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WIP mini blog hop

Posted by Laura Ann Dunks on Monday, November 12, 2012 In : MEME 

I was tagged by my friend and critique partner Lianne Simon who is the fantastic author behind Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite.

What is your working title of your book?
Butterfly with Broken Wings.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was faced with my own chronic illnesses, including Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, and the lives of many others, especially children who were bedbound and had lost their school friends. Children find it hard to visit their friend in bed when they are used ...

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A much longer even more overdue update

Posted by Laura Ann Dunks on Thursday, August 9, 2012 In : update 

I have finished the final year of the Creative Writing part of my degree and been awarded another first (distinction). So I am delighted. I have time off until next February now, when I will resume my degree with year two Spanish. 

In the meantime, I am preparing draft four of Butterfly with Broken Wings and enjoying it just as much as ever.

I am also really excited because my author friend Susan Dennard’s first book is finally released by Harper Teen. I can’t believe I will actually read ...

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A lot of things have happened over the last few months

Posted by Laura Ann Dunks on Saturday, August 6, 2011 In : update 

First of all, I managed to finish my year two creative writing course with the Open University, which I managed to get a distinction (a 1st) in. I am delighted with this result, and I will begin year three of the course in October.

I am 60000 words into draft three of Butterfly with Broken Wings and am still very much enjoying the process. I am also turning over ideas for a young-adult dystopian series, which I plan to write next.

Also despite a few blips, my health seems to be going forward m...

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Much overdue update

Posted by Laura Ann Dunks on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A quick update for everyone: I have been so busy and haven’t had a chance lately. First of all, I handed in my second university assignment for my creative writing, which was a short story like the first assignment. I got distinctions (above 85%) in both, which makes me very happy. I am now working on the poetry assignment, which is due in in a couple of weeks. I also officially start my university Spanish course in a couple of days.

I am working on draft three of Butterfly with Broken Wing...

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Susan Dennard's book giveaway (enter today) and literary agent signing

Posted by Laura Ann Dunks on Monday, October 25, 2010 In : competitions 

I've just found out that the amazing Susan Dennard has signed to a literary agency with her awesome YA steampunk book The Spirit-Hunters, which I have gotten to know personally and can't wait to read!

She is also doing a week-long giveaway to celebrate. More information here.

You can enter day one of her competition today to win one of four science fiction or fantasy books. Click here.

This is a worldwide competition. You just need to follow and comment!

Oh and go congratulate Susan on being AMAZ...

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Posted by Laura Ann Dunks on Thursday, September 30, 2010 In : update 

I have been writing and studying and loving every minute of it. I've been making slow but sure progress with the second draft of Butterfly With Broken Wings.

I have also started exercises for my creative writing course I started with the open university, to work towards a degree. It begins officially on Monday, but I have already started planning my first assignment for the prompt A Beach In Winter.

Keep on writing guys! Don't give up!

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Write On Con for August 10-12th 2010

Posted by Laura Ann Dunks on Friday, July 23, 2010 In : events 

Attention children and young adult writers from around the world! If you haven’t yet heard about the fabulous Write On Con – August 10-12th 2010 - then I will inform you about this fantastic event, which I am very much looking forward to.

This is a completely FREE online event, designed for writers who cannot attend conferences otherwise. Writers will be able to interact with their peers and industry professionals as well as receive feedback on their own work in the critique forum.

There wi...
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Please vote for ME research to receive grant - less than 3 days left.

Posted by Laura Ann Dunks on Saturday, July 10, 2010 In : ME/CFS 

The following information has been copied from various sources.

If the charity P.A.N.D.O.R.A receives enough votes they will get a grant which they want to use for neuroendocrineimmune research (into ME and similar illnesses.) Voting is free and takes a few seconds. PANDORA is the only ME charity that is in with any chance of wining money. So please vote!

P.A.N.D.O.R.A.'s number one focus is the establishment of the NeuroEndocrineImmune (NEI) Center, a grass-roots patient-driven and ph...

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A few of the things I have learnt over the last 8 months...

Posted by Laura Ann Dunks on Thursday, July 1, 2010 In : writing tips 

First of all, as I new writer I have been amazed at how much my work has improved over the last 8 months. I put that down to doing lots of workshops, reading around the subject, critiquing and being critiqued, and reading in the genre I am writing.

Books I have found useful:
(This is by no means an exhaustive list!)

  • Self Editing for fiction writers by Rennie Brown and Dave King is a must for anybody learning about editing their own work. The advice in there is necessary to be learnt.
  • The ...

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Huge health improvement

Posted by Laura Ann Dunks on Monday, June 14, 2010 In : Me 

This is a generic update I am sending to a few people and posting on a few blogs :) I have been mostly bed-bound for 18 months. I have M.E. and Crohn's Disease (ulcers in your intestines)  amongst other illnesses. I also have had as of yet undiagnosed seizure-type episodes for 13 months - waiting for MRI results. I also suspect I have narcolepsy and as I have all the symptoms and have done for some 10 years, but this could be coincidence with all the other things my body is fighting. I should...

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The Voice Within

Laura Ann Dunks 25 year old writer.


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