Ele

Ele

38 years old
Female
Location
Bath
United Kingdom
Current Status
If you're looking to have a critique for flash and micro fiction under 1000 words, don't forget the group 'Gordon's Alive,' which attempts to give helpful feedback in that area.
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Fiction for children
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Edith Wharton / Somerset Maugham
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Remains of the day
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Perfectly balanced
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Prefer to let rip and edit afterwards
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To have my stories published and have people like them!
    Your worst habit?
    Obsessive... and it's always my fault... and I ought to try harder...
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    Anywhere that will have me
    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 also paint - www.elenash.com My twitter is @elenashart and I'm rubbish at the # thing My writing website has a blog - www.writinglark.weebly.com

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    Ele
    "Ele" commented on Ele's Blog "To write or not to write...".
    Ha, Whisks, udderly brilliant analogy! I love the idea of latent processing. And it really does work, especially when problem solving. Thanks bdcharles and Hil. I'm trying to not stress myself. I'm generally not a stress-y person but things have ...
    2 days ago
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    Hil
    "Hil" commented on Ele's Blog "To write or not to write...".
    Here's my suggestion, for what it's worth. Have you ever thought of writing and illustrating picture books? You are an artist and a writer after all, and above you mentioned writing for your children. Having seen some of your art, I'm sure you could ...
    2 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Ele's Blog "To write or not to write...".
    Oh, and if you're still fretting, here's my take on it: http://writing-community.writersworkshop.co.uk/magazine/read/filling-your-writing-udders-making-custard_7120.html
    3 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Ele's Blog "To write or not to write...".
    I wouldn't get too hung up, Ele - I think it's natural after the over-stimulation of a big win, to feel frazzled by all those sensations that haven't been processed yet and incorporated into your DNA. Also, *writing* doesn't just mean applying bum ...
    3 days ago
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    bdcharles
    "bdcharles" commented on Ele's Blog "To write or not to write...".
    Don't formalise it as a case of whether you write or not. Just think of it as something you're doing or not doing at a given moment in time, & try not to tie it up too much with your sense of identity. Good luck and a Merry Christmas!
    3 days ago
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    Ele
    Ele wrote a new blog: "To write or not to write...".
    Hello Cloudies. Been quiet of late and kept thinking I should blog about why so, here’s why. Hope you’re all well and it’s so great to read all the writing successes on here. I had my own little success with a short story, but really ...
    3 days ago
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    Ele
    "Ele" commented on John Taylor's Blog "Jody Klaire gives us an unforgettable character!".
    I like the sound of it - and Mrs Squirrel! What a lovely review.
    2 months ago
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    Ele
    Ele commented on Ele's picture.
    Ooh, it's out! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bath-Short-Story-Award-Anthology/dp/1903056845/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413472749&sr=8-1&keywords=bath+short+story+award
    2 months ago
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    Ele
    Ele has uploaded 1 New Profile Photos.
    2 months ago
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    CJ
    CJ commented on Ele's wall:
    Hey Ele - Im still feeling a little raw, but not so despondent. I've been searching Preditors and Editors this morning, and have found a few recommended Fantasy small presses (and a few big ones, too!) that I might try. There's more than one way to ...
    3 months ago
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    Ele
    Ele commented on CJ's wall:
    Hope your emotions are settling down, CJ. Canter's Leap sounds exciting! Maybe think of Dragonsoul as the learning tool that's allowed you to write this? I'm thinking my first book, which I've spent 5 years writing (!) may have to be laid to rest. ...
    3 months ago
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    CJ
    CJ commented on Ele's wall:
    Hi Ele - thanks for your kind words. I'm actually working on my next book for Severed Press (called Canter's Leap), so all is not lost. I only dug out Dragonsoul because this particular agent is big in SFF and isn't open for submissions all that ...
    3 months ago
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    Ele
    "Ele" commented on Flickimp's Blog "Kindle Kids offers another avenue for children authors.".
    Interesting. Thanks for posting, Flickimp.
    3 months ago
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    Ele
    Ele commented on CJ's wall:
    So as not to 'hijack' RichardB's blog, I'll write here. Just wanted to give you a virtual hug. So * HUG * Writing back to the agent was a good thing to do. It's hard because it leaves you open to getting hurt, but I'm a full believer in following ...
    3 months ago
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    Ele
    "Ele" commented on J.net's Blog "Grumpy Days".
    Ooh, reading through, it looks like I'd be there, doesn't it? The Daily Mail (when I'm forced by some dreadful accident to read something from it) does make me excessively grumpy.
    3 months ago

