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    Unpublished writer (so far)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 John Taylor's Blog "Jody Klaire gives us an unforgettable character!".
    I like the sound of it - and Mrs Squirrel! What a lovely review.
    8 days ago
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    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
    8 days ago
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    Ele has uploaded 1 New Profile Photos.
    8 days 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 month ago
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    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 month 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 month ago
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    "Ele" commented on Flickimp's Blog "Kindle Kids offers another avenue for children authors.".
    Interesting. Thanks for posting, Flickimp.
    1 month ago
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    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 ...
    1 month ago
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    "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.
    1 month ago
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    "Ele" commented on J.net's Blog "Grumpy Days".
    Ha! The toilets would need to be horrific, of course. And the field really muddy. And the Daily Mail must be the main sponsor. And the stall holders need to be the entire fleet of miseries at my local Iceland.
    1 month ago
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    "Ele" commented on Squidge's Blog "What if...".
    Ah, good blog, Squidge. Now maybe we'll look back and think What if... I'd never read Squidge's blog and asked myself that What if question - which turned into my most fantastic story ever!
    1 month ago
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    "Ele" commented on Raine's Blog "Do stories about dragons matter?".
    Well, it's a jolly good blog, Raine! I remember reading somewhere (goodness knows where, I only ever remember things in smudgy, slightly vague bullet points) that there was a theory that some microcosm of the cruelty by the Nazis could be attributed ...
    1 month ago
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    "Ele" commented on Bren's Blog "Reading group Book Title suggestions.".
    Just noticed that Whisks has said much the same thing before me. That'll teach me for not reading properly! If your story can get picked up by a reading group list, Whisks, you'll be set!
    1 month ago
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    "Ele" commented on Bren's Blog "Reading group Book Title suggestions.".
    Hello Bren. I've helped set up a book group twice and it can be such a lot of fun - but it can be annoying (but this could just be me!) I prefer a book group to be quite focussed (so conversation doesn't get too carried away from the book - that's ...
    1 month ago
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    "Ele" commented on Squidge's Blog "And the winner is...".
    Yep, sounds like a winner. Good thinking, those children!
    1 month 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 month 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 month 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 3 months ago
    Thanks Ele :) Love the music btw
  • J.
    by J. 3 months ago
    What an imaginative story - EXCELLENT!
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 3 months ago
    Adding my voice to the clamour. Brilliantly well done, Ele!
  • bryo
    by bryo 3 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 3 months ago
    Fabulous news - congratulations on your win!
  • Old Fat Prop
    by Old Fat Prop 3 months ago
    Quite remarkable.
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 3 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 3 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.