If you follow me on Twitter, you will have noticed that I have been rather quiet on the timeline lately. There are many reasons for this, as things have gone a bit crazy in the past couple of weeks. I will cover my latest news in brief here, with a view to blogging in more detail when I have some time.
I have been asked to fill a slot in a Literary Mix Tape anthology called (Nothing But) Flowers. This is a charity anthology and the stories have to be 1500 words, give or take a couple. This is the first time that I have been given a slot somewhere without having to submit a story first, so I have been feeling really nervous about stepping up to the mark. Anyway, I sent my story straight to the lovely Jodi Cleghorn, whose project this is, today. Luckily I can tell you that the story seemed to go down well.
I then heard of 100 Stories for Queensland and I have become a voluntary reader for this project. I find myself working with an amazing team of people, and learning a lot about how submission processes go from the other side of the fence. It's been absolutely fascinating so far, and I feel honoured to be working in such great company, for such a good cause.
Just before this happened, I volunteered to type up an interview for Greg McQueen from Big Bad Media for a forthcoming project of his. The subject matter was very interesting, but doing this did make me realise that I can't quite type as fast as someone talks in an interview situation! But anyway, that job has been finished and sent off today.
Then there is the small matter of submitting my novel, which I have done recently after another read through of the first half of it. I want to read the rest of it through too, when I get a couple of hours.
And, just because I like being busy (!!) I am marking up some copy for a friend of mine. Red circles around punctuation marks etc. As you do.
In the middle of all of this, my latest edit of my story Tour and Duty has been published on the Cafe Lit website. This may lead to it being included in a trade book at a later date, so that is quite exciting.
I also had another competition piece shortlisted (my Tinsel Tale 'Coming Home') which was the judge's number 10. As there were quite a few entries, I was really pleased.
And that, my friends, is my news. Perhaps not such a brief post after all!