I conquered one of my pet fears this year, I read a story aloud to a group of people. Not just any story, but one I’d written myself. Sitting terrified in the Forest audience beforehand, it seemed like more of an ordeal than anything else. But as I walked off the stage again I realised how much I’d enjoyed it. So much so I volunteered to read again not long after, for the Bugged launch in Manchester.
To celebrate the idea that I could join the ranks of those people not too scared to let their stories be heard as well as read, I also applied to cool new audio magazine 4’33”. Luckily for me, they said yes and I set to work recording myself reading Two Dancing Doves – the same story I’d read at the Forest. God knows how many takes later, I was about happy with it (I did it with iMovie, and had to cover the camera up with bluetac to stop distracting myself as I read).
Now that story is up there on 4’33” for anybody to hear and somehow I feel a lot more vulnerable knowing my voice is up there along with my words. If you prefer to read rather than listen and have an iPhone/pod/pad, you can also download Two Dancing Doves and several other short stories of mine from the Ether app.
I’m really chuffed about these two publications. I know I’m a bit old fashioned sometimes and not exactly cutting edge (fountain pen anyone?) but listening to stories on my laptop or reading them on my phone does make me feel a bit like I’m in the future. Now for 2011 – if I can have a robot monkey butler or a hover board that would do just nicely!
I’m a little late on this, but if you’ve got some spare time or some musically-themed words or pictures this could be just what you’re looking for. This is an open call for submissions on a musical theme from the lovely people who published my chapbook recently, so obviously I’m all for them!
This is what they say:
“Whether it was a tune that drove you to tears, then to the page; a melody that can transport your mind to another time; or a debaucherous adventure centred around a killer gig, we’d like to present your work as an homage to the relationship between literature and music. Submissions should generally be less than 5,000 words, and a piece of music should play into the narrative. Artwork should be sent as high-res jpgs to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
I’m not sure if I’m gonna make the submission date, due to gallivanting all over the pace in the last few weeks and a backlog of work to get down to – but you all definitely should! 🙂
Today I’m happy that my shiny wee chapbook – It Starts So Sweetly – and made by the lovely folks at Forest Publications is up on their site.
We had to pull it together very quickly due to an unexpected gap in the schedule (which I was happy about as it bumped my date forward by a few months), and luckily I had the stories all ready and waiting anyway.
Ink did the cover art and title pages, and it was really nice to complete a project together. We were reminded about my lack of stamina when it comes to design though – and my tendency to make rash decisions when I get bored enough – but all worked out well.
This morning I got up at six so I could do a variety of chores before starting the day job. Whee, I am looking forward to having a holiday! Only nine days to go, not that I’m counting . . .