Well, I survived the first term back in the trenches of high school teaching. The return to paid employment does increase the income but sadly diminishes time to gaze upon the wonders of the internet. The past eleven weeks have been something of a virtual blackout but hopefully the Easter holidays will afford some time to catch up. Although I suspect reading through eleven weeks of Twitter and blogs would be a task that would have Hercules yearning for the comparitively small chore of cleaning out the Augean stables.
A quick update on my writing so far in 2011:
February saw the arrival of The School Journal (Part 4, Number 1, 2011) containing my story 'Losing Nemo'. The illustrations accompanying the story are incredibly cute and I love the way the artist has drawn the characters, especially Aunt Vera. Getting published in The School Journal has been a dream since I was eight years old and it's a total delight.
March saw Andromeda Space Inflight Magazine’s 50th issue, containing my story ‘The Truth About Dragons’. The print magazine is beautifully put together, and it’s available as a pdf too.
The next couple of months will see the publication of Tales for Canterbury, a fundraising anthology for the Red Cross in Christchurch, including my story 'The Delightful Maiden' and many others from an impressive of fantastic writers.
It's for a great cause so I feel completely justified in enthusiastically urging everyone, even random strangers on the street, to order a copy!
My flash story 'The Death Meter' will be coming out in The Best of Every Day Fiction volume 3, and yesterday I had the wonderful and unexpected news that my noir/fairy tale detective story 'Upon a Star' came second in the Wily Writers SpecFicNZ contest and will be published on Wily Writers later this year.
A huge congratulations to Dan Rabarts, the excellent writer and blogging gourmand for winning first place! I can't wait to read his story when it comes out.