Back in May, I noticed The New Writer had announced a competition for a piece of life writing. They wanted light-hearted stories, none of your misery memoirs thank you very much.
Aha, I thought – I wrote a light-hearted piece of life writing for an OU assignment (called Mooning by Moonlight – yes, it involved mooning. No, it wasn’t me doing the mooning) which will be perfect. The New Writer judges obviously thought it was perfect, too. Almost perfect, anyway, as my story won a runner’s up prize.
My prize was a copy of Lynne Hackles’ Writing for Life, which arrived accompanied by a handwritten card. The personal touch of the card pleased me almost as much as winning a prize in the first place.
As I said on Wednesday when I revealed the cover for The Flash Mob, today is publication day, hurrah! You can now own your very own copy of The Flash Mob by downloading it from Amazon for just 77p – that’s almost £3 cheaper than a pint of Carling in my local pub. Bargain.
Well, this is all very exciting. I’ve got some stories being published in an anthology that will be available on Amazon from Friday (that’s the day after tomorrow). It’s a collaboration between me and three writer friends; a real mix of sci-fi, horror, fantasy and humour. We’ve also got a fantastic cover, designed by my mega-talented friend, Kirsty.
See, I told you the cover is fantastic.
The Flash Mob anthology will be available on Amazon from Friday 29 November 2013 at the introductory price of 77p.
It’s been a while since I wrote on this blog. I’ve finished my second year at university (and passed averaging a 1st which, unsurprisingly, I’m thrilled about) and have just this week started the third year. New year, new campus, new tutors. Gulp.
Although I’ve enjoyed a four-month-long summer, it hasn’t all been studenty skiving, oh no. I put what I’ve learnt to use and an article written by me is in this month’s (November 2013) Writing Magazine.
It’s even mentioned on the cover, as you can see: ‘Fight Writer’s Bottom’ – I promise I didn’t have Melvyn Bragg in mind when I wrote it. Sorry, Melv. If Melvyn Bragg says I’ve seen his bum, he’s lying.
If you want to read the article, you can click the pics to enlarge them.
The November edition of Writing Magazine is out this week.
Last night I dreamt there was a dead mouse on the floor, next to a worm. At least, because the mouse was lying on its back, I assumed it was dead. Until it yawned and stretched and got up and bit my foot. It ran downstairs and I followed it and it wasn’t a mouse anymore, but a rat. I thought my dad (the dream was set in my childhood home) would do a dead-hard-dad thing and pick the rat up with his bare hands and put it in the garden, but he opened the door to the cupboard under the stairs and my mum shouted ‘THE PLASTICS AREN’T IN THERE’, as my dad pulled out two laundry baskets – one bright yellow, one blue and went to put them over the rat, but the rat had gone.
I feel a bit conceited, putting my name in the title like that, but it is a video of me reading out my story Dirty Boy that is published in 100 RPM, so I think it’s ok, isn’t it?
Anyway, because Nik Perring recorded his, then Cath Bore recorded hers, here is my recording of mine. Anyone else done theirs?
As mentioned previously, 100 RPM is a collection put together by Caroline Smailes of one-hundred 100-word stories inspired by music, with an introduction by Nik Kershaw. ALL the profit (i.e. after what Amazon takes) goes to the charity One in Four (a registered charity which provides support and resources to people who have experienced sexual abuse and sexual violence), so please buy it.
Cally Taylor wrote in the comments that, with her first cheque as a writer, she had bought herself a silver bracelet – something she could keep as a permanent memento.
I thought this was a brilliant idea, so when I got my first cheque a couple of weeks ago (for a filler in a magazine), I stole her brilliant idea and bought myself this beautiful pewter feather bracelet from Retro Rock Chick.
It was a toss-up between the feather bracelet and a skull bracelet I found on ebay, so I put it to a Twitter and Facebook vote – the feathers won by far. I’ll get the skulls with my next cheque.
If you fancy having a go at fillers, I recommend How to Make £10 in 10 Minutes by Linda Lewis (only £1.53 on Kindle at the time of writing this). I read it, wrote down some tips, went and bought some magazines for ‘research’, sent off a few fillers (they can all be sent by email so it only takes a couple of minutes) and a few weeks later got an email that one of them would be published and they’d be sending me £25. Not bad for about 20 words, huh?
I’ve mentioned a couple of times about 100 RPM – the collection of 100-word stories I’ve got a story in – and now it’s available to buy on Amazon.
Here’s why you should buy it (in no particular order):
It’s got a fab cover;
an introduction by Nik Kershaw (I’M IN A BOOK WITH NIK KERSHAW, WHOOP!);
it contains 100 brilliant stories inspired by music – all 100 words long, so it’s perfect for a quick dip into if you’re bored at the bus stop or something; and
ALL the profit (i.e. after what Amazon takes) goes to the charity One in Four (a registered charity which provides support and resources to people who have experienced sexual abuse and sexual violence); and
When I worked in a small publishing company in the late 90s (so small, the only full-time members of staff were me and my boss), sometimes I didn’t have much to do so I spent a lot of my day reading. I read the books in the office (mostly non-fiction and after reading Golden Stone I fell in love with Brian Jones, despite the fact he was dead), I read the Big Issue, I read the Evening Standard and I read the NME and Mojo Magazine.
Mojo Magazine had a themed monthly competition. One month the theme was ‘I was the world’s worst …’ (for example ‘hippy’ as in ‘I was a violent hippy’). Aha! I thought, I can write in about me being a happy goth and so I did. And they published it and sent me a rock ‘n’ roll bottle of Jack Daniels. Yee ha!
Anyway, here’s my little story about being a happy goth that was published in Mojo Magazine in 1998 (you can click it to enlarge it).