Monthly Archives: August 2013

Friday Fictioneers – The Church has the Answers


Friday Fictioneers is a great challenge to write a 100 Flash Fiction each week. Click the icon to view Rochelle’s Blog and entry to the challenge. friday-fictioneers

Bloggers who regularly write for FF have started to use this icon* scalpel it means concrit – we are open to constructive criticism. Of course, I hope my story touches you and that you connect to the characters, as a writer (and a fairly new one to the Flash Fiction genre) I am more than happy to receive constructive criticism and advice to improve the art of Flash writing. Be gentle though – I haven’t yet grown an extra thick layer of skin!

* Click the icon to find out about the origins of the scalpel.

Copyright -Claire Fuller

They always came to this old Church, Gerry liked to read the visitors book. Gerry stared at the stained glass windows whilst Pip scribbled a hurried note,  finishing with a personal message;

‘Gerry I will always love you. Pip xxx’

She sensed this could be their last holiday. She was right, a few months later Gerry left.

The following Summer Gerry walked up the hill alone, to the church. He looked around then made his way to the back of the Church, to the guest book. Admiring the brand new leather bound book, he opened it and read the messages.

TOP TIPS for Freelancing



Today I am mainly enjoying a good book in a sunny garden, I popped into Blogland and thought it only fair to leave you with something!


This advice is aimed at the freelance writer, specifically article writing, you may find that some of the tips could be useful for other projects and of course, it’s worth a read no matter what sort of writer you are!

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1. The Personal Touch 

When addressing people by email or letter KNOW their names, with Google (and other search engines) this has become increasingly easier to find out, a quick call to the office asking for the name of the editor will do no harm.

2. Size Matters

Remember small press magazines and e-zines may not have the budget to pay as much as national papers and larger magazine companies, however they can be a good way in.

3. Reveal Yourself

Have a marketing plan in place, you need to spread the word that you can offer results on a freelance basis. This may be as simple as a website where you advertise your services, or a pack of business cards that you have on you (at all times!) the world is a networking platform, don’t just pack them when you are at ‘Writing’ functions. How much social media will you marketing plan involve?

4. Wicked Webs We Weave

How will you build your website? Who will you get to build your website? Keep in mind the experience the users of your website are going to have. Use expertise if you can. You want it to look professional and be easy to use.

5. Work It!

Plan, plan, plan! Planning is the easy bit, most writers love to plan. Next you have to DO.

An easy way to take action and make sure it happens is to set yourself small daily goals. Set a target action on a calendar. Make sure you are doing something EVERYDAY to work towards your goal. This will also support you in optimising your ‘social network/promotion’ time on certain sites – you know the ones I’m talking about! ‘Oh my, it’s 3 and I have to pick the kids up, it was lunchtime when I logged on!’

A calendar will enable you to have a structured approach and when life gets in the way – forgive yourself and doodle an arrow into the next day and work doubly as hard to promote yourself. You will know which days you are researching, which days you are actively seeking opportunities for work, when you have time to blog and promote your services and celebrate your successes.

If you have problems with all the marketing – that is the stage that you may consider bringing someone in (maybe another ‘out of work writer’ to help you with the marketing. Collaboration is such a sparkly key to success!

6. Starting Points

Make a list of your expertise. Which fields are you able to write about, what are you a specialist in? Then research these markets, find opportunities available for your skills. This may lead to a fruitful column or at least some published articles.

I read an article about someone who re-launched her writing career in January. She was an expert in Horticulture. Researching, she found some specialist publications and submitted ideas for articles. She had an article successfully published and this lead to a regular feature, she is already making a regular fee from this freelance work.

Proof it can be done! motivate action

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Have you planned your week yet?


Great advice about planning and goal setting!
Don’t forget to reward yourself at the end of the week if you manage to achieve all you set out to do!

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It’s Monday, do you have your plan for the week made out yet?

  • If Yes — congrats! You’re on your way to a productive week.
  • If no — what are you waiting for?

