J.net

J.net

59 years old
Female
Address
Queensbury
Bradford
United Kingdom
Current Status
My ticket to York is now booked. I deliberated for a while as I agree with others that we appear to be getting 'less for more', but as I've started a new WIP which is in a different genre, I would find the 1-1s, the genre panel and a few workshops useful
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Historical fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Short fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Changes like the wind
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Nation - Terry Pratchett; Jack - Brian Carter; also - Lovely Bones, The Boy in the Striped pyjamas, The Book Thief, Secret life of Bees ... for now.
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Perfectly balanced
    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?
    To get published, but writing confidence would be a good start.
    Your worst habit?
    Losing confidence under pressure, or is it my lack of concentr...
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    On my work-station pc
    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?
    I work from home, which allows me time for writing. My two mumming plays were adopted by an all-male group and performed at several folk festivals. I designed my daughter's gothic wedding gown.

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    J.net
    J.net commented on Daedalus's wall:
    Thanks, Daeds. My first go at Dystopia as not my genre. Yours is excellent.
    3 days ago
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    Daedalus
    Daedalus commented on J.net's wall:
    Your comp entry is compellingly bleak J.net! Not a fun read exactly but enjoyable
    3 days ago
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    J.net
    J.net My ticket to York is now booked. I deliberated for a while as I agree with others that we appear to be getting 'less for more', but as I've started a new WIP which is in a different genre, I would find the 1-1s, the genre panel and a few workshops useful. I also think it's a priceless opportunity to hear about the present publishing/book climate from a range of experts ... and I get to cheer on Skylark and Jody! *Yay!* Sorry to see so many dropping out this year (and can fully understand why), but I hope there's still enough Cloudies to share a table with.
    3 days ago
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      Julie C Great news to hear you'll be there, Janette - I'm sure we'll manage to pull together a table! Seeing Skylark was a major factor - I've even organised my holiday around it!
      3 days ago
    • J.net
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      J.net Look forward to seeing you again, Julie.
      3 days ago
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    J.net Question: I've been editing a short story, changing it into 1st person present tense, except it contains dialogue where the main character is recounting a past event, which I have her doing in past tense as it seems logical. But it does mean my story is a mixture of present and past tenses. Is that wrong? Only her 'present day' voice does work better in present tense.
    19 days ago
    • Daedalus
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      Daedalus I think as long as the narration is present tense, the book is considered to be in that tense
      19 days ago
    • RichardB
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      RichardB Can't see anything wrong with that at all. I've done exactly the same thing in my novel. If you want to convince yourself, try experimentally changing that dialogue recounting of past events into present tense, and see how unnatural it looks.
      19 days ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff I agree. It's fine to write - I tell her what a wonderful day I had yesterdayand how much I enjoyed watching ducks down my the river. She presses my hand gently and says, 'They were cute weren't they. When they caught that fish and fought over it.' Is that what you mean, J.net?
      19 days ago
    • J.net
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      J.net Very similar, yes, Janeshuff. There is a lot of mention of the past, but she's telling it from the here and now.
      19 days ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff sorry about all the typos!
      19 days ago
    • Raine
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      Raine Yeah, I think you are fine with that, J. Just make sure there are no tense slippages between dialogue and narration, and I don't see it being a problem. :-)
      19 days ago
    • L.
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      L. I agree with everybody else it's fine. Good luck with your story!
      19 days ago
    • J.net
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      J.net Thank you, L. I'll let it 'sit' and see if it jars after a re-read.
      19 days ago
    • J.net
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      J.net @ Richard, I'll try that little exercise if only to convince myself I'm on the right track.
      19 days ago
    • RichardB
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      RichardB Alternatively, imagine you're in that conversation with your character, and ask yourself what she'd actually be saying to you. That's what should go into your story, no matter what tense the narrative is in.
