Sparks Anthology

On Monday Burdizzo Books announced their next charity Anthology ‘Sparks’. Which includes my story ‘The Last Charge’,  my first published story. This anthology focuses on stories of horror, sci-fi, fantasy and bizarro with the theme of electricity.

Obviously I am over the moon at finally being published, but even more so that it’s in an anthology that is raising money for a good cause, in this case Resources for Autism, and the awesome people involved in the anthology. From Editors Matthew Cash and Em Dehaney through to the other writers in the collection. There are some really cool people involved and I can’t wait to see what they’ve all written.

Sparks is coming soon, please like their Facebook page and Instagram for updates, I will obviously be posting here when the book is out, but please feel free to follow me on social media, the links are on the right hand side of the screen.

Sparks Cover
Cover by Matt Hill
The authors in the collection are: Ash Hartwell, Calum Chalmers, Em Dehaney, Betty Breen, Peter Germany, Lex Jones, Christopher Law, Dani Brown, Matthew Cash, Mark Cassell, Samantha Hill, CH Baum, Pippa Bailey, GH Finn and David Court.

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A Good Day

Aside from almost breaking my left foot this morning (Ow!) I’ve had a really good day šŸ™‚ I went to Starbucks in Bluewater shopping centre for a Write In with a Facebook group of writers I’m a member of. If I’m honest I wasn’t sure what to really expect, aside from writing that is, but I had a really good time. It was great sitting and talking to other writers and finding out what they are working on. During the three hours I was there I was able to knock out almost fifteen hundred words on the short story I’ve been ask to write. Sitting there and writing with other writers really motivated me and when I got home I wrote another thirteen hundred or so words and wrapped the short story up. Today is the first day that I have written that many words since NaNoWriMo last year.
I was hoping to get to about the four thousand mark for the short story but I’ll see how it goes when I read through it again this week. Something I’m learning is going with my gut on shorter pieces. I think I’m quite well suited to them with the current level of my writing ability.
Tonight I also started to go through Earth, After Liberation to see what I need to do with that to make it work. At the moment it’s very disjointed and I need to work some of the details into it better. So I’ll be brainstorming a lot as I’m going through it and looking at how to structure the story and the chapters.

Meeting up with these writers today, Anita, Dominique and Vikki, has done me the world of good, that lack of confidence in my ability to write that I was feeling is all but gone now and I’m eager to get some writing done again. The Residents and Project Apollo are still firmly in my mind as well, although Owen and I are taking a month break from it. Owen wants to look over what we’ve done so far and we need to brainstorm some back round details before we progress.

Can I Have A Free Copy?

In the last two years I have met some amazing writers, mainly online unfortunately, but I’ve feel that I have made, or began to make some amazing friendships. One thing that I have never done is to ask for a free copy of someone’s book. Never have done, nor I will I ever. I have downloaded free copies when they have been on various promotions. I hate doing this but like many I’m having to watch the pennies at the moment.

So something I hate is when people ask me for a free copy of something I’ve written when its done, this is always from people WHO ARE NOT WRITERS! That tells me everything I need to know and the biggest thing it does is tells me that writers support each other. We buy each others work, we Like, share, re-tweet, blog, reblog and talk about our fellow writers work. Some people may do this to promote themselves or in the hope it will be reciprocated when they have a book out but I don’t and never will. I know writers whose books I will most probably never read, not because they are bad but because its not my cup of tea. I’ll still help promote their work, normally because I like and admire them on a personal level.

If I choose to give a free copy to someone that’s different. I’d do that because they’re important to me or have been very supportive in helping me achieve my dreams, but those who ask for a free copy, probably are not going to get one.