FAIRYTALES WITH BITE
The Magic of Writing shares what I love about writing and writing get-togethers such as the Bridge House Publishing/Cafelit joint book launch I went to last weekend. It was huge fun meeting up again with some I met from last year and others who were new to me.
And we all got the chance to practice our networking skills with the speed dating exercise. You get to chat to a writer or reader for three minutes and ask them for marketing tips (if speaking to a writer) or discuss books in general (if speaking to a reader). Once the three minutes are up, you then talk to someone else.
The only thing I dislike about this is you inevitably stop half way through an excellent conversation and there isn’t always time to get back to it at the bar again later. However, it does get you mixing and talking and you inevitably learn something really useful.
(Baubles – the Bridge House anthology for this year – and The Best of Cafelit 5 are available in print and on Kindle and via Amazon, as well as from the publishers directly. I have a short story, Helping Out, in Baubles and a flash fiction piece, Telling the Time, in Cafelit 5).
THIS WORLD AND OTHERS
Writing Books shares some non-fiction how-to-write books I wouldn’t be without. I deliberately kept this to a short list. Can you add to my list? I wouldn’t dare list the fiction books I’d hate to part with as I’d be writing that list till Doomsday!
I discuss the joys of swimming tonight. I always thought I would end up working out stories as I swam but it hasn’t worked out like that. I’m more likely to do that when doing the ironing!