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Slow Sloes

Driving around the countryside the hedgerows are well laden this year it seems. In the past I have recorded estimates of how good a harvest is for a a list of species such as hawthorn, oak, blackberry and so on … Continue reading

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Preparing for Christmas -2016

I wonder how often your hobbies and interests actually throw up research for your stories and articles. I enjoy entering consumer competitions. Many of these are now run through blogs or on Facebook or Twitter. To help select the winner(s) … Continue reading

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Nostalgia writing and images

It’s easy to forget in these days of digital images just how few photographs people actually took in the past. I sent a Christmas anecdote to a magazine and was contacted for photographs to accompany the piece. At the time … Continue reading

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Not the A-Z Challenge update

Day 3 of my Not the A-Z Challenge and so far I have submitted three items – an anecdote, a tip and a craft item. Research into possible markets for filler items  in recent months makes it fairly straightforward to … Continue reading

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At least they didn’t say no…

There comes a time when watching Dragon’s Den when one of the Dragons says they want to invest…and then there’s a long pause…but I want x%, doubling the equity being required. Pitching to an editor can feel much the same. … Continue reading

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Flexing the writing muscle

Trawling back through older pieces of work has certainly released the writing muscle and been productive, too. Two items have been reworked and submitted with positive outcomes. Another short item is forming the basis of a much longer piece following … Continue reading

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Out with the old? No.

At the beginning of a new year everyone is tempted to abandon old projects and start afresh. All those shiny new files, either paper or electronic, are waiting for sparkling new ideas but sadly they do not always come to … Continue reading

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Holiday Writing

Holiday writing A few years back, whilst planning for a forthcoming break, I came across a lovely animal story set in the holiday destination. After further research I took photos whilst on holiday and wrote up the story for an … Continue reading

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Spread the net or consolidation?

When I first started writing articles I knew exactly how many different publications my work had appeared in should anybody be interested enough to ask. When I recently mentioned to a relative that I had an article due for publication … Continue reading

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Pitch or Putt

Knowing when to pitch ideas to an editor or simply to put(t) the finished article in front of him is often a problem. Many magazines now place their guidelines for writers on their websites yet few of them include their … Continue reading

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