Reviewed but not rested

lynsey may kapow

Me at Kapow pretending I like Dr Who

It’s been one jam-packed old weekend. Chumming Ink to London for Kapow was good fun, but less restful than I probably could have done with. On the bright side, we caught up with some pretty awesome and creative people – and I also managed to pick up some of those freckles that mean summer is near.

Even better, on the train to London I was checking Twitter on my phone (sorry Ink, I know I do that too often) and I saw that Scott Pack had reviewed my story for the Fiction Desk anthology as part of his reviewing-a-short-story-everyday-for-a-year project. A walloping couple of heartbeats later, and I was very relived to see it was a positive one. He said:

“This is a well observed piece of writing. Uncomfortable and unsettling.” Which is how I like to think of myself. Well, as a writer anyway, not in person obviously. This put a nice spin on the weekend for me, good thing seeing as opportunities to sleep or even sit down were few and far between.

Now I’m back, I’ve got a little catching up and a whole load of writing to do (maybe I should just take long train journeys for no reason, they seem to be good for inspiration). Maybe I just need to check my blog feed first though, everyone else seems to have been pretty busy this weekend too…

Various Authors out and about

Various Authors from The Fiction Desk

Various Authors from The Fiction Desk

The new anthology from The Fiction Desk I’ve been all excited about is now out, about and available to buy direct through pre-orders or your friendly neighbourhood bookshop (if you’re still lucky enough to have one).

And if you’d like to have a sip and find out whether it’s your cup of tea, why not have a try of a free Various Authors sample pdf? Or, if you’re a Kindle owner – or you have the Kindle App on your phone (took me so long to twig I could do that it’s embarrassing) – you can also download their sample, which happens to have my entire story in.

Today, I am Various

Various Authors from The Fiction Desk

Various Authors from The Fiction Desk

Don’t worry, I’m not having some kind of crisis, I know I’m only one person really (although I guess that’s a questionable concept for any kind of writer). However, not only am I not suffering from some kind of personality disorder, but I am a pleased as punch kind of person today, as details for Various Authors – a new regular anthology from the folks behind The Fiction Desk – have been announced and you’ll find my name among the many.

Together, we are various; alone, I merely vary.

I’m really looking forward to receiving and reading this, there are some impressive and interesting names in there, but I will have to be patient for just a little while longer. Actually, it is due to be released on April 18 – the day after the new flat will finally be hooked up to the net. I have a feeling that is going to be a good week.