Hil

Hil

59 years old
Female
Current Status
Beyond thrilled to be runner up in Retreat West first chapter comp. Feel as good as if I'd won!
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  • Are you a ...?
    Writer published in mags, etc
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Literary fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Fiction for children
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Carys Bray, Helen Dunmore, William Trevor, Rose Tremain, David Almond, Elizabeth Berg, Susan Hill, Michael Morpurgo,
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    The Book Thief, Curious Incident, Room, Once, A Song for Issy Bradley, The Very Hungry Caterpillar (!), Paper Dolls (Julia Donaldson)
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Procastinatory
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Some self-editing
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To have a full length novel published by someone other than myself. And then another one, and then another...
    Your worst habit?
    Buying things in charity shops!
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    At home, at a desk in a spare bedroom, looking out over the garden
    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?
    Once fell out of a moving car; once read at the Hay Festival; have 10 descendants (so far)

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    Hil
    Hil commented on KazGinnane's wall:
    Thank you!
    1 month ago
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    KazGinnane
    KazGinnane commented on Hil's wall:
    Hil, this - 'I didn’t know skin could break. I thought it was only bones and hearts.' Poor wee boy! You've captured his innocence and hope (and repressed hurt) with simple power. Very moving.
    1 month ago
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    Hil
    Hil commented on Knicky Laurelle's wall:
    Thank you!
    1 month ago
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    Knicky Laurelle
    Knicky Laurelle commented on Hil's wall:
    Your comp entry is so very sweet :)
    1 month ago
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    Hil
    Hil commented on Raine's wall:
    Thank you, Raine.
    1 month ago
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    Raine
    Raine commented on Hil's wall:
    Oh, what a sweet and sad wee boy in your comp entry! And teensy hints of darkness in there too (I think?)
    1 month ago
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    Hil
    Hil commented on Athelstone's wall:
    Ah, how sweet! Thanks, Ath.
    1 month ago
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    Athelstone
    Athelstone commented on Hil's wall:
    Poor Henry. When I was 7 and staying in a hotel with my family, I informed the manager's daughter (who was 16) that I was going to marry her when I grew up. So I can definitely sympathise with Henry. Great entry!
    1 month ago
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    Hil
    Hil Beyond thrilled to be runner up in Retreat West first chapter comp. Feel as good as if I'd won!
    1 month ago
    • Kate
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      Kate Congratulations Hil. That’s fab.
      1 month ago
    • Newbie
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      Newbie Well done, Hil.
      1 month ago
    • Debi
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      Debi So delighted for you!
      1 month ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Oh, well done, Hil! The red shoes one?
      1 month ago
    • Hil
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      Hil Thanks, all. Squidge, funny you should say that, because I hadn't realised until this VERY MOMENT that this one (the butcher's shop chapter) and the short story 'Sea Defences' both have RED SHOES! What does this mean? (And I've never even seen all of the Wizard of Oz, and in the book, the shoes are silver...)
      1 month ago
    • L.
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      L. Congrats!
      1 month ago
    • Jill
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      Jill Congratulations, Hil. Well deserved placing I'm sure. :) Jx
      1 month ago
    • poggle
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      poggle Now you know what one near win can do/ Look at you it's got you wanting more/Madly, that little snatch of success/Held all your Heart and Soul! (Apologies to Hoagy Carmichael)
      1 month ago
    • J.net
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      J.net Congratulations, Hil!
      1 month ago
    • Philippa
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      Philippa Snoop shoop
      1 month ago
    • Hil
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      Hil :-)
      1 month ago
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    Hil
    Hil half way through first chapter rewrite. Slow going. But feels positive.
    1 month ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Always good if you're making progress, Hil! However slow it feels...
      1 month ago
    • Newbie
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      Newbie I'm pleased you're feeling positive Hil, I'm at the stage of pulling my hair out. ;-)
      1 month ago
    • Hil
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      Hil ups and downs, Newbie - good luck. Squ - have you finished the church profile thing?
      1 month ago
    • Newbie
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      Newbie Thanks, you too.
      1 month ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge We have the words Hil - just need the pics to go with and PCC approval... I think!
      1 month ago
    • Hil
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      Hil Good! (@Squidge) I hope you find the 'right' person - eventually.
      1 month ago
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    Hil
    Hil Haven't had the whiteout on this site before. Wondered what you all meant. Now, suddenly, here it is! Aagh! Not at all nice!
    2 months ago
    • Jill
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      Jill Hi! Hil ~ it is awful, isn't it?
      2 months ago
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    Hil
    Hil Yay! Shortlisted in Retreat West first chapter comp. Along with another self-edit alumna! We were even in the same group!
    2 months ago
    • L.
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      L. That's brilliant news! Congratulations and good luck with the last round! x
      2 months ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Well done, Hil! I recognised your name and one other, but not the rest. Good luck :-)
      2 months ago
    • Hil
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      Hil Thanks, L and Sea.
      2 months ago
    • BellaM
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      BellaM Fab. Good for you and best wishes going forward. :-)
      2 months ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Brava!
      2 months ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Brilliant! Well done, Hil! x
      2 months ago
    • Debi
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      Debi Fabulous news. :-)
      2 months ago
    • Hil
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      Hil Thanks, all.
      2 months ago
    • Jill
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      Jill Well done, Hil. Well deserved, I'm certain. Jx
      2 months ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff Congratulations!
      2 months ago
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    Hil
    "Hil" commented on Skylark's Blog "That telly thing".
    Haha, Athel. Brill!
    2 months ago
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    Hil
    Hil commented on Lio's wall:
    Hi Lio, Welcome to the Cloud and welcome to 'Short and Sweet'. As you can see, no activity on here lately. But I'll read a short story if you put one up - or you could post one on the main critiques wall if you want a critique. More people will see ...
    2 months ago
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    Hil
    Hil Great workshop on Saturday with Andrew Wille. 'Everyday Magic'. Inspired.
    2 months ago
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    • Thea
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      Thea Hi Hil, yes that's right, I went to the November one and, I agree, Andrew is so inspiring. I expect this workshop will become a regular fixture.
      2 months ago
    • L.
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      L. Nice! Would you recommend it, then?
      2 months ago
    • Thea
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      Thea Hi, glad to hear that you enjoyed it, Hil :-)
      2 months ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Andrew is always inspiring...
      2 months ago
    • Skylark
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      Skylark I love Andrew's workshops. Always come out of them with ideas sparking all over the place!
      2 months ago
    • Hil
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      Hil Yes, definitely. I usually go to courses and workshops because of who is teaching them. And Squidge is right - he is always inspiring. I've booked the next one which is about the craft of revising http://www.wordsaway.info/workshops-1/2017/11/18/revising-and-editing-workshop
      2 months ago
    • Hil
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      Hil (And Skylark is right....) :-) Thea, did you say you went to the November one?
      2 months ago
    • Thea
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      Thea Hi Hil, yes that's right, I went to the November one and, I agree, Andrew is so inspiring. I expect this workshop will become a regular fixture.
      2 months ago

