Saturday, 1 October 2016

Creative Writing at Rose Cottage

Now that the weather is getting cloudier and the nights are drawing in, I'm looking forward to getting back to a few of my writing projects. Some new publications are in the pipeline. 

Flash Fiction in 666

On Halloween, Fantastic Books Publishing will be launching a collection of horror-themed flash fiction in their anthology 666. Many of the authors included are winners, short-listers and long-listers from a recent Fantastic Books competition. The brief was to write a horror story in just 666 words. My story 'Loft Conversion' came second in the competition and my other entries were short-listed ('The Pond') and long-listed ('Bad Vibrations at Stratisfest' and 'A Perfect Match'). All four will be in the book.

Image copyright of FBP

Here as a taster / temptation are two images that inspired two of the tales. 

This is a picture of one of my tins. An inspiration for 'A Perfect Match'.

And this is a spot near Rose Cottage. Look closely and you might see the inspiration for the spooky element in 'The Pond'.

This is the second time I've come runner-up in a FBP competition. My story 'Bar-code' came second in their science fiction short story competition and was published along with another of my stories. 'Human Fossil' in their winners' anthology Fusion.

I'm really proud to be included in the author team at Fantastic Books Publishing. It's a friendly publishing house which supports a range of charities. Here's a quotation from Dan Grubbs the CEO:

'We support over 20 charities, run an annual convention, sponsor a horse rider, a heritage railway and a small rally team, own a sound studio, have a fledgling film division and take care of the work of almost 100 authors while achieving our aim of giving our authors a fair share of the profits from their books.' 

Short Writes in Short Flights 2

I'm delighted to have had some some short snippets and aphorisms accepted for publication in James Lough's and Alex Stein's Short Flights 2 (now retitled Short Circuits) to be published in April by Schaffner Press. This follows the success of the first volume Short Flights: Thirty-two Modern Writers Share Aphorisms of Insight, Inspiration and Wit 

My interest in such forms developed a while ago when I created a Twitter Project based on the sayings or Gregueria of a Spanish writer, Ramon. Here are links to my Twitter page, Gregueria,  and to James Lough's Twitter page.

Writer Interview in The Letterpress Project  

I've just had an interview published by The Letterpress Project. This is a fabulous project that celebrates and promotes the love of reading real 'physical' books. Their website and Facebook Page form a wonderful repository of information about and musings on real books and the joy of reading. 

The site also includes author interviews, new creative writing and a host of other resources. You can find my interview here

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