Jenni Belsay

Jenni Belsay

58 years old
Female
Location
Perpignan
France
Current Status
Gosh.
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Crime
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    General Fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Depends entirely on my mood
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    I'll have to get back to you on that one.
    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 be traditionally published.
    Your worst habit?
    Polishing the last chapter (again) before moving on to the next. Oh, and housework denial.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    In the spare bedroom.
    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?
    When not writing I'm usually walking with my dog in the foothills of the Pyrenees. A great area for percolating plots.

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    Jenni Belsay
    "Jenni Belsay" commented on Caducean Whisks's Blog "Emptying the Nest: Rinse and Repeat".
    @ Alan: "To the community in general I should like to give a Hi5 for the absence of squirrel and nuts jokes." ;-))))))))))
    2 days ago
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    Jenni Belsay
    "Jenni Belsay" commented on Hil's Blog "Cringe-worthy literary devices".
    It's not a literary device as such, but I cringe whenever I read sentences like: "This isn't a movie, son, it's real life."
    3 days ago
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    Jenni Belsay
    "Jenni Belsay" commented on Caducean Whisks's Blog "Emptying the Nest: Rinse and Repeat".
    Ditto re stupid woman. Interesting and moving blog, Whisks. Not at all surprised about PTSD and depression in wild animals. I tell people my rescue dog has special needs. They laugh, thinking I'm joking. Hope Alana is OK. Good luck to you for ...
    3 days ago
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    Jenni Belsay
    Jenni Belsay commented on Hilly's wall:
    Thanks, Hilly! :-))
    3 days ago
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    Hilly
    Hilly commented on Jenni Belsay's wall:
    Hi Jenni B. Thought your caption comp was very clever. Had to squint at the pic.
    3 days ago
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    Jenni Belsay
    "Jenni Belsay" commented on OFP's Blog "Appropriate Response".
    It doesn't always have to be click and go though, does it? It could be save-to-desktop-and-leave-to-marinate-overnight. There's always a choice. It's interesting how we're all in the writing game here, yet regularly remind ourselves and one another ...
    5 days ago
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    Jenni Belsay
    Jenni Belsay Gosh.
    5 days ago
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    • Jenni Belsay
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      Jenni Belsay Nah. Tinypebble, if you're reading this, welcome, as Whisks says above. Unfortunately you'll probably find that most groups are almost or totally inactive. Most activity takes place in the various forums (click forum tab at top of this page), especially the critiques forum if you're after feedback on your work, and blog.
      5 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Indeed.
      5 days ago
    • John Alty
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      John Alty Tinypebble is going to be busy.
      5 days ago
    • Jenni Belsay
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      Jenni Belsay Nah. Tinypebble, if you're reading this, welcome, as Whisks says above. Unfortunately you'll probably find that most groups are almost or totally inactive. Most activity takes place in the various forums (click forum tab at top of this page), especially the critiques forum if you're after feedback on your work, and blog.
      5 days ago
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    Jenni Belsay
    "Jenni Belsay" commented on Barb's Blog "Caption Comp".
    "Three rows up, second from the right? Word is, he never would have got to where he is today if he hadn't grabbed pussy. That an' being forced to wear a kilt. Heard it on Cat News - gotta be true."
    8 days ago
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    Jenni Belsay
    Jenni Belsay Heading for the Scottish Highlands tomorrow for a "walking and wildlife" break. Praying the weather won't be too foul. Radio may be silent. See you all in a couple of weeks.!
    28 days ago
    • Hilly
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      Hilly Hope you have a great time away, Jenni.
      28 days ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Don't forget the midge repellent!
      28 days ago
    • Stevie
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      Stevie Midges are strangely absent this year. I suspect they may be planning something. Weather best described as changeable, about 25 degrees and sunny on Fri/Sat, down to about 13 on Sunday. BUt you can't beat the long days. Fancy a bit of gardening at 10.30 at night? Yup, light enough to do it.
      28 days ago
    • Jenni Belsay
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      Jenni Belsay Thanks, Hilly, Sea, Stevie. Various repellents packed - I was hoping it might be a wee bit early for midges. They may be planning a mass stealth attack for my arrival. Long days - ah yes ...
      28 days ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Have fun!
      28 days ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Oh, and if you're heading into deer country, a tick remover might be a good idea.
      28 days ago
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    Jenni Belsay
    "Jenni Belsay" commented on Caducean Whisks's Blog "Missing Links".
    Lovely blog. They look like gels to me. Especially the one in the middle (Victoria?) of the first photo, who looks a right little poser.
    1 month ago
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    Jenni Belsay
    "Jenni Belsay" commented on Jenni Belsay's Blog "*Waves* (with both arms). Roll Up, Roll Up (yourself, your sleeves or your eyes, whatever). I'M over here...".
    Cheers, Whisks. Hilly - sunhats off to you for strimming in that outfit, that kind of heat. As for the flies - urgh. Deeply unpleasant; you deserve a whole bottle of wine. Cheers to you too.
    1 month ago
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    Hilly
    "Hilly" commented on Jenni Belsay's Blog "*Waves* (with both arms). Roll Up, Roll Up (yourself, your sleeves or your eyes, whatever). I'M over here...".
    Hi Jenni. It's hot, hot, hot, with more hot to follow. We can see Africa from a bit further up on a good day, so we're that close. And it's hot. Been strimming the land today and now I need to fall over. Full clothing, head mask and ear set, gloves ...
    1 month ago
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    Jenni Belsay
    "Jenni Belsay" commented on robert's Blog "£1000 in cash prizes - Competition for Young Writers (18-30)".
    I fear our Barb's nose is growing ;----)
    1 month ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Jenni Belsay's Blog "*Waves* (with both arms). Roll Up, Roll Up (yourself, your sleeves or your eyes, whatever). I'M over here...".
    This is the perfect antidote to crud going on in the world - a glimpse into other worlds where conflict and drama is differently real. The sound of the running stream is wonderful. Thank you.
    1 month ago
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    Jenni Belsay
    "Jenni Belsay" commented on Jenni Belsay's Blog "*Waves* (with both arms). Roll Up, Roll Up (yourself, your sleeves or your eyes, whatever). I'M over here...".
    Thanks, Hilly and Jill. The smaller, round salamander in the clip makes me laugh. Waking up to another bake-o day. Gather it's chilly in Oz, warm in the UK. Don't know what it's like where you are in Spain, Hilly, but feels like mid-July here!
    1 month ago

