Round Up: Short stories, writing competitions, interesting things No.1

Thanks Ken! Delightful!

Write Stuff

Sometimes, when my characters won’t let me slip inside their skin, or when my dialogue is as flat and lifeless, or when my writing has the bounce and energy of a lead-lined wardrobe, I take five minutes (okay, 15 minutes) to find something interesting about writing or short stories on the internet.

Until now I haven’t really organised or shared the fruits of these digital excursions, but I thought maybe once a week or so (or maybe less frequently if it becomes a chore), I could put them all in one place. After all, sharing is nice and it means that the growing number of people who read this blog (I didn’t say ‘vast number’, I just said ‘growing number’) can get some short fiction, books and writing craft information all in one easy eyeful.

But if you side-tracked by this and don’t do the writing you’re supposed to, and then feel all…

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Dyslexia, spelling and correction

IMG_4777This week I  posted something on Instagram and it was just a quick comment. Well,  I made a real silly mistake , I felt so small and stupid.

At first I thought,  “oh dear!”  followed by,  my usual shame,  frustration and embarrassment.

I struggled with a response , and well, I just wrote an excuse like” I am Dyslexic and embarrassed” .

It can be excruciating at times and then other times, I can just move on , pick myself up , dust myself off and learn from it.

During college and in all the Jobs I have been lucky enough enjoy, I didn’t let it overwhelm me or let it be an excuse. Luckily I was able to compensate with creative and interesting ways of excel.

It is really important to understand a Dyslexic person is not stupid or lazy!

Some find it harder to compensate as you get older or during times of stress.

If we let having Dyslexia stop us from writing or posting,  we would never write, and never be heard.

People with Dyslexia, come in all shapes and sizes, young, old and are wonderfully creative people.

So, if you are reading this site and you see a spelling mistake, please there is no need to correct my spelling or grammar and thanks you for not commenting or judging.

It is no excuse and will utilize all the tools at my disposal to check and recheck.

For all you dyslexics out there here is a great site for you: Ghotit

Ghotit Assistive Technology 

Ghotit Real Writer & Reader software includes advanced writing and reading assistive technologies tailor-made for people with dyslexia and dysgraphia:

• Context and phonetic spell checker
• Grammar and punctuation checker
• Proofreader
• Reader that can read out any document
• Word prediction, contextual & phonetic
• Integrated word dictionary US, UK, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African dictionaries

Thanks Suzanne