Short story published

A new story story is published this week in Something Hidden an anthology pulled together by Bridge House publishers.  Enjoy.

And so it begins....

I have had to put a hold on posting recently as ‘post house move’ life caught up and demanded time and energy being spent elsewhere.  However, various friends and colleagues have expressed interest and indeed impatience in seeing my new site so somewhat earlier than expected I am launching it today.

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Home and Home

This week I have moved home and it is very hard work!  Boxes are everywhere and I wonder when I will ever get my office as set up and sorted as I have been used to.  Making decisions about where items are going to ‘live’ and sadly discovering that something which looked just right in the last house looks just wrong in this one is exhausting. It is also a little bit demoralising even though I chose to move and was excited when it actually happened.  So, very tired last night I turned to my much neglected email and discovered that one of my short stories has been accepted for a new anthology.  It was exactly the pick up I needed and, coincidentally, the story is called ‘Home’.

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Useful link for people interested in writing short fiction for women's magazines (UK)

This is a useful resource for people interested in writing short fiction - especially flash fiction for women’s magazines.  Whether I have considered magazine submissions or not, the site has certainly prompted some useful ideas for writing exercises.  I hope you find it useful too.  http://womagwriter.blogspot.co.uk/

Using creative freedoms responsibly

A recent report into the deaths of mental health patients (Yvonne Roberts, The Guardian, 26/5/12) suggests that in 2010 there were 3,626 deaths in mental health detention in the UK, of which 501 were self-inflicted and that the proportion of deaths recorded from “natural causes” is exceptionally high. Roberts report draws attention to the fact that investigations into such deaths are investigated “in house” by the Health Services involved and unlike deaths in custody investigations do not have to be independent or findings made public.  Doubts are raised in terms of the quality of such investigations and, whether accountability is properly explored.

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