Last week I got an offer to write freelance for CMSCritic.com and I’m pleased to say my first article was released tonight. It is called “Squarespace 6 Review and the Long Awaited Commerce Solution“. Every share, like and +1 counts, as it keeps the sponsors happy, which frees up more funds for us writers 😀
Here is a screen shot of my article on the front page:
Niamh Brown on the front page of CMSCritic
Here Is My Accepted Story To bhuman
“This tale is about how I lost confidence in the value of my own voice and the journey of reclaiming it…”
After a long rough night at the Hospital last night where I found out I had a problem with hyperventilation syndrome I came home and once I was well enough to check my emails again I saw the following email from an Editor at bhuman.co.uk:
“We have reviewed your story and this is normally the bit where we send you an updated copy, however your story was excellent in both (sic) quality, detail and accuracy. If you haven’t already, you should really consider using your skills as a writer often.”
Not surprisingly it really made my day. Once my story is published online it will also become part of a anthology of personal stories, which will be sent round to those who need to know they are not alone with their struggles. Writing the story has been very cathartic for me and has allowed me to let go of some old baggage that I should have chucked out ages ago.
Once the story is online I will post the link to it, but for now here is the proof! ;D
Just a quick post to say I’ve written a new post on my blog For The Hole Inside Everyone called Moving From A Monoglot To A Polyglot Culture. This has been playing on my mind for sometime since the last time someone asked me why I’m shy and I don’t speak more Danish round our office in Copenhagen and this is the result of that thought a few weeks after the fact.
Also whilst I’m here I thought I’d say how it went at the Helium Competition at their Pulitzer Center. I was 3/12 at one point then my ranking dived bombed more badly than any of my other Helium articles, so I guess it shows you you should write what you know no matter how well you do your research! I was just hoping to win an iPad otherwise I wouldn’t have entered on that topic.
I also just brought my .com domain for my 6 book Science Fiction Series which is exciting (8 letters all one word, which is pretty good for a .com url these days). There probably won’t be much up there until I’m ready to launch the first book but it’s good to know I have it in reserve for when I’m ready; makes the project all that more real.
Anyways, that’s all folks for now!
As a writer at Helium I was sent a newsletter telling me about a current competition in their Pulitzer Center which can see the winning magazine articles published along with a prize of an iPad, something I really want as I want to play with Garage Band so I can start creating music for you all again (as I’m limited in what I can do on the guitar nowadays due to my medical condition).
I have entered the competition under the article title ‘What are the best ways to engage young people in family planning?‘. I have to get into the top 4 to be considered for the winning spot. I’ll let you know when it goes once the winners are picked 🙂
I’ve had some time to do a few updates that I’ve been meaning to do to the Niamh Brown Central website before the holiday kicks in (as I want to spend it on writing and not web stuff). I’ve removed the Passion For Poker section because my writing focus has finally shifted back the the science fiction series I’ve been writing for the past decade. I’m also going to be joining a writers group in Copenhagen next year, so I decided to remove the poker blog for now.
I’ve also reinstated some of the work I had done when I had the (premium) CafePress Store for my photography. I’ve pulled out the ‘insane world’ product line and it will be in a separate store to the photography work once it’s back. You can see my new Writing Store here. I’m going to be updating the photography site during 2010 so this should be the last update on the niamh brown central site for a while.
I’ve also added the Links section I mentioned in my last post to the main menu for quick reference and removed some links in my blog For The Hole Inside Everyone and put them in there so they are in one place.
I plan to spend christmas and new year writing and I will be posting my annual close and start of the year posts at the end of the month. See you then 🙂
Peace, Niamh xxx
Well as you know the writing has been difficult of late because of health issues, but I managed to proof the first short story I wrote before the Fibro became active and I’m posting it tomorrow. The competition closes at the end of the month and I will receive feedback via email regardless of if I win. It was for the ‘Writers of the Future’ competition, linked to on the right side bar on this blog.
It’s kind of exciting to be honest as this is going to be good yard stick. Good review if nothing else is still good and I can always submit it to the paying markets if it doesn’t work out after wards. Kind of feels like a big step though and I’m looking forward to see where this leads.
Anyway apart from that I’ve been playing a lot of poker and resting my feet. I have my interview for the Danish lessons next month so I will be spending a good deal of time soon on that.
Anyway take care,
Peace, Niamh xxx
As I’ve started looking for markets for the work I’m focusing on this year I’ve come across a few links I’ve started to collect and even send to people. So I thought it would be good to post them on my website as well so they could grow into a handy personal, as well as social, reference.
I’ll probably want to do the same for other areas of interest so if your interested in reading, writing and experiencing sci-fi/fantasy, writing and writers, journals and auto/biographies, health & self help, thought, philosophy & meditation, photography, cooking & baking, snooker, poker (texas holdem), music, singing & playing the guitar and sending as much love into the world as you can then watch this space!
On a personal note you might notice I’ve put poker back into my interests. The last couple of weeks I’ve started playing again, just on the free tables. I’m actually having loads of fun because no money is riding on it and I can just relax and play the game. I’ve been missing something needless like that in my life recently and I’m sure I’ll write about it in my blog For The Hole Inside Everyone at some point soon.
I made it to my first pay day on Friday, which was a nice milestone and it sure does feel good to have money coming in again and to be in a good company. I’m going to the language school next week to get signed up for my classes.
I’ve also got most of the way through the first draft of the second of the fictional short stories this year. This one is considerably longer than the first, at least twice as long I suspect and I feel it should be good enough to submit to the writers of the future competition link I’ve just posted on the right sidebar (and the subject of this post).
Hope you are all well and more news once my energy levels pick up and as life demands it.
Peace, Niamh x