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WHAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU...WROTE A TWITTER STORYnose. Present, past. Son, father.I loved it! It allowed me to distill a 500-word story to its bare bones. I would def initely do it again. Tanaz Bhathena, CanadaThe waves thundered in her heart, the wind flared in her lungs. Her wake was red, but up ahead the sail of the sky unfurled. I was excited to see the challenge because I hadn’t written a Twitter story before! And I learnt not to overthink,I suppose. Evangeline Chateau- Loney, ScotlandShe wants to travel, learn, become a CEO. He wants *her*. She introduces him to a friend. Everyone happy.Fun challenge! I actually undershot and had to add words, lol. I think that’s probably the f irst time that’s happened to me on Twitter. Joyce Grant, Canadasee all sides, to not draw moral lines and say some views and behaviours are unacceptable. As a black woman I resent being urged to bend my mind to understand belief systems that dehumanise me and other groups. Shade Lapit, TorontoABOUT US WITHOUT USI was disappointed to find that the article ‘Writing with autism’ was not about autistic women writers, but about a woman working with autistic clients. It referenced the slogan ‘nothing about us without us’, yet autistic women are the objects, not the subjects of the article. How about publishing the writing of some of the many autistic women poets and writers? How about guidance for autistic women navigating a publishing industry not geared to our atypical communication and sensitivity profiles? Please remember that autistic women are your readers too. Janine Booth, London E8We are in negotiation with contributors to this series about publishing their clients’ work on our website. DTOur creative workout, to write a story in 140 characters, got so many of you going we’re thinking maybe it’s a good way to kickstart a writing day?Damian wanted immortality through art. Eventually he ditched the half-finished novel to write advertising jingles.A fun challenge. I’ve been writing 140-character fiction for about eight years so it’s not as hard as it used to be. Focus on a glimpse. Jacqueline Saville, IlkleyOnly one set of tracks on the snowy prison path.How could it be?Little sister rode piggy-back; big sister circles above.Thank you! I wrote out what I wanted to say, then edited it down. ‘SnowyFORUM CONT’Dto read books by female authors but suffer the same fate as me. Stereotyping what we can and can’t read isn’t helping the cause! Sara Hunt, SwindonSTEP FORWARDI run a monthly spoken-word event in Harrogate (Poems, Prose & Pints) but it is still mainly the men who have the confidenceto come forward to read. I have ensured that our guest poets represent a full range of voices, but I struggle for a balancewith the open mic. The spoken word scene has so long been dominated by ‘boy rapper’ types and can only benefit from having more women’s voices showing that there are other stylesand viewpoints. Helen Shay, HarrogateBEYOND THE PALEThe introductory paragraph of the January Little Ms, and the Significant Others exercise setprison path’ replaced a much longer phrase. Poppy O’Neill, ChichesterThe trip was awful. Her senile hosts drove with no lights on & fed her donuts. She cried quietly in her room with her hat still on. Thanks! I loved it. It was really fun writing to a brief brief! Fionnuala Mc Gowan, DublinBy the time she had second thoughts, she was holding a shovel. By the time she felt regret, she was standing in the dock.Again please. I would do it all day long (if I didn’t have children to look after and all that). Laura, LeicestershireOfficer and convict face each other. Their profiles reveal the same tilt of chin, the same sharpmy teeth on edge. I am one of the ‘creative left-leaning folk’ who believes her values are ‘sensible and laudable’ and I agree we should make an effort to connect more with those who do not share our views. But does that mean we should chide ourselves for not understanding the appeal of hate-mongering politicians like Le Pen, Trump and Farage? I hope not. It isLife sentencesWhat have you been up to? Send your sentences to submissions@mslexia.co.ukEditing my work, I watched the waterfowl words lift from the page and lump towards the horizon. Sonia EasthamDevising writing exercises for a community skills sharing event this month. Helping someone write a haiku seems a fair swap for being taught how to garden. Holly JessopI made a list of all my submissions, crossed out the unsuccessful ones, and highlighted ones accepted for publication. It’s still more scribbles than highlighter, but this year I’ll make the list longer. Cecily StewartAt the first live read through of my new play, realised too late none of the characters refer to anyone by name – audience totally confused. Doh! Nigella DonnI’ve just been commissionedto write a series of ‘witty lighthearted’ columns aboutmy allotment. Hard to summon frothy phrases when my mother’s just been diagnosed with lung cancer... Despina JayneHave started designing something I’ve always wanted to – a literary magazine. Can’t wait to put out my first call for subs.Andrea MallabyTrying to write with background music – but does anyone else find you start typing in time to the beat? Ambient strings for me from now on. Mila PetrovichWimped out of a new writing group this evening, after I read over my poem and decided that it just wasn’t good enough. Now kicking myself for not having the nerve to go... Dina MorrisonWriting is like carving words out of granite with a plastic spoon, though I know the result will read like soft-scoop ice cream.Briony O’Reillymslexia Mar/Apr/May 2017 13right to sympathise with people who have been failed by the current political framework and are desperate and frustrated.But if they choose to express their frustration with racism, scapegoating and misogyny, I am not required to normalise their hate. There can be a temptation by liberal publications to try andIMAGE: ALPHASPIRIT / SHUTTERSTOCK


































































































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