Hil

Hil

59 years old
Female
Current Status
Haven't had the whiteout on this site before. Wondered what you all meant. Now, suddenly, here it is! Aagh! Not at all nice!
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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 Haven't had the whiteout on this site before. Wondered what you all meant. Now, suddenly, here it is! Aagh! Not at all nice!
    12 days ago
    • Jill
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      Jill Hi! Hil ~ it is awful, isn't it?
      12 days 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!
    17 days ago
    • L.
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      L. That's brilliant news! Congratulations and good luck with the last round! x
      17 days ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Well done, Hil! I recognised your name and one other, but not the rest. Good luck :-)
      17 days ago
    • Hil
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      Hil Thanks, L and Sea.
      17 days ago
    • BellaM
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      BellaM Fab. Good for you and best wishes going forward. :-)
      17 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Brava!
      17 days ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Brilliant! Well done, Hil! x
      17 days ago
    • Debi
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      Debi Fabulous news. :-)
      17 days ago
    • Hil
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      Hil Thanks, all.
      17 days ago
    • Jill
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      Jill Well done, Hil. Well deserved, I'm certain. Jx
      16 days ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff Congratulations!
      16 days ago
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    Hil
    "Hil" commented on Skylark's Blog "That telly thing".
    Haha, Athel. Brill!
    25 days 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 ...
    25 days ago
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    Hil
    Hil Great workshop on Saturday with Andrew Wille. 'Everyday Magic'. Inspired.
    26 days 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.
      25 days ago
    • L.
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      L. Nice! Would you recommend it, then?
      26 days ago
    • Thea
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      Thea Hi, glad to hear that you enjoyed it, Hil :-)
      26 days ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Andrew is always inspiring...
      25 days ago
    • Skylark
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      Skylark I love Andrew's workshops. Always come out of them with ideas sparking all over the place!
      25 days 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
      25 days ago
    • Hil
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      Hil (And Skylark is right....) :-) Thea, did you say you went to the November one?
      25 days 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.
      25 days ago
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    Hil
    Hil has accepted Loretta Milan's friend request.
    26 days ago
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    Hil
    "Hil" commented on Harry's Blog "Anyone spot any changes?".
    Well, they surely won't even mention the Cloud, since it will be (is?) closed to new members and possibly in its death throes. Doubtless they will be shouting about the Townhouse. But that doesn't mean our friendships have to be in their death ...
    1 month ago
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    Hil
    "Hil" commented on Harry's Blog "Anyone spot any changes?".
    I'm guessing you could get the discount (whatever it is) on York by only joining for a month at £30, so if it's 10% (assuming £400) you'd actually be saving a whole £10!!! My last two festivals I've taken advantage of the early bird discount, ...
    1 month ago
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    Hil
    "Hil" commented on Harry's Blog "Of Jericho, clouds, and community".
    My first reaction on reading your initial email was 'Oh no, we'll lose the Cloud.' That is what I care about. I joined the WordCloud after my first time at York. Without the Cloud, I very much doubt if I would have attended 5 subsequent festivals or ...
    1 month ago
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    Hil
    "Hil" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    Skylark, I don't think there's any 'hopefully' about it. In other words - there's no doubt! You're already an inspiration, and it will be great to hear you keep on being one!
    1 month ago
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    Hil
    "Hil" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    My comment above sounds like I'm just concerned about getting a good deal. I'm not. I'm concerned about losing the Cloud. I love the Cloud.
    1 month ago
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    Hil
    "Hil" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    What I'm really hoping right now is that Cloudies/early bird bookers/non Jericho members will still get a good deal on York. Sometimes 'course' can mean 'content you could find in a book for £15/£20 but pay £100s for because it's called a ...
    1 month ago
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    Hil
    "Hil" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    Do you know what, Skylark? You being the keynote speaker has tipped the scales a lot further in favour of me deciding to attend the festival! That's so great! @JohnAlty I think allowing current cloudies access to just the Townhouse forum would be ...
    1 month ago
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    Hil
    "Hil" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    Donna - one of the things many people do not want to lose from the Cloud is access to pages from courses they've done. If posts older than 18 months were deleted, these would be lost.
    1 month ago
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    Hil
    "Hil" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    Sounds interesting, Loretta.
    1 month 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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  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 2 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 2 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 2 months ago
    Thank you, Hil. You have a good, snowy day too! Jx
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 2 months ago
    'Your eyes - dark-ocean deep' Love it!
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 7 months ago
    Seriously spine tingling comp entry Hil.
  • L.
    by L. 7 months ago
    Recycled or not great comp entry - very creepy and I liked the 2 different POVs.
  • John Taylor
    by John Taylor 7 months ago
    Thank you, Hil x
  • Bric
    by Bric 7 months ago
    What a beautiful comp entry, Hil. Brought a tear to my eye.
  • Hel
    by Hel 9 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 9 months ago
    Thank you, Hil.