Writing Competitions: Submission Accountability

My friend Yasmine and I found out today that we’ve been longlisted in the same short story competition! Yasmine is a fellow-student on the OU Creative Writing MA and has quickly become one of my best friends, even though we’ve never met in real life. She is a professional writer, a playwright.

A couple of months ago, we wrote a list of story competitions that we would both enter, encouraging us to not only write new material but also to get our fiction ‘out there’. We hold each other accountable.

It was exciting to see that Continue reading

Having a Rethink

Tuesday 4.6.19

Since my seizure last month (‘Seizure the Day’), and my exciting time in Glasgow (‘I Met Ian Rankin: SMHAF Writing Awards’), I’ve been rethinking how I manage my energy. I often get the balance wrong.

I’m a determined person. I ask a lot of myself. I don’t like to make excuses. The reality is, though, I get fatigued more easily and more often than some other people. I get seizures if I’m particularly stressed and get headaches if…well, I get a lot of headaches! These things, though not life-threatening (as far as I know), have a big impact on my life.

I’ve been to the doctor several times and have seen a neurologist, but so far haven’t found a total solution. I’ve been taking more care of myself though, eating better food and giving up caffeine. Those things help.

It often feels like there are only two options when I’m struggling with Continue reading