Well last year was the first year that I didn’t manage my new years resolution. I had resolved to write and submit twelve short stories, one per month, and things went well until about May when life, work, health, and lots of other excuses got in the way. So in the end, last year I actually wrote and submitted:
10 Short stories
5 Non-fiction articles
So not too bad, but not quite what I was hoping to achieve. So this year I am going to be a bit more organised with my writing. I have already written and submitted two non-fiction articles, and I have tweaked my synopsis and cover letter for my novel and submitted that to a publisher. I have also managed to kick the gremlins out of my website, so it all looks pretty again.
Goals for the rest of the year are again to write and submit twelve short stories (I already have outlines for three stories and know which open submissions I want to send them to). On top of that I currently have one invite to an anthology (I’m always open to more of these 😀), I want to finish work on my first collection, and I have another novel in the pipeline.
Hope you all have a wonderful year, and good luck to you all, whatever your resolutions are.
If you happened across my website you might have believed that there was little going on in this writer’s mind, as I have been somewhat lax in the last 12 months with updating my website. (Those weekly writers prompts, have been anything but prompt, but don’t say I didn’t warn you, I did!) There has however been a lot of fiction writing happening. I have finished and edited my first novel, which I have started sending out to editors, and I’ve had three new short stories published this year (you can find details of these over on my bibliography page).
Much fun and shenanigans has also been happening with trips to Edinburgh Horrorcon, EdgeLit, Fantasycon (Thanks must go to the wonderful Jim Mcleod from Gingernuts of Horror whose photo from Fantasycon I have shamelessly stolen), and later this month I will be at my last convention of the year SledgeLit. So although I may have been a little lax on posting here, there is still stuff going on. Maybe my new years resolution next year will be to actually keep on top of all the admin stuff (but probably not).
This Saturday I am making my way across to deepest, darkest Derby, to attend the friendliest convention ever Sledge-Lit, the sister convention to its summer twin Edge-Lit (and yes it is only called that because Alex Davies who runs it loves a good pun).
Now usually you can find me at the bar, but this year I will have to remain sober(ish) as I am one of the guest speakers. I am running a workshop at 10.30, then I am chairing a panel on social media at 14.30, which will see me picking the very talented brains of Stephen Aryan, Daniel Marc Chant, Claire North and Mark West. Then at 16.30 I am on a horror panel with the amazing Simon Clark, Alison Littlewood, Justin Park and Sarah Pinborough.
My highlights of the day though will be the dual launch for Dark Minds Press who are launching their anthology Impostor Syndrome, and Fox Spirit Books who are launching Tracy Fahey’s new book The Girl in the Fort. Then of course there is the rambunctious Sledge Lit raffle, which this year is being hosted by the notorious Sarah Pinborough and the lovely Gary McMahon. Also who can forget the gorgeous Pixie Peigh whose smiling countenance brightens up our day (she pretends she’s a grump, but Pixie is the heart of the convention and we all love her and her raffle tickets).
So why not come along, you can find more info, the schedule and tickets here.
For anyone going to Fantasycon; Black Shuck Books are launching Great British Horror 2: Dark Satanic Mills, at 4 o’clock on the Friday in the Broadway Suite.
I’ll be there scribbling in books, you’ll be able to tell who I am as I’ll be the really excited person, who may have had a tad too much to drink (I know it’s early, but I’ll need it to get over my nerves), and will probably have a face covered in cake (The editor has bribed me with cake, but he’s done this before and the cake is always a lie 😢).
Black Shuck Books has a special offer for all Fantasycon attendees, where you can get Great British Horror 2: Dark Satanic Mills, and John Llewellyn Probert’s Made for the Dark, at the special convention price of £35.00 for both titles. You can find the offer here.
So please come along and help fend off the terrible imposter syndrome that I am suffering from (I can’t guarantee there will be cake, but I can guarantee there will be books).
Ye Haunted Cottage was built by Orton & Spooner in the early 1900’s. It is one of the oldest haunted houses that you can still go inside. Although people were obviously more easily scared in the olden days, it is still worth going for a stroll round it. A real piece of fairground history. It can be found at Hollycombe Steam In The Country in Hampshire.
Or the horror of setting up your website
As a writer I can see the pros of using computers (mainly the ease of reading my notes when typed, rather than having to try and decipher the scrawling which is my handwriting), and the joys of the internet (the convention buzz never has to end).
However I have been putting off getting my own website set up, I only caved in because Steve Shaw of Black Shuck Books wanted to know my website details for my bio in the upcoming anthology Dark Satanic Mills which you can find here.