Books by Glenda Young

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Short Stories and Sudoku

I'm no fan of numbers. Maths scares me. Percentages bring me out in a rash and algebra makes me cry. So I didn't think I'd enjoy Sudoku, but I do.

A few years ago I couldn't get enough of the tricky little blighters and I'd sit and ponder with a pen in my hand, dropping numbers into boxes until all 9x9 of them were complete.

Then I lost interest in the puzzles and didn't touch Sudoku for years. But recently I've found my way back into them. It started when I picked up a free copy of Metro on the bus into town and found three Sudoku puzzles inside. Three. There's an easy, a medium and a tricky one to do. I can usually do the two first ones, but not the latter. I'm not that good.

Anyway, the point of telling you this is that sitting down to solve a Sudoku puzzle has, rather oddly but most definitely, helped my short story writing.

It's working my brain in a different way.

Instead of writing and editing blog-post sized chunks of writing, Sudoku stretches my wordy brain, uncurls it. Sudoku doesn't come naturally to me, it hurts. But I stick with it.

Two recent short story submissions to women's magazines have been accepted and I'm currently waiting for them to come out in print. I've also submitted short stories to various competitions and have a list of ideas for new short stories to write.

But first, a Sudoku, to warm my brain cells up.


Deirdre: A Life on Coronation Street - official ITV tribute to a soap icon. Available here.


I'm on twitter @flaming_nora

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A shore thing

Flooding from the recent storms are washing up all sorts onto our beach. 

Lots of plastic toys are coming ashore.

And this, from the Weardale Railway in Stanhope, County Durham. It must have floated down the river Wear and out into open sea.

You can see more of my beach finds at flickr.


Deirdre: A Life on Coronation Street - official ITV tribute to a soap icon. Available here.


I'm on twitter @flaming_nora

Friday, January 29, 2016

Coronation Street Blog shortlisted in UK Blog Awards 2016


The Coronation Street Blog is a team effort.

The blog has been shortlisted as one of the ten most voted for Blogs in the UK Blog Awards 2016.  These categories are Arts & Culture and Most Innovative.

The next step is judging by the UK Blog Awards panel.  Winners will be announced at a gala dinner in that London at the posh Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster at the end of April. 

Fingers crossed!


Deirdre: A Life on Coronation Street - official ITV tribute to a soap icon. Available here.


I'm on twitter @flaming_nora

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Corrie weekly update - Teflon totty and 40 years of lifts

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


This week on Corrie, Carla lost her spleen and Phelan lost his chips.


Deirdre: A Life on Coronation Street - official ITV tribute to a soap icon. Available here.


I'm on twitter @flaming_nora

Friday, January 22, 2016

Away with words

I'm featured today on the Woman's Magazine writer's Blog.

If you'd like to read it, it's here.


Deirdre: A Life on Coronation Street - official ITV tribute to a soap icon. Available here.


I'm on twitter @flaming_nora
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