Alison R Reed (also writing as Marianna Bell and Michael N Allison)


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15 April 2010

Posted by alisonreed on April 15, 2010 at 6:48 PM Comments comments (0)

As you can see, I have added some more photos, this time from a trip to Turkey.  The slideshow isn't quite finished as there are some more photos to come, but do have a look and let me know what you think.

More stories etc to come later.


23rd March 2010

Posted by alisonreed on March 23, 2010 at 5:43 PM Comments comments (0)


Well, I sent off my latest short story to its intended market and it was returned by the next post!  I can't make up my mind whether that's good or bad.  When I first sent off stories it used to take ages to get them back so either the publishers have changed their way of rejecting stories or someone recognises my name and thinks I'm getting closer to what they want.  Hmmm.  I know which one I want it to be, but I have a suspicion that the other might be true!  How depressing.  Anyway, I've now put the story into the postal folio for WWC and I'll see what they have to say.   

My projects continue apace.  The latest is a collaboration on a radio script with a friend from WWC - we've spent three weeks on it so far and just about sorted out the plot!  Sadly, it won't get finished before Easter but we're very pleased with what we've achieved so far.

I'll blog again soon so in the meantime, happy writing and have a very happy Easter!


New Short Story Added

Posted by alisonreed on January 19, 2010 at 6:56 PM Comments comments (0)


I've just added a new short story - well, I say 'new' but actually it's quite an old story but I thought it was worth an airing so it's new to the site.  It's called 'Ed's Big Night Out' - I hope you enjoy it!

New Year 2010

Posted by alisonreed on January 9, 2010 at 6:31 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year - belatedly!

Well, everything went onto hold whilst I had a couple of operations in October 2009.  Recuperation was slow and I had a couple of quite scary moments which, thinking about them now, shouldn't have worried me, but they did.  If only foresight was as clear as hindsight!  However, I am now able to go back to work but because of the snow, I've only managed two days.  The spirit is willing and all that... 

What I found difficult to come to terms with was the fact that I wasn't able to write whilst I was off.  My inspiration was missing or, as I heard someone say on the tv the other day, "my mojo was gone"!   But I've got some some short stories in the pipeline at the moment, the sort that might be suitable for People's Friend or other women's magazines.  It's all good practice in writing to the market and that is what I find very difficult.  The answer is to just keep writing.  It doesn't matter if I'm not a Tolstoy, Binchy or JK Rowling.  No-one else has to read my work until I'm ready and even if it's no good now, there might be a gem there that could stand being re-written at a later date.

Happy writing!

12th October

Posted by alisonreed on October 12, 2009 at 5:57 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello again.

My blog is falling behind a bit, I'm afraid.  The summer was spent in landscaping the back garden and I'm as pleased as punch with it: I'll post a photo when it is all planted up.  I am still writing when I get time.  At the moment, I'm doing a re-write on my novel 'Hannah's House' (working title); I've started a play about Leslie and Ischi and I had quite a positive critique back about the Leslie and Ischi letters which means that the manuscript will need to be updated as soon as I can.  Oh, and I had an idea for another novel which I've just roughed out so that I don't forget it but that will have to join the queue behind the other two novels that are awaiting attention.  I must finish the things I've started first!

Have a fun Halloween and a happy and safe bonfire night!

Leslie and Ischi Update

Posted by alisonreed on July 29, 2009 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello again

It's been a long time since I posted anything on here, but this going to work lark really gets in the way of writing!  Anyway, I haven't given up - in fact, I've been very brave and sent off the Leslie and Ischi letters to a literary agency who are going to give me a critique.  The Agency seemed quite enthusiastic about the whole idea of these letters, but then I've had publishers express an interest and then lose heart.  However, I wonder if the problems I've been having have been because I haven't presented them correctly.  I've put them together into a book complete with appropriate fonts and illustrations but something that one publisher said has made me wonder if this has put them off.   I'm hoping the Agency will be able to put me right on this score!  Whilst, I'm waiting for their reply to come through, I'll carry on doing bits of writing and posting pieces to share with you.

Leslie and Ischi

Posted by alisonreed on May 17, 2009 at 6:08 PM Comments comments (0)

As you will see, I've posted a paragraph about some letters that were written just after WW2 and I will eventually post some extracts for you to get a flavour.  If you want to know more, however, you'll have to contact me!

Just Getting Enthusiatic!

Posted by alisonreed on May 16, 2009 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, I've added a couple more pages to my site - this time it's all about a day trip we made from Cyprus to Cairo several years ago.  Considering that I'm still talking about it, it must have made a very big impression on me.  See what you think.


Posted by alisonreed on May 15, 2009 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I would really like to hear from you - tell me whether you like my stories or articles or not and why.  That way I will improve and you'll get more things that you like to read!

Photos added

Posted by alisonreed on May 15, 2009 at 4:56 PM Comments comments (0)

I must admit that I'm not a very regular blogger - I only 'blog' when I think I have something interesting to say.  I'm sure you don't really want to hear what I did in work today and as that takes up quite a bit of time, I don't have quite as much time to write as I should like.  So, little and occasionally will be my mantra!  On the other hand you might like to know that today I added a selection of photos taken during our trip on the Rocky Mountaineer so you can see at first-hand how accurate (or not!) my writing is.