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If We Were Having Coffee

Something just popped in my foot as I was walking downstairs and now it hurts… but I did managed to find the adaptor that I haven’t used in four years but suddenly needed so it wasn’t all bad.

That is pretty much what my day has been like since I woke up. My alarm didn’t go off because I forgot to charge my phone, it was Saturday so it didn’t matter. I had to drive the fiancee to work, but he did make me a cup of tea. Re-drafting almost brought me to tears, but I finished chapter two!

What I’m trying to say is that today has been odd. Very, very odd.

But, all that aside, it’s Saturday and that means it’s time for the Weekend Coffee Share. So what have I been up to since we last spoke? Well let’s see…

I got rejected again. I’ve sent off two submissions in the last fortnight and both of them were met with ‘just not what we’re looking for right now but please do try again.’ I won’t say to much about this because I’m thinking about starting up a weekly, writer feature thing where I talk about how my writing career [non-existent as it is] seems determined to crush me mind, body and soul. Even the stairs are out to get me. [Refer to paragraph one.]

In truth, I’m planning on making the weekly writer feature a positive one. I want it to be about new writers trying to improve and tackling the obstacles that they come across. I want to try and get some stories from writers about their worst rejection experiences and how it impacted on them, and if possible, how it made them better writers. If you have any experiences like that yourself then please let me know. I’d love to have as many people getting involved as possible.

This week has seen me getting back to blogging on a regular basis. I’ve managed to put up a post each day and steadily drowned most of my readers in poetry. Some stuff wasn’t actually meant to go up when it did, I had an argument with scheduling and it won. I still want to do some scheduled posts but I’m starting to realise that scheduling doesn’t work very well when most of your posts are prompt response based.

The front page has also had a bit of a revamp and I changed the about page to a post so I could tack it to the top of the home page without having to use it as the home page. I also created a little section on there for some of my longer pieces of flash fiction and tried to make it look a little more professional.

Tuesday saw the launch of a new poetry anthology! Blaidh’s Tales has started a weekly anthology of poets who all contribute pieces based on a single prompt. This week’s prompt was ‘towers’ and here’s the link to the post with all the poems. Including mine!

Despite getting a rejection, this week has been really good. There has been over five hundred views on the site, which is a lot better than some of the previous weeks, and I’ve managed to write some stuff that I’m pretty happy with. This week also saw me break my previous record for the most new followers in a single day so my little, happy dance has seen a fair bit of action.

That being said, I’m still trying to work out some new methods for promoting this blog. What I want to avoid is pestering readers to like or share my posts over and over again. While I would love for people to share my stories and poems on their own blogs and social media sites, it’s awkward asking people to do that. If you have any experience with this please let me know in the comments below. What do you think about encouraging readers to share your work?

The comments are also there if you just want to stop in and say hi. I love hearing from you so don’t be shy. For now though, I’m off to work on the next chapter of my book. At the moment it’s less than a page long but I’m going to try and work it into something a bit chunkier.  And for those of you who are interested:

Shadow Dawn – Current Word Count: 65,000

Until next time.

weekendcoffeeshare

 

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Carol Forrester is a twenty-three year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.

13 Comments

  1. I would be interested in reading the weekly writer feature you described! I had a laugh at the mention of your writing career crushing you body and soul, only because mine does the same, then smiles sweetly and encourages me in the smallest way and I go bounding back, as I always will, happily surrendered.

    I visited your Tower poem at the anthology post. Enjoyed reading the different directions writers took. My favorite line of yours, “a boy, not a prince”. Universal theme, I’d say 🙂

    • I’m really glad to hear you took the time, thank you. 🙂
      Writing indeed is a cruel and fickle mistress. Best of luck with your own endeavours.

  2. Carol,
    My biggest source of rejection is myself…my own biggest critic. Good on your for getting stuff out there!
    I’ve had to put my writing on the backburner lately as my daughter performs with her school at the Sydney Opera House tomorrow night. Being a stage Mum involves much driving and organisation not to mention sewing. My daughter is 10 and the complete opposite of my build. I’m 5ft10 and tall. Not skinny. She is like a sparrow and so tiny. I struggle to find anything that fits. I’m a charity shop addict and after years of getting frustrated with all those small sizes, I can buy them for her. Siza 6 skirt needed hemming and I did such a shocking job. Asked hubby for advice and just sewed it in a few places so it will stay up. Job done. No inspection please!
    Hope you have a good week and good luck with the submissions!
    xx Rowena

    • Haha, sounds like you have your hands full. I can sympathise, until the last few years I was nowhere near a size eight so most of the clothes I wanted to try out just didn’t fit. It’s nice to finally be able to shop in the adult section, even if it’s still petite. I’ll never be bigger than five foot but I at least have some curves now.

      • Hi Carol,
        It’s intriguing how we communicate over the blog without having any concept of the physicality of everyone we blog with. I am 174cm tall so am at the other end of the height spectrum. I’ve known a few women about your size and it’s a bit condescending not having women’s sized clothes just because you have a shorter stature. Good to hear you’ve been able to find your size in the adult section.
        My daughter is ten and there’s such a range of physical development with her peers. Some are already going through puberty while I’m pretty sure she’s going to be a late bloomer, along with my son. They’re also among the youngest as well, compounding genetics. our daughter should be something around average height and her brother should be over 6ft.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the piece. I think I might try and aim to have one out for next Wednesday as I’ve got a few days off from work coming up and I’ll have time to do lots of writing.

  3. I know you’ll go far with your writing talents, Carot. 😀 You can only continue upwards from here! I’m sorry for your poor foot and hope it’s nothing serious, but it’s good to hear you’ve been well overall. I’ll keep an eye out for further blog post links on my twatter feed, since even your blog writing is enjoyably articulated, haha. Hugs for you, it sounds like you’re doing great. 🙂

  4. I’m sorry to hear about the rejections but you just gotta keep at it! Some of the best authors these days were rejected numerous times. There is a publishing company out there who wants you 🙂

  5. Really enjoyed reading that. Don’t dwell on the rejections (I know – easy to say) but keep putting stuff out there when you are sure its ready. Keep the novel going of course, but don’t give up putting the other material out there. I hate the wait for an answer but you have to do it!
    Follow your blog and love reading your work – I should click ‘like’ more – sorry! Lazy so ‘n’ so that I am. I will do better!
    Keep writing.

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