End of 2018

I can’t believe how quickly we’ve reached the end of the year. Time to take stock I guess. What was I up to the last two months? I checked my diary and came up with quite a few highlights.

On the first week of November I attended the ‘Open Book ‘ Poetry class ably chaired by Marjorie Loft Gill, the Makar of The Federation of Writers Scotland and a prize winning poet. The classes are at the GWL. The class helped me write poems from trigger words given. We analysed some good poems by various authors on the theme of Autumn.

The Pens & Quills meeting was interesting with a super talk on ‘Research in Writing’ by Allan Martin.

Mid November I had to attend the funeral of a friend who passed away suddenly after a routine operation for Gall Bladder removal. That same day I met with my friends of over forty years for lunch that was planned a year ago. Life and death plays such an intriguing role in all our lives.

November is the month of Diwali and I enjoyed a very good celebration at Partick Burgh Hall. The Festival of Lights always cheers us up in the dark months of winter.

Book Week Scotland was on in November and I went to a talk by Charles E Mc Garry on his book ‘The Shadow of the Black Earl’ A book of murder with a supernatural twist at Bearsden Library.

In December I did manage to go to the ‘Open Book ‘ class again at the GWL. This was taken by Kate Fox a screen writer and we got a different perspective to writing poems and prose. So good to learn about various writing genres. Unfortunately I got the flu and had to stay in bed and miss Myra Duffy’s talk at the Pens & Quills’s December meeting.

December is so busy with my daughter arriving from DC for Xmas. Our trip to London to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was a awesome experience. A blog on that will appear in an American website espressofied.com. soon.

Xmas was wonderful quiet and good to be with the family.

We also managed to have afternoon tea at Mackintosh at the Willow and here’s link to the photo blog : http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/mackintosh-at-the-willow-by-leela-soma/

I’ve also had some publishing success. My short story ‘Party in Red’ was in Mystic Blue Review Halloween’s issue: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/32117f_1118bc2af69141c991357285f7c7e0ba.pdf

I also had a short story ‘Brodie’ in the literary magazine ‘Glasgow Review of Books.’

Some poems will appear in a literary Irish magazine in the spring of 2019.

All in all a very busy and productive end to the year.

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