Received a letter from My Weekly yesterday. Yep, they did mistakenly send my manuscript back to me (although they'd accepted it for publication) and thanked me for sending it back.
They weren't able to give me any news on when the story might be published. Appaently they hold them in stock and use them 'according to the season in which they're set and are then chosen to make up a balance within each issues with regard to both length and mood'. Mine could be published in two months or next year! But they are going to send a complimentary copy so I'll know when it's out.
Another apology in the post - Cotswold Writing comp apologised for the mix up and sent me a cheque made out to me instead of the mysterious Miss Turner (jokes in the writing group included - 'change your name to Paige' 'change your name to Tina') so that's good.
Oh - one thing I want to add. MW said they are always on the look-out for light-hearted or humorous tales, 'but we already have a plentiful stock of Christmas-themed ones'. So there you go - little hint for anyone wanting to sub something.
I have a question too - anyone got any hints on writing humorous/light-hearted tales? I have to admit that that kind of story doesn't come easily to me and I have no idea how to set about writing a story that involves conflict but is also light-hearted? Can anyone point me in the direction of any internet articles/postings or any books on the subject?
Oh! That reminds me. In June I'm going to a one day writing seminar in the Cotswolds on 'how to write magical fiction' (aimed at the women's magazine market). I'm really looking forward to it.