Friday, 18 December 2009

Annoying Advert

Who else hates that irritating CrocOdor advert? Not only is it insulting to British viewers by lazily dubbing an english voice over a clearly foreign woman, but the whole "crocoderthis", "crocoderthat" makes me want to shove it somewhere.

Shame on whoever their marketing company is. I won't be buying it - ever.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Achievements. Blimey!

On our online Writers Forum at Writing Magazine's Talkback, we were asked to list our writing achievements for 2009. I have to admit I quite surprised myself. Here they are:

* January - Decided to do something serious with all the writing I'd been doing over the years, and started buying Writing Magazine and Writers Forum magazine.

* March - joined Talkback - one of the best things I've ever done. I've never known support like it.

* April - my dark half Lily Childs' first piece ever published on author Matt Hilton's Thrillers Killers 'n' Chillers site (TK'n'C) - 'Fashion Victim'. I'll never forget that amazing feeling of having something published for the first time.

* June - entered Sunday Express S Magazine Summer Story competition, judged by Katie Fforde, Jill Mansell, Jojo Moyes and Adele Parks.

* August - started blog 'Lily Childs Feardom' at

* September - won the Sunday Express competition with Summer Breeze! No prize but published with a full interview and article, and nicely illustrated. Plus a follow-up piece in my local paper.

* September - started this blog in my real name at

* December - asked to submit novel to a local publisher when ready.

* December - Lily Childs Feardom awarded a Kreativ Blogger award by crime writer, Col Bury


* Lily Childs has now had eight pieces published on TK'n'C. Some fantastic comments and encouragement.

* Started my mystery/horror novel 'Dispirited'. Am 50,000 words in - so about halfway.

* Was approached by an agent who saw my work on TK'n'C who wants first look at my novel when it's ready

* Won Talkback's 'One Word Challenge' poetry and story once each, and have been shortlisted and runner-up.

* Had an entry in the international Aeon Award competition - didn't win, but at 6,500 words was good writing and editing practise.

* Have an entry in a dark fiction competition - awaiting

* Feel privileged to have been asked to review/read pieces by other writers whose work I respect and enjoy.

* Written a couple of articles for our staff in-house magazine and have been asked for more. Also asked to do some tourism reviews

* Written multiple sets of web guidelines and training manuals

Best thing of all, made some good friends of writers I've met on Talkback, TK'n'C and elsewhere.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

'Face Off' - new story from Lily Childs

More new fiction from my dark half, Lily Childs. It's called Face Off and is published on Thrillers Killers 'n' Chillers.


I keep it in a bag, my face. It hides there of a night when I slumber and dream.

I pull my hair back and look at the bare-faced lie reflected back at me in the mirror. A blank canvas. I could do anything with it. I could be anyone.

But I want to be me. I’ve always wanted to be me, not her.

The ritual begins.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Lily Childs Flash Fiction Winner

My dark half, Lily Childs is very proud to have won the November 2009 'One Word Challenge' on Writing Magazine's online forum 'Talkback.'

It's called 'Can I Get A Witness' and is over at Lily Childs' Feardom blog, if you're interested.

The One Word Challenge works by writers being given a single word from which they must produce a piece of flash fiction in 200 words or less, or a poem in 40 lines or less. November's word was 'Witness.'
My poem, 'Who Sees', is below...

Soul Bay Press

Independent Eastbourne publishers Soul Bay Press are "dedicated to the joy of the written word, the sound of the human voice, the crash of waves on the beach and the blast of a saxophone in the depths of a dark night. "

If you happen to be in Eastbourne on the evening of Wednesday 2nd December, get along to The Greenhouse in Station Street, Eastbourne for a reading of Matthew Loukes' new novel, Goose Flesh.

Wish I could be there...

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Who Sees?

I choose this cup
But not that cup
And then I change my mind.
Now cup A is
Jealous of cup B.
I pick a less emotional,
Easy-going mug.
And then I make the tea.

I close the door.
I lock the door.
I turn around three times.
I pull the handle,
Tap my key fob
Wondering all the while, who
Spends their time
In watching me.

I spot the cracks.
I jump the cracks.
Knowing what would happen
If I trod on one.
It matters not.
The panic is sufficient
To make me leap.
Or miss the bus that comes.

I reach my desk.
I touch my desk.
I study what’s been moved.
Photo. Here.
Stapler… Here.
The cleaners clean my life up,
Tidy me away.
They shouldn’t interfere.

I hear a voice.
Another voice,
Whispering opinions.
“Twenty Seven”
I say to no-one.
Lucky number keeps me safe
From judgmental eyes.
Why can’t they leave me be?

(c) Michele Ranger/Lily Childs November 2009
Written for a 'One-Word-Challenge - 'Witness' '