Sandra

Sandra

Female
Location
Teesside
United Kingdom
Current Status
Having gone to the trouble of writing a new outline, I need to remember to refer to it more frequently
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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 Having gone to the trouble of writing a new outline, I need to remember to refer to it more frequently
    15 hours ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff Ha ha. I find that as soon as I commit to an outline, my characters decide to go in a different direction.
      7 hours ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra WW email just received asking me to sign up to receive emails, telling me about freebies BUT SAYING NOTHING ABOUT THE COST.
    14 days ago
    • Daedalus
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      Daedalus I'm still trying to get my head around how something can be free when you have to pay for it
      14 days ago
    • SecretSpi
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      SecretSpi The website is accessible to all and it says £30 a month there or £300 per year. I find it a bit strange to have the website out in the open while they are still 8I assume) tinkering around with it https://jerichowriters.com/bazaar/full-membership/
      14 days ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge The website is accessible - but try clicking on anything much, and you get Harry popping up with a 'you have to be a member to see it' box...
      14 days ago
    • SecretSpi
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      SecretSpi Maybe I've paid without realising it ;) but I can access a lot of articles and advice there.
      14 days ago
    • Scheherazade
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      Scheherazade Yep , I do hate weasel words you don't "get all this free" if you are paying a subscription for it. It should say - you get all this for you subscription.
      14 days ago
    • SecretSpi
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      SecretSpi I've now got the 'Jericho Writers' banner at the top of my screen. Maybe I HAVE paid!
      14 days ago
    • Sandra
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      Sandra So've I and I know I haven't.
      14 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on Squidge's Blog "On writing the opposite sex...".
    Yes indeed. And more often than not you can immediately tell when a sex scene has been written by a man. Though, again, there are notable exceptions.
    20 days ago
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    dyslexic of dartford
    dyslexic of dartford commented on Sandra's wall:
    Thank you Sandra, very nice of you to say so.
    23 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on dyslexic of dartford's wall:
    Only just got round to reading your comp entry - so many lovely phrases - really enjoyed it - thanks
    24 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on Harry's Blog "Of Jericho, clouds, and community".
    But, Harry, learning the craft of writing is not a quick-fix, one month journey. It takes forever. The input of a community such as the Cloud - finding the like-minded, discovering what you need, still, to know, takes much longer - and is ...
    25 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on Harry's Blog "Of Jericho, clouds, and community".
    "Well, honestly, I think nearly anyone can scrape together that kind of dosh." - £30 a month? Nearly anyone? Not really.
    25 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on Tony's Blog "The Walls of Jericho".
    "Walls of Jericho" - nice one Tony! Wonder if they thought of that when choosing a name.
    28 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra has uploaded 1 New Profile Photos.
    28 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on AlanP's Blog "The Worm Turns".
    So if we tell them to get lost, they'll do so - and stay lost? Or am I being naively optimistic?
    1 month ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Seagreen's wall:
    Even better then! :-)
    1 month ago
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    Seagreen
    Seagreen commented on Sandra's wall:
    Sorry, Sandra. As far as I know, complete fiction.
    1 month ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Seagreen's wall:
    Stonkingly affecting comp entry, Sea. Never knew about the fingerprints mode of ID for entry - is that recent?
    1 month ago
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    J.net
    J.net commented on Sandra's wall:
    Nice comp entry from you too, Sandra. The end had me chuckling, and I could hear his colleagues adding banter without you mentioning it.
    1 month ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on J.net's wall:
    Lovely comp entry, J. Reminded me that I once fancied that sort of job.
    1 month 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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  • dyslexic of dartford
    by dyslexic of dartford 23 days ago
    Thank you Sandra, very nice of you to say so.
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 1 month ago
    Sorry, Sandra. As far as I know, complete fiction.
  • J.net
    by J.net 1 month ago
    Nice comp entry from you too, Sandra. The end had me chuckling, and I could hear his colleagues adding banter without you mentioning it.
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 1 month ago
    Agreed. It was the twist like wringing sheets that got me, too.
  • Clebs
    by Clebs 1 month ago
    Thanks Sandra. I love your entry. Those few lines about your MC’s sheets brought her background alive. I felt close.
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 1 month ago
    Aw, thanks, Sandra. I haven’t done more than skim-read the rest but I’m getting to it!
  • Little Wol
    by Little Wol 1 month ago
    Thanks Sandra! :-) Yours was beautifully raw. My favourite bit was: "...in a loose-limbed way that made me think about how bones worked, about how femurs rotated in the pelvic bone – about your pelvis, rotating –" Oooeee!
  • J.net
    by J.net 2 months ago
    Thank you, Sandra. Yours had a wonderful grittiness about it. Loved the comparisons towards the end, the realization that love at first sight had not been accomplished.
  • dyslexic of dartford
    by dyslexic of dartford 2 months ago
    Thank you Sandra I'm really pleased that you liked it. There won't be an update though. There are two possible outcomes to this story, just pick the one that you like best.
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 2 months ago
    Consider them roundly blamed :)