Monday, 16 March 2015

Happenings and Happeneds

Meanwhile, in other news, a few things that have happened, that may happen and that are in the process of happening...



Sunday, 15 March 2015

Cardinal Directions

It happened. It's here. From funding to funded, North by Southwest, the North Bristol Writers' anthology, is now published. You can buy it directly from Tangent in paperback, Kindle or ePub formats, or get the Kindle edition from Amazon.


Last Sunday a number of the authors and Claire Hutt, the artist, popped over to Joanne Hall's flat (where the above photo was taken) to sign copies that had been promised to those who helped fund the project, as well as sign personal copies for each other.

There is a launch at the Forbidden Planet in Bristol on Saturday 28th March. Unfortunately I won't be able to make that one, but other events are planned, so statistically I should manage at least one of those!

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Fifty Shades Rehaunted

Time to catch up on more (old) news.

At the end of November I went to Worcester for the readings Fifty Flashes of Fiction readings, where I read my story, "The Same Team", and also picked up a copy of the anthology. There were some fine stories and fine readings and, thanks to the brevity of flash, many of them!


Speaking of anthologies, the Haunted anthology, in which my story "Promises You Can Keep" is featured, is now available as an ebook from Amazon. You can also find an author interview with me on the Boo Books site (scroll down).

And to wrap things up (for now): I had a flash fiction published in Litro. In "Hilary Is the Winters of Keith's Discontent" I finally put all those airport codes I tweet to some use.

That's the last hideously overdue blog post for the moment — which means the next post will either be timely or, errm, also hideously overdue. Are you feeling lucky? (Or, if not lucky, at least a little optimistic?)

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

All Good Things

Late last year Kazka Press sadly shuffled off this portal coil once and for all, leaving my story, "Ashes to Ashes, Mañana, Mañana", with a home on ReadWave, a self-publishing platform for stories (fiction and non-fiction), but otherwise unhosted on a site that selects and manages its content.

Except that's no longer true! The story, republished as "Ashes to Ashes", has found a home at The Spec Fiction Hub, which previously republished "Remembrance of Things Past". Following up on both of these, there is a Q&A with me on the site, in which I discuss flash fiction, software development, writing style, spoken word and Bristol.


The image used for the story was drawn by Dave Allen at a Small Stories event last year. I also read at one other Small Stories event last year. Well, that's almost true: there was a recording of some small stories at Ujima Radio in September.


I'm not sure what's to become of these recordings or the artwork, but I learned this week that after a successful, exhilarating and exhausting year, Small Stories has wrapped up and said farewell. It will be missed.

All good things...

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Surf's Up!

No, I haven't fallen off the edge of the map. But it might perhaps be a little late to bid farewell to last year or greet the new one. The last post does, however, give me a good place to pick up from...

Remember the crowdfunded anthology, North by Southwest, put together by North Bristol Writers and funded via Fundsurfer? It got funded! Thank you if you contributed. And if you didn't? It will soon be available.

The whole process was surprisingly quick from that point on. The artwork and editing have been wrapped up, and it's now over to the publisher. It should be published in around four weeks time.


Sunday, 30 November 2014

North by Southwest

Anthologies. Can't get enough of 'em? Indeed, there's no such thing as too many. But sometimes an anthology needs a helping hand to bring it into the world. North Bristol Writers have put together an anthology, North by Southwest, but needs some crowdfunding help get it published.

I should probably mention that it's a rather good collection of stories. (OK, so I should probably also mention that I'm one of the authors.)

But don't just take my word for it. Here's what the inimitable Jonathan L Howard had to say about it:
To whom it may concern,
This prepatent publication features the work of several persons it is my great misfortune to know. Indeed, I have already been acquainted with some of the stories. I must warn you, if you help fund this anthology, you will be instrumental in unleashing a collection of splendid fiction upon an unsuspecting public. Is that what you want? Do you really wish to be forever associated with a “good read”? An “enjoyable collection of eclectic tales”? When you dangle your grandchildren on your knee in some distant time, do you really want the trusting poppets to ask of you, “Grandparental unit, what did you do during the North by Southwest fundraiser?” and for you to have to turn your face to the wall and sob, “Gods forgive me, offspring-of-one-remove, but I donated!” 
Think on, that is all I ask. Think on.
Ready to help? Excellent! Here you go.

And here's the artwork by Claire Hutt that is going to accompany my story, "Like Giants":


Good, isn't it? This good, I'd say (TIA).

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Fifty Shades of Haunting

Hot on the heels of Halloween and just in time for Christmas, "Promises You Can Keep", a ghost story of mine, has been republished in Haunted, a rather nicely produced anthology edited by Alex Davies and Ryan Merrifield. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the book's launch in Derby last weekend.


Speaking of anthologies and launches, I discovered a couple of months back that although my flash fiction piece, "The Same Team", didn't place in the Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe flash fiction competition, it did get selected for inclusion in their anthology, Fifty Flashes of Fiction. The launch is this Sunday; I'll be there.

But if all this anticipation is too much, have some instant flash gratification: "Second Place", which unintentionally coincident with the title is my second contribution to Visual Verse.