Who Won the Week (13 December 2020)

I always liked Fandango’s Who Won the Week post, and like to join in with some quirky stories from my own newsfeeds. All from our unique vantage points, the idea is to pick something (a person, organisation, anything) which “won” the week.


It’s All About Sex

I thought this week’s winner would be very appropriate, as some of us on here are published writers, some more of us are budding writers, and probably all of us know aspirational writers.

My award this week goes to the Literary Review magazine, for pure good taste.

In 1993, this magazine set up an award. This award is for the most outstandingly awful scene of sexual description in an otherwise good novel, it is called the Bad Sex In Fiction Award.

Seriously, sex is a hard (no pun intended) write. I, for one, find it totally daunting, and people – established authors – write it so badly that they coined this award! Above just being flippant, the award did have a serious purpose, though – to shame authors into writing better-quality material.

So why the has the Literary Rewiew won? Because they announced this week that they were cancelling this year’s award. Why? In their words – the public has suffered enough in 2020!

So, three cheers to the Literary Review for sparing us!

https://www.forbes.com/sites/danidiplacido/2020/12/10/the-bad-sex-in-fiction-award-is-canceled-because-everything-is-already-awful/?sh=1f8ca2ec2e54

Oh, and if you wants to know just how bad bad sex is, here are some extracts from previous winners. This is a long article but trust me, it is hilarious. And if, while in the throes of passion, you ever felt yourself making a noise between a beached seal and a police siren, then you’ll know what I mean! (And if your partner ever made that noise, please let us all into your secret 🤣)



Life through the Lens (13 December 2020)

As my previous series came to an end, I had the idea to post some of my own photographs.

When my eyes were better, I used to enjoy photography. I had some decent kit and was around just as digital photography was taking off. Although it was strictly a hobby for me, two of my photos were published. One rural shot of hay bales ended up in a brochure made by the UK’s NFU (farming), another ended up in a coffee-table book about lighthouses. I wasn’t David Bailey but a couple of times, I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.

I thought I’d share some. All these photographs were taken by me, I own the copyright so if you’d like to use any, go for it. Just so long as you don’t use them to make any money.

My aim is to publish weekly again but this time, on Sunday afternoons. I’m just going to repeat this spiel each week, too, for the benefit of new readers, so you can safely skip to the camera graphic to save reading the blurb each time.

If you look at the category above (high on left, by the date), I’ll put every photo in that same category so you can find previously-published photos. If I feel a photo needs some explanation, I’ll maybe write a line or two to go with it. Like the last time, I’ll keep going until I run out of steam. Oh, and feel free to join in, if the fancy takes you.

I’ve linked to a higher-res umage under each photo.

In real life, my daughter, but from many years ago.

Working Up an Appetite

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 13 December 2020, discover.

As a boy I went hunting for treasure,
The dog saved me digging alone,
We both dug with vigour,
The hole became bigger,
But all that we found was a bone.