Do you know — specifically — what the top 3 tasks are that you want to have accomplished by Friday?

  • If Yes — Fantastic!
  • If no — how about a top 1 or top 2?

Do you know what little steps you need to take this week to reach your annual goal for x? Of your big goals for the year, each has several smaller steps needed. Have you been on track to reach a goal by 12/31?

  • If Yes — you’re on fire!
  • If no — why not take some time today to look your goals over and evaluate yourself?

calendarAre there a lot of carry over tasks from last week to this week? Have they…

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Back on the Main Frame!


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I am back after a lovely birthday weekend. I will wait for the SOLC – Slice of Life Challenge, tomorrow, to share my latest news. Monday is a popular and busy time online – I hope to catch up with some writing challenges I missed over the weekend. Although, my time online is limited! (Until later.)

Exciting artwork for ‘Inkspill’ has been completed. I have pinned a SAVE THE DATE post to the top of the blog. I am excited that the poll results showed INKSPILL was the most popular choice of name for the online writing retreat, it was my favourite! I can reveal that now.

You will hear more about this event over the next few weeks and I would also be grateful for  reblogging of marketing posts or sharing of artwork on your own blogs to spread the news of the retreat. I am looking forward to you taking the opportunity of a free writing weekend too.

I am currently in the comments dashboard and I hope I don’t miss any of your comments out. Thanks again for following and splashing about in the Fountain whilst I was offline growing old(er)…

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INKSPILL – Online Writing Retreat – SAVE THE DATE!


INKSPILL is an Online Writing Retreat event booked for October 2013.

A weekend of writing at the Fountain. You can dip in or join in every event… and the best thing… it’s timthumb


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Quiet After Noise


Standing in the rain, getting wet on purpose

Arms outstretched and then

held behind.

Well mannered,

sourcing intuition.


Stepping forward

Begging for guidance

asking for deliverance.

Eyes closed,

Stars dance before them,

Entire galaxies

drift past.


Taken into another


which is

neither here  nor there,

In which here, neither matters or

holds power.


Infinite being


as one

to the universe.


Age but a number,

Wisdom but a dream.


Standing as still as your shadow

Allowing the world to enclose you

in fate’s gentle arms.


Embracing the future


it will be no better or worse than the past.


It can be brighter,

and injected with meaning,

As long as you stay open

to moments

like these.


Celebrate – Not Old Enough to Be A Wise Owl- But A Hoot All the Same!


It is my birthday! I am awake ridiculously early considering I got home after midnight and wasn’t in bed until about 3 hours ago – I am surprisingly awake also…. Not falling for it though! With more celebrations later I am heading back to bed as soon as I have posted a this in blogland.cup

I don’t know whether I will have any online time later. I may update from the mobile. Then again I probably won’t. Maybe I have woken at this dark (in the summer!) hour just to be able to leave you all a message! My message is this;





Celebrate today.

Think of all the good in your life,

Make a list if you want to,

A gratitude list.


Enjoy the day,

Embrace the weekend.

Smile at strangers.

Feel happiness seep into your heart.


Say one good thing

to everyone you talk to today.

Be kind to yourself.

Think well of yourself.


Spend a moment alone.

Fill it with something you love.




… Be.




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I hadn’t intended to write a poem, more a list of instructions. You decide. I will write about my own celebrations in one post at the end  of the weekend – last night was fabulous though.

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and … lie about your age.

cake Enjoy your day!

Stunt writing Gratitude Journal Day# 26



Day # 26 Gratitude

I am grateful for the rain watering our crops so that I don’t have to!


The Greatest Stunt of All! Stunt Writing Gratitude Journal – Day#25


stunt-writing-final1-1 The greatest stunt of all will be me managing to successfully complete this online writing course, as I fall weeks and weeks behind!

I have to do some counting to even work out how many gratitude entries I need to make! I will try to get the last few in place on the correct days! Technically I only need 28 as I am only completing a 4 week stunt!


Gratitude # 25

Day 25# Thursday 15th August

I am grateful for a real bed!

be grateful