I hope you all managed to enjoy the festive holidays, despite the tragic losses of more celebrities and the looming stand-off between the USA and Russia. The Trump parody of the John Lewis advert made me smile, even if the Christmas cracker jokes were terrible.
I took a break from writing this month so I could focus on reading. I chose to read three self-published books because I believe independent writers should help other writers...
The first book was Festive Treats, our free Christmas anthology for Kindle. I reviewed all 16 short stories, including my own, with tweet-sized reviews of 140 characters or less. The other two books were debut novels by exciting new self-publishing authors: period detective story In The Shadow of the Stump by R K Leatherdale and dystopian satire Grind Spark by Tamara Rogers.
The other piece of writing news to report is that I won 2nd prize in the BWG Winter Competition! This means I went home with a crisp £5 note and a glorious certificate. The judge Iain Grant gave my story about Guy Fawkes meeting Death a mighty 10/10 for enjoyableness.
I judged the BWG Summer Competition earlier in the year, so I know how difficult it can be to choose a winner. I was very pleased that Martin Sullivan won 1st place for his sci-fi story. It described how footage of Earth's lost past could be retrievable from vibrations in rock and stone.
So, a quiet month on the writing front but Christmas is the perfect excuse. All that is left to do in 2016 is look back at my writing highlights and lowlights...
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