May 26 2020

Two New Short Stories Now Live!

Published via Burial Day Books and Mookychick

I’ve been a bit busy writing articles lately, so I would have posted this news sooner but here goes – two of my short stories were published in the last few days by two different sites!

You can find my short story The Collector over at Burial Day Books, it tells the story of a ghoul chasing down his victim. This was an idea that I had and made the first draft of back when I was at university. It was a story that always stayed with me and so I recently edited it and now it’s available to read.

For something else in the realms of darkness and folklore, you can check out my story Huldufólk over at Mookychick! This story is based on Icelandic folklore, focusing in particular on the elves who are believed to reside in rocks there. To this day there are superstitions about these faery-folk causing disruptions on construction sites when people attempt to clear away the earth that they call home.

I hope you are all well!

The featured image is of Hildur, the Queen of the Elves, and was included in the 1864 book titled Icelandic Legends.

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May 9 2020

May Update

Ups and (Lock) Downs

I thought it was about time for an update and there’s definitely a few bits of news for me to share. First and foremost, my beloved cat Goose has been missing for a week and a half now (which really isn’t like her as she would always come home every night). We’re desperately hoping she will return soon. I’ve handed out leaflets to my local neighbours and posted on social media, so fingers crossed she wanders back in soon. I’ve also called all the local vets and animal shelters, but no one has had her handed in. She’s chipped so if anyone does find her at least there is that.

On a more positive note, I’ve had two more short stories accepted to be published! Both are scheduled to publish towards the end of May, so I will be sure to share more details then. Additionally, I’ve been doing some list writing for Game Rant, it’s been good to have something to keep me occupied while in lockdown.

I hope you’re all staying safe and well!

Edited on June 1, 2020: After the recent posts by Andrea Dawn of Tell-tale Books, I am removing all links and information that relate to her and her company.

April 4 2020

General Update: Isolation Nation

PJs are my new daily outfit

So how is everyone doing in, dare I say it, these unprecedented times? Personally, I’m beginning to feel really restless and the days are all blurring into one. Yesterday, I asked my son what day it was and his response was, “all I know is that it’s 2020” and that seems pretty apt to me. I don’t think I’ve utilised so many streaming services in my life, Disney+ definitely came at the right time. I’m still whittling away at some writing projects, but all work and no play will make me go crazy even quicker in this lockdown.

Because I have so much time on my hands, I have decided to try and work on some of my backlog/piles of shame when it comes to my game and book collections. For starters, I aim to finish Pax by Sara Pennypacker (shamefully, I bought this on release and never read it), as well as Divinity: Original Sin, which I’ve had for so long I now own the sequel too (which I also have yet to play).

I’ve also been spending way too much of my time on Animal Crossing: New Horizons! I waited so long for this sequel and I love it!! It’s doubly awesome as we bought our son a copy and so it’s something we can play together and I love to be able to share something I’m passionate about with him. Even if his island is an absolutely mess and it makes me want to scream everytime I visit it. I may even dedicate a blog post about my thoughts on the game so far.

The downside is I may not be getting the Final Fantasy 7 Remake at launch now, GAME have yet to sort pre-orders done in-store (they’re trying to sort a solution currently according to emails) and I have too much money pumped into in-store pre-orders to want to spend more to order it again from their website. Not to mention, the deluxe version is sold out online at the moment, which is the one I want. My copy of Persona 5 Royal Phantom Thieves Edition turned up the other day too, so it’s not like I don’t have plenty to play.

Please stay safe people!

Edited on June 1, 2020: After the recent posts by Andrea Dawn of Tell-tale Books, I am removing all links and information that relate to her and her company.

March 11 2020

Heaven Sent now available online!

Short story published via Cultured Vultures

My latest short story Heaven Sent is now available to read online over at Cultured Vultures! It’s a tale of two survivors attempting to get by in the middle of a zombie outbreak. Please give it a read and let me know what you think!

In other news, the website is getting a bit of an overhaul so apologies for it being unfinished at the moment. I am steadily working on improving it a little at a time.

Additionally, I have signed my contract for another of my short story’s inclusion into an anthology that will be going into print in May. I’m super excited about this but will keep most of the details under wraps until closer to the time.

 

February 13 2020

Roadside Shoes now available online

Short story published via East of the Web

My short story Roadside Shoes is now available to read online via East of the Web! It’s a fantasy story about a young girl who can see otherworldly creatures. I’d love it if you could check it out and let me know what you think!

“Most people would see that shoe and assume a drunken partygoer had forgotten it somehow, or that perhaps even a car had driven past and it had possibly fallen from the window unknowingly. But Jenny knew better.”

It’s another story that I had accepted by using The Submission Grinder, so if you’re looking to keep on top of markets and submissions then it really is an invaluable tool and I can’t recommend it enough. I’ve also been doing my own searches for short story markets on the web, but I’ve been adding any I find to the index on The Submission Grinder.

