I am the
Ghost of Christmas present" said the spirit. "Look upon
Dickens, Christmas Carol
Christmas, Miracle Magazine and What The Dickens! Magazine brings a
very spooky contest for you to plug the strings of your creativity.
This competition is all about the sound of the creaking door, the
clattering of the crockery, the demoniac laugh and the ghost of past.
It is about dragging your spookiness into some wobbly ghostly
of this contest will be published in an anthology by the two
magazines to be launched in February 2014. Also, the top winner
in each of the category will be awarded with a cash prize. So, what
are you waiting for? Wear you 'headless earl' or 'suicide's skeleton'
attire and cave in!
Participants can send their entries in poetry, flash fiction,
short stories and for the cover artwork of the anthology.
Fiction: 2500 words
Fiction: 1000 words
2. All the
entries are to be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
after paying a small fee of £2.50 from What The Dickens! Magazine's
3. All the
entries should be in English and must be the original work of the
must mention their Name and Age with the entry.
closing date for entries is 31st December 2013.
Just received the latest newsletter from Screen Yorkshire:
Screen Yorkshire Rushes - October
MARSAN AND BERTIE CARVEL TO ENCHANT BBC ONE IN 'JONATHAN STRANGE
& MR NORRELL'
the bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke and adapted by Peter
Is Anybody There?), Eddie Marsan (Best of Men, Ray
Donovan, Filth) and Olivier award-winning Bertie
Hidden, Matilda) take on the magical roles of Jonathan Strange and Mr
Norrell. The seven part drama series for BBC1, based
on the best selling novel of Susanna Clarke, is set during the
Napoleonic wars where magic once existed and is about to return....Filming
Strange and Mr Norrell begins next week and
Screen Yorkshire's investment will ensure that a large part
of the production shoots in Yorkshire, with additional filming
taking place in Canada and Croatia.
STARTS ON CBBC'S HANK ZIPZER WITH HENRY 'THE FONZ' WINKLER
has started in Halifax on CBBC’s brand-new comedy drama series, Hank Zipzer,
featuring multi-award winning actor Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler.
Screen Yorkshire has invested in Hank Zipzer through the
Yorkshire Content Fund, securing the series for the region. Hank Zipzer
stars Henry Winkler as music teacher Mr Rock, (Henry’s real life
music teacher), alongside newcomer Nicholas James who plays the
role of Hank Zipzer. Inspired by the 18 'Hank Zipzer: The
World’s Greatest Underachiever' novels, written by
Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver and published by Walker Books, the
13x30-minute children’s show will air on CBBC early in 2014.
gangster drama Peaky
Blinders, starring Cillian Murphy, concluded with a
rabble rousing finale last week as the last episode aired on
BBC2. The highly cinematic drama has been lauded for its captivating
performances, authentic costume & set design, atmospheric
soundtrack and beautifully shot scenes, set against a backdrop of
stunning period Yorkshire locations. Peaky Blinders
was backed by Screen Yorkshire through the Yorkshire Content
Fund, bringing major economic benefits to the region. The
production not only employed crew and facilities, but also the
services of a range of local enterprises who supplied an eclectic
range of goods and services to ensure the authenticity of sets
representing the period just after the First World War.
DU MAURIERS 'JAMAICA INN' STARTS SHOOTING IN YORKSHIRE
Yorkshire has announced investment from its Yorkshire Content
Fund into a new screen adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s hit
Jamaica Inn. The 3 x 60 minute part TV drama will be
made for BBC One by Origin Pictures, with funding from Screen
Yorkshire ensuring that a major part of the production will film
on location in the region, filming will also take place in
Cornwall with some additional scenes shot in Cumbria. Production
offices for Jamaica
Inn will be based at North Light Studios in
Huddersfield. The Inn itself will be shot at Crow Edge, Penistone
and the Moors scenes will be shot around Marsden. Other Yorkshire
locations include, Farnley Tyas, Tong and Keighley.
director, Paul Wright's debut feature For Those In Peril is now
screening at cinemas across the UK. A fishing tragedy set in the
beautiful, but isolated Scottish Highlands, For Those In Peril
is the latest feature film to emerge from Sheffield studio Warp
X, supported by Screen Yorkshire through its Production Fund.
