Published in ‘The Last Laugh’!

So here’s my first ever publication, in the flesh. Feels good, feels like I’m actually getting somewhere.  The best part was seeing my name in the copyright pages, nothing like legal mumbo-jumbo to stir the emotions!

Richard from Spike The Cat sent over a copy of ‘The Last Laugh’ anthology a few weeks ago.  I thought I’d do a post after I’d read it.

It’s a collection of 12 humorous short stories, my favourites were ‘A Match Made in Heaven’ and ‘Looking Back’.

I still like my one, ‘The Lost Journeyman’, especially the fact it’s 100% dialogue – conversations on the phone.

You can buy a real life book version for £7 here or the ebook version for £1.49 here.

A bargain considering it’ll probably be worth thousands in a few years!

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Talking About Rejections

Read an interesting blog post by  Heather Trese entitled ‘Should Writers Talk About Their Rejections?‘ after seeing it retweeted by @dirtywhitecandy on Twitter.

This caught my interest because I painstakingly detail all my rejections here.

I mainly do this for a personal record but intentionally because I’ve never seen any other writer do it.

The blog post goes on to highlight the fact that writers moaning about rejections and whoever may send them is not very productive, which I agree with 100%.  I don’t do that.  I just list (agents anonymously) all my rejections without prejudice or comment. No hard feelings.

To be honest, a rejection is better than being ignored completely.

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Short Story: Till Therapy Do Us Part

The second victim of my ‘5 strikes and you’re out‘ rule for short story submissions but i’m walking this one because it’s only faced 3 pitches.  I like the idea behind it but I don’t think the execution has been particularly well done.

Anyway, let me know what you think, how you’d rewrite it and if you actually do want to rewrite it, go for it!

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‘Broken Branches’ Cooking on Gas Mark 5…Finally!

After a few false starts, some dodgy decisions, mundane storylines, awkwardly plotted ideas, cardboard characters and directionless dialogue…everything’s all tickity-boo on the ‘Broken Branches’ first draft front.

Trimmed down the characters, shuffled some scenes, deleted others, got my head down, wrestled with this sucker and now I’m halfway through Chapter 7, pretty happy with it so far and have the next 3 chapters briefly outlined, which is always a nice place to be.

So what went wrong and how did I ‘solve’ it?

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