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Good news first: my first short story sale 'The Delivery Boy' is now available on Dred Tales and is the Dreditor's Choice!

:is full of bounce and squee:

I'm absolutely delighted and I really liked Leo Vasilevskiy's art work, so if you get a few minutes and fancy a dark read, please go and check it out.

This might also be the time to mention that I'm available for babysitting duties if anyone needs a volunteer ...

In other news, I've been working hard on The Novel - the first 10,000 consecutive words are now done (comes out at two and a bit chapters) and when you add in the additional scenes that I've written, I've got about 17,000 words in total. In general, I'm pleased with how it's going and having had two tutorials, it seems that they're pretty pleased as well.

One thing that I've been doing as research for The Novel is dog-watching. There are two dogs in my book - one is an overly aggressive Westland Terrier called Nugent, who has more of a walk-on part - the other is a chocolate labrador called Attlee, who belongs to my heroine. Now, even though I am very allergic to dogs, I'm definitely more of a dog person than a cat person, so having decided that there were going to be two dogs in the book, I figured I should give them personalities. Fortunately, there are a couple of parks near my home, which gives me a plenty of scope to watch how hounds behave and I've been having a great time watching how they interact with each other and their owners and it's given me loads of ideas for showing their behaviour on the page, some of which I've already put into practice.

I've also been watching pigeons, for reasons connected to The Novel but which I can't really go into right now without giving far too much away. Suffice to say that watching them has done nothing to make me a fan as they are remarkably thick birds, but it has made the cogs in my brain turn around.

Last month I joined The T Party, which is a writers' group based in London. They seem like a lovely bunch of people and I'm working on a short story to workshop (I've had a couple of ideas burning in my head, but the one that I'm working on is a ghost story of sorts).

In other news, work has been rather busy the last few months and my spare time has been taken up with writing, reading workshop pieces and more writing. I've also been doing a lot of reading and have just finished Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, which really isn't my cup of Earl Grey, but I can see why other people like it.

Right, I now have a load of workshop pieces that need to be read for Wednesday and I also need to work on my latest chapter.

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carolanne5
Jun. 1st, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Congratulations again, and Editor's choice as well is utterly brilliant. I thought the artwork was perfect for the piece. I couldn't resist reading it again as well; it was even more chilling knowing the ending in advance. I'm seriously looking forward to your novel.
cynthia_black
Jun. 1st, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!!! :-D
momentsmusicaux
Jun. 2nd, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed this.
The bit where you realize he's been through the system himself really chilled me. I wasn't sure whether I felt some sympathy for him having been a victim or hated him all the more.

Congratulations on getting it out there!
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