Anthology Art

Posted: July 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

Testing, testing… this thing on?

Been gone a while haven’t I. Still, I’m back now, and with big news. A short story I wrote, called The Sculptor’s Torment, is going to be published in a horror anthology featuring stories from the talented people on the Black Library Bolthole.

It will hopefully be available in the autumn, I’ll be sure to keep you updated as we get closer to that time. There is other big news relating to the anthology which I’m really not supposed to tell you about but- *sound of shotgun being racked*- okay, fine, fine. But it’s really great news. Trust me, I’m an accountant.

Below is the artwork for the anthology, created by a very talented man indeed. Visit his site, tell him he’s awesome. Go on.

What are you looking at?

There are other submissions I’m still waiting to hear back on; hopefully there will be news soon! Until then, go about your business. Go on, get out!

Short Story Out Today

Posted: March 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

Just a quick post, reminding all my many thousands of readers that my short story “Caretaker” is going to be available to read today on the blog of Nevermet Press.

It’s a two thousand word sci-fi tale, set in the far future. It’s a bit different to the kind of thing I usually write, but I think it works nicely and hopefully all of you will agree with me!

And here it is.

Exciting times!

Good News and Bad

Posted: February 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

Writing is a pain  in the arse, frankly. I’m not kidding myself that I’m currently anything more than a small amoeba clinging to a rock on a beach battered by the tides of the vast ocean that is the world of writing, but in time…… that metaphor ran away with me a bit.

Moving on.

The fact that I’ve been writing on and off for twenty years is irrelevant; now is when things are starting to go somewhere. Which of course means that there’s still a lot of rejection ahead. Such is life.

This is my atrociously maudlin way of saying that my latest round of submissions to Black Library was rejected.

This was me this morning. Only less jaundiced and with hair.

In the two(ish) years that I’ve been submitting work to Black Library only one short story out of twenty-nine has been good enough for them to ask me to write it in full. Even that didn’t get anywhere. So this round of rejections is a bit of a bugger, really. I’m going to have to have a ponder about what to do next. If I do submit to them again, it may just be a few ideas, rather than the deluge I have tended to spew into their inbox (lovely image, I know) in the past.

But that’s for the future.

Also in the future, but much closer, I have more exciting news. I recently submitted one of my old short stories to Nevermet Press and, after being asked to amend a few things, it has been accepted!

Me again. I really do look like that when I wink. Disturbing.

“Caretaker” will appear on the site’s blog on Friday 9th March, and in both print and e-book format later on as part of an anthology.  Obviously I’m pretty excited about this, it feels like I’m starting to get somewhere in the writing business, even if I am still a small amoeba clinging to a rock…… you get the idea.

So: good news and bad. The life of a writer.

I’m off to my fridge to retrieve some cider. Feel free to talk amongst yourselves.

“100 Horrors” Release Date

Posted: February 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

Moments ago I received an e-mail from the editor at Cruentus Libri, confirming that the release date for “100 Horrors” is the 20th February 2012: only eighteen days away. Less than three weeks until I’m properly published! Along with ninety-nine others in the same anthology, but to hell with them, frankly.*

The plugging begins NOW!





*- Except for the three or four of them that I know. You guys rule, obviously. *coughs*

Writing Update

Posted: January 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

A quick update on the writing situation: on the bad side, still waiting to hear back from Black Library about the twelve short stories and one novel idea I submitted for the May to July window, as well as the two short stories for the October window. Not tremendously optimistic now it has to be said; I know that one of my short stories has been invalidated by subsequent changes in the background (wretched C’tan), which is a pity as it was a story I would have enjoyed writing in full. Ho hum.

No more news to report on the “100 Horrors” anthology; I assume things are progressing though!

I did however hear back from another publisher. I submitted an old short story of mine to Nevermet Press for their “Stories in the Ether” open window. Apparently it received a mixed reception: some reviewers loved it, others felt it should be revised. I have been invited to make adjustments to it and send it in again. While I’m obviously a bit disappointed by this, I’m looking on the bright side. If they didn’t think it showed promise, then they wouldn’t have bothered asking me to make changes, after all.

The main change they asked for is to tighten up the story a bit, word economy probably is a flaw of my writing and I can ramble on a bit at times. In the next three thousand words I will attempt to explore why that is…..only joking. Other suggested amendments are simpler, and I aim to put together a revised version of the short story by the end of the week.

Stay tuned for updates!

The Launch

Posted: December 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hello all! As my previous blog of the same name curled up and died some time ago; I thought I would once again throw myself into the blogging world, but this time on a shiny new website.

So what’s prompted this? Those of you who know me will already know this, but hopefully many of the people reading this won’t: I’m a writer. Admittedly that’s not what pays the bills (accountancy, hell yeah!), but I prefer to think of myself as a writer. I’ve been plugging away at it since I was a child and recently I finally made a break-through. I’ve had a piece of horror fiction accepted for publication by Cruentus Libri Press, which will hopefully be out in January. The story is very brief (only 100 words in fact), but all that matters is that I’m soon to be published for the first time.

Well, technically a poem of mine that I wrote at age ten was published along with a load of other poems by school children, but I don’t really think that counts.

The anthology I’m to be published in will include a link to this very blog, and that will hopefully attract some traffic. So with that in mind, I thought I would use this post to point out where other examples of my writing can be found.

All the work I’ve self-published is available on this Lulu page, the short stories are free to download, incidentally.

Or if you fancy it you can like my Facebook page, The Written Ward, and help it achieve that magical 100 likes mark.

I’ll be updating this blog periodically with rambling about writing or whatever else I feel like talking about; plus no doubt I’ll be plugging the anthology (called “100 Horrors” incidentally) closer to the time!