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    Unpublished writer (so far)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" commented on Hil's Blog "Exploding head syndrome".
    I'm usually stepping off a pavement, which is taller than I thought - gasp! Falling off a skyscraper is worth waking up to avoid - a pavement? Not so much. Exploding Head Syndrome is an awful name - who thought up that one?!
    5 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on curlykats's Blog "Robin Williams and vivid memories".
    I have a poor memory full stop - unless there's a photo of said event almost everything 'whirrs down into ennui' a wise woman once said. It is strange how upsetting the death of a celebrity can be. I suppose it is the links in our mind (even if, ...
    5 days ago
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    Ele
    Ele 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.
    8 days ago
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      RedRuth Is that a group here on the Cloud?
      8 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on Flickimp's Blog "I'm back...".
    Go easy on yourself, Fickimp. You are a writer (and lots of other things too) so maybe try to see the times you can't write as times to digest, even if it's sub-consciously. I think, for what little it's worth, that having time not writing is as ...
    10 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on bdcharles's Blog "A Million Shimmering Shards of Bedark't Violet Yesterdays".
    Sorry, bd, I can't write in purple - despite loving many purple books from Victorian writers. I edit my own work down to the barest essential, veering toward flash fiction and short stories where every word counts. It's because if I try to write ...
    11 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on Edward Picot's Blog "Dementia".
    Well done, Edward. Very interesting!
    11 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on Rebecca's Blog "D.I.Y characters that live".
    It wasn't depressing at all, Rebecca! Very interesting instead. I think what might help you with character is to look at the lively way you've described some aspects of your Gran. 'She’s short and dumpy, with a comfortable, inviting bosom.' Just ...
    14 days ago
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    Ele commented on Hil's picture.
    Aw, lovely. Nice hat, Hil!
    15 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on Woolleybeans's Blog "Pride and Please-Don't-Look-At-Me".
    I know I'm late, but just wanted to say I'm as embarrassed to say I'm an artist as much as I'm embarrassed to say I'm a writer. I just generally go through life apologising, blushing and - as CJ so brilliantly wrote - drinking tea, discussing the ...
    15 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on Gerilyn's Blog "Synaesthesia ".
    Only just caught on to your blog, Gerilyn! I'm so pleased you've discovered something new about yourself that you'd assumed everyone had - but not that many do! You might like to look up Richard E Cytowic who's written extensively on the various ...
    15 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on Mashie Niblick's Blog "Favourites".
    Least favourite: Moist *shudder* Most favourite: Skedaddle
    16 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on Rebecca's Blog "What Drives Your Story?".
    My stories are always character-led. I start with a very sketchy character idea (terrible planner!) and then the situation presents itself, the 'problem,' and then the location comes last. I realised with my first novel that the location had ...
    16 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on UKeagle 's Blog "Self doubts".
    Pinch away - it isn't mine! I love Alice Munro.
    20 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on UKeagle 's Blog "Self doubts".
    I agree with Ada. Writing with the intention of publishing is a tough slog and positively encourages self-doubt. I don't know how authors tied into book deals do it. I find writing for myself is usually when I write best. Just for the pleasure ...
    20 days ago
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    Ele
    Ele Aw, was trying to add emojis to the site but it won't let me - I'd add a sad face but can't...
    20 days ago
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      Tony :-(
      20 days ago
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      Ele Yeah, thanks, Tony!
      20 days ago
    • Tony
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      Tony 'S'right :-)
      20 days 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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  • Jillybean
    by Jillybean 1 month ago
    Thanks Ele :) Love the music btw
  • J.
    by J. 1 month ago
    What an imaginative story - EXCELLENT!
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 1 month ago
    Adding my voice to the clamour. Brilliantly well done, Ele!
  • bryo
    by bryo 1 month ago
    Just read the three placed entries. They were all excellent. You fought off some stiff competition Ele. Very well done
  • Barb
    by Barb 1 month ago
    Fabulous news - congratulations on your win!
  • Old Fat Prop
    by Old Fat Prop 1 month ago
    Quite remarkable.
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 1 month 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 1 month 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.
  • SecretSpi
    by SecretSpi 1 month ago
    I've also read "The Ghost Boy" - excellent writing, original and what appealed most was that you gave it a positive hopeful note, which I think is far more difficult to achieve than depressing gloom and doom. While I was there I also started reading some of the other placed and runners up and they are of a very, very high standard.
  • Hil
    by Hil 1 month ago
    Ele! Huge congratulations! That's fantastic news. I've just read Ghost Boy - it's brilliant. I loved it. Well done, and enjoy the celebrations.