Month: November 2015

‘Introduction’ and ‘Chain’ Published in SpaLife Magazine!

Two of my flash fictions, ‘Introduction’ and ‘Chain’, have been published in the Autumn 2015 issue of SpaLife Magazine, a magazine run by students at Bath Spa University.

The two flashes, pictured below, are, I like to think, very different from each other and demonstrate what I feel flash fiction allows writers to do: explore different things in different ways.

There is nothing experimental about either of these two stories. One, ‘Introduction’, looks at how small the world is, how we’re all potentially connected, and why this may not always be a good thing. The other, ‘Chain’, is a funny story about miscommunication.

For me flash fiction enables us to explore lots of different areas in different ways in such a small space and, though it seems restrictive, there is a great deal of freedom to do just that. Having ‘Introduction’ and ‘Chain’ published side-by-side in this way shows two different sides of my writing: the serious and the playful. Perhaps they’re both serious, and both playful, or neither.

Hope you enjoy reading them:

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‘A Change of Luck’ to be Published in Spelk!

A flash fiction of mine, ‘A Change of Luck’, has been accepted for publication by Spelk, a fantastic online magazine. ‘A Change of Luck’ will be published in February 2016.

Spelk is currently open for submissions of flash fiction around 500 words, so why not check them out and consider submitting your flashes. The journal publishes a vast array of flashes of different styles and genres so it is definitely worth reading the flash fiction they publish. You can visit Spelk‘s submission page by following this link here.

‘A Change of Luck’ will be my second publication with Spelk. If you’d like to read my first flash fiction Spelk published you can do so by following this link here. The flash is called ‘Hereditary’.

‘Four in the Morning’ Published by PARAGRAPHITI in their Flash Fiction Issue!

The flash fiction issue of PARAGRAPHITI is online and available to read by following this link here. My flash fiction, ‘Four in the Morning’, is published alongside a handful of other brilliant flash fictions. I finished reading the issue this morning. I hope you read and enjoy my story, as well as the Flash Fiction issue in it’s entirety.

You can follow the link about to be taken to the Issue’s contents page, or you can follow this link here to be taken directly to ‘Four in the Morning’PARAGRAPHITI publish more than flash, so why not visit their webpage and have a look around by following this link here.

‘The Fortune Seeker’ to be Published by Litro Online for #FridayFlash!

I had a wonderful email last night from Litro Online to tell me that my flash ‘The Fortune Seeker’ has been accepted for their #FridayFlash segment and will be published soon. I’ll let you all know when it’s available to read online. I’m super stoked to have ‘The Fortune Seeker’ accepted by Litro Online!

Litro Online, and their print edition, publish all types of writing ranging from essays, poems, to short stories and flash. There’s a lot to choose from, and plenty of submission opportunities, so check them out by following this link here.

I’ll tease you all with a little bit about ‘The Fortune Seeker’: the flash fiction is about a young woman named Lorna who is trying to find out the meaning behind her dreams. But which interpretation is right, and will it come true?

Does that intrigue you? Well, you’ll have to wait until it’s published to find out what happens…

‘The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2015’ Available to Pre-Order Now!

The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2015, which will feature my piece called ‘October’, will be published on 1st December 2015 and is available to pre-order now! It will be the last time that Vine Leaves Literary Journal will be publishing an annual anthology of their best work, so make sure you grab one whilst you can.

I’m really excited about this release! If you would like to pre-order a copy you can do so by following this link here.

Again, I’m delighted to have been included in this anthology, and thank Vine Leaves Literary Journal for selecting ‘October’.

‘The New Save’ to be Published by Yellow Chair Review!

29 minutes after submitting my flash fiction, ‘The New Save’, to Yellow Chair Review this evening I had a reply accepting it for publication in their upcoming Pop Culture issue. I’ve experienced quick submission turnarounds before, especially rejections, but this was by far the quickest reply I’ve had to a submission, and it felt great for ‘The New Save’ to have been accepted so swiftly.

Yellow Chair Review is a new literary which publishes a new issue every month. They’re in their first year, and they publish flash fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and artwork. Submissions for the current theme (Pop Culture: Movies, Music, Video Games etc) closes on 15th November 2015, or until it’s full, so get in there quick! Check their website out by following this link. Bonus points are available for work inspired by video games, which is where ‘The New Save’ comes in.

The idea for ‘The New Save’ revealed itself to me instantly. Video games make things seem so easy, don’t they? If you play the game right everything works out perfectly. Life is not a video game. I decided to write about a franchise of games that I have loved since childhood, and still love: Pokémon. I merged this theme with the idea of old and new, of things we had against the things we lost, and with the difference between reality and the virtual, to come up with a cool interpretation of the theme. At least, I think so, and so do the editors of Yellow Chair Review.

‘The New Save’ will be published around mid-December, along with all of the other creations featured in the Pop Culture issue, and I look forward to being able to share it with you all!

Popping my NaNoWriMo Cherry, Kind of…

University is a place of growth. I certainly have grown as a person, though not in height, unfortunately, and it’s only natural that my writing too would grow, in quality (I hope) and in length.

Primarily I’m a flash fiction writer. I know this, and embrace this, but I knew that I would never have as much time to explore different forms of writing and to develop myself as much as I do now, so I challenged myself to write longer prose and prose poetry. I can do this now, I think; the poetic lyricism yet striking nature of prose poetry and the length and power of short stories do not intimidate me.

It’s only natural that I attempt to acquire the skills necessary to tackle the behemoth of form: the novel. This year I’m studying a Researching and Planning an Extended Piece of Prose module and, though I could work on a collection of short stories, I really want to write a novel.

I want to learn how to take a character and an idea I could normally condense into 500, and sometimes much less, and expand and develop their world into a piece of fiction much longer than I have ever done before.

For some of you reading this you’ll be thinking ‘pffft, this is easy’, but when you’ve spent so long writing shorter pieces you get used to writing with such concision, leaving so much unwritten for the reader to feel for themselves, that you forget, or struggle, to write something beyond a few hundred words.

I know this will be a challenge for me and I believe NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) can help me achieve this. I’m vaguely aware of some type of website people use to interact with each other and discuss their novel, which I think is great, but it’s not for me. I have a lot of other studying to do, so Distraction does not need extra opportunities to hold me tight in its claws.

So I’m popping my NaNoWriMo cherry, kind of…because I started writing the first draft of my novel a few days before. Cheeky, I know, but as writers we all know that if it’s there in your head you need to get it down on paper, physical or virtual, before it disappears into the deepest shadows of our minds forever.

But here’s the good news: the first day I started writing my novel I wrote in excess of 3000 words! This may not sound a lot to most novel writers but for someone whose longest piece of fiction was roughly 2200 words I was numb with disbelief. Of course, first drafts are always nonsense, so maybe only 50 words may survive in some form, nevertheless it filled me with the feeling that maybe I can do this.

I plan to write a lot of the novel over November and, hopefully, December too, and want to write a minimum of 1000 words per day. Before NaNoWriMo I had around 4000 words, so 34,000 words after NaNoWriMo sounds grand to me: roughly halfway to the approximate word count I think it will be. So it’s more like National Half a Novel Writing Month for me!

Oh, and this definitely doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing flash fiction! I will always have a fondness for flash fiction and the things they can do that novels can’t.

To everyone reading this: whether you’re embarking on NaNoWriMo, developing on a WIP, redrafting a manuscript or anything at all, whatever your project is I wish you the best of luck!