Friday, 31 May 2013

Little updates

So today I got an email from The Northern Writers' Award people to say I aint getting an award. (I blogged about the application process back in January.)

So that's a shame. It would have been a great thing to be involved with and a great organisation to be supported by. The good thing is I've been working on the project I proposed to them (a novel based on my Guardian published story) since January, and it's not something I'll abandon just because I didn't get the funding. The funding was for time away from day job type work to concentrate on writing for a bit, and though that would be brilliant and exciting in many ways, it just means I'll be going on as I have - and that's fine.

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Lots of hits to this blog the past few weeks have come via people Googling Bridport related stuff - so good luck anyone reading who is entering. Today's the closing date so I'm sure you've all got your stories polished and sent by now. Yes?

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I did something totally different - well, I wrote something totally different - and sent an entry to this competition to write a story for children age 2-5 years. I really enjoyed writing it. The shortlist will be online by July 1st then it's a public vote to determine the winner.

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That's pretty much it, writing-wise. My work at the university dries up over the summer so my other job, the customer service-y one, gets most of my attention. So I might just have to expand my Tips For Customer Service Workers style postings. That last one went down really well - I got tweets from folks I don't know who work in cafes, bars, coffee shops etc - pretty much saying 'We hear ya!' which was nice.

Plans for the next few months - don't plan much. Just write what I feel drawn to, and be present in each task. I am well into being present at the moment. Or trying to be. And yet not trying... Tis the key.


Valerie O'Riordan said...

I had the same email, Teresa! I did swear at the laptop a bit when I read it. Next time, eh? x

Teresa Stenson said...

Aye - we are Northern Writers and we shall have our awards!

But, yes - onwards, innit, as ever.

Rachel Fenton said...

Sorry you didn't get the award, Teresa, (or you, Valerie)but good that you're not letting it hold you back.

Good luck with the Munch Time comp - can't wait to vote for you!

Teresa Stenson said...

Oh, thanks for your unwavering optimism, Rae! And by the way, I've been wearing the pendant you sent me A LOT. I love it.

Rachel Fenton said...

No worries! Always rooting for you.

Super smiley glad you liked the pendant - I chose that colour because it reminded me of your hair (which always looks so vibrant and gorgeous on your pics!). And a circle is kind of meaningful in circle-type ways....x

Teresa Stenson said...

You're so thoughtful.

Ha, re: my hair... hm, yes when it was red it did look rather lush, these days it's sorta brown with lighter bits from the sun (the sun has been out for 3 whole days, Rachel!).

Circles - yeah - like the circle of life. Like Elton John. Like Simba. Yeah.