Wednesday, February 9, 2011
100 stories for Queensland
I like to think I have a fairly active imagination but there are always certain occasions that are just too vast for me to comprehend. The events in Queensland are a recent example with the sheer scale of the flood water covering an area the size of France and Germany combined. I can't even pretend to understand the recovery effort that will be involved.
So when there was a call for short stories I wanted to take part. This was for several reasons including the fact my current work is progress is partly based in Australia.
So I set to writing an up-beat short story. I only had a small window as my work schedule was hectic after my days off but I managed to complete something and submit it.
During the process Nick Daws, who has been volunteering as part of the editing team, wrote a very useful blog post. The advice in it does not just apply to this project but when considering any other short stories.
When the long list was announced and I found my entry was on the list I was more than a little surprised! I went on to tell anyone who was willing to listen about how pleased I was and how I wasn't expecting to make the final cut.
I decided at that point that in order to show my support for the project I would publish my story on this blog. This is a brave step for me as I never tend to share my work on-line.
So for this post I planned to publish In A Jiffy for you. This is the point I should introduce my story and encourage you to purchase the book - but NO! You will have to wait.......until 8th March when it will be published as part of 100 Stories for Queensland!
I couldn't quite believe the news when I discovered my story had been selected amongst the 100 stories, especially given I will be published alongside some of my writing heroes! The full list can be found here and as you can see from the titles it promises to be a great read.
So apologies for not being able to publish my story here but all the more reason for you to help support this very worthy cause. All proceeds from the book are going to the Queensland Premier's Flood Relief Appeal and every one involved has volunteered their time. I must add a big thank you to all those involved who are all putting in a massive effort so the book is ready for 8th March.
I'll post a reminder nearer the time in the hope of encouraging you to all buy a copy!