In the traditionally-published corner:
- - I read Neil Gaiman's urban fantasy Neverwhere, which was packed with great ideas but ended quite abruptly. There was a clear teaser for a sequel which has oddly never surfaced.
In the self-published corner:
- I read the sixth instalment in the comical Clovenhoof series titled The Trump of Doom. It is about Trump and Brexit. A well-observed political satire. Highly recommended.
- I also read Double Vision, the debut short story collection by Tamara Rogers, who wrote the fantastic Grind Spark. Each tale was incredibly-economic flash fiction. Not a single word was wasted. There is a Black Mirror vibe running through the collection with hints of Ready Player One. Dark, dystopian and dynamite.
So why did I read twice as much in May?
Because I want to leave June wide open for JuNoWriMo (June Novel Writing Month). My optimistic plan is to write 50,000 words in the month of June and hopefully shove Nephos 3 that little bit closer to the finishing line.
I did undertake some writing in May to warm myself up. I laboured and fiddled with every word of my short story for the BWG Summer Competition. I love the finished piece. Cannot wait to add it to Breadcrumbs 2.
I also started writing a second entry, which massively missed the deadline. It is a Nephos short story, currently looking set to wrap at 10,000 words. More fodder for the next collection.
Anyway, a few hours until JuNoWriMo. Deep breaths.
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