All images from Pixabay/Pexels unless otherwise stated. Book cover images from Chapeltown Books and Bridge House Publishing. Screenshots taken by me, Allison Symes. It is always great fun to come up with titles for my posts here. All of the above apparently unrelated topics are covered below! Hope you enjoy.
Facebook – General
It’s my turn once again on More than Writers, the blog spot for the Association of Christian Writers. Aptly, now we are in Advent, I talk about Seasonal Stories. I talk about writing festive flash fiction and also the importance of planning well ahead for writing for the seasonal markets. I also look at what I love to read over the Christmas period.
Hope you enjoy your seasonal writing and reading.
Has been a very busy Monday. Am hoping for a less hectic Tuesday!
One nice task today though was to put in my order for my copies of Evergreen, the latest Bridge House Publishing book. More news on this below. I’m going to be picking up my copies at their celebration event in London on Saturday and am so looking forward to that. These events are always great fun. The event will also be celebrating The Best of CafeLit 11 which was out a little earlier this year.
Looking forward also to the Association of Christian Writers Flash Fiction group meeting on Wednesday this week.
And on Thursday, I send out my latest author newsletter.
Writing Tip: If you use the random generators to trigger story ideas, as I often do, make sure you mix up the ones you use. Firstly it’s not so much fun if you just stick to one or two. Secondly, other generators will stretch you. I didn’t think I could get stories out of the random number generator, for example, until I gave it a go.
Hope you have had a lovely Sunday. It’s Advent Sunday today and it was lovely to see the Christmas tree up in our church this morning.
Many thanks for the congratulations coming in on my story Never Old – Ever Green and Good To Go (a title which in many ways is my motto!) appearing in the new Bridge House Publishing anthology, Evergreen. Much appreciated, folks. Now you know what the publication news is in the title of this post!
Also thanks for the great response to my two part interview with Jenny Sanders on Chandler’s Ford Today recently.
Am glad to report I have another super author interview coming up this coming Friday, when I get to talk again to Scottish crime writer, Val Penny. Looking forward to sharing that on Friday. The theme will be “seconds” – it’s an interesting tag for this one.
Hope all who are taking part in Flash NANO are having a great time with it – I am. Can hardly believe we’re almost at the end of the month and the prompts.#
Am thrilled to say I am back in print again with a short story, Never Old – Ever Green and Good To Go, in the brand new anthology from Bridge House Publishing. This is called Evergreen – an Anthology and I am pleased to be between the covers again with familiar names and new authors. For more details see The Bridgetowncafe Bookshop link.
And well done, everyone, who has a story in here – the buzz of being published never diminishes. Nor should it!
Facebook – From Light to Dark and Back Again
Many thanks for the views coming in on Judith, my latest YouTube story. It seems my lady with a grudge has some fans!
Don’t forget my author newsletter goes out on Thursday. My monthly newsletter is a great reminder of how quickly the year is flying.
Will be tackling another interesting challenge from Flash NANO later on. Am so pleased with how things have worked out here.
While my stories need further editing and polishing, to have 30 new stories in a month is great. Would I take part in this again? Oh yes.
28th November 2022 – Second post
Almost forgot to mention my new YouTube tale is now out there. See what you make of Judith – a lady with a grudge against… well I’ll leave you to find out! Hope you enjoy it!
Have selected the pieces I hope to read from From Light to Dark and Back Again and Tripping the Flash Fantastic for my London trip on Saturday. This is always a fun task!
Am working on a flash piece I hope to enter for a competition (deadline is the end of the year. I will aim to have it sorted and submitted in the next week or two as I always take time off any official deadline to give me time to make sure I haven’t missed anything and still get the story in on good time.
Good rule of thumb to remember here is it is okay for them to be late. It isn’t all right for you to be late! This is probably a hangover from my pre-driving days when I took the same view with buses – and rightly so too!).
Looking forward to a trip to London on Saturday when I go to the Bridge House Publishing event. Part of the celebrations here include reading stories and I hope to read two or three of my flash pieces here. The nice thing with flash is each story doesn’t take long and I like to mix up story length and mood. Also had fun packing my book bag ready for Saturday (well, I like to be ready for these things!).
Almost at the end of Flash NANO – hard to believe where the time has gone. I’ve got something for each of the challenges set and plenty of editing to do in December but that’s fine.
Hope you have a good day. Am so pleased to have another publication credit (Never Old – Ever Green and Good To Go is my short story in Evergreen an Anthology published by Bridge House Publishing).
I am making good progress on the Flash NANO challenges – can’t believe the month has almost gone.
And am so looking forward to the Bridge House Publishing celebration event next Saturday. Will be good to see people again. Especially since this event has had to be cancelled due to Covid in the past, it will be so nice to meet up.
I’m getting my next author newsletter ready to go out on 1st December. I share flash information and tips here as well as my news. To sign up head over to the landing page at my website – https://allisonsymescollectedworks.com
Have also spent time today preparing a certain wish list for a certain festive event – books are included – surprise, surprise, not!
Goodreads Author Blog – ‘Tis The Season To Buy Books!
The 27th November 2022 is Advent Sunday, the day the Church begins the countdown to Christmas. Certainly it is at about this time of year I get present lists up together and books are very much included here! It is a joy to select books for others as well as giving my family a wish list for books I’d like to have.
Okay, you can always tell a book-shaped present for what it is under the Christmas tree but there is joy in spotting those there too!
I like a mixture of books as presents to me. This year I’ve opted for a couple of crime novels and a humorous book which is part of a series I love. Kindle books I tend to get as and when I want them and I often try out authors new to me by downloading their ebooks first. If I really like their work, I will often to go for the next book in paperback.
One thing the pandemic has changed for me is that I haven’t been in to the big shopping centres (and therefore the big bookshops) for a while. I don’t know yet if that will change for this year but I do, whenever possible, support a variety of online retailers, including those who support the independent bookshops. Do look out for those. I also support smaller bookshops when I can. They all have a lovely ambience to them and that’s reason enough to go in and support those!
I hope you have a lovely season buying books and then the great joy of having several to unwrap on Christmas Day!
Am thrilled to be in print with Never Old – Ever Green and Good To Go, in the new anthology from Bridge House Publishing (Evergreen). See The Bridgetowncafe Bookshop link. Well done, all, with a story here. The being published buzz never diminishes! https://t.co/wxlmmkhzis— Allison Symes (@AllisonSymes1) November 26, 2022
Almost forgot to mention my new YouTube tale is now out there. See what you make of Judith – a lady with a grudge against… well I’ll leave you to find out! Hope you enjoy it!https://t.co/SJiByeVqJI— Allison Symes (@AllisonSymes1) November 28, 2022
Book cover for Evergreen – an anthology from Bridge House Publishing. pic.twitter.com/Fs7ENr4VvR— Allison Symes (@AllisonSymes1) November 26, 2022
liked Allison Symes's blog post: 'Tis The Season To Buy Books! https://t.co/IK3IB0ThAv via @goodreads I discuss the book buying season. Now for me that is ALL year but I think it is fair to say from now until a certain festive event in December, this is the main deal for many. pic.twitter.com/HOn4jbzO46— Allison Symes (@AllisonSymes1) November 26, 2022
More than Writers: Seasonal Stories by Allison Symes https://t.co/aqW6hZSnwm This month for the ACW blog spot, I talk about writing festive flash fiction and the importance of planning ahead for writing for the seasonal markets. Hope you enjoy your own seasonal writing/reading. pic.twitter.com/MUTfvKSZI5— Allison Symes (@AllisonSymes1) November 29, 2022