Hil

Hil

59 years old
Female
Current Status
Have just entered a Quite Expensive competition.
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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" commented on Philippa's Blog "Breaching the Citadel (aka Getting a Foothold in the Publishing World)".
    Great! Talk about hard work... Wishing you all the best with the rewrite. Yes, you CAN (to echo Squidge).
    6 days ago
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    "Hil" commented on Squidge's Blog "Launching Home".
    What a launch - and so many cloudie friends! To echo the others: READ THE BOOK! You know that thing where a book is indeed utterly unputdownable, but you want to save up the ending because you don't want to have finished it...
    10 days ago
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    Hil Have just entered a Quite Expensive competition.
    23 days ago
    • Newbie
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      Newbie Fingers crossed you win it, Hil.
      23 days ago
    • L.
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      L. Good luck!
      23 days ago
    • Dragon Lady
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      Dragon Lady Fingers crossed! Even getting longlisted will be a win. ;-)
      23 days ago
    • Philippa
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      Philippa Good luck! What's the comp if I may ask?
      22 days ago
    • Hil
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      Hil Retreat West First Chapter. It was a last minute decision!
      21 days ago
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    Hil Here's my winning story - exactly 100 words. http://www.nawg.co.uk/3817/ (Don't know if it's a link or a cut and paste job...)
    1 month ago
    • Debi
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      Debi That's beautiful, Hil. x
      1 month ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Well done, Hil :-)
      1 month ago
    • Giselle
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      Giselle Bravo Hil!
      1 month ago
    • Skylark
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      Skylark So much said in so few words. Well done, Hil x
      1 month ago
    • Hil
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      Hil Thank you, my friends!
      1 month ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Just read it. Well done you!
      1 month ago
    • Hil
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      Hil Thanks, Whisks.
      1 month ago
    • Hil
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      Hil (Also my friend, of course!)
      1 month ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Of course :-D
      1 month ago
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    "Hil" commented on Skylark's Blog "Another Update on Getting Published (aka Trying to Write Book Two)".
    Fantastic blog, Skylark. It's truly inspiring and encouraging to read about your ongoing journey. See you soon... (and you, Philippa?!)
    1 month ago
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    Hil Today's competition prize will cover cost of last year's comp entries - with a bit of cake money left over! (Will post link when it's on website.)
    1 month ago
    • BellaM
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      BellaM Well done. :-)
      1 month ago
    • Hil
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      Hil Thanks, Bella.
      1 month ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks What, what, what, what?
      1 month ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Hooray! And well done, Hil x
      1 month ago
    • Hil
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      Hil http://www.nawg.co.uk/3817/ The story had to be exacty 100 words. Very short flash!
      1 month ago
    • BellaM
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      BellaM That's great, Hil. So much conveyed in so few words. A worthy winner.
      1 month ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Oh wow!
      1 month ago
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    Hil
    Hil Have cut nearly 4000 words in two days.
    3 months ago
    • Hilly
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      Hilly Well done. Nothing like a good prune.
      3 months ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Unless you’re like me and two days later put them all back in again.
      3 months ago
    • Hilly
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      Hilly There is that, yes!
      3 months ago
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    Hil Have been sanding writing desk #procrastination!
    3 months ago
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    Hil
    Hil Nonanothisyear
    3 months ago
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    Hil commented on Bric's wall:
    Messaged you again, in case Cloud doesn't tell you!
    3 months ago
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    Hil commented on Bric's wall:
    Have sent you a message. H x
    3 months ago
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    Hil Not making the Bath Flash longlist somewhat offset by having two pieces in the Flash500 longlist! Hurray!
    3 months ago
    • Newbie
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      Newbie Well done :-)
      3 months ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Well done, Hil!
      3 months ago
    • L.
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      L. Congratulations!
      3 months ago
    • Scheherazade
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      Scheherazade Well done Hil!
      3 months ago
    • John Alty
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      John Alty A bit of a good news, bad news story, Hil. Commiserations and congratulations!
      3 months ago
    • Philippa
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      Philippa Well done, well done! Can't win 'em all, but that'll do nicely, me thinks :)
      3 months ago
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    Hil
    Hil commented on Newbie's wall:
    Thanks, Newbie.
    4 months ago
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    Newbie
    Newbie commented on Hil's wall:
    Seriously spine tingling comp entry Hil.
    4 months ago

About

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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  • Newbie
    by Newbie 4 months ago
    Seriously spine tingling comp entry Hil.
  • L.
    by L. 4 months ago
    Recycled or not great comp entry - very creepy and I liked the 2 different POVs.
  • John Taylor
    by John Taylor 4 months ago
    Thank you, Hil x
  • Bric
    by Bric 4 months ago
    What a beautiful comp entry, Hil. Brought a tear to my eye.
  • John Alty
    by John Alty 5 months ago
    Thanks Hil, too kind.
  • Hel
    by Hel 6 months 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 6 months ago
    Thank you, Hil.
  • Mashie Niblick
    by Mashie Niblick 6 months ago
    oh Hil, that's lovely thank you
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 6 months ago
    Thanks Hil, much appreciated
  • S J Hughes
    by S J Hughes 6 months ago
    Thanks very much, going to sit down tonight and read all the other sories.