I spent my weekend renouncing evil, chanting aloud with others and watching a small child get drenched with water by a man in dress.
Yep, I went to a christening. And very lovely it was too (I would say that, the small child was my 'if-she-was-any-more-cute-she'd-explode' niece). It's the shame t'internet can be such a nasty perverted place or I'd post a photo.
Anyway, back to to the writing - er, sort of, as I still haven't written anything and haven't started my editing yet but the old brain is ticking over and the itch to write is getting stronger so it's only a matter of time. In fact, all I might need is a little comp like the one below to get me writing again. Why don't you give it a go too?
Txt Crime competition
Closes: 31st August 2007
Fees: £1 for one entry. Plus the cost of a standard text.
Prizes: £50 for first place. Prize is at least £50. More depending on the competition's popularity.
Details: The UK's easiest to enter writing competitions. Micro stories up to 154 characters on the theme of crime. Enter by phone.
Contact: To enter, from your mobile phone text crime followed by a space and then your micro-story in no more than 154 further characters to 88010.
Country: United Kingdom
NB: I haven't checked how legit this competition is so make sure you check it out before you spend money on it.
Edited to add: I received an email in response to this post from Kieran O'Donoghue (of txtlit.co.uk) to reassure me that the competition is completely legit. His response here:
"Thanks for your mention of the txtlit.co.uk competitions on your blog. I’d like to reassure you that the competition is legitimate, but I guess I won’t be able to really do that until we have posted the first winning entry and details of the author on the website. That said, it’s only £1 to enter.
The idea for txtlit.co.uk was born from the desire to see people use proper English in all forms of written communication whilst exploiting the capabilities of modern technology. I think people will be surprised at how much information can be crammed into 155 characters.
I hope you give the competition a try (or two). As you point out in your blog, it’s a great way to at least write something, and just those few words could be the spark to spawn an epic novel. It’s completely anonymous. The only information I will have of the author is their mobile phone number, so the result will be judged purely on writing ability."
Thanks for getting in touch Kieran.