Sandra

Sandra

Female
Location
Teesside
United Kingdom
Current Status
Ha! Just found myself reaching for the coffee just brewed by a character in my wip
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  • Are you a ...?
    Self-published author
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Crime
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    General Fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    John Lawton, Dorothy Dunnett, Ajay Close, C Brookmyre, Peter Temple, S.J.Bolton, Declan Hughes, William McIlvannay, Adrian McKinty, Karen Campbell, Andrew Greig, A.L.Kennedy etc.etc.
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Laidlaw; Troy series; Lymond saga; Dirt Music; Broken Shore; Borders trilogy; The wrong kind of blood; The shiny narrow grin; We that were young ; The Cutting Room; Dead Sharp (Len Wanner); How to paint a dead man; Sheer Blue Bliss, Electric Brae. GWTW,
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Disciplined
    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?
    For readers to be able to forget themselves in my characters; to give them the sort of joyous transportation that so many books give me.
    Your worst habit?
    Preferring to read rather than eat (or feed my family).
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Self-publishing makes the most sense to me
    Where do you write?
    In my office at home (but wrote one novel while riding pillion around the Highlands & Islands.)
    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?
    'Published' in anthologies, and self-published - nothing paid for! I'm also an artist so I like (need to/insist on) designing my own covers, and have illustrated a couple.

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    Sandra
    Sandra Ha! Just found myself reaching for the coffee just brewed by a character in my wip
    15 hours ago
    • sirtanicmills
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      sirtanicmills I'd say you are well into that, Sandra! (Did it taste ok?)
      14 hours ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on RichardB's Blog "Reality Check".
    @ Whisks - "Hear, hear!!"
    3 days ago
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    J.net
    J.net commented on Sandra's wall:
    Thank you, Sandra and, as Athers said, right back atcha.
    4 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on J.net's wall:
    Immensely powerful and poundingly-told comp. tale - well done.
    4 days ago
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    Athelstone
    Athelstone commented on Sandra's wall:
    Thanks again, Sandra. And right back atcha. That's a very difficult story you posted in the competition. Which of course I loved.
    5 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra Can't read more than a couple of comp entries at a time ... some scary stuff out there.
    5 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Neil Evans's wall:
    Perfectly paced, and chilling - excellent.
    5 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Athelstone's wall:
    400 words ... and the last ten terrifying. Good comp entry, Ath.
    5 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Neil Evans's wall:
    Thanks Neil, - appreciated.
    6 days ago
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    Neil Evans
    Neil Evans commented on Sandra's wall:
    Excellent entry
    6 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra Got up before five and before I know it it's half six!
    6 days ago
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    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff No thanks, Whisks, but it's very kind of you. My body clock is clearly on GMT and may have to stay that way.
      6 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Would you like a lovely cockerel or two to keep you company?
      6 days ago
    • Sandra
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      Sandra Nope. While I'd have no objection to hearing a cock crow, it's the in-house silence I most appreciate.
      6 days ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff Finally got to sleep around fivish and before I know it it's nine!
      6 days ago
    • Sandra
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      Sandra Jane, perhaps it's you that needs the rooster?
      6 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Not in England it's not. You posted this 11 minutes ago, Jane - and still it's only 8:57. Yes, a rooster would get your body clock sorted out :)
      6 days ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff But I live in France... where it's currently 10:09.
      6 days ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff And I am trying to get my body clock sorted but after years of abuse, it's hard and anyway the clocks change towards the end of this month - in my favour
      6 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks I know, dear. :). Apparently roosters have a very strong body clock - even kept in the dark, they still know when dawn should be.
      6 days ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff PS Not even a cockerel in my bedroom would wake me.
      6 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Let's try that out, shall we?
      6 days ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff No thanks, Whisks, but it's very kind of you. My body clock is clearly on GMT and may have to stay that way.
      6 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on RichardB's Blog "Reality Check".
    Superbly-written blog Richard.
    8 days ago
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    Newbie
    Newbie commented on Sandra's wall:
    Thank you, Sandra. :-)
    9 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Newbie's wall:
    Your comp entry, Newbie, intriguing, chilling but leaves me with a smidgeon of optimism.
    9 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra My MC isn't who I thought it was!
    10 days ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Well that's embarrassing! Who is your MC?
      10 days ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff Sneaky. I've known MC's like that. They seem innocent and unassuming but under hte mask they're plotting to take over. You let them have a couple of extra scenes because they're no bother to fit in and then you discover a bit of interesting back story about them and before you know it they've stolen the plot.
      10 days ago
    • Sandra
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      Sandra Well, he/she (I don't even know that!) is keeping very schtum about intentions.
      10 days ago

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Self-indulgent novelist, writing for my own enjoyment, but wondering whether perhaps I ought to propel myself out of my comfort zone.
I blog, irregularly, at http://sandra-linesofcommunication.blogspot.com and also host http://predictionfiction.blogspot.co.uk/ - a prompt-led weekly challenge to write 100 words in the noir/sci-fi/fantasy or horror genres, and excellent practice for tightening one's writing.

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  • J.net
    by J.net 4 days ago
    Thank you, Sandra and, as Athers said, right back atcha.
  • Athelstone
    by Athelstone 5 days ago
    Thanks again, Sandra. And right back atcha. That's a very difficult story you posted in the competition. Which of course I loved.
  • Neil Evans
    by Neil Evans 6 days ago
    Excellent entry
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 9 days ago
    Thank you, Sandra. :-)
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 12 days ago
    Nice comp entry, Sandra, tragic and spooky.
  • L.
    by L. 13 days ago
    A beautiful and tragic competition entry.
  • jkdavies
    by jkdavies 13 days ago
    Loved your Stamford Apple, wonderful metaphors and bittersweet
  • bazbaron
    by bazbaron 13 days ago
    Awsome bittersweet tail [sic] in the October comp, Sandra. Loved it.
  • Skylark
    by Skylark 17 days ago
    Vivid sense of time and place in your comp entry, Sandra. More powerful for knowing these rituals were once commonplace.
  • Barb
    by Barb 18 days ago
    Thank you! I love the use of senses in yours and a great twist in the tale / tail. It put me in mind of this Rammstein video that I love:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrmsJhf89MY