just 18 months ago, Screen Yorkshire will soon be signing off on its
20th investment through its £7.5m Yorkshire Content Fund, supported
by the European Regional Development Fund. The fund is bringing major
economic benefits to the region and has had such a significant impact on the film and TV industry in Yorkshire that it has been dubbed by one leading film and TV producer the “Hollywood of England''. We are
still seeking high calibre Feature Film, TV, Digital & Games
projects to invest in. Find out more about what we are looking
you are feeling bereft now that Peaky
Blinders is over (at least for now...), then console
yourself with this brilliant blog. 'Clothes On Film' has closely
studied our favourite gangsters 20's threads with the purpose of
instructing you on how to dress like a Peaky Blinder. *Endorsed by
the hugely talented Peaky
Blinders costume designer Stephanie Collie.
have unveilled the programme for the 27th Leeds International Film
Festival which launches with an Opening Gala Special Preview
screening of sci-fi drama Gravity
in 3D at Everyman Leeds on 06 November. The full festival
programme is at leedsfilm.com where you can explore the fantastic
selection, celebrating the best in world cinema, feature
documentaries, music film and cult cinema
20th anniversary edition of the Bradford Animation Festival opens at
the National Media Museum in Bradford on 13 November with a special
birthday gala screening of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. BAF
brings the very best in animation talent and films from across the
globe for a jam packed festival filled with workshops, talks and
screenings. BAF Game, which brings together fans and icons of the
gaming world, takes place as part of the festival from 12 - 13
Also, thanks to my fellow CWG member Neil for the following information:
There is and open door submission session at Angry Robot publishing until the end of the year. If you are unpublished and have a finished novel of the science fiction, fantasy and horror genre then get it sent in:
Another good meeting of the CWG last night where P, D, N and I were in attendance, C, L & J having given their apologies.
P showed the group that this issue of Writers Forum (#145) has a pull-out poster to help with sticking to the daily word counts of NaNoWriMo - I will be purchasing my copy today.
D informed us about a Workshop being run in February by Alison Taft with the theme of 'Love.' D and I had wanted to attend Alison's Workshop scheduled for April, but it had been oversubscribed so I was pleased to hear that another one had been put in place (and earlier too). Households of incomes under £15k can apply for a discount and it is being held near Barnsley. It will be a small group, so you should get close feedback and there is also the chance to get your work published in an anthology.
D wondered whether it was the right time of year for the Leeds Writing Festival workshop day that she, P and myself attended and when we looked it up, we were surprised to learn that it will be in March 2014.
We then discussed what we each had been working on:
P has various ideas for novels, two of which she read out. One was a very creepy tale about a body in the ground, the hand grasping outwards (gulp, I thought Halloween was a few days away yet) and the other is written as a perfect synopsis. D and I were very impressed as a synopsis is a hard thing to get right and we suggested she used this as a starting point for her next writing project or the NaNoWriMo challenge if she wishes to do that this year.
D informed the group that she has yet to hear back from the second agent who asked to see her full manuscript (sadly the first agent passed) and that it has been five weeks now (fingers crossed). She has started working on her sequel to her children's novel TSC with a working title of TBS and this is what she intends to work on for the NaNoWriMo challenge.
N has been working on his fan fiction writing challenge and TWE, the novel he intends to enter into the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition and also the manuscript he will be working on for his NaNoWriMo challenge.
I revealed that I had now finished my final edit of Thorde and that I had also sent in my entry to the Richard and Judy search for Bestseller 2014 competition, with my crime novel TPB. Like L, D and N, I will also be joining the NaNoWriMo challenge this year, with a mainstream comedy entitled SC, and I shared the prologue and opening chapters that I have started early and it was well received (the laughs came in all the right places, phew).
N had to leave the meeting early due to Arriva changing the bus timetable and it has been agreed that a rota system will be put in place for lifts home for N, so that he can attend the meetings without worrying about the time.
The next meeting will take place on Monday 11 November 6-8pm at Cleckheaton Library. New members always welcome.
Having had a productive weekend finalising my fourth draft of my children's fantasy novel Thorde, I am beginning work on honing my synopsis and covering letter in readiness for sending out to agents.
I have just entered the first 10,000 words of my crime novel The Pall Bearer, a synopsis and a short author biography into the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition.
