Thursday, 15 August 2013

Stories for Homes

Today I’m Celebrating Small, as in briefly, if that’s a concept within my capabilities, because really, this is much more of the celebrating medium variety, if not, the humongously large.

How happy was I to see that my short story, A Life with Additives had been chosen for inclusion in the Stories for Homes anthology from which all proceeds go to the homeless, charity, Shelter? The eBook is now out and the soft back is following hot on its heels. My story is, embarrassingly, a little light and fluffy but there are some much more cerebral, poignant beauties for your delectation. My advice would be to grab yourself a coffee (or a gin), a packet of hobnobs and a comfy chair - with a box of tissues placed firmly at your side. If you feel compelled to make a purchase either for the stories, the charity or to keep me happy - or a combination of all three - thank you so much. Click to buy Stories for Homes  

Charlie Wade, my blogging friend who loves a good rant now and again and boy, does he rant brilliantly, kindly asked me to guest blog on his site this week so I’m over there talking about Stories for Homes, mushy peas and dubious acting skills. Please pop over if you have a minute Charlie's Blog - Batteries Aren't Included.

And finally, I’m celebrating a birthday, my blog’s birthday, because this is my 100th post. Frankly, when I wrote my first and checked hourly (ok, it was every few minutes) to see if my page views would reach double figures, I don’t think I ever dared to dream I’d still be here over two years later. I only started a blog because my very wise and very lovely writer friend, Jane Alexander, told me to. I thought it would be just another Facebook-esque distraction. But, right from the start, I realised how much I loved writing it. In this world of novel writing where the stories take months to hit the paper, years to edit and back to months again to hear back from potential agents and publishers, the positively rocket speed process of posting my missives and reading your comments which always make me smile, is joyfully refreshing and rewarding.


Thank you so much for reading.Please enjoy a piece of virtual birthday cake, you deserve it - take care with the golden hearts, they aren't edible.

17 comments:

  1. Thanks for the interview Jackie. Hope Stories for Homes does well and look forward to the next 100 posts.

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  2. Thanks Charlie, it's doing really well by all accounts :)

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  3. Well done! I remember your story about bread-making when you entered it for a comp I was reading for. It may not have made the shortlist that time - but it stood out in my memory! So I'm pleased you recycled it (I do that all the time!) and it found a good and worthy home! Congratulations on your 100 posts too!

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  4. Oh how funny, Lindsay! And I am so happy you remembered it (for good reasons ;) because, when I don't get anywhere in a competition, I generally picture the judges sitting around chortling at my audacity to even enter such a piece of writing wanting-ness ... Thanks for reading!

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  5. Congrats on the ebook and blog celebrations!

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  6. Thanks Vikki! Hope you're well?

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  7. Huge congrats and a big *Hurrah* for your blog celebration. I'm so glad you're enjoying the process. Sometimes, when I'm stuck on 'real' writing, I find splurging out a blog post somehow frees up the process. :) xxx

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    1. Jane, you're so right! I find it hard to pull myself away when I'm stuck sometimes but if I can throw myself into a blog post instead, it definitely frees up the creative juices - and it's nice to have done at least something productive, isn't it!

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  8. Wow! Congratulations - and happy birthday, Jackie! I can't ever imagine reaching 100 posts, so I'm hugely in awe - and I'm off to check out your interview on Charlie's blog and download Stories for Homes right this minute! xx

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    1. Thanks Lesley :) Just keep blogging, your posts are fab! How did you get on in that competition?

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  9. Happy birthday to your blog!! And congrats on your story being accepted into the anthology! Sounds like a grand celebration!

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    1. Thanks Cathrina, and thanks for popping over to my blog :)

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    2. Cathrina, I've just seen that you had a book released this week. Very exciting! I wish you all the best with it :)

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  10. Agh blogger has deleted my post - twice! Happy Birthday x

    Sorry for losing contact. I don't post much, if at all on skybluepinkish anymore, writing and blogging about writing didn't work for me. However, I have a new blog going great guns and writing coming along well too. Congratulations on finishing Glass Houses, is it out for submission?
    Gillie

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  11. Hi Gillie! Great to hear from you and I'm going over to check out your new blog just as soon as I've finished here - very exciting! And great news that your writing's going well, too. I'm on the very final stages of my re-write of Glasshouses, determined to be submitting by mid September...

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    1. ... and thanks for persevering with the comment, Gillie, sorry blogger was a pain :(

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  12. Congratulations! Don't thank us for reading, we should thank you for your entertaining stories. We are looking forward to your next posts.

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