25/11/2016

So here is a pic of No Bindings the gorgeously formatted brainchild of Lily Green in which I have a teeny story. Here is the link to the website http://www.nobindings.co.uk/ so you can see the full wonderfulness of the No Bindings concept and hear the last edition. Looking forward to having a mooch round the Arnolfini Centre is Bristol tomorrow at the launch and meeting the poets whose work is also featured. Its a lovely thing is No Bindings – you can read it like a book, put it on your wall like a poster and listen to it like a podcast via the website. This edition is all about celebrations and rituals. Will take some photos whilst I’m there and put them on here next week. Also looking forward to starting block 2 of the MA next week which is Creative Non Fiction or CNF for short.

23/11/2016

So my first Tutor Marked Assessment went in yesterday and I have spent the last two days in a creative dearth. Must be knackered from all the creativity. Luckily I’ve had loads of driving to do so my mental torpor has been a boon rather than a drawback. It must stop tonight, though, because I’m going to start freewriting again and that always releases loads of ideas. I’m going to Bristol on Saturday for the launch of No Bindings in which I have a wee story. Harry has rugby in the morning so I’ve got to drop him off at 7.30am then set off. It will be a long drive but at least the weather is going to be good. I reckon I should get there 12ish with a fair wind.

The results of the TMA are out in ten working days from submission deadline. Deadline is actually tomorrow at 12pm so that means results should be back by 10th December. The next piece is creative non fiction, 2000 words so need to get my thinking cap on. Below is pic of fire all lit and toasty for tonight’s free-write. Maybe I’ll catch a story in the flames.

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16/11/2016

Feel like I’m blinking out into the sunlight after weeks by candlelight writing this. Reason for blog silence has been that the MA has been seriously intense and am nearing the deadline for the first Tutor Marked Assessment (TMA) so can pop out into the real world for a few minutes. The majority of the work is done on my first piece of MA writing. Just need to leave it alone for a couple of days and do corrections, thus have time for this.

Feels like a lifetime since I was here. My tutor group is so brilliant and I have spent more time in cyberspace with them than in reality over the last six weeks. Your tutor group is everything on this course, it seems. I have no idea who my tutor is as a person or a writer. I think we will get to know her better once she’s marked the first TMA but for now she’s an enigma, deliberately so I feel, whilst we all get to know each other in Forumland.

I’m quietly pleased with my TMA short story which is called The Naming of Bones and I have written another one too, its not polished but it nearly is, called The Morning After the Night Before. I have three stories almost ready for sending out into the word too, so when I’m done with this TMA on Monday, I’ll polish them up and get them out.

Last week I won Retreat West Flash Fiction Comp with a 500 word flash entitled ‘Flakes’ which I’ll put on here in a mo. I bought a picture painted by the uber-talented artist FE Clarke with my winnings. I’ll post a pic of the pic when it arrives. Its called  Where the Ideas Are and I can’t wait to get it on my wall.

I am at home at the moment because Harry has the flu, so am sitting in the hobbit house. I have taken two photos one inside, one out because one is cosy and one is gorgeously autumnal. Here they are.