Writing Prompt: One Hundred Words (excactly) of Horror/ Dark Fantasy

Today’s writing prompt: Write exactly 100 words of Horror/ Dark Fantasy, with a twist in the tail. No title required.


My example:


He watched her eating a meal from the other side of the open window. Females never noticed him. Still, it seemed safer to lurk, unseen in the darkness, and view them safely from beyond their reach. She wrapped the leftovers, retiring for the night. Almost immediately his thoughts were on sneaking in. Long-legged beauties, like her, could not be left undisturbed. He wondered; would she reject him, like the others? He crept through the window, and found her laying in wait, amused and eager to give him the silky interlude he so desired. Once completed, she bit his head off.

c. Wendy Beach 2014


Second person viewpoint – Love it or hate it

MorgEn Bailey - Editor, Comp Columnist/Judge, Tutor & Writing Guru

I thought tonight I’d talk about the little-known point of view that is second person.

Most writers (hopefully all) will know the difference between, and often write in, first person (I / we) and Third person (he / she / they) but second person (you) seems to be something either not heard of, not tried or not liked. From memory I have only interviewed one author (Stella Deleuze) whose favorite point of view is second, as it is mine (we actually have a lot in common and have become ‘twins’… my mum’s a twin. :))

Editors seem not to like stories in it, although I do get the impression (or am I just hoping) that it’s growing in popularity and one recently came second in a Writer’s Forum magazine, judged by writing friend and interviewee Sue Moorcroft.

That said, it gets tiring after a while to write…

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– Withholding Tax USA: Author Brian Lawrenson shares his guide


If you are an author who is interested in self-publishing Amazon seems like a logical avenue to explore. Let’s face it, it’s got the ‘name’ and perhaps it seems like a measure of success to have your content available for all the world to read. Because Australia is behind the US in ebook sales they have many ‘names’ that an author will consider when self-publishing including Lulu or Smashwords. But there is one issue that I don’t hear discussed a lot when considering dealing with US companies, and it’s a fairly BIG issue. A ‘30% of your sales income‘ kind of issue. For authors outside the US you need to understand how to overcome the hurdle of withholding tax. While in theory you’d think this is simple in practice  it can be quite tricky and involved. If you don’t do it exactly right then you’re back to square…

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On Meeting Author Fleur McDonald

I went to see author Fleur McDonald on Monday, as she was having a Q & A session at the Gossie Knowledge center.  I really enjoyed meeting her with my mum. She is one of my favorite commercial rural romance authors.  I thought I would share a few things she said about her writing experience as it has been mentioned in class.


For those who don’t know who Fleur is, she is a farmer living on an isolated farm with her husband and children near the SA border.  She said, she had never thought of becoming a writer. She and her husband bought their first farm on their wedding day and it was a decapitated house with no running water in the toilet (and stayed like that the next 7 years).  They went through many ups and downs on the land, with droughts mainly, but also with stock theft. Her youngest son has an autism spectrum disorder, and she used to read stories to him and also write short stories for him, but never considered becoming an author.


About 7 years (?) ago, she thought she would like to do something for herself and took a writing course.  Her teacher suggested that she put all her short stories together and see if she could find a publisher.  She decided not to, but the seed was sown and so she decided to write a novel. She had no idea what genre to write, and it wasn’t until she was inspired by another rural romance writers novel that she realised ‘hey I can write that, I live and work on a farm and I love this place.’

Next she made newbie mistake after newbie mistake:

1. She sent off three chapters and a synopsis to Allen & Unwin’s pitch Friday (they only want 1 chapter).

2. In her synopsis she told them she would pay them if they gave her writing advice.

3. She didn’t actually have a finished manuscript… only those three chapters.


She heard from Allen & Unwin. They said NO.

But, they told her she had a good commercial writing ability and that she should send it to a different publisher as it wasn’t the type of novel they were looking for at the time.

4. So, she resubmitted all 3 chapters to the same publishers again.


She heard back from an editor at Allen & Unwin, who told her they would publish her manuscript (what manuscript) IF she accepted the editing they wanted to do. She signed up.


To date she has written several novels set in rural Australia with an Agricultural setting and historical/ romance theme.


Her titles are:

Crimson Dawn, Blue Skies, Silver Clouds, Red Dust, Purple Roads

She always puts a colour in her title; that’s her ‘brand’.

That way if a reader goes into a bookshop saying they are looking for a book from an author they read and they cant remember her name, then they will remember the genre and hopefully that it had a colour in the title.

I asked her how she researched the historical aspects of her book. She does a lot of research but usually it is asking old timers, ie old shearers etc, the things they used to do on the land and how they did them back then. They generally have a lot of stories to share and she uses them as inspiration for minor characters in her books.


Anyway, that’s all I can remember for now.   She was lovely and I had a photo taken (me – fleur- my mother) and bought her book and had it signed… roll on holidays so I get to read it 🙂




2014 A to Z Challenge: C

An' de walls came tumblin' down

AuthorsPeter Carey

Wikipedia says,

Peter Philip CareyAO (born 7 May 1943) is an Australian novelist, known primarily for being one of only three writers to have won the Booker Prize twice—the others being J. M. Coetzee and Hilary Mantel. Carey won his first Booker Prize in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda, and won for the second time in 2001 with True History of the Kelly Gang. In May 2008 he was nominated for the Best of the Booker Prize.

Carey has won the Miles Franklin Award three times and is frequently named as Australia’s next contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

In addition to writing fiction, he collaborated on the screenplay of the film Until the End of the World with Wim Wenders and is executive director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Hunter College, part of the City University of…

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