Catasshe

Catasshe

35 years old
Female
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Current Status
The most incredibly thing happening on Philip Pullman's auction item on Author's for Grenfell right now! https://authorsforgrenfelltower.com/2017/06/21/named-character-in-philip-pullmans-the-book-of-dust/comment-page-4/#comment-4028
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  • Are you a ...?
    Writer published in mags, etc
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    General fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    LM Montgomery, Thackery, Austen, JK Rowling
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    The Emily of New Moon trilogy Harry Potter - entire series
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Procastinatory
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Ten times? Why so little?
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To get several cracking novels published! (So far I've only had one short story published, in The Lady magazine.)
    Your worst habit?
    Letting fear get in the way of writing
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    In my room
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    I received a very useful and perceptive critique last year from the Writer's workshop, which has inspired me to take writing more seriously and try to write what I actually care about, rather than trying to dumb down through lack of confidence.

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    Catasshe
    Catasshe The most incredibly thing happening on Philip Pullman's auction item on Author's for Grenfell right now! https://authorsforgrenfelltower.com/2017/06/21/named-character-in-philip-pullmans-the-book-of-dust/comment-page-4/#comment-4028
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    • Debi
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      Debi Isn't it incredible? Has me in bits here.
      2 days ago
    • Catasshe
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      Catasshe I know! Couldn't believe it when I saw what was happening. (I thought the £10K for tea with David Walliams was impressive!) Very moving seeing people join forces like this.
      2 days ago
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    Catasshe
    Catasshe wrote a new blog: "Stories for Homes".
    Dear Cloudies,  Lovely new Flash fiction story on the theme of Home published in the online anthology.  Please share far and wide! https://storiesforhomes.wordpress.com/perfect-word/ Catherine 
    3 days ago
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    Catasshe
    Catasshe has accepted annemarie's friend request.
    3 days ago
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    Catasshe
    Catasshe has accepted eowyn123's friend request.
    3 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Rejection".
    On a very much smaller scale, I get to pick the 'winners' each week for the Prediction Fiction site I host (http://predictionfiction.blogspot.co.uk/) About 50% of the time there is little to choose between several possibilities as far as quality ...
    4 days ago
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    OFP
    "OFP" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Rejection".
    Not all Americans are optimists, or maybe they are and that's why I had to leave.... This is very revealing in reading the replies. i have taken much from some of it but not all of it. Only one conventional achievement made much difference to ...
    4 days ago
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    Catasshe
    "Catasshe" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Rejection".
    Ooh, thanks AlanP, will add that to my ever-growing list of submission opportunities. :-) Yes, Hilly, chin up. We can all use a bit of American outlandish optimism for the future at hard times. :-)
    5 days ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Rejection".
    Well, The Costa Short Story award is open for entry on 3 July. Aim high and dream the dream.
    5 days ago
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    Hilly
    "Hilly" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Rejection".
    Thanks, Catasshe. I'll try the 'can do' attitude now. Positive affirmation and all that. Sometimes I think we're a little too 'English'.
    5 days ago
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    Catasshe
    "Catasshe" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Rejection".
    Longlisted, not shortlisted, Philippa, and I'm yet to discover HOW MANY were on that longlist! (I have asked, but no reply, and no announcement of the finalists yet, though I know they've been chosen.) If it was a longlist of 50 out of 150, I think ...
    5 days ago
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    Philippa
    "Philippa" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Rejection".
    I didn't realise you were shortlisted! Congratulations. That is an ACHIEVEMENT. Though I understand that because the main prize(s) had so many potential opportunities attached "just" being on the shortlist might have felt like a loss. Boo. You are ...
    5 days ago
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    Hilly
    "Hilly" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Rejection".
    I was longlisted in a massive competition, so pretty chuffed there but they said they'd let us know personally if we'd been shortlisted. They didn't. I read who the shortlist were in the Times (!). This was four days after my mother had died in an ...
    5 days ago
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    Catasshe
    Catasshe Does anyone want a short story critique by an established editor author? I rashly bid on TWO offers for these on Authors for Grenfell, and am now hoping someone outbids me on one of them! Haha. Give me a shout if you want me to point you in their direction... You don't often see short story critiques offered!
    5 days ago
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    Catasshe
    "Catasshe" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Rejection".
    Yeah, I'm not saying all selection is random. Quite obviously some stuff is objectively good and others objectively bad. I'm talking about when it comes to making those last cuts: being the 1 winner out of 250, or 6 shortlisted out of 300, or one of ...
    5 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Rejection".
    The shortlist though, is usually arrived at by consensus. i.e. a team of filter readers will trawl the lot - in several iterations perhaps - and present the named judge with the shortlist from which to make their selection. So really, the only bit ...
    5 days ago

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I have previously attempted historical fantasy and 'trashy' romance. As well as numerous short stories. I am now about to launch into some more mainstream women's fiction. (Inspired by the professional critique I got last year from WW!!)

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  • Kate
    by Kate 2 months ago
    Late night club- yawn
  • BP
    by BP 1 year ago
    Cheers, mate :-)
  • JD
    by JD 1 year ago
    The Cloud says it's your birthday today, so it must be true; therefore, happy birthday!

    /cake emoji

    :)
  • BP
    by BP 1 year ago
    Thank you very much for pointing me in the right direction :-) re mental health.
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    by Noodledoodle 2 years ago
    Hi there, may I direct you to this? http://writing-community.writersworkshop.co.uk/events/profile/266