Ok, January is almost done, and these type of posts normally happen in the beginning of the New Year when motivation is high. I got lazy sue me ;).
While I may have be lax in getting this blog post out there, I think my writing output for 2019 was a success. I wrote a metric tonne of drabbles (100 word stories) in 2019, and they’re not as easy as a person might think. Telling a story with an exact limit of one hundred words can be a challenge if you’re a person who babbles, I’m just lucky that Black Hare Press likes mine.
Black Hare Press is a small publisher from Australia that I found last year. They have seen fit to feature me in several of their drabble anthologies and short story collections and I hope to continue submitting to projects that excite me.
If BHP was new for me, then Engen Books was my ‘tried & true’ publisher of 2019.
I had the honour of being featured in two anthologies from Engen Books this past year in their bestselling “From the Rock” series. You can find my short story “Final Edict”, an homage to Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”, in “Dystopia from the Rock”. I was lucky to have two stories in “Flights from the Rock”, an anthology to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first transatlantic flight from Newfoundland.
That was 2019, so what does 2020 have in store?
Both Black Hare Press and Engen Books have already announced calls for submissions that look interesting, so I’m sure I’ll be checking them out.
A couple publishers have asked me to take part in projects that I can’t talk about but I’m excited to see where they go.
I plan on putting together two anthologies of my work, one for a fall release and another for the spring of 2021. “The Gallows Tree” follows the life of an Oak Tree from acorn to twisted stump and how human horror stained and twisted this tree throughout its life. I’ve entitled the second collection “Hearts & Hate” and it will feature short stories of twisted relationships set within different genres.
Will everything I plan happen flawlessly? Most definitely not, but a person has to try, and I appreciate you following along.