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.