Monica Handle

Monica Handle

55 years old
Male
Location
Middlesbrough
United Kingdom
Current Status
Pondering
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  • Are you a ...?
    Other
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Experimental fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Sci-fi
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Georges Perec
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Life: A User's Manual (Georges Perec), A Disaffection (James Kelman), The Sinking of the Odradek Stadium (Harry Matthews), The Dispossessed (Ursula K Le Guin), Lanark (Alistair Gray)
    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?
    Some self-editing
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To be good enough to be translated.
    Your worst habit?
    Imagining that another cup of coffee will help.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    I deeply respect the good folk of publishing
    Where do you write?
    At a desk
    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'm fond of word play and I kind of like fiction that plays about with big ideas. Published, but in academic (social science) circles; a fiction neophyte except for an ill-judged self-publish foray some years ago. I'm hear to learn and help where I can

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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on Tpfm's Blog "The art of thimble filling...".
    I know it's a bit of well-worn thought, but the tools for filling the thimbles must have a significant effect, surely? Word processing is made for splashing about, typewriters have 'final draft' built into them, pen/pencil and paper can be messy ...
    1 hour ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on Tpfm's Blog "The art of thimble filling...".
    Eventually you have to be happy with the way your thimble, glass, bucket or whatever is filled, and with the way you are filling it, but there's a lot to be said for splashing water around for a while. We once had a rather wonderful plastic canal ...
    18 hours ago
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    "Monica Handle" commented on Monica Handle's Blog "Mystery gift".
    @Whisks: Abe Books have very correctly informed me that their data protection policy doesn't allow them to divulge any personal information. They also pointed out that they are really just a clearing house for booksellers, and since I don't know ...
    5 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on AlanP's Blog "Do we need Aspic".
    Oh, and on a visit to Rome a while back, I was amused to see a group of kids using some ancient Roman brickwork as target practice for their football. They were really hammering the ball against it, over and over. Here, it would be fenced off with ...
    5 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on AlanP's Blog "Do we need Aspic".
    AlanP - I feel much the same. I quite understand that we're not allowed to add a few extra touches to a Vermeer (although the attempted 'restoration' of the Ecce Homo fresco in Spain was absolutely hilarious - Google it if you want a laugh) but the ...
    5 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on Cissy's Blog "The Now and Then of it".
    As a relative newcomer to this place I have to say that I've really enjoyed listening in to many of the conversations, exchanging views from time to time and occasionally pushing myself to actually write something. The good news is that there's ...
    5 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on Yo's Blog "Just!".
    There's a moral in there: a kind of Just So tale.
    10 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    On the topic of consciousness, I highly recommend Douglas Hofstadter's 'I am a strange loop', in which he outlines his view that what constitutes 'I' is a our ability to think about selfhood; to be self-perceiving and self-referential. That is the ...
    11 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on Caducean Whisks's Blog "An Aversion to Italy".
    I didn't know about all the influences on Afrikaans - fascinating. I'll be using sneesie for tissue from now on...
    17 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on Caducean Whisks's Blog "An Aversion to Italy".
    Whisks - it's Hungarian that's purported to have some connection with Finnish. But we're in urban myth territory there - I once had the pleasure of getting together a small group of Finns and Hungarians, and saying 'go on then, talk to each other'. ...
    18 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Monica Handle's Blog "Mystery gift".
    You could approach Abe Books as if you're doing them a favour - i.e. I think you've sent this to me by mistake - I didn't order it and there's no message attached, etc. If you're lucky, you may get some flappy-lipped person who'll say, Let me ...
    20 days ago
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    Yo
    "Yo" commented on Monica Handle's Blog "Mystery gift".
    I was 19 and someone sent me a Christmas pudding. I wrote down all the people who'd sent me gifts and still couldn't work out who it was from. I came to the conclusion it must've been Santa. When I was about 14, someone sent me a Valentines card, ...
    20 days ago
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    Athelstone
    "Athelstone" commented on Monica Handle's Blog "Mystery gift".
    The foxes leave gifts on the decking quite often and I couldn't say exactly which one it is. Other than that I've never had a mystery gift either. I have a friend who is a jazz singer. She once told me that she wasn't able to afford a CD she appears ...
    20 days ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on Monica Handle's Blog "Mystery gift".
    Strange. Of course, all might become clear in due course should you start receiving coded messages to which the mystery book provides the key. it probably doesn't count but when I turned 18 I received a Gillette razor and a couple of blades for it ...
    20 days ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on Monica Handle's Blog "Mystery gift".
    Although I have never received a mystery gift I have sent one or two over the years. It's somehow disappointing when they don't figure it out, although the joy is in the giving of course.
    20 days ago

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Published, but that's as an academic, dilettante journalist and technical author. One self-published short story collection, but otherwise a fiction neophyte. Looking to improve and learn.

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  • Barb
    by Barb 25 days ago
    Thank you for commenting. I knew with yours that ordering a white wine was going to cause trouble. Great inner dialogue of an actor waiting to play their part.
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 26 days ago
    Well, that's all right, then. I was a bit concerned about being in possession of a comment not meant for me. And thank you :-)
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 26 days ago
    Wrong wall, MH.
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 26 days ago
    Enjoyed the 'foetal twisted on the lovely Edwardian tiles' - tight set-up scene.
  • Mashie Niblick
    by Mashie Niblick 26 days ago
    neat stylish comp entry MH
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 1 month ago
    Disturbing comp entry, Monica. Great but I don't ever want to be there like that.
  • Mashie Niblick
    by Mashie Niblick 2 months ago
    thanks, flashback fiction
  • Hel
    by Hel 2 months ago
    What a poignant competition entry, Monica. I love the way you show the deterioration of this woman’s mind, and the way she struggles to make sense of everything. A very delicate, unmelodramatic voice, full of feeling.
  • BellaM
    by BellaM 2 months ago
    Your comp entry is great. It really catches the situation.
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 2 months ago
    Monica - just come here to comment on your comp entry and thought from the map I'd come to mine by mistake!
    But what I mean to say was how disturbing this monologue - very close to the bone.