About

Having had scenes revolving around my head for about a year, I decided enough was enough and I should write them down. I found I couldn't stop writing and after numerous rewrites and lots of editing, I've turned that story into my first YA novel: The Lemon Sliced Moon.
I am a member of The Golden Egg Academy where Imogen Cooper (editor at Chicken House) is helping me get the novel into a possibly publishable state...

After joining the Cloud, along with a local writing group, I've written several short stories and pieces of flash fiction. Rather than leaving them sitting on my laptop twiddling their thumbs, I've entered them into various competitions and got absolutely nowhere until one of them, The Ghost Boy, won the Bath Short Story Award. There's a link to it here: http://www.bathshortstoryaward.co.uk/

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  • CJ
    by CJ 3 months ago
    Hey Ele - Im still feeling a little raw, but not so despondent. I've been searching Preditors and Editors this morning, and have found a few recommended Fantasy small presses (and a few big ones, too!) that I might try. There's more than one way to skin a cat these days, and I'm going to skin that cat good before giving up! (Although PredEd is a website that terrifies me... one of my publishers wasn't on their 'not recommended' list when I signed with them - 2 months later, and they are (not Severed, btw - they've been brilliant) and that scares me. Silly thing is, I've not had any problems myself with this particular publisher (apart from not-exactly stellar sales, but that doesn't bother me all that much since that novella was an experiment to see if I could get published) - they pay on time and keep in touch, but it has shaken me up quite a bit. But. then again, Random House is not recommended by PredEd, so... Seriously, this publishing lark is going to be the death of me through sheer stress alone!
  • CJ
    by CJ 3 months ago
    Hi Ele - thanks for your kind words. I'm actually working on my next book for Severed Press (called Canter's Leap), so all is not lost. I only dug out Dragonsoul because this particular agent is big in SFF and isn't open for submissions all that often. It just hit harder knowing that there's nothing wrong with the book other than it's not in fashion right now. I can kind of handle being told it isn't ready, or it needs more work, or the prose isn't quite right - those are things I can fix and move on from - but to be told it is all effectively out of my hands... that's a real downer. I have to admit that it has also confirmed what I have suspected for a long time - everything about this industry is more to do with luck and being in the right place at the right time than writing a good book. Hell, I've written a good book (an agent said so!), but it still isn't enough.
  • Jillybean
    by Jillybean 5 months ago
    Thanks Ele :) Love the music btw
  • J.
    by J. 5 months ago
    What an imaginative story - EXCELLENT!
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 5 months ago
    Adding my voice to the clamour. Brilliantly well done, Ele!
  • bryo
    by bryo 5 months ago
    Just read the three placed entries. They were all excellent. You fought off some stiff competition Ele. Very well done
  • Barb
    by Barb 5 months ago
    Fabulous news - congratulations on your win!
  • Old Fat Prop
    by Old Fat Prop 5 months ago
    Quite remarkable.
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 5 months ago
    I imagine all this praise is getting tiresome by now, but if I may risk adding to it - I loved The Ghost Boy, wonderful voice and pitch-perfect in its construction. Brilliant, thoroughly deserved win. It's one of those stories that I look at and realise I have so far to go as a short story writer. Well done
  • Jenni Belsay
    by Jenni Belsay 5 months ago
    Just read The Ghost Boy. Loved it. Superb idea and accomplished delivery - great demonstration of how to generate emotion in your reader. A well-deserved win.