Featured image is from the Dictionnaire Infernal by Jacques Collin de Plancy.

 

February 10 2020

A great start to the year!

2020: The year the of the writer's pen

I am pleased to say I have had a great start in 2020 so far! My new job as a Content Editor is going well and it’s so great to be able to write for a living, I’ve found it keeps me in the writing mood so the creative writing that I do on the side is benefitting from me writing at work. Additionally, the shorter travel times and more normal work hours have been much appreciated.

I am also super pleased to say that I have had two short stories accepted in the past week.

My resolution to read more this year is also making steady progress as I work my way through The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski. I still have a hefty backlog of the pile of shame of many, many books that I really should get round to reading. As for another resolution, I’ve had some great feedback on Vulpini and Wolfrik and I am going to revise them both and trim the fat on Vulpini a bit and then get some more feedback on them both.

I hope you’re all having a great year so far too!

Featured image is from The Gibson Book, by Charles Dana Gibson.

Edited on June 1, 2020: After the recent posts by Andrea Dawn of Tell-tale Books, I am removing all links and information that relate to her and her company.

February 2 2019

Feeling super motivated for February

So February is here and I am feeling so motivated and positive about writing at the moment. Maybe working through The Artist’s Way really is working for me, who knows! I’m not going to question where my sudden influx of energy has come from, I’m just going to roll with it. I’ve started querying Vulpini again, I’ve submitted to a few short story competitions and I even tried my hand at flash fiction for a new challenge.

I’ve also started trying to be more organised, setting myself monthly goals and mixing it up with different things so I don’t get burnt out just writing Wolfrik, getting despondent over Vulpini queries, or obsessing over short story competitions. I even bought a new diary (any excuse for new stationary) that has all these super helpful trackers and goals sections. I feel so mature about it until I remember I also write in new game releases in there and earlier wrote when preorders would go live for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers.

January 18 2019

January Update

Ok so I haven’t been as productive as I could have been so far this month, most likely because I’ve been playing way too many games (sorry, not sorry). However, I saw these gorgeous fairy lights in Paperchase and anything wolf/fox related really makes me feel motivated to get some more writing done, and I have written a little more of Wolfrik.

As far as The Artist’s Way is going, I’ve been keeping up with my morning pages and working through the weekly tasks. It’s tougher than expected and it makes me wonder whether I’m doing it right. I never know what to write for the morning pages and so it often turns into a diary of sorts. Is this right? I have no idea! I am determined to see it through though, so I will keep on swimming!

I’ve also started re-submitting for short story competitions again and will hopefully have some luck this year. Fingers crossed. I also have a few ideas in the works for some new short stories so I should really start getting those written out.

January 1 2019

New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve been fairly quiet recently and I aim for that to change now that 2019 is here. Here is a break down of my aims for the new year:

  1. The Artist’s Way – someone kindly bought me this amazing book by Julia Cameron for Christmas and I fully plan to try out its 12-week course and hopefully see some wonderfully creative results! In particular, I aim to really stick with the morning pages even past the course to ensure I don’t get out of the habit of writing. Someone once told me that your creativity is like a muscle and if you don’t exercise it then it will won’t be as strong. Time to get exercising!
  2. Update my blog more often even if it isn’t necessarily about writing, but encompasses life events and things I’m up to. All good writing practice after all!
  3. Read more. I need to start reading some of my (rather horrendous) pile of shame books that I haven’t even touched. Some absolute corkers in there that I am desperate to read and I just need to dedicate the time.
  4. Submit more short stories. I don’t know why I’ve let this lapse. I was short-listed in a competition at the end of last year and so it was a really positive experience and should have given me a burst of new energy, but my motivation just trailed off.
  5. Finish Wolfrik. I’m past the half-way mark!
  6. Finish NaNoWriMo properly. Whilst I did take part, I did not reach the goal of 50k words. I can blame my trip to France half-way through November all I want, but I know that I just lost motivation.

If I manage to stick to even half of these I will be happy, but I’d love to be successful on all these points. Fingers crossed!

 

August 20 2018

Short Story Competition with Top Prize of $5,000

Here’s another short story competition for you to sink your teeth into: The Short Story Project is hosting a great competition where 20 winners will be chosen! Top prize is $5,000, second prize is $1,900 and third prize is $950. Cash prizes are rewarded for winners who place in the top ten, with additional prizes available. The top five winners will also be featured on The Short Story Project. Entries can be up to a maximum of 2500 words but must be in English. The competition is open worldwide, with an entry fee of $17. The closing date is September 30, 2018. For more information and how to submit, visit the website.

If you’re after other short story competitions, there is the adult fairytale short story competition that closes on October 15, 2018, and Writers’ Forum hosts monthly short story competitions.

Featured illustration by A. Hughes, from Sing-Song: A Nursery Rhyme Book.