a link to Friday Fictioneers, which requires 100-word stories. Unfortunately, Susan has decided not to continue with WA, as she feels unable to give the commitment to the group. We wish her well.

Wonderful news from Sue, whose follow up tests are all clear and her cataract operation went fine. From us all Sue, continued good health and happiness.

Nina now has her story ‘Bittersweet Christmas’ out on Amazon.

Jo is talking to Debra about her trial.

Laura now has an addition to the family, Adam Johnathan, born 20 November. We will all wet the baby’s head, Laura, splendid news and an early Christmas present.

Words Waiting to be Written Tags: Waiting Words Time Writing


Words Waiting to be Written

Has it ever occurred to you how much time we spend waiting?

In the good old days, we’d wait for the postman to arrive but with the march of time, we glance at the screen and wait for emails.

We wait for the kettle to boil, wait for the train, wait for the rain to stop, wait for the long overdue baby to be born, wait for the kids to come home and wait for the results of medical tests. Doubtless there are many examples of waiting but you get the idea.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could harness this time and get some of it back?

The question is -how?

Do we use that waiting time wisely?

Lately, I have spent a lot of time in doctors’ waiting rooms with my husband. There are days when he doesn’t want to talk so my options are to read a book (there is always one in my bag!) gaze at the dusty old pot-plants, out-of-date magazines or retrieve the notebook (also in my bag) and jot down ideas relevant to writing.

Which brings me neatly full-circle. I am waiting (there’s that word again!) for my writing spirit to return. Did the anaesthetic I had for my recent hip replacement kill off my creative side, has the last month of worrying about my husband’s health caused writers block? It certainly feels big enough to be more aptly called a writer’s blockade. Twelve-foot-tall, six-foot-wide, a mile long and made of concrete. A definite wall through which words to paper cannot pass!

Just writing this blog and sitting at the desk and reconnecting with my laptop has been a good thing. I hope I’m not imagining things, but it feels like the neurons or pathways in the creative hemisphere of my brain are beginning to fire.

Having said all that, the idea of all this waiting fascinates me. This morning I had to ring a courier. After the 7th “Your call is important to us” I hung up, sick of waiting.

The time I spent on hold, I could have walked the parcel of faulty goods to the depot, based the other side of Sydney. The rising frustration prompted me to google the idea and surprisingly, there is a lot of relevant information. Included below is one of the better links.

It was while I was leaning on the kitchen bench, phone in hand and waiting to be answered I realised how much writing is done in the head. This is before one commits ideas to paper.

Again, turning to Google, I find this link and share it with you below.

Scroll down to Item four for the paragraph on writing in your head, it’s worth a look.

In conclusion, how do you spend your time when waiting? What examples of waiting cause you the most frustration? Have you learnt a secret mantra, or perhaps you breathe deeply to achieve a state of calm?

Is your latest masterpiece composed in your head whilst doing that very thing …waiting.

I shall wait your reply! 

















This Week November 20th. 2017
Category: Site News

Monday Muse

Some amazing prompts from Angela, including three very different photos. There must be something in this offering to whet the appetite of each and every one of us!  


Crilly will be providing this week's blog.

November Opportunities

The NaNoWriMos among us,  continue to scribble. Sue has the 'wow' factor as she has passed the word count halfway through the month.

Works in Progress

Check out Bruce's poem, 'Snowy Day' and also a taster from Sue's NanNo 2017.

The Poetry Project

Feel time pass in 'The Portrait Gallery' by Debbie.

Writing Goals

Bruce has added his goals to the forum.

The Bragging Stool

Sue and Angela are keeping the Ad Hoc flag flying with 'Sho Thing, Lady' and 'The Joys of Travel', pages 1 and 25 respectively. Votes appreciated at: 

The Notice Board

Excellent news from Sue regarding her health issues. Onward and upward, Sue.

Formal chat: 11.00 CET, Sunday, November 26th. 2017. Jo in the chair.



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