The April/May issue has gone to print, and I should have it back by the end of the week. I will post out to those who have already subscribed, and look forward to new subscribers, and new orders from the web-site.
I received my copy yesterday and was delighted to see that one of my poems, The Winds of Winter Blew Their Blast, had been included. It´s always a thrill to see your work published, and even more so in a creative writing magazine as you are conscious that the quality of what you have written has been deemed good enough to be read by your peers. I am certain that Platinum Page will continue to grow and find its foothold in a niche market and more writers discover a magazine where they can be given opoportunities to improve their writing skills. Vivienne has done a a brilliant job in launching the magazine in these difficult times and each issue is better than the last, and I feel very proud to be in at the start of something special. Well done vivienne, you deserve all the praise you have received in this blog site. A huge hug from Spain :-)
Dear Vivienne I received your Magazine Saturday enjoyed all the stories and poems the cover photos terrific my grand daughter said they have the wow factor I would love to walk through the woods you could possibly see deer if you are quiet
Thinking ahead, to having a special edition coming out, I've been thinking of different themes to have for the first one...
Poems, very popular with a lot of people - including me Stories for Children, might be good for grandparents, parents and childminders Letters, Dear... sounds interesting - who is the letter to and why? Shopping, my favorite hobby and, Memoirs, something you'll always remember - or something you wish you could forget...
If anyone has anything suitable for any of these, please send them to me and I'll start files off.
When I have enough submissions, I'll bring out a 'special'!
I have just finished speaking to a reporter from the Hexham Courant, who is going to do a feature on Platinum Page in next week's edition! The newspaper photographer is coming out tomorrow to 'shoot' me! The feature will not only be in the newspaper, but also on the Hexham Courant web-site, in the local section of Prudhoe.
I'm all set to go to the printer's on Friday morning. Pages checked, punctuation checked, covers decided upon. The photograph on the front cover of this issue is part of a walk to the castle in Prudhoe. The photograph on the back cover, is a scene in Flam, Norway.
There are a couple of new writer's in this issue, which is exciting not only for me, but also for them!
Subscription details are also included in the magazine which I hope you will all find useful.
Taylor's Travels are true accounts of one man's dream to visit USA. He lands at JFK airport, excited, and with camera in hand, proceeds to take photographs of anything and everything he see's. From yellow cabs to signposts. It's only when the Manhattan skyline comes into sight that he realises he has no film in his camera...
Walking in the Cheviot Hills, A Writer's Dream shows us a different form of what we all dread... a writer's block...
Madame Le Blanc, a postmistress, does a whole lot more than simply stamp letters and weigh parcels. She believes in keeping things in the family... until it's time to move on.
Pet Day at school is about a puppy that was re-homed from a rescue centre. After a tough beginning, he has finally found a loving home, and visits a local school to tell the children about his life.
The Adventures of Molly Poppie and Erin, is written by a grandfather for his grand-daughter. The three little girls climb through a tree trunk and find themselves in a land of cukcoo clouds and lollipop trees.
Digging for Victory, a tale about allotment holders up against a luxury home builder. Disgruntled men, an unexploded bomb, and a slice of Betty's prize winning chocolate sponge are deliciously arranged!
Face the Music and Dance, Platinum Page's very own serial, finds Peter Shakespeare getting his girl, but ends with horrific consequences.
Sprinkled over two pages are poems which have been generously shared with us.
I send an enoormous thank you to all of the contributors, and look forward to getting edition 3 printed.
I'm working on my first, and rather brilliant, novel, and have based Dinah on myself - unwittingly at first - but now she is becoming more and more like me. She has some of my little 'quirks' one being that she has a tendancy to babble on... another is her obsession with everything being in date/colour/etc order whether its the books on the bookcases or the clothes in her wardrobe or the lotions and potions in the bathroom.
I wonder if other writers base characters on themselves...?
I've just discovered, one of the contributors to Platinum Page is 72. My youngest writer is 15. For some reason beyond me, I'm quite fascinated by this, though I'm not sure why! I consider myself lucky to have writers from one end of the scale to the other :)
(while I, am about half way inbetween...)
It just shows, you don't have to be a certain age to write. All you need is the passion.
I've decided that it's quite hard to decide what to put on the front cover each month. Some sort of landscape? A smiley face? Are these writing related? No, I don't think they are. But I can't think of what is. At the moment.
Your Chinese zodiac is Dragon. People born in the Year of the Dragon are healthy, energetic, excitable, short-tempered, and stubborn. They are also honest, sensitive, brave, and they inspire confidence and trust. Dragon people are the most eccentric of any in the eastern zodiac. They neither borrow money nor make flowery speeches, but they tend to be soft-hearted which sometimes gives others an advantage over them. They are compatible with Rats, Snakes, Monkeys, and Roosters.
Guidelines for submitting material to Platinum Page
Short stories should be typed in size .12 font, double spaced, and should have a maximum word count of 1,500.
Please do not include headers/footers/borders.
Anything obscene, heavily violent or blasphemous will be automatically rejected.
The editor assumes no responsibility for plagiarism, or breach of contract.
The editor reserves the right to edit all works for minor errors and clarity.
A subscription will ensure priority into possible publishing.
Copyright remains with the author.
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