I’m very pleased to announce that my latest story, Piece Number 7, is now up on Garbled Transmissions. Piece Number 7 is difficult to classify (at least for me). The best I can come up with is magical realism but I’m hopeless with labels. It’s a pretty old story, I completed it on February 19th, 2006, but because of its length (close to 14,000 words) it was really hard to find markets to submit it to. I’ve always had a soft spot for this particular story so a big thank you to James Payne at Garbled Transmissions for publishing it. I did my first writing of 2013 yesterday, my first writing in a couple of months actually. I started a new story, currently untitled, set on Mars. I got 686 words in before I decided I wasn’t happy with the direction it was going and stopped. This morning I lay in bed mulling over the plot and found a new direction that feels much better. Now I need to find some time this evening to continue writing and get some momentum going.
Just breaking unscheduled radio silence for news of my fifth acceptance of the year – my novella Piece Number 7 has been accepted by Garbled Transmissions. Most of the time I’m hopeless at working out what genre my stories are and Piece Number 7 is a case in point. If you backed me into a corner and threatened me with lions I’d say it’s magical realism but who knows? It’s a story about a series of recordings that have a dramatic effect on the listener and a record producer’s quest to find out the truth behind the legend of their composer, Gustav Lang. It’s the longest non-novel story I’ve written and one of my favourites. Not sure when it will be published but I’ll post here when it is. Now, back to our unscheduled radio silence.
I’ve been battling a cold for the last couple of days which has sidetracked any writing I was planning on doing. On the plus side, working from home did allow me to clear off a huge amount of day job related tasks. I’ve not been living in a total creative wasteland though, I submitted a story to Garbled Transmissions and Ethel the Muse visited last night (well, 2am this morning actually) and I now have a new idea for a short story which I’m going to try to kick off tonight. More on that tomorrow.