Saturday, January 10, 2009

Being writerly, in a disparate kind of way

That's what I'm doing tonight - probably as a result of crummy Saturday night TV and trawling through, for the first time, the new Writers' News. First trawl: I mark stuff and fold corners down. Second trawl: I deal with whatever it was I was intending to look into further. Second trawl takes forever and sometimes never gets done or at least not till the comps are out of date etc. But that's not going to happen this time. Oh no, sirree.

Where was I? Oh, yes, writerly stuff. Okay...

1. Does anyone know what happened to Shortalk? I uploaded some stories for consideration, never heard a sausage and now, while the website's still up, the latest blog entry dates from about a year ago, I think. I'm sure some people said they'd had official acceptances...anyone in the know??

And...

2. Does everyone subscribe to Marian Keyes' mad newsletter updates? You probably do already, I'm sure. She's wonderfully bonkers but so entertaining and lovely. If perchance you haven't subscribed so far...well, get along to mariankeyes.com and just do it. It's like having your mad sister write you a lovely, long, chatty letter. If you haven't got a chatty, letter-writing sister, it's doubly great.

6 comments:

womagwriter said...

Shortalk- they accepted a story of mine, and said it would be some time before it was recorded. A year later I queried it, and then withdrew it. I know SallyQ sold them a story which was recorded and I believe she was paid, but I know of no one else whose story got that far. I get the impression it's died a death.

Marian Keyes - after reading one of her books I meant to sign up for her newsletter but must have forgotten to - thank you for the reminder, will sign up asap! Because goodness knows I need more distractions from writing, NOT!

Honeysuckle said...

Another market bites the dust then, Womag? Sad. Same fate as Kwickee, by the sounds of it. Such a shame - they always seem such good ideas...

SpiralSkies said...

Ha! I'm just the same with the Writers News...

It makes me feel proper writerly without actually doing any writing. Will follow your lead I think and be more organised. One day.

Honeysuckle said...

Hi Spiral Jen - reading Writers' News is a bit like visiting a garden centre or a craft shop - so full of opportunities, most of which are going to slip through our fingers...

KAREN said...

Trawling sounds like fun! I've just had a good trawl through Writing Magazine, and yes I do subscribe to Maria Keyes' newsletter - so funny. She's such a natural storyteller :o)

Honeysuckle said...

Hi Karen - sadly, tho' new issue is read and filed, I've got a massive pile of untrawled issues from the last six months of 2008. Ah well, I just won't think about what nuggets I might have missed...