I'm behind with this, because it happened over a month ago, but still I am very excited to have been approached by Jessica of JayHenge Publishing and had my first acceptance from them! 'Peacebot' is a very, very short story I wrote for Flash Fiction Month way back in 2012. Jessica specifically requested that I send her this story, modified a little to fit the theme of the anthology, so it was an interesting and unexpected little adventure to blow the dust off it and give it some tweaks. In fact, I think it's the first real edit an FFM piece by me has ever had!
Of course, full details of the book are on my Published page, and there are plenty of reasons to click the links besides throwing me a bone. JayHenge has other anthologies out, and more in the pipeline; the two older anthologies are now free for Kindle, and there are plenty of great authors to discover. I was particularly excited to read this detailed review of Intrepid Horizons (that's the name of the book, by the way), which picks out a few stories by name. Including mine. Squee! XD
It was this publication that inspired me to come and pay this website some real attention after only a few minimal updates, and a stupidly long time with just one reading in the audio section (now called 'Hear' to fit on the navigation bar :P ). I'd known all along that the old design was a little old and tired, but it was seeing the websites of my fellow writers that made me finally decide to change it. I don't really know anything about design, but fortunately Weebly takes care of all that for me; it's just a question of choosing which design best suits my purposes. Finding an image for the top of each page is the hardest part, and I flatter myself that I've done rather well, but of course I could be wrong.
I recently recorded to stories for the audio section. One thing I learned as a student is that we must pretend all our work is perfect, and hope people don't notice the specific flaws, even if they realise that the whole is in fact far from perfect. I will say, though, I can't help being critical of my recordings. ^^; Still, I can read out loud (which, believe me, is more than some people can do), and I happen to think the second attempt is an improvement on the first. But they both carry the same date - how will you know which is my first attempt? Aha! See if you can work it out! ;)
Looking forward, a couple of mildly exciting events are coming up. There's FFM in July, obviously. Last year was such a great success, I mustn't get my hopes up too high for this one, but I do at least hope I'll produce some worthy pieces for the site (perhaps even one or two I'll feel like reading out loud). Then in August I'm off on holiday, and one of the things I'll be doing is visiting the Brontë Parsonage Museum. I am very excited about this, and must certainly write a blog post all about it. But until then - or possibly some time before - adieu. :)