Month: October 2015

‘Introductions’ and ‘Chain’ to be published in SpaLife Magazine!

Two flash fictions of mine, ‘Introductions’ and ‘Chain’ are to be published in SpaLife Magazine, a magazine created and published by Bath Spa University students. Here’s this from their website, which I’ve included a link to because they do more than just a print magazine!

SpaLife Magazine is published in a print edition once a term, and online. All content is produced by student volunteers who want you to keep up to date with the latest university news and events, entertainment, travel and more.  Pick up your copy around campus or via the SU website.

I’m really excited to pick up a print copy of this magazine later this year, and will link to the two stories when they’re published in the online edition too. It feels great to have work published in this magazine, to have my fellow students appreciate and accept my writing, and to have new students read my work, to reach a new audience. I also feel as if I’m giving back a little to my university, as if I’m saying ‘here’s a little bit of what I can do thanks to the skills you’ve helped me develop’.

‘Introductions’ is a flash fiction about a guy who walks in on his sister kissing someone. She introduces him to her brother, but they’ve met before… and ‘Chain’ is about a being stood up due to miscommunication, and is more humorous in tone than my usual writing.

‘October’ to be Featured in The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2015!

I had some wicked news this morning: my vignette ‘October’ has been selected for The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2015. I’m so thrilled! ‘October’ was originally published in Issue #15 in July of this year, and I’m surprised and delighted that it has been selected to be considered as one of the best pieces of writing to have been published by Vine Leaves Literary Journal this year! It’ll also be their last Best of anthology that they’ll be publishing, which is sad, but it feels good to have made the cut!

I’ll post more information once it has been published, though in the meantime you should check out their submission guidelines and submit to their next issue when submissions are open, and you can check out previous issues online too. You can do all this by visiting their website here.

‘Variations of Normality’ Published and Due to be on Exhibition by City Reads, Brighton and Hove — Young, Human and Creative!

A flash fiction of mine called ‘Variations of Normality’, which I submitted to the ‘Young, Human and Creative’ competition, has been published online by City Reads, Brighton and Hove, and will also be available to read *in real life* at Jubilee Library (Brighton) in the Young People’s Area from Saturday 10th October (until I don’t know when).

Unfortunately I didn’t win, but it is wonderful to have my work exhibited for people to read among other brilliant flash fiction, poetry, photography, and graphic novel excerpts, all by people between 16 and 25.

‘Variations of Normality’ is, admittedly, a very loose interpretation of the theme, which was what it means to be human. My flash fiction is about my experience during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and is focused on the idea of normality and what is considered as “normal” is different for different people: for me, this situation was an extreme situation, as it was for most people there, but something like an earthquake isn’t as unfamiliar to others who live in different parts of the world. My interpretation was that to be human is to experience different things: none two humans experience life in the same way, or have the same thoughts, feelings, or outlooks.

If you’d like to read my flash fiction but can’t make it down to the exhibition you can do so by following this link here. I hope you enjoy reading it, the other entries, and the winners.

‘The LGBouTiQue’ to be Published in Gay Flash Fiction!

My flash fiction, ‘The LGBouTiQue’, has been accepted for publication by Gay Flash Fiction and will be published in the upcoming weeks.

Labels are something that I feel is an important part of the LGBT community, though “labels” is possibly not the right term. Depending on the individual these labels or definitions for want of a better term can be a form of freedom, a little word that allows one to understand oneself better, but for others it can be confusing; what if the label doesn’t fit, doesn’t suit you, feels odd to wear. No matter, there is only one label that everyone should feel comfortable with, the only label required regardless of sexual orientation, gender, or any other characteristics: me. This is what I wanted to write about in ‘The LGBouTiQue’. It’s about a character who feels as though they need to find the right fit, only to understand that as long as they’re happy with and in themselves that’s all what is important. I’m in no position to argue with other peoples’ realities, but if I can speak for myself, being comfortable with the person you are is of the utmost importance. This can affect people in so many different ways as we try to seek a way of shaping ourselves to meet the conventions of society, communities, or these “labels”, and for some people that works, but as long as you like the person staring back at you in the mirror that’s what matters.

I like the person staring back at me when I look in the mirror, flaws and all.

I chose Gay Flash Fiction to submit this story to because I liked the flash fiction they published. I also admire their ethos: ‘We showcase flash fiction and poetry which is GLBTQI friendly, and has a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Intersex theme.’ You should definitely check out the flash fiction they’ve published, and consider submitting your own. I’ll post the link when ‘The LGBouTiQue’ is published; I’m looking forward to seeing it online with so many great stories.