Bits and Bobs

The postman came yesterday and this is what he brought…

Photo on 12-03-2020 at 18.38

That’s right a certificate for an Honourable Mention in the Writers of the Future contest for the quarter that ended 30th September last year. It’s my ninth such certificate and I’m especially pleased with this one as it’s the first award for a non-C.A.T. novelette! (Psst… don’t tell C.A.T. or he’ll go into one of his sulks to make my life unbearable!) (I actually find this competition helpful in that it helps keep me to a schedule!)

As you can see the title is The Waterman – and while he is one of the main protagonists, he is not your normal type of waterman! And that is all I’m going to say about the story. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination!

Today I had my critique for coming second in the Near and Far November competition run by the Kate Nash Literary agency. This was a competition where you submitted the first 3,000 words of a novel and a synopsis. They had some lovely words to say about it including ‘I was left wanting to read on and find out more about this future.‘ And that’s from an agent! Wow! They did give me some pointers as to how to improve my synopsis, which were very helpful.

Our Bristol SF writing circle had its first meet-up this week! It was an interesting experience and all I’m going to say is that I found it more helpful than an on-line writing orbiter because you could bat comments to and fro to generate a darned good discussion. So The others found ti helpful as well. We’ve arrange our next meeting for mid_may. looking forward to it.



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