Monday, 8 December 2014

Anthologies, Shortlists, and just getting on with it.

There's something very exciting, when you're an extremely boring person who sells gas for a living, about typing your name into an Amazon search, and seeing a selection of things you've been published in. I'm very proud to have not one but two pieces published in Hysteria 3. The first is a flash fiction piece about a female butcher. The second is a short story I wrote quite a long time ago, using my mum's old teaching notes from the 1950's as inspiration.  I love writing stories set in the fairly recent past, and hope to write a lot more.

My story No Cause For Concern will be published in another anthology, having been shortlisted in the first Black Pear Press Short Story Competition. I'm thrilled to be building up a decent writing profile. It would be nice to know though, how many people actually entered these completions.  There's a big difference between coming 10th  out of 20 entries, and coming 10th out of 200 or even 2000 entries.

In other news, I made it onto the shortlist of the Greenacres November Short Story Competition. 
I like this competition. It delivers results when it says it will, and it's simple to enter. What more can you ask for? Oh, and my story SMILE came 5th in the Write-Invite 1000 word short story competition. I have won a free critique, which I await with bated breath.

I'm pleased to be able to say that I completed my November challenge to write a first paragraph every day. I'm now ready to make some of those paragraphs into proper stories. It's lovely to have so much to work with, but I'm struggling to find the motivation to actually sit down and write the stories. I hate this time of year, with its dark mornings and evenings, and its bad memories and negative feelings. Sometimes I wish I could just hibernate until the middle of March. But there are competitions to enter, and magazines to submit to. So I suppose I'll do what my family has always done, and just get on with it.