Delighted to have a story on Flash Fiction magazine online today. The story, ‘Sky Fliers’ was inspired by a visit to the Cumbrian coast. You can read it here http://flashfictionmagazine.com/
One of my stories is ready for your vote in the 5th Paperswans flash fiction competition – the only trouble is, I can’t tell you which one it is! Voting is blind, so all you need to do is read the ten stories (max. 160 words each) and vote for your favourite. Maybe it will be mine…
Take a look at http://paperswans.co.uk/flash-fiction-competition-5/
Voting closes midnight GMT on Friday 12th September.
I’m really pleased that I have a story included as part of the Brighton Digital Festival on the Geo-writing website. The project relies on the public to take a given prompt in a given location and write a story of up to 300 words. By visiting the website, http://www.geo-writing.com/index.php you can get a prompt, submit your story and then read other stories from all over the place, such as Cambridge, London, Scotland and New York. Prompts are available for a variety of locations across the globe so anyone can take part! Why not have a go?
My story, Like aspergillus, can now be found in the archive, Aug 16th.
Today I received news that not one but two (!) of my stories are to be published online in the next month and it made me realise the importance of sheer persistence. Last week I was really fed up as a writer as I failed to make the short list of a competition. For some reason I had hoped I would be more successful, maybe because I submitted 3 stories! I was so fed up that I doubted my abilities and my motivation. It was only the reminder from my husband of the successes that I have had that made me realise it wasn’t all bad!
I have a spreadsheet of all my submissions which allows me to check where I have sent my stories, but more importantly I can easily see which ones I have had published/longlisted/shortlisted/rejected. It is so disheartening when a story doesn’t get the recognition you think it should, but it is even better to look back at the spreadsheet and think – Yes!- I have some things accepted – my work is worthwhile. And, if that gem of a story doesn’t hit the spot first time, then re-work and re-submit. The key thing is to keep going. If you have belief in your own abilities, then just keep writing.