It's been a manic few days, what with the "day job" and various other episodes, but I've been determined to keep some writing going somewhere in there too. I always find myself getting frustrated if I don't write enough every day - of course, my concept of "enough" can often be quite a high bar, so I keep telling myself to lighten up. Yeah, that works ...
Still, as I was meant to be at a sign language class tonight but which was cancelled due to Canterbury getting about four or five inches of snow, I decided to take stock of my fledgling writing career instead. I've been given a boost to my ego lately by a few bits being published, and writers thrive on their egos!
I know I've already mentioned the Lime magazine piece that I had published back in October about my dyspraxia. It was the comments I got from friends and, even more frequently, strangers that made the writing of it fun. Well, that and the fact I get to see my name in print. But mostly it's the feedback.
I've also been successful in getting a three-column deal with the Hearing Times newspaper, a national monthly paper for the British Deaf community, about my experiences as a hearing person learning sign language. The first colum is in December's edition, so keep a watch for that. I'm slowly starting to appreciate how varied the Deaf community is, but know I still have such a long way to go ... and think this is a brilliant way to meet new people that can help me broaden my horizons.
On the fiction front, I want to share two websites with you - http://www.pillhillpress.com/shoppe-dailyflashpub.html
The first one will direct you to an anthology - Daily Bites of Flesh - which has just been published by Daily Flash Publications, an imprint of Phil Hill Press, and is an anthology of horror-related flash fiction which can be no longer than 500 words in length. I was fortunate enough to have one of my pieces accepted and published in the anthology, which is out now, just in time for Christmas - buy it, go on, you know you want to!
The second link is to R B Wood's "The Word Count" podcasts, numbers 3 and 4 of which feature two of my short stories ... read by me. That's scary enough in itself, I'll grant you, but why not take a listen - there's some blooming good stories on there (you might even like mine!) and it's always good to come across new authors.
I think I've self-publicised myself quite enough now! I'm currently working on three different short stories at once, and have a goal to get as many short stories as possible entered into as competitions as I can possibly find through the medium of Google. So if you see me walking around town, muttering furiously to myself, I'm probably trying to work out a plot hole or three - if I walk straight past you, don't be offended!
Oh, and one last website for you to look at - my own! http://www.writeordie.co.uk/ - enjoy!