This leaves my planning for this round of NaNoWriMo. For those of you that don't know, NaNoWriMo is a challenge set every November to write a 50k novel. This equates to an average of 1,666 words per day during the month and requires the self-discipline of keeping writing when your self-editor wants to constantly go back and alter what you have written.
I have taken part in NaNoWriMo before, the first year my computer died at just over 20k words (nightmare) and last year I managed just over 35k. I may not have won the challenge but I have two chunky manuscripts to work on off the back of it.
When you join the challenge NaNoWriMo send you helpful hints, planning information (including local events where you can meet fellow writers and on-line forums where you can speak to your fellow writers) and encouragement to help you towards your goal.
As I took the 'pantser' approach the two years previously, I am trying to be more productive this year by taking the time to plan ahead. This year I am going to write an inspired-by-true-events novel that has definite comedy elements, currently entitled Space Cake. So far in my planning I have worked out my plot points in 1-3 sentences (including the inciting incident, turning points and darkest moment), a background for my characters (including character arc for the three main protagonists) and plot-planned out the story events in chronological order.
Fingers crossed for third time lucky.
If you wish to 'friend' me on NaNoWriMo by becoming writing buddies or check out my short synopsis and excerpt from Space Cake, I am YorkshireBelle.
Writing magazine Mslexia is on the lookout for
submissions from women writers on the theme of "Troubled Minds":
think phobias, depressions, delusions and compulsions
according to the website. Stories up to 2,200 words and poems of up to 40 words
may be submitted. The deadline is 2nd December 2013. Published contributors
will be paid in line with Mslexia's rates. Full submission details and further
information about contributor rates are on the website. The details are here.
Universally Challenged and Are We Live? book review:
Universally Challenged: Quiz Contestants say the funniest
things by Wendy Roby and Are we live? The funniest bloopers from tv and radio
by Marion Appleby book reviews
I bought these two as a set from The Book People and they
were the perfect antidote to the inclement weather on our recent trip to St
Bees.When the rain was beating down
upon our caravan and the kids were getting fed up, reading out the less outrageous
of these anecdotes worked a treat.Some
of them were ones I had heard before, but as they say ‘oldies can often be
goodies’ and some of the mistakes had me laughing out loud with tears running
down my cheeks.
Who would have thought American presidents, Jeremy Paxman
and obtuse contestants would come in so handy?
Dora lives by the sea. Dora has always lived by the sea. But she won’t go into the water.
The last time Dora swam in the sea was the day of her mother’s funeral, the day she saw the mermaid. Now she’s an adult, a respectable married woman, and her little sister Lucie has come home from university with a horrible secret. Dora’s safe and dry life begins to fray, as she is torn between protecting her baby sister and facing up to a truth she has always known but never admitted. And the sea keeps calling her, reminding her of what she saw beneath the waves all those years ago… of what will be waiting for her if she dives in again.
And some praise by a fellow author:
A talented new author with a feel for details and how to make them count. Daley’s writing is a cumulation of neat touches that grab hold of you, persuade you to care, and drag you deep into a debut novel soaked in menace.
- Toby Stone
Thanks to my connection Ashley Jones for forwarding me the following information about the new film Project Wild Thing:
Dear Wild Friend,
Three muddy years in the making, our
latest feature documentary PROJECT
WILD THING hits cinemas across the UK from TODAY!
Reviews today are incredible; not
least from The
Guardian who give the film FOUR STARS and call it:
and wholly admirable.
This is a
project we should all support".
Here's what others are saying:
and entertaining. Like David Attenborough and Morgan Spurlock
got drunk and had a baby…”
gripping story of the desperate struggle to lead our computer-crazed
children back to nature."
alarming and uplifting, this film will change your life. No other
ninety minutes in a darkened room is more likely to get you – or your
children – into the great outdoors. An exciting, inspirational
exploration of our estrangement from nature and how we can all put
some wildness back into our own lives. Every parent should watch
Tickets are selling fast - please book your
cinema tickets now and help us make the film's
release a huge hit. There are nature-inspired events being
planned around most screenings, and all profits from ticket sales go
to THE WILD NETWORK to help reconnect children with nature.
If you would like to get involved
after the release, and show the film to friends, neighbours or
colleagues, we can arrange a screening just for you - email us at email@example.com.
From Sunday the film will be available ON DEMAND and available to
PRE-ORDER on DVD - check out projectwildthing.com/film for