Well, I did say I was finalising another book cover...and here it is! Say hello to Bitesize! Bitesize is a collection of flash fiction: no stories over 500 words have been allowed in (and neither has Sherlock Holmes!). Something which stuck with me from Chris Beckett's introduction to FlashDogs: Volume 2 was his comparison of a short story … Continue reading Cover reveal: Coming soon…Bitesize!
I started a new project this week, something I've been thinking about for a little while. As I'm twiddling my thumbs waiting for the Secret Notebook paperback proof to plop through my letterbox, I figured I might as well get on with it. The project is to see if I have enough good flash stories from the … Continue reading All my own work: reading for a flash fiction collection
I'm sure time is speeding up because it can't be 6 months since the summer solstice. Then again, waking up in darkness would suggest that it is... Anyway, it's the winter solstice here, and nearly Christmas, and a time for giving, and for thinking of people less fortunate than ourselves. So I'm waving the FlashDogs banner for … Continue reading Solstice Dark, Solstice Light: two charity anthologies
Saturday 27 June is National Flash Fiction Day, as any fule kno (and it was a struggle to get THAT past autocorrect). So this will be a very short blog post as I do not want to get in the way of all the lovely stories which will be flooding into your lives today via … Continue reading Happy National Flash Fiction Day! 5 ways to take part
The FlashDogs are back, and this time it's a double helping with not one but two new short story anthologies out today! All profits from the sale of the anthologies will go to The Book Bus charity, which helps children in developing countries to read and to be inspired by books. As the parent of two … Continue reading Solstice Light, Solstice Dark: Return of the FlashDogs
So here's how today is supposed to work. I've taken the boys to holiday club and I have a day off. Therefore I will be writing. Today is (of course) Flash! Friday, so I have ideas for a story pinging round my head. Friday is also Faber Academy's QuickFic day, so at 9.50 I'll be … Continue reading Flash Flood!
You can blame WordPress for this post. I wasn't going to do a 'year in review' post and then I opened WordPress's infographic of visits, views, and posts for this blog and, well, I thought it would be rude not to. The WordPress review reminded me that this blog only began in July, which seems … Continue reading Goodbye 2014, hello 2015
In my last post I mentioned that the FlashDogs anthology was coming out today. 34 writers, contributing 110 stories, in aid of children's literacy charity IBBY. It's out! I went to Amazon this morning to buy my copy (of course!) and I was chuffed to see that FlashDogs was in the top 100 sellers in … Continue reading Release the hounds! FlashDogs are out!
*drumroll* Coming soon...the first FlashDogs anthology! Perhaps I should explain...The FlashDogs are a collective of flash fiction (short short story writers) from all over the world. We met at various online contests, such as the marvellously dragony Flash! Friday. But then people started to talk online, and from tweets and snippets leapt the FlashDogs, a … Continue reading Attack of the FlashDogs!