Ele

Ele

39 years old
Female
Location
Bath
United Kingdom
Current Status
❤ Love that I share my birthday with Paul Cezanne, Edgar Allan Poe, Janis Joplin and Pasha Kovalev! Who says today is the saddest day of the year?
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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    Unpublished writer (so far)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 Squidge's Blog "Got something to tell you...".
    How exciting, Squidge!! Persistence is definitely the name of the game - and oodles of talent, of course! Look forward to reading it.
    7 months ago
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    Ele
    Ele ❤ Love that I share my birthday with Paul Cezanne, Edgar Allan Poe, Janis Joplin and Pasha Kovalev! Who says today is the saddest day of the year?
    7 months ago
    • Stephen Mark
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      Stephen Mark A very happy birthday, Ele :-)
      7 months ago
    • FredaPeople
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      FredaPeople Happy birthday Ele. Sounds a lot better than sharing a birthday with Val Doonican, Ronald Regan and the deaths of Sid Vicious and Buddy Holly !! Make sure you mark it well.
      7 months ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on Ele's Blog "To write or not to write...".
    The problem with 'hobby' writing is that there is no deadline and no reason to finish projects.. Over the past two years I had two ideas for historical novels, but apart from thinking about them and writing out a plot, I did little more. Who ...
    8 months ago
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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 ...
    8 months 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 ...
    8 months 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
    8 months 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 ...
    8 months 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!
    8 months 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 ...
    8 months 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.
    10 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
    10 months ago
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    Ele
    Ele has uploaded 1 New Profile Photos.
    10 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 ...
    1 year 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. ...
    1 year 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 ...
    1 year ago

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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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
    Thanks Ele :) Love the music btw
  • J.
    by J. 1 year ago
    What an imaginative story - EXCELLENT!
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 1 year ago
    Adding my voice to the clamour. Brilliantly well done, Ele!
  • bryo
    by bryo 1 year 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 year ago
    Fabulous news - congratulations on your win!
  • Old Fat Prop
    by Old Fat Prop 1 year ago
    Quite remarkable.
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 1 year 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 year 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.