Author Archives: anapirana

Getting down to work

Now that Christmas is over and the New Year has well and truly started, it is really time to knuckle down and start writing again. The great plans I had for writing during the holiday season were gently but firmly … Continue reading

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Metaphorically speaking ….

A blog I follow recently posted an article titled “The Importance of Metaphors” http://patkirwanmanagementmusings.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/the-importance-of-metaphors-in-management-learning/ I read this with interest as the post presented an aspect of the practical and real impact of language when used in a management and leadership … Continue reading

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Amazon Kindle Countdown Deal

The Amazon Kindle Countdown Deal for Bliss is being launched on December 24th and will run through to the 31st. Anyone who was lucky enough to receive a Kindle this holiday will have the added bonus of being able to … Continue reading

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Newsflash!

When setting up my new author pages yesterday, I applied  to use my name for  a global amazon author page. I just received confirmation from  Amazon that this page has now been launched too. This makes life much easier.  https://www.amazon.com/author/ana_martinez

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Active in Amazon

Now that I have published my book, it has to be marketed. Even without active marketing, Bliss is halfway up (I’m a glass half-full person) the Amazon Kindle charts but there is still work to be done. As a first … Continue reading

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Bliss – A collection of short stories published in paperback and as Kindle e-book

My first collection of short stories – Bliss – has been published on Amazon. Bliss is available in paperback and as a Kindle e-book  and is available now. Links to a couple of Amazon pages are here: ISBN-13: 978-1493728404  www.amazon.com/Bliss-Ana-Martinez-ebook  www.amazon.co.uk/Bliss-Ana-Martinez-ebook  www.amazon.de/Bliss-Ana-Martinez-ebook … Continue reading

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Rejected!

I always expected to have stories rejected by publishers and literary agents. It’s part and parcel of being a writer. In fact, if you haven’t been rejected you could be most unwelcome in literary circles. Who wants to hear about … Continue reading

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Mark Twain and Blaise Pascal

Mark Twain once wrote  (having copied it from the French thinker Blaise Pascal) “I am sorry for the length of this letter, but I did not have the time to write a short one”. This captures the essence of a … Continue reading

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Update – National Flash-Fiction Anthology – SCRAPS!

The National Flash-Fiction Anthology is available to buy now. The collection is aptly called “Scraps” and can be pre-ordered on their website. There will also be a Kindle edition. http://nationalflashfictionday.co.uk/anthology.html Flash-fiction stories are the perfect length for holiday reading. This … Continue reading

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National Flash Fiction Day Anthology – Coming Soon!

It is almost time for the annual National Flash-Fiction Day Anthology to be published. Calum Kerr and Holly Howitt have invested an enormous amount of time and energy in promoting and organising events on and around the big day, June … Continue reading

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The results of the www.bluethumbnail.com competition are out

The results of the http://www.bluethumbnail.com competition are out today and I was delighted to see that I was one of the runners up with a story called “The Crossroads”. The first prize was a coveted place on a writing retreat … Continue reading

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Being a Published Writer

This has been an exciting couple of weeks. First, a piece of flash fiction, “Fanlight” was published on the DoorDitch project website. Then a story called “Violetas” which had been accepted by The Island Review – http://www.theislandreview.com – earlier this … Continue reading

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The Island Review

The Island Review published my story “Violetas” today on their website. It was a strange feeling to click on the link and see my words in print. The editors selected a wonderful picture of these traditional Madrid sweets to accompany … Continue reading

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DoorDitch

The founders of DoorDitch.co.uk have come up with a great idea for saving the history an urban area before gentrification removes all unwanted signs of former times. Doors have always hidden secrets, good and bad, from everyone not admitted over the … Continue reading

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Inspiration

Jack Frost came in the night and breathed his deadly chill over my once-cheerful primroses edging them with an ice-crystal border which later in the morning reduced them to floppy heaps. However, despite the cold, grey, depressing depths of winter … Continue reading

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Show, don’t tell

I submitted a short story to a website whose published stories appeal to me. They very kindly answered and while they did not decide to publish this story, they offered some very useful and supportive advice. They attached a document … Continue reading

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The added value of the short story.

In modern society brevity is required, desired. We communicate via shorthand, text messaging and emoticons. The short story should be more valued than most forms of fiction, hot on the heels of poetry and flash fiction . A commuter can … Continue reading

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Getting inspiration on a grey day.

As far back as I can remember, the 1st of February was always the first day of spring. For me anyway. Even now, living in Germany where the temperatures can be well below freezing at the beginning of February, I … Continue reading

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Costa Short Story Awards 2012

Congratulations to Avril Joy for winning the first Costa Short Story Award! Now that Costa has seen how popular the competition was, hopefully they will open the 2013 competition to residents outside the UK and Ireland too.

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Spring is coming – get writing!

After setting up this blog in August 2012, I let it lie dormant, neglected and unfed. It is a sorry sight. Unloved, uncared for but always there, waiting for me. This week the weather changed from freezing cold and snowy … Continue reading

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New beginnings

A reader should imagine this blog as being a large, old house. Each room has many stories to tell. In a room on the ground floor, with French doors opening into the sunny garden, there is an oak writing desk. … Continue reading

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