I am really pleased to have an extract of my YA novel ‘Akos Novus’ on @paragraphplanet today. The site publishes 75 words every day from all types of writers and all kinds of genres. Most writers use the 75 words to share their short ‘stories’ though the site also publishes novel extracts like mine. Here is a link to the site if you would like to see a new story everyday. They have an archive too so you could spend hours reading!
Here is a link to Amazon if you would like to check out my novel.
I’m delighted to have a new 75 word story on Paragraph Planet tomorrow (Wednesday 18th March) called ‘Superfreeze’. With a new story every day it’s great to be part of the variety that is found on the website. I hope you enjoy my story.
I am delighted to say that I will have two pieces in the forthcoming edition of The Ogham Stone magazine which is due out in February. The Ogham Stone is a literary magazine based in Limerick and edited by MA students from the University of Limerick and you can follow their blog here https://theoghamstoneul.wordpress.com/
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.
I was thrilled to get news today that one of my flash fictions has been chosen to be included in the next issue of Paperswans ipamphlet. It is due out in August and will be available as a free downloadable PDF from their website or through iTunes as an iBook. Take a look at their website at the previous issues as there are some wonderful pieces of flash fiction and poetry. They also produce a newsletter which gives a month of writing prompts, giveaways and writing opportunities.