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I've been writing on and off for years, and have recently had a few short stories published and won/been shortlisted for a few prizes. I teach part-time in a small local primary school. My five children are now all grown up and I have five grandchildren. I'm writing a novel.

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  • KazGinnane
    by KazGinnane 1 month ago
    Hil, this - 'I didn’t know skin could break. I thought it was only bones and hearts.'

    Poor wee boy! You've captured his innocence and hope (and repressed hurt) with simple power. Very moving.
  • Knicky Laurelle
    by Knicky Laurelle 1 month ago
    Your comp entry is so very sweet :)
  • Raine
    by Raine 1 month ago
    Oh, what a sweet and sad wee boy in your comp entry! And teensy hints of darkness in there too (I think?)
  • Athelstone
    by Athelstone 1 month ago
    Poor Henry. When I was 7 and staying in a hotel with my family, I informed the manager's daughter (who was 16) that I was going to marry her when I grew up. So I can definitely sympathise with Henry. Great entry!
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 4 months ago
    I yawned my way through the first third of the 100 year old man who jumped out of the window, too, then decided life was too short. It was all tell. Couldn't care less about him.
  • John Taylor
    by John Taylor 4 months ago
    I'm sure there is a novel in there, Hil. The voices and atmosphere are so real. Looking forward to Everyday Magic.
  • Jill
    by Jill 4 months ago
    Thank you, Hil. You have a good, snowy day too! Jx
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 4 months ago
    'Your eyes - dark-ocean deep' Love it!
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 8 months ago
    Seriously spine tingling comp entry Hil.
  • L.
    by L. 9 months ago
    Recycled or not great comp entry - very creepy and I liked the 2 different POVs.