Sunday, 3 May 2009

Fish and Fia

While on a short break from my blog, I'm relocating to a new one. I'll have a blog warming with some cheesy footballs and Chardonnay once I've got through the next OU assignment.

I've had bit of luck too. After putting my first novel to sleep, I thought I'd enter a few comps before starting the next - which won't be chick lit as I obviously don't have the wit for it. Anyway, I'm a runner up in Fish's One Page Fiction. I may even go to Ireland to read my story in a clear, flat and unemotional voice. Except it will be squeaky and lispy.

22 comments:

Leigh Russell said...

That's very exciting, Fiona. As it's one page, I wonder if you'd post it on your blog - or do we have to wait until it's published to read it? Is this the new blog or the old one?

Thank you for visiting my blog. Keep in touch. I hope you to go Ireland - I'd be interested to hear about it (and a tad envious!) Well done again. How nice to be a runner up in a competition. They must have had thousands of entries.

Debs said...

Congratulations, and how exciting to go to Ireland to read it.

Calistro said...

That's brilliant. Well done Fiona! Fish is a HUGE comp and very prestigious. I entered loads of times and never got anywhere.

Fiona said...

Thanks so much for kind words. It was a big surprise, believe me.
Leigh, copyright is now with Fish for a year. Ten stories will go into an anthology
Congratulations on your new book.

Wordtryst - Liane Spicer said...

That is wonderful news, Fiona! Congratulations! What an incentive to attack the next project with renewed vigour!

Lane said...

This is excellent and I second Calistro - Fish is such a prestigious comp.

I hope you're having some cheesy footballs and Chardonnay to celebrate:-)

liz fenwick said...

Fantastic!!! Go to Ireland and enjoy :-)

lx

B said...

Well done - that's AMAZING! Do let us know when/where the anthology can be bought :)

Leatherdykeuk said...

How splendid!
Congratulations!

Flowerpot said...

That is brilliant news Fiona - well done you! Crack open that Chardonnay now...

SueG said...

Terrific news! Congratulations. Maybe you can reward yourself with a stay at Anam Cara, a fabulous (and reasonable) retreat in West Cork. Sue who runs it has a big connection with Fish.

Karen said...

I can't believe for a second you don't have the wit for chick-lit, and I thought the taster of your first novel was fab. It was the one about Army wives wasn't it? A colleague at work (who's an army wife herself) was saying on Saturday that she wished she had the talent to write one, because she'd love to read one and there don't seem to be any out there!! It made me think of yours.

Anyway, congratulations on being runner-up in the Fish comp, that's a fabulous achievement :o)

JJ Beattie said...

OMG Fiona, fantastic news, well done.

I look forward to the cheesy footballs in due course.

Graeme K Talboys said...

Brilliant! Well done.

Captain Black said...

Well done Fiona, that's a great achievement.

I'm looking forward to the new blog. On the subject of chick-lit, I think you're right to diversify and not restrict your writing to one particular genre. However, I disagree with your self-assessment; you do have the wit!

Fiona said...

I don't know what I'd do without writerly friends. My family are in a frenzy of indifference:

'Oh, a one page story? Easy then.'

'You didn't actually win or come third or anything?'

'You wrote about a bullet?'

'I found a bit of Ladro(?) at the car boot and it'll sell for more than you've won.'

But I'm happy. Fish were so friendly and the judges are all wonderful writers.
Well worth having a go.

Fiona said...

Tha above was meant to include a thank you for your words. Thank you xxx

Leigh Russell said...

I'm sure the family are bursting with pride. They just don't let on. (Men?) Congratulations again on winning at all in such a huge competition.

L-Plate Author said...

Fia, I've tried on many occasions to get a short story published. I often feel, for me,it is easier to write a book!

Well done x

Fia said...

L-Plate Author - So pleased to hear from you. How are you?

ChrisH said...

Sorry, I've only just spotted this - congratulations! Wonderful news.

L-Plate Author said...

Fia, I'm still the same actually but bearing up. Have had so many tests and they still can't find out what's wrong. I have to have a CT scan next, there is only the kidneys and liver left. I suppose I've had a proper MOT then

I'll be starting back on my blog soon. Cheers medears x