Submissions update August 2019

IWSG Anthology 2019

There have been several calls for submissions with closing dates either at the start or end of August (ish).  I’ve a mixed bag of responses, partly due to focusing on another project. Here’s an update on activities more or less

A non-fiction nature writing project

A non-fiction nature writing project

Nature writing is something I’ve been intending to do more of. It’s already four years since I went on inspirational workshops with Mark Cocker and Patrick Barkham.

It was during my #30DaysWild Challenge that I considered the issue of environmental themes in my stories. If only I could think of a good topic to write on, one which I had some expertise, or at least experience.

Then I realised I have a unique opportunity to write about a patch of land that I can see from my house. It’s owned by someone else, but it’s basically a managed field, part of the flood plain of the River Wensum in Norfolk.

2019 short story calls and submission

IWSG Anthology 2019

Short story projects for submission 2019 Third Flatiron The topics for the 2019 Third Flatiron anthologies, were Hidden Histories, which I failed to progress past the concept stage, and Longevity, which I’m working on. They generally produce three Anthologies, with

The Dylan and Dougall Adventures

Dylans Yuletide Journey

Dylan and Dougall inhabit a castle in the far northwest of the Princelings Realms.  Dylan is such a character that he needed his own story.  Not only did I write a Christmas story starring him for the website, it was then published in the first BookElves Anthology.  Then I needed to write one to feature Dougall for the second BookElves book.

These are definitely short chapter books for (middle grade) readers aged 8-12.

Then I worked out how the pair got involved with the main Princelings of the East saga.

Galileo’s Theme Park – Third Flatiron Publishing

Galileo's Theme Park

Third Flatiron presents Galileo’s Theme Park, a new anthology of science fiction, dark fantasy, horror, and humor. Twenty short stories by an international group of authors explore how the universe has changed since Humanity took a closer look at the stars.
Includes ‘Titan is all the Rage’ by Jemima Pett

The Adventurers – monthly guest blog series

Adventurers a silver fox-rabbit and a crested magpie with saddle in a forest clearing

This idea for the Adventurers blog series emerged during late 2017 when I was working out how to guest post for the Story Reading Ape in 2018.  I’d already had a yearning to write stories for some of my illustrator Dani English’s wonderful character sketches.

BookElves Anthologies – middle grade short stories

BookElves-Anthology-2

BookElves was a concept that arose out of an earlier work led by Sally Harris who got a number of authors of Middle Grade stories together to put a chapter of their work into a teaser volume.

Those authors then felt an anthology might be fun to do, and I project managed both volumes, with covers by Danielle English.

The Viridian System Series – science fiction

viridian badge

Out in the Viridian System nobody much cares how many names you call yourself by. Just live and let live. Or die if you must. Nobody cares. Or do they?

Why is everyone taking an interest in a system so far away all of a sudden?  It’s not just the orichalcum-rich asteroid belt. Is it?

Science Fiction/space opera for grown-ups, featuring asteroid miners and hired women…but not for long.

The Princelings of the East fantasy/time travel series

princelings series covers

The Realms: a world of kings and castles, rivalries and communities. Our two major characters, Fred and George, set out to solve a problem, and unleash a revolution.

George, a progressive, an inventor, and an enthusiast for all things that fly, starts by discovering the real power of strawberry juice. Then he finds flying machines. And before the series ends, he will have changed the face of the world as he knew it.  

Fred, a thinker, a supporter of the right to self-determination, accidentally becomes King. Not what this philosophical supporter of democracy wanted at all. Thank goodness he finds his true love, Princess Kira, to help him navigate the social changes he so desires.

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