Exciting news


My mobile phone rang while we were driving to Wellingborough this afternoon.
I rarely get calls – apart from automated ones telling me how much I can claim on my PPI – so I often ignore it, even though I’m not the one driving. However, since Robert was home alone and Becky was out and might have broken down, I thought I’d better answer it.
Much to my surprise, it was an invitation to interview at 10am on Tuesday next week [4.11.14].
I applied for the post of Library Manager at a local Upper School – now officially called an Academy Trust – without much expectation of getting an interview, but my application obviously did the trick.
Now I just have to hope that interview nerves don’t get the better of me. Traditionally, I don’t interview very well. I get tongue tied, and think of the perfect answer later that night, or even a week later. What is it the French call that? “L’esprit d’escalier” – The spirit of the staircase – never quite understood why it is called that, but I certainly experience it all too often.
This would be an ideal job for me.
I have a lot of experience working in schools, and have worked in the library system for the past three years.
I have many skills to bring to the role, and would find much job satisfaction from it.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it is 37 hours per week, term time plus two weeks, so it would also pay a great deal better than the part time job I’m in at the moment, alleviating some of our money worries. Not to mention I wouldn’t have to work Saturdays any more and would get most of the school holidays off like I used to before I was made redundant.
Although I really enjoy my current job and would miss it and some of my colleagues, there would be occasions where we would liaise so I could still keep in touch.
Feels like a win-win.
Here’s hoping my competition isn’t too strong and I make the cut.

Prayers, pixie dust and positive vibes welcomed.

Any suggestions for acing the interview?




You get to spend a day inside your favorite movie. Tell us which one it is — and what happens to you while you’re there.

It is hard to pick a favorite movie, I have so many and it depends on the mood I’m in.
For the purpose of this prompt, I think I’ll pick ‘Pleasantville

First of all, I’d be neighborly and get the know the folks around me for a bit. Maybe share some blueberry pancakes and coffee or something like that. It’d be lovely to stroll around the neighborhood without having to worry about getting mugged or raped or anything. I’d revel in the simplicity of a bygone era,indulge in a little nostalgia. I’d go bowling!

Then I’d probably get bored and join David and Jennifer in trying to bring color to that monochromatic environment.

Check out this link for other responses to the prompt

One step closer?


I’ve had a reply from another literary agent.
This has been the most helpful yet.
Whilst it still isn’t a ‘yes’, it is actually almost bordering on a ‘maybe’.

Dear Helen,

Thank you for your submissions, which we have read with interest. We liked the idea of a girl finding a dragon in her soup, and your writing style is nice and punchy, but I’m afraid we felt the story needed further development, with a more rounded structure – at the moment the actual story is lacking, and it’s more an introduction to how Sweetpea comes to live with Ginny, rather than being a satisfying story that stands alone (which is essential). With There’s a Dragon at the Seaside, again we felt it needed more story development, with more conflict in the middle section to build to a dramatic climax which solves a central problem.

We hope this feedback is useful. We’d be happy to consider any of your future work.

It is both encouraging and discouraging.
Discouraging, because editing is much harder than writing in the first place, particularly within such a rigid format as 12 x 4 line stanzas. You can’t expand on the idea, you can only change parts. I’m worried that I’ll end up with something forced that loses the original charm. Or that I won’t manage to alter the stories into a ‘publishable’ format at all and my dreams will rapidly fade to nought.

Yet there is hope here. This doesn’t say ‘don’t give up the day job’ by any means.
It says ‘We’d be happy to consider any of your future work.’

That’s a great big ‘WOW!’

Deep breath. Down to work.