Hil

Hil

58 years old
Female
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Have a great FoW17 everyone who's going. See you next year, maybe.
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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 Catasshe's Blog "Random question re Women's magazine publication".
    Although, they're not as long as 'normal' novels...
    1 day ago
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    "Hil" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Random question re Women's magazine publication".
    Catasshe re pocket novels - yes they are interesting, but with regard to what we were saying about these stories not being what we usually write - it's a lot more to invest in something that isn't quite you.
    1 day ago
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    "Hil" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Random question re Women's magazine publication".
    Talking of comps, try Writing Magazine https://www.writers-online.co.uk/writing-competitions/ I've had three stories in Writers' News through winning these comps. (Can you hear that sound? It's me, blowing my own trumpet!!) Philippa has had stories ...
    1 day ago
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    Hil
    "Hil" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Random question re Women's magazine publication".
    https://www.thepeoplesfriend.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2017/04/PF-FICTION-Guidelines.pdf Here are the PF guidelines
    1 day ago
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    Hil
    "Hil" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Random question re Women's magazine publication".
    See comment in group, Barny.
    1 day ago
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    "Hil" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Random question re Women's magazine publication".
    I had forgotten about the self publishing of short stories convo. I am interested - but haven't done anything about it yet. The other thing about comps v. short stories pubbed in mags like PF is that PF etc publish so many stories - they need at ...
    1 day ago
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    Hil
    "Hil" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Random question re Women's magazine publication".
    I have some experience of this, Catasshe. I entirely see what you're saying about the 'calibre' of the stories, and their predictability etc. But I do think there is some value in being able to write to a particular brief. I've had two stories ...
    2 days ago
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    Hil
    Hil Have a great FoW17 everyone who's going. See you next year, maybe.
    15 days ago
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    Hil
    "Hil" commented on Raine's Blog "Pre-York Confession".
    Thanks for letting us know, Raine - and well done for keeping going. I am a great fan of your writing too - that story about Madagascar was amazing. Wishing you success. Not going to York this year, so will miss seeing you. But have a great time. xxx
    25 days ago
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    John Alty
    John Alty commented on Hil's wall:
    Thanks Hil, too kind.
    28 days ago
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    Hil
    Hil commented on AlanP's wall:
    Ooh, that's a frightening tale, Alan.
    1 month ago
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    Hil
    Hil commented on Hel's wall:
    Thanks, Hel.
    1 month ago
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    Hel
    Hel commented on Hil's wall:
    Thanks for your kind comments, Hil. I thought your piece was beautiful. I especially liked that you didn’t say what the creature was because we have such stereotyped ideas about merfolk, or there again, it could be a kind of half human, half fish ...
    1 month ago
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    Newbie
    Newbie commented on Hil's wall:
    Thank you, Hil.
    1 month ago
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    Mashie Niblick
    Mashie Niblick commented on Hil's wall:
    oh Hil, that's lovely thank you
    1 month 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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  • John Alty
    by John Alty 28 days ago
    Thanks Hil, too kind.
  • Hel
    by Hel 1 month ago
    Thanks for your kind comments, Hil.
    I thought your piece was beautiful. I especially liked that you didn’t say what the creature was because we have such stereotyped ideas about merfolk, or there again, it could be a kind of half human, half fish – a strange creature, which matches with the quote you chose. A lovely redemptive ending that made me think of whales being helped back into the ocean when the tide rises.
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 1 month ago
    Thank you, Hil.
  • Mashie Niblick
    by Mashie Niblick 1 month ago
    oh Hil, that's lovely thank you
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 1 month ago
    Thanks Hil, much appreciated
  • S J Hughes
    by S J Hughes 1 month ago
    Thanks very much, going to sit down tonight and read all the other sories.
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 1 month ago
    Lovely descriptive comp entry, Hil
  • J.net
    by J.net 1 month ago
    Loved your comp entry, Hil. The prose is simply beautiful - and that extra little detail at the end. Brilliant.
  • Athelstone
    by Athelstone 1 month ago
    Hi Hil, just grabbing 5 mind of internet. Thanks for the comments on my comp entry! Just read yours. Beautiful writing. People work hard for these entries but this is a very good one.
  • Berks
    by Berks 1 month ago
    Thanks Hil, much appreciated!