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Tarmac, Image by ajavargas via Morguefile. https://morguefile.com/search/morguefile/2/asphalt/pop

I’ve been having a bit of fun with Prime Number Magazine’s monthly 53 Word flash fiction competition. Entries have to be 53 words exactly, excluding the title. It’s such a fun little exercise to get the juices flowing. This was my entry in the August comp. It didn’t win, but I enjoyed myself. The theme was “melting”.

 

Summer Evening Ritual

I crouch down and touch the road with the back of my hand, flinching away almost instantly. The sun has given the bitumen the texture of Nana’s fresh baked molasses cookies. Then I look up into the huge hope-filled doggy eyes. “Sorry, buddy, no walk for you tonight. It’s just too damn hot.”

 

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I’ve had a few changes in my life so far this year. Some were little things, like adding more chickens to the mismatched flock who live in my backyard (pictured above is Speckles, the Barred Utility hen) and buying a purple ukelele with good intentions of learning to actually play the thing. Others were a bit more dramatic, like my first born starting school. This has freed up a bit more time for writing, so I have been working on a few short stories and some not fiction articles and will keep plugging away with the submissions. I’ve also created Femlitica, a feminist book blog where I post reviews of fiction and non fiction books written by, and about women. You can follow Femlitica on Facebook as well.

I’ve also had a short piece on nerdy parenting published on Whole Woman. I’ll try and be a bit more regular with these updates and hopefully I will have some more published bits and pieces to post about soon.

Tata for now,

Jenny

From Stage Door Shadows, an anthology of speculative fiction that celebrates the dark side of the entertainment industry, launched yesterday. It will be available in paperback and ebook, and all 25 stories, including mine (House of the Cantomancer) will be online for free for 48 hours. Drop by and have a read!

Once again it’s been a long time between posts. I’m still a busy stay at home mum to a toddler but I now also have a four month old baby. I get to sit at my computer sometimes while breastfeeding but I can only type with one hand and have to keep an eye on the toddler to prevent a repeat of the lovely crayon mural in the living room. What with one thing and another I haven’t had a lot of time for writing fiction lately, but to keep my hand in I’ve started writing short reviews for a site called Weekend Notes. It’s a site full of ideas of fun things to see and do in Brisbane and various other cities.  My latest post is about the works of John Wyndham, an old favourite author of mine whose sci fi novels don’t seem to get read as much these days as I think they deserve to.So far I’ve mostly been posting book reviews but I hope to expand into other subjects. Topic suggestions are always welcome.

 

Somebody would say, `Can you write us an article about big, bodice-ripping, blockbusting romance novels?’ And I’d say, `Yes, of course,’ because I was a hungry young journalist.~ Neil Gaiman

is now out in paperback! It’s an eclectic collection of short stories by various authors, from Australia and elsewhere, put together to raise money to help victims of the 2010-2011 Queensland floods. My story, Red Planet Blues, is in there and it’s in good company! To quote from the introduction:

“One hundred beautiful stories. Our stories.
When so much was lost or destroyed, this was created.
That’s something that can never recede or wash away.”
~ Kate Eltham – CEO of The Queensland Writers Centre

It’s been quite a while (eighteen months or so) since I updated this blog. I’ve found life as the mother of of a very active little toddler pretty busy. I am still writing but I’ve been moonlighting under another pen name, which I’m keeping secret for now.

The latest news is that I have a story to appear in the upcoming anthology 100 Stories for Queensland, a not for profit book to raise money for the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal. The collection contains flash fiction from 100 authors, some local and some from further afield and has been put together with a lot of hard work by Trevor Belshaw and Jodi Cleghorn (who has a nifty writing site called Write Anything). It’s due to be released in March and I’m pretty excited about reading the other stories and seeing something of mine in print on actual paper this time!

That’s all for now. Further bulletins as events warrant.

The Mad Hatter’s Zine Fair is on in Sydney on Saturday (thanks to Tiny Paper Hearts for the tip). Since I’m obsessing about zines at the moment I wish I could be there for it, but I can’t because I’m stuck up here in Brisvegas with my baby. Then again, we have Gencon, the gigantic geeky gaming (try saying that ten times quickly) convention on up here this weekend, so nyah nyah Sydney! My significant other is running an Unknown Armies game there this year, which promises to be exciting.

I will be back soon (really this time!) to post some more about zines and why they interest me. For now, wherever you are, enjoy the weekend!