I’m writing this at the end of February 2021 so I hope everyone is doing as well as they can. In the UK, the vaccination programme is going well and 21st June is the date that we hope to be able to move about freely again. Definitely something to look forward to.
2020 was a busy year for me, book wise at least, I had five stories published in anthologies, three of them in Harvey Duckman Presents books. They were Harvey Duckman Presents Volume 5, Harvey Duckman Presents Volume 6 and Harvey Duckman Presents … Special Pirates.
2021 is probably going to be a much quieter year for me. I’ve had one urban fantasy novella, The Raven King, published by Demain Publishing in January 2021, my very first novella to be published. I have, or will be, submitting a couple of short stories to anthologies but I’m planning to spend most of 2021 writing a novella or possibly a couple of novellas.
When I say writing, I really mean rewriting as there are two short novels that I completed as part of Nanowrimo that I want to look at again and see if I can turn them into novellas worth publishing. But before I do that, I’m taking part in an Imaginary Worlds worldbuilding course run by Megan Kerr of The Writers’ Greenhouse – www.thewritersgreenhouse.co.uk It’s a six week course and I’m enjoying it very much so far. It’s certainly given me some ideas for my stories.
I’m also planning to publish a print version of Quirky Christmas Stories later on in the year and perhaps a couple of Christmas themed short stories.
The Chinese have a curse, “May you live in interesting times” and it certainly applies now with all the fear, grief and uncertainty caused by the Corona virus. I’m staying at home and trying to be productive. I’ve recently had some good news about a couple of short stories, which cheered me up enormously.
The first story, “Scared of Girls,” a short horror story has been accepted by Demain Publishing for the second series of Short! Sharp! Shocks! and should be appearing sometime later this year. I’ve also been told that my story, “A Monster Met”, which is Short! Sharp! Shocks! No 7, will be appearing in print form sometime fairly soon this year. The print version will include an extra one, “Mason’s Story”, a horror story about a minor character in “Jane Eyre”.
I’ve also recently heard that another short story, “The Perfect Ham Sandwich”, a comic alternative history story, has been accepted by Sixth Element Publishing for the fifth volume of the “Harvey Duckman Presents” anthology.
I have two more stories out on submission at the moment so will update when I have further news, good or bad. Don’t hold your breath. The Corona virus is taking its toll on the publishing industry too.
Several things have changed since my last post, so this is the latest news on my stories. My story, “Moonsleep” has now appeared in the BSF (British Fantasy Society’s) Monthly Story Project as the Story of the Month. It was due to be published in January 2020 but there’d been some delays.
Sadly, I’ve heard that my story, “Mirror in Her Hand” will not now be appearing in the “Heroes and Villains” anthology by the Facebook Fantasy & Science Fiction Support Group as it has had to halt the production of this anthology for various reasons. I’m be looking for opportunities to submit this elsewhere though.
I’ve heard that my story, “A Monster Met” will be appearing in print by Demain Publishing at some point during this year. They’re issuing all of Series 1 of Short ! Sharp! ShockS! as paperbacks this year. I’m very excited about that. Will update about the exact date.
I’ve had an article on online writing critique groups accepted for Focus, the BFSA (British Science Fiction Association’s) magazine and I’ve heard that it will be published in March 2020.
Time for an update on what’s been happening with my stories since the beginning of the year.
I’m sorry to say that my short story, Moonsleep wasn’t published as the British Fantasy Society’s Monthly Story Project for January 2020. I was told it had been delayed. I’m trying to find out when it will be coming out.
I’ve had a short story, Mirror In Her Hand, accepted for Facebook’s Fantasy and Science Fiction Authors’ Support Group anthology, Heroes and Villains. The expected date of publication is 1 April 2020 but I expect that this may be subject to change. Mirror In Her Hand is a modern adaptation of the Snow White and the Seven Dwarves fairy tale.
I was delighted to hear that my short story “Cinderfeller” has been accepted for one of B Cubed Press’s anthologies. It was originally going to be called Alternative Bedtime Stories for Progressive Parents but apparently the title is going to be changed. http://www.bcubedpress.com
An article I wrote comparing two online critique groups, Critique Circle and the Online Writing Workshop for SF, Fantasy & Horror will shortly be appearing in the British Science Fiction Association’s magazine, Focus.http://www.bsfa.co.uk
I received an email today saying that my short fantasy story, “Tully and the Ghost” has been accepted for the anthology, Harvey Duckman Presents. It was going to be Volume 4 but then got a further email saying going to be in Volume 3, which should be out in October 2019.
I wanted to give an update on the BFS (British Fantasy Society) Emerging Horizons anthology that is due to be published this year. The editor has notified me that he’s in discussions with the chair of the BFS about the plans regarding this project, which sounds a little ominous to me but I’m staying positive until I hear otherwise.
Also, some good news, my short story, Moonsleep has been accepted for the British Fantasy Society (BFS) Monthly Story Project. This project is a short story that is sent out to all members of the British Fantasy Society every month. (An additional reason to join the BFS). I’m not sure yet when it will be going out but I’ll post the date when I know it.