Things are looking up in Alexandria. After two days of choking sandstorms, spring has arrived with blue skies. If only the political situation could be so sunny. President Morsi’s latest gaffe is to announce that if anyone sticks their finger into Egypt he will cut it off. Cartoonists are having a field day.
Crilly has provided some inspirational prompts in this week’s muse. She has kicked off with characters for a story - a Buddhist monk and a cowboy. Her phrase “And she cried”, could apply to so many situations. For the WA teachers there is a prompt about the first day at school. Maybe you can still remember how terrifying or exciting it was. There are 4 picture prompts too. Something for everybody!
Which leads onto the blog about bestselling women’s fiction, namely ‘chick-lit’. Dianne has raised an issue about writing to suit the market or your interests. Not all women want to write about 20 year-olds, chocolate cake and on/off relationships. Dianne has included an article from Myslexia about Empty Nest lit about how older female characters are increasingly popular.
Paola takes centre stage on the bragging stool today with her Hidden Gems piece for gowalkabout blog. In third place she has won an MP3 player. Well done, Paola! Congrats to Jill for being shortlisted with her article, Ice Mountain in Graves, France. We all enjoyed reading Alyson’s account of a spectacular wedding cake temple in Thailand.
Preparations are underway for the 2013 WA Anthology. Jo has posted a poll on which charity WA members would like for sales profits. There is a tie between Foreign Bodies and Distant Dreams as the title but the chosen theme is People and Places. There are several suggestions for foreword authors. Crilly is co-ordinating volunteers and tasks.
Finally there is plenty to choose from in the Monthly challenge for both short story writers and poets.