Today I wished a friend goodbye for the final time. David J Rodger was cremated today. It just doesn't seem real.
Usually my end of year wrap up is celebratory and optimistic but today's mood isn't suitable.
But I need to wrap up, and I do find that there are lots of things to be grateful for. There will be a separate "books from 2015" post next week...
I published two books:
North by Southwest - the first anthology by North Bristol Writers
Former Heroes - the second anthology from Far Horizons Magazine.
Far Horizons is still going strong - and approaching a second birthday & I've been writing a serial for it, which has had some nice feedback - Tales for the Ferryman
I had a story in Fossil Lake 2
I've been reviewing books and interviewing folk for Urban Fantasy Magazine
I performed at the last ever Small Stories (David was on the same bill)
And performed at Let me tell you a story Jack
I went to the Kitschies awards and Nick Harkaway asked me to introduce him to SFX Dave!
I ran a Horror Wrioting competition and three submissions - Far Horizons Forever Hungry & Fantastically Horny anthologies and Sick City Syndrome - having been busy with reading for them, my reviews kind of tailed off...
I went to Archipelacon and moderated a panel on comics as well as did a talk on "Dark Fiction" - scary and fun!
I got to interview Karin Tidbeck - always nice to meet your literary heroines! (Jagannath is amazing)
I was at Nine Worlds, as a punter for the first time, no panels, no readings, just relaxation (no such thing at a Con) - they need to fix their attendance for next year so it's not so packed!
I was at BristolCon again, which was awesome again - so nice that one of the friendliest, best run Cons is right on my doorstep.
Got a story accepted for Sproutlings
Which has led to more Australian opportunities (news to share next year!)
Bristol Festival of Literature was back - with a great program which included me adapting a Jonathan L Howard story for radio.I also performed one of my published stories in an artist's studio which was a great experience. The North Bristol Writers came second in the inaugral Flash Slam too.
I appeared on Ujima radio
I read a story at BristolCon Fringe (and will be performing again in March next year with Myfanwy Rodman)
I hosted a panel at HorrorCon
I was a guest of Bristol Women's Writers at their Halloween Spinetinglers event.
I performed at Talking Tales (and will do so again this coming Monday)
I performed at Page and Performance, a poetry evening at my local pub - I performed one of the very few poems I've ever written, It got its first outing at Sanctum which was an amazing 24 days, 24 hours a day performance by American artist Theaster Gates that North Bristol Writers were honoured to be part of.
I had some more stories accepted - including one for Speculative Bookshop Anthology & others that news will no doubt be released early next year.
I finished (well until an editor gets their hands on it) my novel Seven Deadly Swords - which is doing the rounds looking for a publisher at the moment.
So - all in all a busy writing/bookish year (I have read 122 books this year so far - possibly will make it a couple more by year's end but my reading wrap up will come before Christmas as usual)
Looking forward? I aim to publish (or at least start the process to crowdfund & self-publish) my short story collection which I have been calling Thunder & Magpies - but which may have a name change to A Tiding of Magpies (vote in the comments as to which you like the best)
And, of course, I'd love for Seven Deadly Swords to be published! I will finish Sick City Syndrome. Forever Hungry & Fantastically Horny will also publish and I wil start to submit my stories (I've been remiss a bit this year)
I'm sure next year will be as busy, if not busier, than this!