Nesting Instinct: Story Background

It has been suggested that I ought to do background posts on all of my stories that have been accepted (in venues other than here, obviously). Partly because it gives readers an insight into my thinking and partly because the person who suggested it is a completist.

So, without further ado, here’s some background on Nesting Instinct, a stand-alone sceince fiction short story.

Publishing Details

Nesting Instinct was published in 2009 by Crossed Genres [ Continue reading

The Ally-Ally-Oh: Story Background

It has been suggested that I ought to do background posts on all of my stories that have been accepted (in venues other than here, obviously). Partly because it gives readers an insight into my thinking and partly because the person who suggested it is a completist.

So, without further ado, here’s some background on The Ally-Ally-Oh, a short story in my New Dryas world.

Publishing Details

The Ally-Ally-Oh … Continue reading

The Girl From Yesterday: Story Background

The Girl From Yesterday was one of the first (if not the first short story I worked on). It’s definitely the first that was accepted for publishing elsewhere – back in 2007. It’s also still available to read so, if nothing else, it’s interesting to see how my writing has changed in seven years.

Publishing Details

The Girl From Yesterday was published in the first issue of the Ranfurly Review [External Link]

There’s … Continue reading

An Honest Woman’s Child: Story Background

So, here’s the overdue story background for short story An Honest Woman’s Child.

Publishing Details

An Honest Woman’s Child is in the No Monsters Allowed horror anthology from Dog Horn Publishing [External Link]

The paperback available from Lulu [External Link] | Amazon.co.uk [External Link] | Amazon.com [External Link]

There’s a Goodreads page here, which may link to a few other sources: [External Link]

Inspirations

The … Continue reading

Hunting Unicorns: Story Background

Right, so this is a story background post I missed when the story initially come out. It’s still available online, so let’s start with the usual preamble:

Publishing Details

Hunting Unicorns is a short story hosted by The Future Fire [External Link] as part of issue 28 (direct link here: [External Link]). It came out at the end of December 2013.

Themes

The central theme is hunting for something that is … Continue reading

Sunday 11th August, 2013

Well, I’m sure I had lots to tell you but all I can think of to mention is that I’ve had another story accepted. Hopefully Hunting Unicorns will turn up in the Future Fire roster before the end of the year. Thank you to Allegra Hawksmoor [External Link] and Dylan Fox [External Link] for the initial writing prompt!

Also in writing news, just so you know things are happening, the No Monsters Allowed anthology from Dog Horn Publishing (which accepted the story An Honest Woman’s Child) should be out in October.

(Links to publishers in the original announcement posts.)

Two Hearts, Two Minds: Story Background

Okay, here’s some background on the recently published Two Hearts, Two Minds. Also known as “In which the author reveals more geekery”.

Publishing Details

Two hearts, Two Minds was published in Interstellar Fiction on 1st May, 2013 and can be found through their website here: [External Link].

Themes

This is a story I wrote getting on for five years ago and has had some tweaks, nips and tucks in its time. It was … Continue reading

On Angel’s Wings (Short)

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A target acquired, the wings folded back and the body aligned for the dive. She felt the wind through feathers as if they were really a part of her. She felt the frustration when the target shifted and she knew the attack would miss even before the dive was near. She felt the strain on the muscles, the flexing of the bone as the wings spread to … Continue reading

Sanctuary (Short)

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Devvon walked through the archway and stopped, holding the heavy wooden door open with her body. She had to stop because what she saw on the other side of it was too much and too other to take in. She knew there must be words to describe it but she didn’t have them. Those words were something else that had been stolen from her before she even … Continue reading

Sunday 28th November, 2010

Getting back on track. Maybe.

With a little time and breathing space, I can admit (to those who haven’t already heard or figured it out) exactly what got in the way last weekend. I had a car accident because someone else pulled out on me. I was fine beyond whiplash and lost time but insurance, etc. will be wrangling for a while. I have a replacement rental car and I miss my Golf – to the point where I’m starting to agree with my sister’s nickname for him, “Precious”.

My computer issues are controllable if not perfect. The desktop is back to being my main computer and is as healthy as I’m going to get it for a while. The sound isn’t working but mainly because I haven’t looked into it. The solid state drive refuses to work. The new printer is happy, though Finn is not so sure about the new housemate. The laptop is usable (and upgraded to Ubuntu 10.10 in the name of testing stability for the desktop).

All this means the genealogy side of things is up and running. I’ve even done a small amount of work on the database and will hopefully have minor SANSOM and TABERNER updates for next week. I’ve also been blessed with contact from a second cousin on the BECK side this week. (Hello, Dan RAWSON).

Writing continues. In particular, 25 Ways to Kill a Werewolf (Alex Jones’ world) now has 5 methods completed. I’m also mulling over an idea in response to a first draft of one of Dylan Fox’s short stories [External Link] I was lucky enough to read through. Theory has it that art is generally a dialogue, a response to what has gone before and what the people around you create. I guess I’m just conforming to the theory.

(No, I’m still not going to mention the rugby. I definitely can’t cope! Although I am wondering what’s going on with Stephen Jones’ facial hair / beard. Is it something to do with Movember [External Link] or do I just spend too much time online / thinking about these things?)