National Novel Writing Month

You may not have heard of NaNoWriMo - It's a website that attempts to help writers get their novel done and in the bag. It's quite good as it provides the motivation to keep the word count rising towards your completed targets.

They set off each November (i.e. next month!!) and the object is to reach your goal by the end of the month and feel good about yourself all through December. I found it very helpful and fun when I did it a couple of years ago

There is a Liverpool support site and they don't seem to mind us Wirral folk. Worth a look (you might have to set up an account to access this site). I'll be participating this year in an attempt to finish the novel I'm currently writing. You've heard a couple of chapters at the WW meetings. It's a multi-threaded story and I'm hoping to finish a couple of strands that should complete it.

Hope to see some of you there.

Updates from Mjke: Book Bundles and Anthology

Writers of SciFi have another greatbundle of FREE books and stories to offer.It's available now through to the endof September. Click here to access your free downloads.

Launching in November is The Jim Baen memorial Award: The First Decade. It's an anthology of 16 optimistic short stories that present a plethora of futures beyond Earth.
My own story, A Better Sense of Direction, was the first winner of the award back in 2007. It's a story I've included in my own collection, Power for Two Minutes and Other Unrealities.

I'm super excited to be included in this book. All the stories are from past winners, and I get to rub shoulders with some top award-winning authors. The anthology has been edited by Nebula-award-winning author, William Ledbetter, who has administered the Jim Baen Award right from the start. Here's a pre-publication review by Publishers Weekly which should help the book to hit the ground running on launch day. I've had a sneak preview of the pro…

Free Online Courses

They say nothing in life is free, well I say, what about love? What about the freedom to think what you like? 
Or the freedom to learn?

Future Learn is a site where the Open University runs free online courses - yes, free. If you want to get a certificate as proof of learning, then you can pay for one to be posted, or simply download the image to your work files. It is really simple to use - even for the not so young, you are guided through each week, at your own pace and check off the list as you go.

Courses range from - Introduction to Writing Short Stories, or, An Introduction to Screen Writing to Biochemistry the Molecules of Life.

Most subjects are covered and for a writer an opportunity to possibly delve a little deeper into a theme you may want to write about, but currently have too little information.

Go to


WoooooHooooo Thaenks Alex, finally got this page figured, well I can at least access it and post, so I suppose thats about 90% of it :) Now for a little play, not A play, but play.

81, Renshaw Street Plays

Hi Everyone,
This is a little reminder that I've got two nights of plays on at 81, Renshaw Street in Liverpool next week. Here's the programme. It starts at 7:30 for both evenings. £6 for one night or £9 for both.

Liz xx

You can buy tickets on Eventbrite at this URL or pay on the door.

13th September 2017
The Area  by Ginni Manning Lessons from a Hornbill by E J Fisher
Interval (there is a bar/ tea and coffee)
Things My Mother Left Me by E J Fisher Three into Two by Daragh O’Reilly Noah’s Frozen Ark  by Jane Barry

14th September 2017
Tadpoles by Dennis Conlan Maria’s Wedding by Paul Pavli Click and Collect by Phil Morris

Going Concern by Scott Davenport Q-Tips by Paula by Paula Pritchard

Alternatives to Microsoft

Hello fellow Writers,

I think some of you may be aware that I have had 'issues' with my computer over the past year or so.   I ended up having a new hard-drive installed; Windows 10 is gone as I went back to Windows 7.
I can't say there is much improvement.
When there are updates to install, it takes time, and then, it gives me a message saying: Installing Incomplete, Windows is Reversing the process - which then takes anything from 4 to 24 hours!!!! Really Microsoft?! I pay for this?!!

So, I scoured the online FAQ's and Help Desks and Forums etc.
I even did some of the stuff people said worked. One was a trial to see where the malfunction was occurring; it appeared to be in my Windows Word docs! Hm, so I decided to look around and see if there was anything else to use.
I am fed up with the stranglehold that massive corporations have on products, what am I paying for if it keeps going wrong?

I have discovered a plethora of alternatives - in no order of preference, the…

Maynah Lewis Cup 2017

Congratulations to this year's winner of the Maynah Lewis Cup - Elizabeth Fisher. Liz's story was a chilling tale called The Stone Birds. Josephine is hungry and so is her new-born. So are the gulls.
The runners up were: 2nd Chris Black with New Beginnings 3rd Nick Rose with Silver Shilling
Our judge was Di Morrow. Unfortunately she was unable to attend the award night, so a big thank you to David for doing a fine job of the presentation and announcing the winners.