A bad smell

I recently had this story: https://leighmathers.wordpress.com/category/short-stories/scents-of-time/ rejected by another magazine. Boo hoo, and all that.

It’s hard not to be disappointed, of course, although I am really starting to think self-publishing is the way to go for writers nowadays, and that getting published in the “conventional” manner is next to impossible.

I guess this is my way of reassuring myself not to give up; that there are outlets for my creativity. Like this blog, for instance.


Doreen’s Story

This is an example of Black Country humour, which has recently “gone viral” on YouTube:

Doreen’s Story is a mockumentary made by Black Country writer/director David Tristram, in which Doreen Tipton – the sort of lady you might expect to see crop up on Jeremy Kyle – bemoans her ailment, Lazy Cow Syndrome.

I have no idea how actress Gill Jordan kept a straight face. I just love her sincerity (“The kids have been brilliant, they’ve been really supportive.”), and the unfolding ridiculousness of the monologue, which is belied by the deadpan style.

A sitcom pilot starting Doreen, in which we are introduced to other characters including her charming daughters Trojan and Tangerine, has also been made, which is even funnier: