Ele

Ele

38 years old
Female
Location
Bath
United Kingdom
Current Status
Yippee! My short story is going to be printed as part of an anthology! An actual, real-life book - bound and everything!
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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    Unpublished writer (so far)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 AlanP's Blog "Hello you lot".
    Music is powerful on the ol' emotions. Black dogs skew all your usual favourites, I find. Anything by Simon and Garfunkel can be a downer - The Boxer always brings tears to my eyes. And anything by Erik Satie makes me literally stop what I'm doing ...
    2 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on tarquilla's Blog "That first sentence".
    Here, here, AlanP! And anyway, the blurb on the back is often so misleading and an awful lot of book covers are generic that it's difficult to choose a book that way. If I haven't already read something by the author, I choose books entirely on ...
    7 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on Stoked's Blog "The Madness of a Word".
    Hey, Stroked. You're not alone, no. Like you and Scarlett, I too verge on the obsessive when it comes to writing and painting. Once I start I find it almost impossible to stop, unless I'm forced to by my children enquiring when the tea I haven't ...
    7 days ago
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    Ele has accepted Skytrucker's friend request.
    8 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on Pinkbelt75's Blog "Letter to a child.".
    That actually brought to tears to my eyes! Thanks for posting it, Pinkbelt. Coincidentally I just favourite another tweet, one of those quote things people seem fond of posting - but this one really was worth posting: "The true sign of ...
    8 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on Skytrucker's Blog "Thought for the day".
    Hello, Skytrucker, not sure we've been introduced? That's quite a change in career. It sounds like you have more success writing when you're not busy. Maybe try to find a regular time where you can 'switch off.' I usually come up with story ideas ...
    9 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on mike's Blog "re york festival".
    It would be for me but it's my anniversary then and tho hubby is super-supportive, there are limits. Not sure if non-fiction is covered. Hopefully someone more knowledgeable than me will answer that one. P.S. You CAN string a sentence or three, ...
    9 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on bdcharles's Blog "Word Nerds!".
    Ooh, yes, nice post, Word Nerd - I mean, B.D. Charles! My daughter and I were talking the other day about how subjects at school have a particular colour and 'feeling,' agreeing that English was yellow and perky and then disagreeing on everything ...
    9 days ago
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    Ele
    Ele Yippee! My short story is going to be printed as part of an anthology! An actual, real-life book - bound and everything!
    9 days ago
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    • Lou
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      Lou Paintings too? Even better, but I'm not at all surprised, your art is so good x
      9 days ago
    • MinxieAD
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      MinxieAD That's fantastic news, Ele. Congratulations! x
      9 days ago
    • David
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      David Well done.
      9 days ago
    • Sharley
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      Sharley Congratulations. What a lovely thing to look forward to.
      9 days ago
    • Bren
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      Bren congrarulations Ele.
      9 days ago
    • FredaPeople
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      FredaPeople Congratulations, Ele. Tell us more about it?
      9 days ago
    • Lou
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      Lou That's fabulous, Ele, congrats x
      9 days ago
    • Jill
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      Jill Exciting! :)
      9 days ago
    • Ele
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      Ele Thanks, guys! It will be an antholgy of stories shortlisted in the Bath Short Story Award and will be out mid-Oct. Incredibly, they've asked to use one of my paintings as the cover too!
      9 days ago
    • Skylark
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      Skylark Fantastic - well done, Ele! :-)
      9 days ago
    • Sharley
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      Sharley Your painting must be great. Can you post a copy? What a brilliant anthology to be part of too.
      9 days ago
    • Lou
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      Lou Paintings too? Even better, but I'm not at all surprised, your art is so good x
      9 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on Hil's Blog "Choosing words".
    The nonsense is what I love about our language and I admit I often exaggerate it when I speak to children. Why say 'wait a minute' when 'give me two shakes of a doggies tail' says the same thing but in a fun way? It's good to play with expressions ...
    11 days ago
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    Jillybean commented on Ele's wall:
    Thanks Ele :) Love the music btw
    13 days ago
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    Ele commented on Jillybean's wall:
    Whimsical comp entry, Jillybean. I enjoyed it very much.
    13 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on Barb's Blog "Caption Comp".
    Aw! I'm not funny enough but just wanted to add a chortle to some very funny suggestions. Oh, OK, how about 'Bark and Ride?'
    14 days ago
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    "Ele" commented on Charlie 's Blog "How Not to Write a Short Story".
    I like your analogy with painting, Charlie. Having been more formally 'taught' art than writing, I can vouch that similar rules apply. The rules in painting (like Konrath's rules, I imagine) are not intended to confine you. You follow them to ...
    14 days ago
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    Ele commented on Lou's wall:
    I'm sure Hodder do! I just the loved the other cover - so glad I've got it in hardback! And of course, the story inside is fab in any cover. I'm doing writer-y type things (like going on a boat along the River Avon with Barry Cunningham - and many ...
    15 days 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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  • Jillybean
    by Jillybean 13 days ago
    Thanks Ele :) Love the music btw
  • J.
    by J. 22 days ago
    What an imaginative story - EXCELLENT!
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 24 days ago
    Adding my voice to the clamour. Brilliantly well done, Ele!
  • bryo
    by bryo 25 days ago
    Just read the three placed entries. They were all excellent. You fought off some stiff competition Ele. Very well done
  • Barb
    by Barb 25 days ago
    Fabulous news - congratulations on your win!
  • Old Fat Prop
    by Old Fat Prop 25 days ago
    Quite remarkable.
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 25 days 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 26 days 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 26 days 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 26 days 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.