This week I’d like to discuss not giving up. It’s quite apt as we had a writer not so very long ago advise us that they were giving up since this was now their fourth refusal. That is for them to decide but in the whole scheme of things four refusals isn’t that much. But it’s up to the person and how they feel.
We’ve had writers who have taken months if not years before they were accepted, they just kept trying and one day, they find what we were looking for.
It does get to a stage when both me and Diane are rooting for the writer and we are more delighted than them when they find that recipe for publication.
I’ve mentioned this before and it’s worthwhile mentioning again. Not only are we looking for quality writing, that goes without saying but we are looking for that little thing that we can’t explain, we just know it when we see it.
One thing that happens time and time again that I can’t understand is the use of asterisk instead of The Full Monty of a fuck! (Diane mentioned this in her Re-Run two weeks back) We get these frequently. Now if you are wanting to have a fuck, use a fuck, don’t type f*c* – It’s pointless and a bit childish. Go with your conviction. If you are writing about a man being kicked in the knackers then, “Oh f asterisk c asterisk!!’ would never be cried out to alleviate the poor man’s distress and discomfort. In fact one probably wouldn’t do. It would be more like a ‘Fucking Jesus fucking fuck!!’
For whatever reason, writing with conviction seems to take courage for some people. I’m not brave and I don’t look at it like that, I just try as much as I can to write as is. So if we go back to the guy with the throbbing knackers, never ever have I heard anyone say anything other than a swear word when this happens to them so I would simply say as is. (I probably would add in that the pitch of the unfortunate soul’s voice was as high as his testicles.)
Okay onto this week’s stories.
We had two new writers one returner and two old friends of the site.
We welcome both our newbies, hope they have fun on the site and we want to see more of their work.
Topics this week include; treatments, exasperation, the booze, a revelation and bad judgement.
As always our initial comments follow.
First up was Yash Seyedbagheri. This was his seventh story for us. We would like to mention that we don’t publish serials but regular readers will notice that some stories have a common link, like Yash’s. We are happy to do these providing they can stand alone and that the writing in each piece is enough to have us approve the submission on it’s own with no reference to the other stories.
‘Sorry‘ was our story for Monday.
‘You can feel the frustration.’
‘You see the change from frustration to anger – That is done very well.’
‘Excellent writing as usual.’
On Tuesday we had our first new writer. Edward Hall is tenacious and a pure gentleman to work with.
‘The Thankless Child‘ was next up.
‘Really good ending.’
‘The part about false smiles makes you think.’
‘It makes you shudder to think of being ill in those times.’
Harrison Kim broke the back of the week. ‘My Plea For Solitude‘ was his seventeenth outing for us.
‘Not many likeable characters but they were real.’
‘Up to Harrison’s usual standard.’
‘You can feel the misery.’
We were delighted to see the return of Arthur Davis, his story, ‘Strangerman‘ was published on Thursday.
‘Writing of the highest quality.’
‘This could easily be extended into a novella or even a novel.’
‘There is a lot going on. There are more miles in this story.’
And to complete the week we had our second new writer, Michael Bloor. His story, ‘Captain Carey’s Luck‘ was published on Friday.
‘The placing of time was excellent.’
‘I don’t normally like historical fiction but I’m saying yes to this.’
That’s us for another week.
Let’s take Miss Anderson out the cupboard and remind you to comment. How I want to read, ‘This is my first comment and there will be many more!’ Comments can bring on inspiration. I’ve done well over two hundred of these posts and most of them are instigated by comments between either me and Diane, comments on the site or what I’ve read in the submissions. Honestly guys, if you need inspiration, try commenting – It’s amazing where your mind goes!
And as always, thanks to our old guard who keep the site alive!
Why not have a go at The Sunday Re-Run, it’s being held together brilliantly by Leila but she is considering changing her perfume to see if that will encourage some Re-Run friends.
Just pick an older story that you’ve enjoyed, write a spiel or an introduction and throw a few questions in for the author. We’ll print exactly what you send us.
Oh for the day we read, ‘This is my first Re-Run, there will be many more’
Do you know when I get old and more senile I’ll be re-hashing that paragraph as I pish my slippers and keep falling down. (Tip for any older gentleman who doesn’t want urine on their slippers, take Viagra regularly.)
To finish off, a wee bit of audience participation.
I saw a list of words that we use here in Scotland that aren’t seemingly used anywhere else in that particular way. Weirdly just after I had seen that, I was reading a submission and one of the words was used in the way that we use it. Now I don’t know if the writer was Scottish or maybe an ESL writer but I wanted to show you them and ask if any of you use them in these ways.
1. Stay – Live as in where do you stay? (This was the one the writer used.)
2. Messages – Groceries / shopping
3. Piece – Sandwich / packed lunch
4. Poke – Paper bag.
5. Greeting – Crying (Probably without the g though)
6. Coo – Cow
7. Cry – Call as in ‘What did you cry the baby?’
8. Steaming – Drunk
9. Burn – Stream / wee brook
10. Winch – Kiss / snog
11. A boot – A girl of loose morals.
12. Close – The passage way between two houses
13. Flit – To move house
14. Honking – Disgusting
15. Ned – A young thug
16. Patter – Talkative and engaging with it as in ‘He’s got the patter’
17. Tap – Asking for a small loan normally until payday. ‘Can I tap you for a tenner until Friday’
I never really considered any of them to be unique as I grew up with them and was actually surprised by a few of them. That’s why I wanted to find out if the article was correct.
Hopefully a few of you will be able to enlighten!
Yorkshire isn’t that far from Scotland as the crow flies and I recognise some of those.
Messages – this was used a lot in Liverpool when I was a child in the same way, meaning shopping for the groceries. In fact that was an insult used for someone who was looking a bit gormless “she looked like soft Sis on a message’ But I think that was very local.
Poke – yes but one of those little triangular paper bags. Interestingly my mum used to refer to a ‘poke bag’ which was a style of small handbag.
Flit – Yes and especially a ‘Moonlight flit’ when someone moved out owing back rent.
I love the term ‘stay’ as in where do you live – My old boss at one time used that and he was South African
Honking was just something smelly.
I have only recently become aware of ‘piece’ meaning a sandwich and would love to know the etymology of that.
Fascinating stuff – I love local dialects.
Image: – from an article in The Conversation France https://theconversation.com/five-f-ing-fascinating-facts-about-swearing-66965 written by Emily Nordmann Lecturer in Psychology, University of Aberdeen