I’ve just read an amazing post from one of the blogs I follow, Campari and Sofa, in which one of the writers explains that nothing much has happened in her week, but then goes on to highlight some interesting things which had caught her attention. Well, Dear Reader, nothing much has happened in my week either, although I have subbed four pieces of work over the last week, and, together with a competition entry sent on 29 June, I have Five Outstanding, as we used to say on Chapter Seventy Nine writing site, for the first time for a couple of years. I seem to be writing all the time, or looking at markets, but don’t have much to show for it. As well as preparing worksheets for my lessons (which does take time), I’ve written a post for the ACW (Association of Christian Writers) More Than Writers blog, the ACW members E-news (not yet available), and an article for my church magazine. When Mslexia came out, I entered all calls for submissions and comps they published in their magazine on to my subbing database. Waste of time, you might think, and so did I at the time, but I’ve looked at the information over and over again, picking out markets and working out when and where I need to sub. I’m now looking at other similar lists and incorporating them.
I’m also Facebooking and Tweeting furiously about the ACW/ Street Pastors Today’s Good Samaritans competition – see cat-as-good-samaritan picture right. (You know I can never resist a pic of a cute cat!) With the deadline 31 July, there’s still time to enter. One thousand words, please, fiction or non-fiction, on someone putting the Christian ethos into action. Entry fees: £3 for first entry, £2 for subsequent entries. First prize: £40. Not to be sniffed at! You don’t have to be a Christian to enter. In fact, we in ACW would be delighted to hear from non-Christians – give us some feedback on how we’re getting on. Also you don’t have to be a Brit; believe it or not, God does work operate outside UK. For more information, visit http://www.christianwriters.org.uk/competitions
Over the previous three weeks, we in the UK have been unable to take our eyes and ears away by the political blockbuster being enacted in front of us. Even Euro 2016 and Wimbledon have been knocked thoroughly into touch and into the tramlines (respectively – thought you might enjoy the puns!). Of course, we did rejoice at Andy Murray winning Wimbledon – briefly – and, before that, roll our eyes at England losing to Iceland at football (which should’ve really drawn the tabloid column inches) but there was always Something More Exciting going on in Westminster. I must admit I’ve enjoyed it all; I’ve got as big a buzz from the BBC News app notifications on my phone as from emails and Facebook. When the news broke about the terrorist incident in Nice and the attempted coup in Turkey, I realised why. All that stuff about Brexit and government reshuffles was democracy in action, people talking to each other, even if they were occasionally being insulting. Now we’re back to ISIS, terrorism and totalitarism… and I’m even hesitating about putting that last bit in, for fear of reprisals (not sure what sort of reprisals).
Another non-event in my week is that, with all the computer work I’ve done recently, I’ve given myself RSI again. Hey-ho. I’ve been very lucky to avoid it for a long time, over a year, in fact. This afternoon, I’m going to do the garden, which is in a Terrible State. In The Dark Marshes by Sally Quilford, which
I’m reading at the moment, the two maiden aunts use Capitals randomly, usually to emphasise a Point, so I shall do the Same. I think I’m cultivating Weeds under Nets, but my tomatoes are doing OK – see Pictures Either Side.