About

In 2016 I've finally said goodbye to the crime novel I've been working on for too many years. Time to start something new.

Or not.

Should it be crime genre or fantasy? Light and funny or dark and serious? Adult or YA? Crossover genre/market? What do I really want to write? And what am I capable of writing? I'm all this way and that way. A mither of indecision.


From time to time I dip my toes into non-fiction too, and blog (as Lesley McLaren) about natural history stuff. http://www.mediterraneanpyrenees.com

Twitter @lesleymclaren43



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  • Hilly
    by Hilly 3 days ago
    Hi Jenni B. Thought your caption comp was very clever. Had to squint at the pic.
  • OFP
    by OFP 1 month ago
    Well, I laughed... Normal service resumed, otherwise the bad guys win.
  • SecretSpi
    by SecretSpi 1 month ago
    Thanks, Jenni! As a regular challengee (yeurgh!!! - I wish I hadn't typed that) I am sure Alan would let you have a readers' ticket, and that the rest of us would welcome you in. There were some cracking stories in that particular challenge.
  • BellaM
    by BellaM 1 month ago
    Thanks, Jenni. My condolences to your sister. I wouldn't wish it on anyone.
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 1 month ago
    Oh, I didn't know about social wasps - hadn't looked that closely, so maybe that's what I'm seeing on my figworts? People in yellow and black stripy jumpers anyway.
    Yes, the flowers are insignificant to us - but not to the wasp!
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 1 month ago
    Ah, so it's a labiate. I was close! Knew I sort of recognised it and had to show off. Well done for running it down.
    Yes, figworts are beloved by bees and so spread prolifically. I have them too and they're always surrounded by bees.
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 2 months ago
    Thank you, Jenni. No it isn't my birthday but thanks for the good wishes.
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 2 months ago
    I really felt for Jamie in your comp entry - poor girl. The cottage sounded beautiful but grim. Her journey from car park to abode unfolded like a moving picture. Lovely.
  • OFP
    by OFP 2 months ago
    I am reminded of A Cask of Amontillado, by E A Poe, a war disturbed failed political satirist and comedy writer who achieved great acclaim as the Stephen King of the American 19th century.

    What was behind that wall....?

    Excellent and dark.
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 2 months ago
    I was going to say your comp entry sounds like the beginning of a longer piece I'd like to read more of, then discovered I sail that last month too. To avoid my embarrassment (in case it was already linked) I looked for March's comp. page but cannot find it. Nevertheless, I DO hope this is the start of something - lovely atmosphere + plot + character.