Hmmm. Weird one this. Sparks was filmed, and videos of some readers are now up at Beat the Dust.
Mine is here
Very strange to look at myself doing that. It doesn’t seem to be me, it does not sound like me. It seems like a jolly, fat lady channelling Joyce Grenfell has got up on stage wearing my clothes, and ENUNCIATED her way through my story.
The others are far more appealing:
Jo Horsman reading for Anna Britten
Sparks is tonight, and I will be reading (gulp) along with Jo Horsman, Melissa Mann, Steve Finbow, and Martin Reed. Stories by Joel Willans and Anna Britten will also be read. This all takes place Upstairs at the Three and Ten, Steine Street, Brighton.
My SYNT story “My make-do guy” is being read by lovely Jo Horsman. There were a variety of reasons why I couldn’t make it tonight, but Jo very kindly offered to step in and read for me, and Steve Finbow very kindly agreed that she could.
It should be a cool night and I hope all concerned enjoy it.
Jo Horsman is setting up a new Flash Fiction evening, “Sparks”, at Upstairs at Three and Ten in Brighton.
The very first event will take place on October 14th. I will be there, attempting to read a tiny flash that made me bawl when I wrote it, so lots of fun eh?
Jo is looking for submissions from people who are available to read on the night. She invites subs of 500 words or less, on any theme. Please send to :
jo horsman@hot mail.co.uk (remove the spaces)
for her consideration.
Or, if you wish to attend, tickets will be available from Other Place Productions nearer the time, at a cost of £5. Places are limited, as this very cool venue has a limited capacity of 46. (It is in a room above a good pub, and drinks can be taken into the venue. Hurray. I may need several!)
I know what my novel is. I have the synopsis, I know the story, know the main characters, I know the beginning, middle and end. But I have not been writing it. There is something that really intimidates me about attempting to sustain my fiction over the course of many thousands of words. In mad reversal I have been writing shorter fictions, and fretting.
BUT NO MORE!
In a genius move I have made a commitment with Jo Horsman to write 300 words a day. 300! Pah! That’s super easy. No more worrying about the novel, I am approaching it in tiny bite sized chunks. I will write at least 300 words a day for the duration of the summer holidays. I will not edit and frantically shine my prose, I will push on in baby steps. When the twins go back to school in September I will read what I have done. I hope I will find some words to be kept. I will keep on pushing forwards.
The block I had on writing it is gone. Ha!
I’m far too moany about the books and stories that I read. I always hope to find good things though. ( I do start from a point of optimism, but mainly I am disappointed.) I have worked with Jo Horsman at the Fiction Workhouse, and am delighted to see her rather wonderful story “Sparks” has just been published at Red Peter.
Guaranteed not to disappoint!