writing


road, tarmac

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

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.

I’ve added Chris Reed’s blog to my blogroll, because I find it inspiring to see how many stories and submissions a person can actually get through if he or she doesn’t muck about and procrastinate as much as I do.

I know I promised more short stories soon, but I’ve been waiting to get something else published and it hasn’t happened yet. I have a couple of stories I’m waiting to hear back about at the moment, so for now I’ll just keep plugging away, trying to write something new and worth waiting for. In the meantime, have an inspirational quote.

The late Kurt Vonnegut on writing short stories:

Still and all, why bother? Here’s my answer: Many people need desperately to receive this message: “I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people don’t care about them. You are not alone.” (Timequake)

Khimairal Ink is a literary zine, specialising in stories featuring lesbian protagonists. It’s now
out quarterly (January, April, July and October). You can read Tupperware Stomp, as well as funny and touching stories by four other writers, here.

This one was my first romance story. It’s not a genre I read much of, but I wanted to challenge myself a little and try and write a romance story that was a little bit unconventional.