It's been a quiet few months (for obvious reasons). I've been continuing to work throughout the pandemic but as I've been conducting my one-to-one tutorials online, I've found I've been working even harder than before! While I haven't had a two hour daily commute to deal with, student attendance has been 100% and I've also been doing more work by email, in addition to the sessions (which I don't normally do when I'm in a physical office), so the time and energy needed to write has been severely limited.
So mainly, my efforts have been directed towards sending out completed pieces for publication and I haven't written anything new for a while. I'm normally on holiday at this time of year but as the University extended a lot of assignment deadlines from mid-May to the beginning of July, I'm still working two days a week. Hardly a massive imposition but a bit annoying and interfering somewhat with my usual Summer writing schedule. Also, with a recent acceptance I am now completely out of previously finished stories, so I have to write something new...
In addition to "The Creative Game" being republished by FlashFlood as part of National Flash Fiction Day at the weekend, I have just received an acceptance for a flash story called "The Hole in the Wall" by The Cabinet of Heed. This should hopefully be published at some point in July.
I have the flash epilogue to a story called "Nanny Knows Best" published by The Bumper Book of British Bizarro published in late July, too. This is the final story in my upcoming flash collection and the only one that has been, as yet, unpublished.
Then finally, I have that collection of flash fiction, This Septic Isle - technically my second collection of short fiction - published by Nihilism Revised in September.
So, quite a lot coming up and quite a lot to look forward to. But, yes - I really need to take advantage of this Summer to get some new work written and some older work polished and revised.
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