Brief Writing Update

Hi guys!

Brief update on the writing front. I can’t remember if I posted that I had submitted a short story to the Pseudopod horror podcat, but I did. Sadly I got a rejection back last night but it was because they didn’t think the story was horror enough to fit the podcast, which I myself wasn’t sure of so it was a fair point.

Otherwise they said that they really liked it and thought it was an intense exploration of PTSD, which given that it was dealing with my own trauma is pretty accurate.

So I am still feeling very positive, got some other short story projects I am working on and I hope that I may have better luck in the future. In the meantime I know a rejection is not world-ending and I can deal with it and that helps a great deal in regards to overcoming my anxieties about pursuing my dream of being published.

If any of you reading this are writers wanting to be published but battling that fear, I know how you feel but trust me, being rejected isn’t as bad as you fear and you can learn and grow from there so don’t give up!

I will update when I have something else ready to go, or if I have any better luck submitting the story elsewhere. I have stuck it in for the Mind Membership competition about mental health journeys so I shall see how it goes!

Writing Update 1

On Tuesday I attended my third Super Relaxed Fantasy Club meeting. This is a group in London where every month 2-3 authors come do readings from their work and answer questions. There is also socialising. It is attended by quite a few published authors, plenty of writer, agents, editors as well as people who just love to read.

I am very much enjoying it, it gives me a chance to socialise with people who are doing what I want to do, perhaps get assistance with my goals and also get introduced to new and interesting sounding Fantasy and Science-Fiction books.

This month was readings by R J Barker, Anna Spark┬áSmith and Jane O’Reilly. I had met Anna briefly before at SFX Con earlier this year and we got to have a slightly longer chat this time, most about neurodiversity and such, and I got my copy of The Court of Broken Knives signed (I am reading it at the moment).

R J Barker was hilarious, the reading was really engaging and it was lovely to meet him. We were talking about Leeds as that is where some of my family is from and where he lives, including how weird looking Armley Prison is. I bought the first book of his trilogy, Age of Assassins, got it personalised (he had signed them already) and have added it to my ever growing unread book pile.

The last author writes space operas and her work did sound interesting and I may look into it in future, but I decided to be good and not add it to the pile for the moment.

Yesterday I turned up to my first meeting of a writing group based in a bookshop in Wood Green. I heard about it from the book shop owner at Nine Worlds and decided to go along. I was a bit nervous, but there are other Sci-Fi/Fantasy writers there and people were plenty friendly. I didn’t do any readings this time, but I shall next time as the feedback seemed really good and I think it could be very useful to me to see what non Sci-Fi/Fantasy people think of my stuff.

I also think I have gotten around a 1000 words written this week and I am hoping to get more done over the weekend if I can manage it. So some progress there. I have also set myself up a Facebook group for the people who volunteered to do Beta reading for me and have even given them a short story I wrote a while back to look at.

Things are happening then and I am feeling pretty positive at the moment, let’s hope I can keep it up!

In future I am going to do some reviews of things I have been reading too, probably not intense critiques, but more what I liked and didn’t, with a likely feminist eye cast over them as well so look out for those in future.