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.
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.