      19 days ago
    • J.net
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      J.net Yes, I do that one. Most recently when I re-edited and certain words did jar.
      18 days ago
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    J.net
    "J.net" commented on Skylark's Blog "That telly thing".
    Brilliant, Skylark, and so glamorous too. I could feel the nerves for you, but you owned the moment. Congratulations.
    19 days ago
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    J.net
    J.net Ugh, I have the white-out screen now. Not nice *reaches for sunglasses*
    26 days ago
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    J.net
    "J.net" commented on Skylark's Blog "That telly thing".
    Yay! I've already booked my place on the sofa.
    26 days ago
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    J.net
    "J.net" commented on Tony's Blog "What's in a name?".
    Talking of the name Death prompted me to remember a centre I went to while I was out of work a fair few years ago. The centre ran free courses to help a return to work, but it was sometimes exploited by those not interested in working, but wanted a ...
    1 month ago
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    J.net
    "J.net" commented on Tony's Blog "What's in a name?".
    My husband and I did a double-take in a pub/restaurant when a mother started calling her kids to order: Mercedes, Audi, and Aston. We weren't the only ones struggling to contain ourselves. Also, in my previous job, I had to liaise with a Miss ...
    1 month ago
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    J.net
    "J.net" commented on Harry's Blog "Anyone spot any changes?".
    Hil, I'm with you. I afforded York because of the Early Bird offers. While there, I'm sure you might remember WW being loud and proud of their Cloudies, which was returned with our own enthusiasm. Wonder how that'll pan out this year? Although some ...
    1 month ago
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    J.net
    "J.net" commented on Harry's Blog "Anyone spot any changes?".
    Yes, I'm with Agent Hunter too. And not only did I subscribe to the SE course (over 4 years ago), but our little group are still very active. The promise of 'access to our group forever' is turning out to be five years.
    1 month ago
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    J.net
    "J.net" commented on Harry's Blog "Anyone spot any changes?".
    Despite being a Cloudie, attending York every year since 2012, taking the SE course and electing to remain on mailing lists, I have received nothing. Zilch. No notification of the Jericho changes or the offer people are now speaking of. £150 per ...
    1 month ago
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    J.net
    "J.net" commented on Barny's Blog "Is It Art?".
    Good blog, Barny. I would love to see those pictures some time but of course, you have to feel comfortable sharing them. Your new lifestyle sounds exciting. As for your question back at us, I suppose my something different was jive dancing. I had ...
    1 month ago
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    J.net
    "J.net" commented on Woolleybeans's Blog "Picking Brains".
    Used on our SE group - hows about starting with an extremely simple sentence (e.g. The cat sat on the mat), and the challenge is to enrich it, adding detail from your imagination at will. The original wording doesn't need to feature in it, but it ...
    1 month ago
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    J.net
    "J.net" commented on RichardB's Blog "Will the last one to leave please turn off the lights?".
    My SE colleagues were the exception, I suppose. Of course, after the course ended almost half did promptly leave, but it left a core of six of us with a seventh occasionally popping in. I keep in touch with an eighth via facebook and meet up with ...
    1 month ago

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  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 3 days ago
    Your comp entry is compellingly bleak J.net! Not a fun read exactly but enjoyable
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 1 month ago
    Thank you. Just being back from holiday myself, I know how you feel! Your comp entry still lingers - nice to read something that warms the cockles of the heart, in these times
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 2 months ago
    I enjoyed your comp entry J.net, very charming piece
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 2 months ago
    Lovely comp entry, J. Reminded me that I once fancied that sort of job.
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 2 months ago
    Given the usual rituals on young girls, the emergence of a butterfly was unexpected. Nice one. :-)
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 2 months ago
    Skillfully evoked mounting of fear in your comp entry J.net - lovely language.
  • L.
    by L. 3 months ago
    Nice comp entry - break one promise to keep the other. Beautiful language.
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 4 months ago
    Thanks, J. Not the one I had planned, but the shreds of a dream that wrote itself :-)
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 4 months ago
    Thanks for your comment re: comp entry. I hope it came across that she's young...
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 4 months ago
    Comp entry - so good!