This is the online home of Wirral Writers. It is a members-only forum for the sharing of ideas, markets, competitions and words.
Wirral Writers meet at 7.30pm at Bebington Civic Centre on the first and third Fridays of each month. New members are always welcome. Contact chrisa.black [at] talktalk [dot] net for more details.
My novel about musical life on the road in the 1980s is on free download for a week at Amazon, if you fancy it for a Christmas read. It follows the fortunes of keyboard player Jonnie Cole as his band tour Europe over Christmas 1985.
A tale of sex, drugs and synthesisers, it is not for the prudish!!
Doesn't time fly? Here we are again approaching Christmas. We had an early Sunday Dinner this year as our 'Lunch Calendar' became a little fuzzy round the edges - like after drinking too many G & Ts. We ate at our usual haunt; Brook Meadow Hotel, Childer Thornton. This year saw 13 of us, sat down to dinner together; including new-comers/first-timers, Mick and Amy. Some brought their partners or friends, some came alone.
As is our custom, we all brought a piece of Flash Fiction - 200 words on the theme of Sunday Dinner. This year we had an interesting mix including poems from Nick, Mick and myself (though not a natural poet, I like to flex my rhyming muscles on occasion!) After dinner we read our offerings then played a written version of the Exquisite Corpse -Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed.
The results were interesting and in one case, hilarious. …
Thought I would let the local writing community know of my latest good news.
Asterisk Anthology: Volume 1 has just come out. Published by Nosetouch Press; a Chicago based publishing house, this is a horror anthology with four themes.
Nosetouch ran a series of four competitions with a 'heading' for each section - Halloween, Ghosts, Nautical Terrors and Cosmic Horrors. I was runner up in two, so have two stories published ! Most gratifying.
You can read 'Apples to Ashes' and 'Tombs in Space' online at:-
Nosetouch Press is run by editors David T. Neal and Christine M. Scott, both successful authors in their own right. I have to also comment, out of all the submissions I have made to various publishers; online or other,(and there have been many) Neal and S…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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
Interval Going Concern by
Scott Davenport Q-Tips by Paula by
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…
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.
So Wirral Writers anthology finally came together. What a team effort. I hope everyone is as happy with the resulting book as I am. I think we all learnt something from the process and from my own point of view, it was a lot harder than compiling a single author's works. There was so much to agree on; theme, title, word count distribution, cover and more. I am sure the next one will be better - oh yes, there will be another one. It would be great to hear some feedback from readers, in the meantime, you can obtain your copy of Tick Tock at -
We've been talking a lot about cover blurbs at recent meetings. It's a topical subject for us as we move into the last stage of finalising the layout for Tick Tock, our anthology. Last week I shared an online course on writing a blurb. Here's an article that offers a different approach, by deconstructing the blurbs from two big selling novels and analysing the elements that go into creating a compelling and enticing blurb. http://www.betternovelproject.com/blog/back-cover-copy/ I've also shared the link to the website where I found the article. Some of you may also find this to be a useful resource. http://sumome.com/ Happy writing! Mjke