How do you find a home for your short stories? Some folk put them on a blog, some people go in for competitions and others look out for opportunities on line. Of course one could always collect them in an anthology, or try sending them to “Scribble” and a lucky few get accepted by magazines.
It can feel good to get them onto a website on line, but then one is exposed to comments, or, even worse, one may still be ignored.
I tried one this month and I’ll let you know the result. Meanwhile I have almost completed my new talk on Sussex in Fiction and will try it out on the Sea Scribes at the next meeting of our writing group. I really need to concentrate on verses for the upcoming anthology but Brexit is getting in the way. I don’t seem able to concentrate on anything else at present. I am trying to write a story for an American competition but it’s crime and I don’t know how to do it so that both sides of the pond have nothing to criticise. The use of firearms is so different that I’ll have to find another method!
I’m hoping I can find a good photo to put with this post. The charity gig for St Barnabas House Hospice in Worthing raised £200 and I now have some pictures of some of the musicians and readers but I am going to try to show you the lady who won the lucky ticket prize – a funny bear clutching a bottle of red wine. Some of my photos won’t come on and I don’t know why. Here goes!
I don’t have to find a photo from the library this time as I have one taken after our charity gig in aid of the Parkinson’s Society.
I was silly enough to let some of the Sea Scribes members who had organised the event leave the hall before I thought of having a group photo taken but I did grab some balloons and pose for this one, just to give everyone a laugh.
The singers were amazing, the readers were great and the refreshments were very welcome. I don’t know if we’ll have another one but it was a success financially with over 30 people attending and many of them asking about our books.
Double speech marks or single? I have noticed recently that double speech marks seem to be out of favour but I always used to use them so that singles could be kept for internal thought.
The fourth story in the ‘Lane’ series has come to a natural end and is rather short. Should I leave it or try to add a couple of chapters?
As my style is very like ‘soaps’ on TV it is full of action and dialogue and I have tried my best to introduce description where it is necessary but I am not a literary writer and quite like the way people say they can finish a book in a few hours.It shows they find it difficult to put it down once they have started.
Anyway, now comes the part I don’t like – going through as an editor looking for errors. I’ll ask one of the sea scribes to beta read it before I send it to be printed. I’ve a new idea for the cover so that’s the fun to come!
I know some folk have hundreds of followers but I have just reached ninety nine. You are still mainly abroad but I’ve got used to that. If I don’t follow you it is probably because I am trying to reduce the time I spend on line in order to finish my novel. It is fascinating to see which blogs attract the most readers. If I could put a poem on every week that would seem to be the most popular.
There are so many activities going on this summer, book launches, the Southern Book Show and an event the Sea Scribes are planning to bring together music and words.
Add to that the fact that my next novel is almost all on computer( in draft form) and I have been scrolling through images to find a cover picture, life is getting hectic.
My other task is to advertise the Worthing Friendship Centre, a social group for over 50’s and there are so many outlets on line , now, that we have to use to complement the local newspaper. I don’t know how many pensioners use the computer but if money is anything to go by, they’ll be left behind if they don’t! We are looked at in amazement when we try to pay in cash in loads of places and I’ve even heard of a local bar that won’t take cash!
At last somebody has thanked us for the pantomime. I was hoping for some feedback and when they said it was’just brilliant’ and’made them chuckle’ I was so grateful. I’m not sure I’ll do another one, especially as I am focused on the next novel at present but it makes me feel it wasn’t a waste of time. I was really proud of the cast and they deserve to know their efforts were appreciated.
Sorry I can’t tell you about the book. I know some folk put excerpts on line as tasters but I like to feel the reader can identify with the characters and that’s impossible in a short piece.
I am looking forward to the book launch on 17th February when Elaine Hankin will have ‘Footprints on my Doorstep,’ Anne Saker will have ‘Matilda and the Waltz of Life’ and Wendy Hughes will have ‘ The A to Z of Curious Sussex;’ three very different books by excellent local authors. The venue is Heene Road Community Centre in Worthing, time- 10am to 1pm.
Didn’t use the computer yesterday. Read some of my next book to Sea Scribes in the afternoon and went to the Woodmans Arms for the jazz and a meal in the evening. The Featherstone jazzband had a guest trumpeter, Cuff Billet and he did some brilliant vocals as well as great playing. This is one night of the month that we find unmissable.
I had a lamb hotpot with a cheesy topping and hubby had toad in the hole but the great surprise was the chocolate and orange bread and butter pudding. It was delicious.
Once again I neglected to take a camera. I don’t use a smartphone so I don’t think of taking pictures all the time as others do. I must remember on February 17th when some of the Sea Scribes have a joint book launch at Heene Community Centre in Worthing. Three of us producing new books at one time must be worth recording. I don’t think mine will be ready before Christmas. I’m up to ten thousand words!