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I am awash...

  • May. 5th, 2013 at 9:38 AM
with anthologies!

My haul from Conflux9, as small as it may be physically, is huge in reading prospect. Let me see, I bought Next which was launched on the Friday night (and got it signed by many of the authors, one of whom loved my "cool story bro - needs more dragons" t-shirt so much that I gave him the url for the website so he can get one for himself); Patty Jansen's Out of Here (which I read all but the last 9 pages of on my trip to work and home on Monday) - bought because it has a dragon on the front and I had only read one of Patty's stories previously; Five Historical Feasts (which I've been meaning to get and now I have! Not that I've attended any of the feasts...); and because it was on special if bought with FHF, Gastronomicon; and finally Masques!

Then, yesterday, when collecting the mail, what should be there but my expected but unanticipated "apology" anthology from the Bristol Short Story Prize people. You see, I'd tried to submit a story and was having great troubles with paying my entry fee via PayPal. Emails were flying back and forth and just as I hit Send on my final attempt (which was successful) an email arrived saying they'd waive the fee! Ah well! But also, they said that because I had been having such trouble, they would send me a copy of last year's anthology. So now I can see what kind of chance my little epistle has against the quality of what they selected last year (fingers xx'd nevertheless!).

So my TBR pile has grown dramatically along with a couple of novels - Leopard Dreaming (book 3 of AA Bell's excellent trilogy), The Lavender Keeper by Fiona McIntosh - I devoured this novel, am now looking for Fields of Gold and will wait patiently for the regular pback size of The French Promise; and an author I've not read before - Juliet Marillier's The Dark Mirror.

Hopefully all this reading will fill my brain up with words so I can finally get my own novel finished! Much progress is being made... and other short stories are popping up so something has switched on in my brain at last.


gillpolack wrote:
May. 5th, 2013 06:02 am (UTC)
Some of those titles are vaguely familiar...
tropic_dm wrote:
May. 5th, 2013 06:45 am (UTC)
I did notice your name in a spot or two on covers...
eneit wrote:
May. 5th, 2013 10:23 am (UTC)
good haulage ...



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