A Week in the Life

November 9, 2018
A writer's life consists of sitting in front of a computer, tapping at a keyboard and pressing 'send', doesn't it? Not quite. Even when real life such as shopping, doing the laundry and walking the dogs doesn't intervene, things are rarely so straightforward. This is how my week went from Friday 2nd to Thursday 8th November.
    As usual, I started the day on Friday by checking my emails, Facebook and Twitter pages. Even if I don't post a tweet, I like to respond to any likes and retweets, and make some of my own. This time I had news of a chance to vote in the Pen 2 Paper contest to let people know about.
    On Friday and Saturday I read Terra! Tara! Terror!, the latest Third Flatiron anthology, and made a few notes for the review of it that I'm going to write (watch this space!). Sunday was largely given over to reading a play and draft of an opening chapter of a thriller sent to me by a local author I met the week before. This was purely for the interest of seeing what another author is doing. It's always good to connect. Hopefully, we'll learn from each other.
    I had to go out on Monday and Tuesday morning, so I didn't put pen to paper then, but I did get to chat to people who had seen my play, 'Antarctica', mentioned in the local newspaper earlier in the year, and asked me about my work. On Tuesday evening, I met someone who had been one of my best friends at school, in circumstances I never would have imagined. Whatever else might come from it, it's got me thinking about then and now, and I'm sure it will inspire one or more pieces in some way.
    In between these excursions, I read my new copy of Writing and Writers' News, and checked out the prospective markets in them. I also prepared some story manuscripts and emailed them to magazines. While listening to Radio 3 with the first coffee of the day, I had snatches of ideas for characters and settings, and for music-making in The Exiles of Ondd. It also helped me to see how to rewrite a short story for a competition.
    Doing the ironing on Wednesday helped me come up with some ideas for blogs, which I had to note down as soon as I finished. Okay, I did watch some TV in the afternoon, but it was a history programme covering a period I want to write about, so I made lots of notes, and I'm calling it research. Since our dogs were puppies, I've written a diary of what they get up to, and I finally caught up with this later in the day. I thought I was only a couple of weeks behind, but it was two months!
    As for actual writing–I didn't do it at the computer, but using my trusty pencil and the backs of old letters and manuscripts. I plotted a one-act play for a competition, and how I'm going to stage it–I even came up with some of the dialogue and action ready to join into a whole. Finally, I wrote this blog.
    Not a fantastically exciting week, but despite being fragmented, quite a productive one. What next? Back to Ro and The Exiles of Ondd, of course!
 

Be Counted!

October 28, 2018
Does your vote count? Did your favourite couple get voted off Strictly? Did your friends choose the worst film to download? Fear not, there are places where your voice will be heard.
    If you enjoy a book, you can give it five stars on sites like Goodreads or Amazon, and if you really want to make an author's day, you can vote for their story in a magazine or competition readers' poll. Which brings me to the Pen 2 Paper competition. This year's finalists are now online at https:www.txdisabil...
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So It's Said

October 7, 2018
Whenever I check out Twitter or Facebook I'm bound to come across a host of inspirational quotes about saving the planet, becoming a better person, the good old days–whatever subject you can think of. I confess to scrolling past most of them, but I can never resist the ones connected with writing. Here are some of my favourites, found in all sorts of places from social media and the back notes on novels to how-to websites and radio interviews.

"To hold a pen is to be at war." Voltaire

A fre...
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Count to Ten

September 30, 2018
I've had a few little irritations in the past week or two, so I wasn't best pleased when I received an email from Amazon announcing that they are amalgamating with their print company, CreateSpace.
    All paperbacks with the latter will be transferred to Amazon. Authors will find a few differences, especially if anyone has books in the process of being published. Some covers may need to be tweaked, if not replaced, if they were made with CreateSpace's cover creator. Royalties will be paid af...
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Seen and Heard

August 12, 2018
What child hasn't wanted to have stories read to them? It doesn't have to be something new, in fact children will happily listen to a favourite story over and over. That love of being told a story or read to, doesn't vanish with childhood. That's why radio and audio books are so popular.
    If you're sight impaired or have tired eyes after a day in front of a computer screen; when you're driving, washing the dishes or carrying out some other task that occupies the hands while leaving the mind...
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Brief Opportunities

July 29, 2018
There isn't much time left before the Smashwords Summer-Winter sale ends. Wait until Wednesday to make your choice and you'll be too late. No time for novels? There are plenty of books of short stories to download either at big discounts or completely free, as well.
    Take Artists and Liars, for instance. It's a collection of short stories, flash fiction and poetry–11 works in all–linked by an art theme. Do you know the difference between a collector and a connoisseur? What goes through ...
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Boomerang!

July 22, 2018
There's a school of thought that says, as soon as a story, poem or novel etc. is rejected you should send it out again. Like a boomerang, you should throw it straight back to another publisher. This is probably the best antidote to rejection, because it doesn't give you time to worry or get depressed. Your writing is your product, and as with any other business, it isn't going to enhance your reputation or improve your bank balance until you sell it.
    Those are the pros, but there are some ...
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Home Thoughts

June 30, 2018
I've just spent some time in beautiful Verona. The home of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and his Two Gentlemen of Verona, it would be a poor writer who didn't find some inspiration in this city. So why, you might wonder, didn't I post a stream of Facebook bulletins and tweets while I was out there?
    The problem with being a writer is that you can't even leave a note for the milkman without wanting it to be well written. 'No milk today' might suffice for some, but what about the back stor...
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It's Festival Time!

June 7, 2018
Trust me to get my timing all wrong. At long last my play, Antarctica, is performed again, and where am I? No, not in the theatre. It was chosen for the final night of The Playhouse Theatre's One-Act Play Festival in Northampton, which featured nine plays altogether. Apparently, it was very well-received and the team involved in the performance enjoyed it, and that's the main thing. As it's been recorded, I will eventually be able to see it for myself, even if I missed out on the atmosphere o...
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Whoopee!

April 15, 2018
In fact, triple whoopee! I can at last put an end to Ro going around in circles, and get her on the road again in The Exiles of Ondd III. I know, I've said this before–more than once–but this time she's actually broken free. That won't mean a lot to anyone who hasn't read Discord's Child or Discord's Apprentice, but for anyone who has, and is beginning to get tired of waiting to find out what happens next, this is good news. I'm so relieved I could dance around the room, but I won't–pro...
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About Me


My writing career began as a freelance feature writer for the local press, businesses and organisations. Now a prize-winning playwright and short story writer, my work has appeared in numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic. I write as K. S. Dearsley because it saves having to keep repeating my forename, and specialise in fantasy and other speculative genres.

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