Just heard that this year’s SlingInk Eurofiction competition has already borne fruit, as my Task 1 entry, now entitled “Mirror, Mirror”, has been accepted by Every Day Fiction, which will be my third appearance there. And I think that makes a total of eleven hits for January. It’s all downhill now.
Sad synchronicity. I was spending my lunch hour tweaking a story that name-checks John Martyn, when I look up to see on the news ticker that he’s just died. I guess he wasn’t the sort of guy to overstay his welcome, but 60 is still way too young. He was a genuine one-off who ploughed […]
The poetry juggernaut rumbles on. Aphelion, the “Webzine of Science Fiction and Fantasy”, have accepted my poem “Dog Star” for their March issue. I think the time may have come to move the poetry links onto a separate page from the fiction. This is deeply scary.
I’ve just heard that my poem entitled (deep breath) “Pants Outside Trousers, Big Letter H On T Shirt, Here To Save The World” has been commended in the 2008 Leaf Poetry Competition. I am massively chuffed about this, because (a) I’ve always wanted to get into one of Leaf’s anthologies (having previously failed on more […]
This is an interesting one. Jane Smith, who writes the excellent How Publishing Really Works blog (which I’ve had as a link here for some time now, and is essential reading), has set up a collaborative work of fiction entitled Greyling Bay. The idea is that contributors write short, self-contained fragments, all based around the […]
Ooh. Slipped up there. I’ve only just noticed that my first poem on Every Day Poets, School Uniform, was nominated in the Preditors and Editors poll for the best poem published in 2008 (weirdly, the only one from EDP as far as I can tell). The poll closed nearly a week ago! If only I’d […]
“Grey Goo”, my first-ever fibonacci poem, is now up at Every Day Poets. There’s more about grey goo here; it’s one of my favourite end-of-civilisation scenarios 🙂
Almost forgot to mention this. Back in October I took part in a charity writeathon with other members of The Grail. Actually, I’m only really a semi-detached member of The Grail, as being active in the VWC, SlingInk, Café Doom and The Write Idea is probably more than enough to keep me occupied, but this […]
Well, the nice people at FlashScribe have now accepted another piece, “Welcome to the Hive”, after making some very helpful suggestions that made it work a whole load better. It’s funny – I knew there was something not quite right about it, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what the problem was. And […]
“Anniversary Feast” is now up at Fifty-Two Stitches, the first of three flashes of mine that’ll be appearing there this year. It’s possibly the most tasteless thing I’ve ever written. As with so many of these things, it originated in the Café Doom Weekly Flash Challenge, although you might be surprised to know what word […]