Books by Glenda Young

Friday, January 20, 2017

Have you found much?

Back from a morning spent seaglass hunting on Seaham Beach in County Durham.  The beach was dotted with collectors, all like me, all with our heads bent, walking the sands slowly, searching the shingle for a splash of coloured glass. 

Seaglass collectors are odd creatures, and I include myself in this categorisation. We know how addictive seaglass hunting is. But most of us are friendly, willing to share what we've collected and show other collectors when we pass on the beach, calling out to each other: "Have you found much?"

I've collected seaglass since I was a child. Obviously, I've thrown a lot of it back into the sea or I wouldn't be able to move in the house for the lovely jewels of glass that have tumbled in the ocean for years, decades even.

But some of it I do keep - the jewels, I call them, the gems.  They're the reds and the purples, the oranges and the lilacs, all the colours you rarely see these days. And I keep the very rare multi-coloured ones, like the red and white one above.

But I've been keeping so many jewels lately that I'm thinking of selling some of them to collectors or jewellry designers.  I might pop them onto eBay unless anyone has any ideas of anywhere else that collectors may look for rare and unusual multi-coloured seaglass?

If you love seaglass as much as I do, you might like to see my book of short stories called The Seaglass Collector and other short stories.

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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Wanted: Writing mentor, apply within

When I decided to start writing fiction last year I had no idea I'd do so well. That's not me being modest; I've always known I had it in me to be good but I never dreamed I could - and would - have my fiction published.

During 2016 I've had a succssion of short stories published in two different women's magzines and was commissioned to write a weekly soap opera for one of the magazines too.

I've been entering short story competitions and although I haven't won anything (yet?) I have had two stories longlisted and one was highly commended.

A flash fiction story of mine was read out at the launch of a Sunderland cultural programme - find out more about that here.

All in all, not bad. I know I'm still in the early stages of a fiction writing career and I know I've got a lot to learn.

And that could be where you come in. If you'd like to, that is.

I'm looking for a fiction-writing mentor, someone who will take my work and show me how to make it better. Someone who will show me how to write a competition-winning short story, show me how to get published in an anthology, find an agent, help me start my novel.

Interested applicants, please apply within to

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Saturday, January 07, 2017

Corrie weekly update - putrid Cupid

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.

This week in Corrie, could Jenny flaming Bradley become a Connor queen?

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Two stories in Take a Break's Fiction Feast

Happy to report that I have two short stories in the current edition of Take a Break magazine's Fiction Feast which is in the shops today. 

The two stories are very different, one is fun...

And the other is much darker. I was surprised the magazine took, it if I'm honest, as I was a little concerned it was outside of their usual remit. I'm very pleased, for many reasons, that this short story, covering domestic abuse has been accepted and is available for all to read.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Story starters for the New Year

I've a short story in this week's The People's Friend magazine. It's called Meet The Neighbours and is about a new man in town, two comedy sisters and a load of old pies.  I'm well chuffed as it's made the front cover of the magazine too so it's really cheered me up today and is a great start to my writing New Year.

In addition, my weekly soap opera Riverside continues this week inside the magazine with Ruby's hen party. But as Ruby and her friends sit down to celebrate, new girl on the block Jenny has a secret to hide...

If you're at all intersted in writing for women's magazines, a good place to start gathering information is Patsy Collins' blog Womagwriter. 

Also, I can't recommend highly enough Della Galton's book "How to write and sell short stories".

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