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First things first, today's the last day to enter my My ARC give-away competition for SISTERS RED by Jackson Pearce so if you haven't entered already, you've got until 23:59 British time tonight to do so.

I spent the weekend at the British SCBWI retreat near Wolverhampton (which was actually sunny in a surprise twist for Midlands weather). It was a wonderful event organised by Sue Hyams who arranged for Lee Weatherly, Pippa Goodhart, and Greenhouse Literary Agency's Julia Churchill to give talks and workshops on topics such as pacing and characterisation in novels, to picture book and junior fiction and getting an agent.

I made more progress on KYBS (including benefiting from Lee Weatherly's talk on editing, which saw me cut another 1,500 words from the front third) and subjected people to a sample of it last night. No one hurled or complained of bleeding ears. I take it as a good sign.

Most importantly though, I came away with a signed copy of MORTLOCK by Jon Mayhew, which I'm going to give away next weekend. So if you love zombies, quests for eternal life and a knife-throwing heroine, then stay tuned.

Unfortunately, my retreat was rather overshadowed by some Work Stuff, which suddenly emerged on Friday as I was travelling up there and which means that I'm not particularly looking forward to going back into the office later this week. Also, I'm not loving the current Governmental plans for infrastructure procurement and am waiting to see what the bastards come up with.


Because the SCBWI is filled with geeks, we caught the BBC3 repeat of Doctor Who last night. All I have to say is that I always suspected that inside every Time Lord there was a Dobby the House Elf waiting to get out.

Sticking with British SCBWI yay, Sarwat Chadda's Devil's Kiss has been shortlisted for the Branfoad Bose award. Very well done to him and finger's crossed that he wins.

And to finish on televisual news, I'm not surprised that Heroes and Flashforward have been cancelled. Both were examples of series that had a good idea and absolutely no plan of where to take it.

Right, I need to unpack and get back to KYBS.



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May. 18th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Hope the work thing sorts itself out in a positive way for you.

Wish I could have gone to the retreat, sounds amazing.
May. 18th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
The work thing will no doubt work itself out to be replaced by another work thing ... In the words of Kurt Vonnegut, so it goes :)

The retreat was brilliant. Can't recommend them enough.
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