Sandra

Sandra

Female
Location
Teesside
United Kingdom
Current Status
Take a look at this week's Prediction Fiction to see how many ways 'earring', 'park' and 'spearmint' can be combined ... http://predictionfiction.blogspot.co.uk
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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" commented on Skylark's Blog "A Very Belated Update on Getting Published".
    So very very good to hear of the success of your book, Sky, (although sorry how much it had to go hand in hand with sorrow at times. And although I've no idea what your book is about, the cover is a wonderful 'must buy' piece of artwork.
    1 day ago
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    "Sandra" commented on Cissy's Blog "The Now and Then of it".
    Interesting blog, Cissy, fascinating comments. I joined 2013 in advance of FoW, which set me on the way to an SE course and a bunch of loyal friends. 'Met' (and met) many others on the way many of whom I consider friends. Here is a daily check and ...
    2 days ago
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    Hil
    Hil commented on Sandra's wall:
    Great comp entry, Sandra.
    3 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on AlanP's Blog "Do we need Aspic".
    The Vikings broke into the neolithic Maeshowe and scratched runes which translate as 'many a woman has walked stooping in here' and 'Thornie bedded Helga'
    3 days ago
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    "Sandra" commented on OFP's Blog "White Van Chronicles.... An Afternoon in Nicaragua...".
    Lovely description of lovely day. I've a long-standing friend near there and last time we me we had coffee, lunch, and catch-up chats. Agree with what Hilly says above too, thank you.
    4 days ago
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    OFP
    OFP commented on Sandra's wall:
    Broken ankle... Serious ouch!
    6 days ago
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    Seagreen
    Seagreen commented on Sandra's wall:
    PM'd you back.
    8 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Seagreen's wall:
    Have pm'd you
    8 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra Take a look at this week's Prediction Fiction to see how many ways 'earring', 'park' and 'spearmint' can be combined ... http://predictionfiction.blogspot.co.uk
    8 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on Yo's Blog "Just!".
    I just checked one of mine - 359 'just's, 152 'fuck's, in 100,000 words ...
    9 days ago
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    "Sandra" commented on AlanP's Blog "August 16th 1977".
    Yup, I was ~4 months oregnant with no.3 when I heard he'd died. A sad, moping about useless day. And a big fan of the early stuff, though I could only ever afford the 78s (still have them too!) and not the LPs. Love for him was revived by watching ...
    9 days ago
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    Athelstone
    Athelstone commented on Sandra's wall:
    I'm glad you liked my fishy tale, Sandra. And thank you for saying so. I very much liked yours too. I've never been to the area, but as kids we regularly went on holiday to the area around Linton and Lynmouth where two weeks of bad weather over ...
    10 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Mashie Niblick's wall:
    Thank you kind sir - yours had a power and a glory but much as I'd be willing to worship the sea I'd not be swimming to the reef.
    10 days ago
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    Mashie Niblick
    Mashie Niblick commented on Sandra's wall:
    Crikey Sandra that's great story telling.
    10 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Athelstone's wall:
    Always a joy to read your pieces, and the one of bestest bits of this was I could hear you reading it. Lugubrious I think.
    11 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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  • Hil
    by Hil 3 days ago
    Great comp entry, Sandra.
  • OFP
    by OFP 6 days ago
    Broken ankle... Serious ouch!
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 8 days ago
    PM'd you back.
  • Athelstone
    by Athelstone 10 days ago
    I'm glad you liked my fishy tale, Sandra. And thank you for saying so. I very much liked yours too. I've never been to the area, but as kids we regularly went on holiday to the area around Linton and Lynmouth where two weeks of bad weather over Exmoor culminated in a huge river flood that destroyed over 100 houses and killed 34 people many of whom were washed out to sea. I've had something of a thing about the power of water ever since, and this is marvellously evoked in your piece. Incidentally, the Lynmouth Disaster was about a year before the Harwich Flood Disaster (and almost exactly 65 years ago)
  • Mashie Niblick
    by Mashie Niblick 10 days ago
    Crikey Sandra that's great story telling.
  • J.net
    by J.net 11 days ago
    Nice comp entry, Sandra. The personal touch to the destructive power of nature.
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 11 days ago
    Replied x
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 11 days ago
    Thanks, Sandra. I didn't get that I nearly died for a while. My poor dad!
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 11 days ago
    That's brilliant. Especially as this terrible tale is true.
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 11 days ago
    Excellent comp entry, Sandra. Poor Nan.
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