I pocketed the £30 prize money and, best of all, I will now judge the 2018 Summer Competition. I haven't published anything this year, so I was very grateful for this win at the eleventh hour.
I also discovered that I have submitted more stories to my writers' group in 2017 than any other member, as illustrated by this lovely graph drawn by our Vice-Chair Martin. This is the first time I have topped the chart!
This graph is my new best friend. It serves as a reminder that I have written lots of fiction this year, despite none of it reaching the Amazon bookshelves.
On the reading front, I read and reviewed Melokai by self-published debut author Rosalyn Kelly. It is an ambitious, generous grimdark fantasy, with a vast range of characters and kingdoms. It is a masterclass in world-building, so I read it very carefully with my own world in mind. I look forward to the next two instalment's in Kelly's trilogy.
I hope you had a Merry Christmas and look forward to 2018!
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