I guess you could say it’s all gone to pot a little. Work on my dissertation is moving along ever so slowly and I really should be picking up the pace. I went from wrestling with a creative non-fiction book to turning it into a historical novel. What a switch!
It’s not that I don’t want to write the non-fiction book, and I like to think that I will actually write it. It’s just the deadline for my dissertation is in May and I need to get words on paper. It seems writing fiction comes more naturally to me. This could be down to the fact I read so little non-fiction and maybe I should change this if I am going to write a non-fiction book.
Can ya guess what it is yet?
These are a few of the books I am submerging myself in at the moment which may give you a clue as to what I am writing about. I like to keep the mystery a little so I won’t divulge my idea completely but I am sure some of my readers might be able to guess (or if you know me, you probably know the subject area anyway).
So as well as writing this dissertation I am also getting involved in other creative projects too. I have recently been appointed the Secretary for York Writers which is a local writing group who meet up once/twice a month and share their work, enjoy listening to guest speakers and sometimes engage in workshops. I have also just co-edited the poetry for Indigo Rising UK and that was fun. I enjoyed reading such a mix of poetry, a lot of which was excellent. Issue three will be released very soon so I will keep you posted.
So all in all it’s been a busy start to the year. I haven’t written half as much as I would have liked but I plan to make sure I set aside time in the week to get things down on paper or to work on this novel. The kids can fend for themselves…right?
I am extremely honoured to have my poem, School Run, appear in the first ever edition of The English Chicago Review alongside some amazing poets like Amy Audebert, Ian Parks, Antony Dunn and Jem Jem Henderson!
If you would like to pre-order a copy you can do so via this link: http://englishchicagoreview.blogspot.co.uk/p/current-issue.html
Many thanks to Ashley Fisher (editor) for his kind support.
You can also check out his other publication, Turbulence, via this link: http://www.turbulencepoetry.blogspot.co.uk/
I have the pleasure of working with some great people co-editing the poetry submissions for Indigo Rising UK Magazine
Please do send any poetry, prose, flash fiction or art to us at the following addresses:
Submissions can be up to 2500 words. We will make exceptions based on the quality of the piece. We are looking for high quality, literary pieces as long as they are creative and original.
Submission no longer than 750 words. We are looking for inspiring, original pieces of fiction.
Submit up to six poems at a time, no longer than forty lines each. Any forms are fine. Subject matter can be anything. Originality is important.
We are looking for abstract, authentic and surreal art and photography. Pieces that have a personal touch and generate deeper understandings.
Look forward to hearing from you! 🙂
Pastiche Magazine are looking for poetry and prose submissions for their 1st print edition to be released shortly. Any writers out there who wish to submit should read the following:
Pastiche is currently accepting submissions from writers, artists and musicians.
Poetry – very few restrictions, but we have a limit on the amount of Iambic tetrameter and/or rhyming couplets we will accept. Audio files must be under 10 minutes.
Prose – under 5000 words. For submissions over 2000 words please send a sample page.
Art – can be any form (photography, traditional, performance)
Documents – .doc / .docx / .pdf – For all ‘traditional’ pieces please use 1.5 spacing.
Art (including photographs) – .jpg
Email all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not include your written work in the body of the email – refer to the acceptable formats above.
Once submitted, work may not subsequently be published elsewhere (including self-publishing, e.g. on a blog) for a period of one month (creative) and 2 months (other). Please do not submit your work if it is already published elsewhere. Rejected work may be resubmitted after a period of 1 month. The same piece of work may not be submitted more than 3 times, however an individual is welcome to submit as many different pieces of work as they like.
So what are you waiting for…get emailing!!!
Well, I am uber excited!
I have just had my poem ‘Cot’ published by a great magazine called Pastiche. It’s a really great publication and I have the pleasure of appearing alongside some great writers, namely Steve Toase whose prose is amazing!
I have also discovered that a short story I wrote a while back called ‘Poison’ will be making an appearance in Issue 6 of Beautiful Scruffiness. This is another great magazine that is filled with really cool artwork, as well as some crackin’ poetry and prose.
Alongside all this I am currently putting together a small collection of three short stories for a Creative Writing portfolio assigned as part of my degree and I am also working on some exciting publications and events with Stairwell Books, including a York800 anthology, a Ghost anthology and the Ryedale Literature Festival (and that’s just to name a few!)
Yep, it’s all go here. I will post more details about the anthologies and events nearer the time.
Watch this space!
I have been given the amazing opportunity to work along side a small publishing press called Stairwell Books.
Stairwell Books are based in York and publish some great poetry anthologies and are now branching out in to novels. I have the honour of helping with the growth of this great publishing company and would urge you to check out their website and purchase a book or two…or three…or more! They are great value for money and exhibit work from popular local writers.
I have been lucky enough to have appeared in Along The Iron Veins – a collection of railway/train themed poems and short stories. I also highly recommend Frisson – for those who like their poetry a little more tantalising and erotic. They also publish the fabulous Dream Catcher magazine and you can order your copy through their website as well.
You can find details of Stairwell Books and their publications at their website http://www.stairwellbooks.co.uk/