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Monocle Husky

A Tenner Well Spent

A friend told me about Writers' Village a few months ago. The website offers writing tips by email - some free, some you pay for - and quarterly short story competitions. Entry to the competition is £10, but every entrant receives a critique of their work.

This sounded a pretty good deal to me, so I entered a story I'd recently finished and wanted some feedback on.

At this point it would be traditional to say 'and then I forgot all about it', but that would be telling whoppers. I anxiously watched my inbox for my critique, and checked the site daily so that when the winners were posted I could compare them unfavourably with my own effort.

But I didn't need to do that, because I got a phone call telling me I had won first prize in the spring competition. (There was an email too but it had gone into my junk folder, probably because it contained the words Congratulations, you have won.)

The Philosopher and the Weasel

Socrates was sitting cross-legged in his cell when the weasel bellied in through a gap at the base of the wall.

It was a beautiful little beast, with soft, russet fur fading to cream on its belly, and bright black eyes. Its slender tail was tufted at the end, and it travelled with a liquid, looping motion. To Socrates, it seemed such a perfect creation that it might have been the original Form or Idea of a weasel on which all other weasels were modelled. The philosopher sat still as a marble statue, watching his visitor sniff and scurry its way to the crust of bread in his clay bowl.

Kaire, Big Beard!” said the weasel. “Mind if I take this?”

Read the rest, if you wish.


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Oh, yay! I'm so pleased for you!

I'll have a read of that later, looks great.
Cheers! It's been a huge confidence boost.
That was absolutely magnificent. ^_^ Not simply well-written, but with such an engaging premise as well.

(Ooh, I only just noticed - you've paid for a custom LJ icon, ne? It shows as the page's favicon in one's browser too!)

Oh, so it does - cool! And many thanks ^.^
Gosh, that's good! I was going to file it away for later, but ended up reading the whole thing. I really enjoyed reading that -- and well done!
Oh, that's really nice to know - I do think it's one of the best things I've written to date. Thank you!

Well-deserved, and a pleasant reminder that good things do sometimes happen to good people. :-)
Thank you! It couldn't have come at a better time, for sure.
Excellent! Congratulations! ;)
Thank you!
\o/ \o/ \o/
Hey, thanks! That means a lot to me.
Brava! Lovely.

I can almost feel the weasel's soft fur, you've described it so beautifully.
Aww! Thanks.
Excellent and well done for winning. A terrific little tale.
Thank you, and thanks for reading it!
Wow!! That was beautiful!!

And the reasons they gave why you won could not have been more awesome!

Well done.. but, I have NEVER doubted that you have always had it in you! :)

Thanks, you, and thanks for taking the time to read it! *hugs*
hurrah! Well done you! *beams*
Thank you! And I hope you've noted down that URL for future use...
well done you!
Hurrah! And your picture on the homepage! :D
I wasn't quite so keen on that aspect :)
That was really beautifully written. I am so pleased that you won, you deserved to.
Thank you - I'm glad you liked it!
Fantastic, congratulations! :D
Thank you!
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