It was also the last day the house and gardens will open until March next year. I didn't go in, I've been around the house many times. Instead I walked up to the gardens, and looked back over my shoulder at the Abbey, its one of my my favourite spots, and I've taken a picture each time I've visited this year, so I've almost got a set now - one for each season.
|Calke Abbey in Autumn 2012 - Maria A Smith|
At home, I cleared the decks ready to start in earnest on my novel re-write/mega edit. I even managed to get to Staples for new stationary. Coloured index cards, reporters note pads, and a good supply of decent pens.
I set to, printed my manuscript, and wrote each scene onto a card, and clipped it to the corresponding chapter. This is good for me, I'm not a planner, yet here I was doing something which passed as a plan of sorts.
I took one of the chapters along to my critique group to read out and receive feedback. I wasn't disappointed, I got encouraging comments, as well as sound advice on the errors I'd made. Its good to have other writers opinions. As I read aloud, I could hear where it jarred, where it wasn't working, and what I needed to fix!
For those of you who like competitions, here are details of two closing soon.
The Word Hut Short Story Writing Competition
Closing November 18th 2012
First Prize £60.00, Second £30.00, Third £15.00
The winning story will be published on the website.
Entry Fee £4.00
Short stories up to 1000 words on any theme, or in any genre. More details here.
Almond Press Short Story Competition
Closing date November 30th 2012
First Prize £100
Short stories between 3000 and 5000 on the theme of 'Fall' (in all the meanings of the word)
Read the rules here
I'd better get on now. How was your week?