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Plenty going on over the last few days… phew!
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Had a wonderful time at the online Waterloo Arts Festival launch for Transforming Communities last night (Friday, 12th June 2020). Great to see many friends there and the readings were fantastic. Well done, everyone.
I’ll be sharing a book trailer for Transforming Communities later in the week but meantime I thought I would share this…
Hope you enjoy. Video also below.
As well as my video being here (with a taster of my story, Books and The Barbarians), there is a great intro for #MaxineChurchman too.
There is a series of these Meet the Winners posts, each combining a video with a short text from two winners. These will give you a good flavour of the wonderful mix that has gone into this ebook. Do check it out.
I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. This one has been really nice for me. I
Loved being part of the Waterloo Arts Festival online on Friday. It was good fun and it was great to see everyone. I always love hearing extracts from stories. What’s not to like about that?
For the first time since lockdown, my sister and her partner came over for tea and cakes in the garden and a lovely time was had by all. Amazing how the simple things can boost your morale the most at times.
And I’m reading some smashing short story collections on Kindle at the moment so my reading drought is over. Hope to review in due course.
I’m preparing interview material where I’m on the receiving end of the questions AND where I’m setting them. Watch this space as they say!
And the ebook of Transforming Communities is now on my Amazon Author Central page. It is lovely to see the number of books increasing here! I can’t wait to be able to see Tripping the Flash Fantastic up on here too!
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Lovely start to the week. My story It Is Time will be published in Bridge House Publishing’s Mulling It Over anthology later this year. Always a pleasure to return a signed contract to a publisher! I could do with more Mondays like this…
Many congratulations to all of the other wonderful writers in the collection. Good to see some familiar names here and equally great to see names that are new to me in this anthology.
I am very much looking forward to reading the collection in due course. What can be guaranteed is a fantastic mix of stories in terms of style and mood.
Many thanks for the good wishes and congratulations yesterday on my recent publication news. Very much appreciated!
My CFT post this week is going to be a look back at how the Waterloo Arts Festival Writing Competition Event worked as a purely online Zoom affair. It is the first time I’ve taken part in a festival in this way. All good experience! (And for the WAF running it too I should think!).
On to other issues and question of the day is what it is about stories you love the most?
For me, it is always about the characters. I’ve got to be intrigued enough by them to want to read what they get up to but how about you?
My big problem with books, though it is a lovely one to have, is having too many I want to read and not enough time. Doesn’t matter if they’re paperback or ebook, I have the same dilemma. Still I’m never short of a good read! How about you?
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The Waterloo Arts Festival ebook launch for Transforming Communities went very well last night. Great mixture of styles and stories. Was lovely to hear the extracts and I enjoyed reading mine too.
If you want to check the stories out in full, see the link above or my Amazon Author Central page (link further up this blog post)!
I was having some fun with the random word generator tonight and selected choosing four words at a time. The ones that came up were:-
Experience, Elect, Rebellion, and Uranium.
Now there’s an explosive mix for you!!
So how could you use these in a story?
1. You could try getting all four words into your story in any order.
2. If you want to make your life a bit more difficult, get them into the story in the order in which they were generated.
3. Pick one of them as your theme and/or title but get the others into the story itself.
4. Ensure your first paragraph contains the four words.
5. Or finish your story with your last paragraph containing the four words.
The nice thing with the generator is you can choose the number of words you go for. So play around with things like this and see them as a generator for story ideas. The fact you don’t know what will come up forces you to think creatively around what DOES emerge.
Great start to the week with my It Is Time being accepted for the annual BHP anthology. That will be called Mulling It Over and will be released later this year.
One joy of writing both flash fiction and short stories is while nobody should underestimate the time taken to produce these and edit them etc., because you are writing so many more of them, publication news can come in much more frequently than if say you were writing a novel a year.
That is one aspect to writing in the short form I like a lot! And I highly recommend it!
One thing I learned years ago was that if writing appears to read easily, regardless of whether that work is a novel, a play, a 100-word story or what have you, the guarantee is that the author worked hard for years to get to that point. And continues to work hard!
On that particular piece of work they will have edited, put aside for while, edited again and again.
I do find deadlines useful here. It can be easy to put off submitting something because you’re not quite happy with your story. Having a deadline (even if it is one you impose on yourself) is a great way of making yourself submit work.
I can’t recommend enough getting into the habit of regularly submitting work. It makes you produce more stories. The more you write, the more you will learn, the more chances you have of one of your pieces or more being “out there” and therefore in with a chance of being acepted.
I found it helped a lot when I recognised rejections were nothing personal, that every writer has them and keeps getting them, but you learn from what works and what doesn’t.
Many thanks for all the support after yesterday’s publication news. It has been a good couple of weeks! 😆😆
Of course the reality is I wrote those stories a while ago. You can’t know if your work is going to be accepted or not. And stories I’m writing now or have done in the last few weeks… well it is likely to be at least a couple of months before I know anything about those.
I do know a couple of competition entries haven’t been placed (no hear basically!) so I will be looking at those again at some point and seeing what else can be done. There is always room for improvement in these things!
But taking the long view, having work nearly always out there or on the point of being about to be out there, ARE good things and I’ve found both very useful. No time to mope over no hears or rejections for a start! On to the next story. Allow a little time to go by. Look at the old story and see if it can be revamped or whether it is worth trying a different competition with it.
Always things to be working on!
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Now I must declare an interest in this topic. I’ve been published in both formats and so, naturally, I love both. Well you would, wouldn’t you?
My trusty old Kindle goes with me whenever I’m away at events or holiday (not that this is happening right now!). But when I want some comfort reading, I will nearly always turn to a trusty paperback.
Flash fiction and short story collections I nearly always have on the Kindle. Most of the novels I read are in paperback.
I have a nice mixture of ebook and paperback for non-fiction books. (And yes I do take advantage of special offers on ebooks. It can and does make the difference as to whether I buy a book at all at times and this is another reason why I have no problems with book format. I also don’t mind at all if my book and the anthologies my work has appeared in sell well in either format! Naturally, ideally I’d like them to do well in both!).
So however you read, enjoy.
Whatever you read, enjoy!