April 2017: My next reading will be Saturday 1/4 in Wotton-Under-Edge during their ‘Spring Into Summer‘ event with Wotton’s fantastic Writers’ Group, which has inspired me since I first moved to this country. I’ll be sharing a story about keeping certain tiny, fake-tanned fingers off America’s nuclear button. Come along to hear my cunning plan!
February 2017: I was thrilled Stokes Croft Writers accepted my short story The Hornet to accompany selections from their vibrant group at the Talking Tales Storytelling Night. My work was described as ‘lyrical, moody, deep.’ Get information about the event here, and check out their previous podcasts!
February 2017: I heard some excellent stories, and read a little one of my own, during the formidable Alex Clark’s flash fiction evening, Flashers’ Club, at Smokey Joe’s Coffee Bar in Cheltenham. The next one will be in May. Here is the link for more details, so you don’t try Googling “Flashers’ Club,” which I foolishly did.
December 2016: The holiday season has arrived. For me that means more manic hours working at the post office, plus attempting to salvage moments of joy from a teenage son. To keep some magic alive, here’s a write-up of Truman Capote’s beautiful short story A Christmas Memory, and my favourite Christmas song, When a Child is Born.
November 2016: Judges in the National Association of Writers Groups short story competition highly commended my entry, A History of Mattresses. It was inspired by veterans I helped care for in my nursing home job, so I’m especially pleased that those experiences gained some attention.
November 2016: I read my short story, The Apocalypse Alphabet, as part of the latest Stroud Short Stories evening at the Stroud Valleys Artspace. I was doubly proud to lend my story’s title to the event, during which nine other very talented writers read a surprising variety of tales. The Stroud News and Journal did a short article announcing the event, and here is the video of my reading.
November 2016: National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, took place during November. Writers all over the world take on the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days, which means writing an average of 4 pages daily. I did it this year, building momentum on my third novel, Society of the Spurned. Learn more about the book here.