Monica Handle

Monica Handle

55 years old
United Kingdom
Current Status
The world is all that is the case
  • Are you a ...?
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Experimental fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Are your reading habits ...?
    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?
    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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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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  • Hilly
    by Hilly 6 days ago
    Disturbing comp entry, Monica. Great but I don't ever want to be there like that.
  • Mashie Niblick
    by Mashie Niblick 9 days ago
    thanks, flashback fiction
  • Hel
    by Hel 1 month 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 1 month ago
    Your comp entry is great. It really catches the situation.
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 1 month 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.
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 1 month ago
    Hi Monica - to answer your question, Baz 'knew' because she was a bit of a witch; had the power to summon people ... In fact this is an excerpt of a back-story I wrote for myself to explain what was behind a mega falling out between Baz and another character, both of whom have taken up residence in my brain for the past 7 years or more.
  • Monica Handle
    by Monica Handle 1 month ago
    AlanP - there wasn't any intention to be confusing, but I can see that it might work better as part of a longer piece where the scene is prefigured in some way.
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 1 month ago
    Subtle and confusing comp entry, but I reckon that was the object. :)
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 1 month ago
    Thoughtful and subtle comp entry Monica. Slow sinking feeling. The one-sided telephone conversation is highly effective, I may have to steal that idea
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 1 month ago
    Hi back atcha, Mon. What a fine fellow you are :-D