Edge-Lit! It was the happiest day of my life. Talking to writers about other writers and writing in general, all with a fantasy, sci-fi and horror focus... bliss! There were so many things I learnt at Edge-Lit which will help me become a better writer. I left energised, motivated and a tiny bit drunk.
It looks like I won't complete Nephos 3 before the end of the year. It's 80% finished but I ran out of steam, so I'm taking another break. Still, more time to spend on short stories.
I have read...
- The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso
- The End of the World Running Club by Adrian Walker
- The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
- Ravencry by Ed McDonald
- King of Assassins by RJ Barker
- Darksoul by Anna Stephens
I have blogged...
I have written...
- Another 20,372 words towards Nephos 3, meaning the total word count is now 197,266 words.
- A short story called Once in a Blue Moon about the University of Birmingham's iconic clock tower, Old Joe.
- A poem called The Pen and the Sword, inspired by my visit to Man Mo Temple.
Biggest excuses for not writing...
- Work trip to Hong Kong.
- Work trip to Switzerland.
I have submitted...
- Two entries to The Emma Press in response to their call for night-time stories.
- Two entries to The Emma Press in response to their call for children's insect poems.
Out and about
- I attended Edge-Lit 2018, as mentioned above.
- I also returned to the Birmingham Writers' Group after missing many months of meetings. I submitted an extract from Nephos 3 which was met with positive comments.
Dates to remember
- 9 September - the two-year anniversary of Festive Treats, a festive anthology in which I feature.
- 27 September - the two-year anniversary of my story being performed on the Tall Tales radio show.
- Book To The Future is back! This October marks the fifth year of the University of Birmingham's literary festival.
- Edge-Lit's winter spin-off, Sledge-Lit, is taking place in November. See you there!
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