Thursday 22 August 2019

Short Story Anthology

Hello my lovelies, I apologise that I have not written in a while. Does anyone else feel like this year has just flown by? It seems like I'm always busy, but never getting anything done. All the art shows and events I've been doing are definitely taking their toll on me, but by the end of the year, I should have a better understanding of how I need to market my work, and where!
Anyway, amidst all my mixed media and jewelry creating, earlier this year I had the opportunity to enter a short story contest held by my friends over at HCS Publishing. They are putting together an anthology of short stories based on the old trope, "It was a dark and stormy night..." to come up with some new ways to take that overused beginning. I decided to enter, as I had always enjoyed creative writing at school, though it's been well over twenty years since I attempted to write a story.

And, as you might have guessed, since I'm writing about it, my story was selected to be in their collection! You can't imagine how thrilled I was, and how excited I am to see my name in print. I have had two poems published, and I wrote a chapter in a motivational book a few years ago, but this is my first story, and I am so happy to have been chosen.
(Photo credit to Brian Tomayko of @bts_grayaccord)
I don't want to give out any spoilers just yet, but my story was set in a Steampunk alternate history of the Wild West, and I had a lot of fun writing it. In fact, I now have so many other ideas running through my head, that I want to expand this story and write more about my central character. If I ever have time!
So, many, many thanks to all the wonderful editors over at HCS Publishing, (You can follow their work on Facebook HERE and purchase other books from local authors HERE.) and if you are interested in reading my story, as well as the other fifteen authors selected, the book will be officially launched in January next year!