I’ve been radio silent for the majority of this year while I beaver away on my debut novel. And by beaver, I, of course, mean prevaricate, for it turns out a novel is not just a stretched-out short story. Who’d have guessed? That’s not to say I haven’t been writing any short stories. It’s just that I’ve had to be selective about the calls I answered.
Well, this is my second year writing and it’s been an eventful year of storytelling. I achieved my goal of publishing my first novella, thanks to Eerie River Publishing and so much more to boot. So, here’s a summary of my twenty-twenty-one word rangling efforts
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Back at the start of the year, I entered Kent Shawn’s yearly fun, Short Story of Doom competition, fished in by the brilliant promotional video, and the insanely tongue-twisting full title of the competition. A scan of the purgatory that is my Trello story ideas board and I thought I found a good fit. A couple of days of writing and editing later I submitted my story and then promptly forgot about it, cracking on with other projects. Then in May…
Heart of Thorns is my first Novella and a gripping post-apocalyptic tale of family, loyalty and survival. In a world terraformed by alien urchins, the last of humanity fight to take back their fallen world.
I’m thrilled to be part of the live launch event for Eerie River’s Publishing’s new anthology It Calls from the Sea. On May 22nd I’ll be chatting about my story Brief Encounter. There’ll be plenty of giveaways and a live reading to whet your appetite. So, get on board and prepare to batten down because we’re going to be sailing close to the wind.
It’s been a little while since I’ve updated the blog. The good news is it’s because I’ve had my head down writing. Twenty-twenty-one has presented a number of new opportunities that will influencing my writing for the rest of the year.
A little over a year ago I decided to focus on getting my stories into print. I started by submitting a couple of drabbles to an open call anthology called Forgotten Ones from Eerie River Publishing. A year later I’ve been lucky enough to have dozens of stories accepted for publication and I’ve written up a summary of my year writing.