Not because the sun is shining or because our dryer got delivered this morning. Not even because I prepared the asparagus risotto I love so much for the first time this year –although all of the above already amount to a pretty awesome day in my book.
No. Today is glorious because it’s the day our “baby”, the Seven Deadly Sins YA Anthology – Pride was published. It was a long and challenging process but we did it and you can now buy the delicious fruit of our labor from Amazon as an eBook and a paperback.
If you don’t want to pay for your copy (we get it, we’re tight on cash, too) you can join our Facebook launch party and enter a giveaway for a free eBook copy. What are you waiting for? The giveaway ends April 2.
But that is not yet all.
Today also marks freeze frame fiction‘s first birthday. It’s been a year since Dino Laserbeam published the first issue of this amazing new publication, focusing on great flash fiction.
As if that wasn’t enough reason to celebrate, this issue also includes a flash story called Replay, by none other than the nose featured on my profile picture. The artwork accompanying the story was created by Luke Spooner, a.k.a. Carrion House.
Stop by freeze frame fiction, read the issue and show some love for the people who put it together.
All previous issues of fff are available for purchase on Amazon as well.
Looking forward to seeing you at the parties. I’ll be be the one in the corner with the stupid smile on her face.
There are few moments I have dreamed of more, than this one: A story I wrote is included in a book, one you can actually touch and leaf through, place on your nightstand and smell. I’ll stop before this becomes even more inappropriate.
The book in question is the first volume of the Seven Deadly Sins YA Anthology with Pride as a theme. The Anthology centers around teenagers doing their thing with a twist … cue the cardinal sins.
This is a collaborative project we have nurtured with much love with my fellow Scribophile writer friends, and we hope it will find young adults and adults alike that will love it as much as we do.
1. Wake up, check emails, eat breakfast. At 11 p.m. deliver translation to client. Spend the next three hours working on various writing projects without actually writing.
2. Watch Neighbors. Consider adding Zac Efron to your Laminated Celebrity List. Decide against it, since you only have five spots and three are already taken by Ryan Gosling.
3. Consider working out. Don’t work out. Go for a coffee with a friend instead and talk about wanting to work out.
4. Read post on random site about automatically translated Chinese signs into English. Laugh at the absurd yet somehow eerily creative turns of phrase. Add post to list with links to send to future clients when they claim translation is a monkey’s job when you demand to get paid for it.
5. Watch World Cup and pray for Greece to win. After Greece wins, spend the next hour reminiscing about the 2004 European Championship. Realize it’s been 10 years since you partied on the streets of Corfu that heavenly summer. Feel very old. Make sure to apply moisturizer after washing face before going to sleep tonight.
7. Fantasize about writing a “Fault in Our Starts”-meets-“The Perks of being a Wallflower”-meets-“High Fidelity”-meets-“To kill a Mockingbird”-hybrid-uber-novel. Remind yourself that plan requires you to actually sit down and write. Postpone said writing to a non-yet-determined future point in time.
8. Finish day by writing a blog post about the various ways to procrastinate on any given day. Go to bed feeling very accomplished.
I started several stories last week, but was able to finish only one, which is now eagerly awaiting its second rejection from an online magazine. And despite the fact this poem wasn’t written inspired by the flaming stare I give the screen every time a “thanks, but no thanks” email lands in my mailbox, I like to think of it as multi-faceted enough to fit such occasions.
Just replace “lust” with “dread” and you get the picture.
So, today’s prompt was to write a story about a character who’s done something they feel shame for OR a story with 140 characters (the ones we type, not the walking/talking kind).
Seeing as I could neither come up with a good idea for the first prompt, nor reduce a story I wrote to under 30 words (which is what 140 characters would mean) for the second one, I decided to be a non-conformist (once more) and went with a prompt of my own: Write a story of up to 100 words.
So, here you have it (this probably sucks balls, but shhhh, we’ll keep it between us)
P.S. I’ll continue trying to come up with a 140-character story and will post if I am successful.
Story a Day in May started on May 1st and I am already behind. Being a creative person though, I thought of a way to merge the prompts of Day 2 and 3 and write something combining them both, i.e. prepare yourself for a somewhat free magnetic poetry session using, amongst others, the words “vermillion” and “musky”.
Because that is how a writer do.
Don’t shoot the pianist, or throw tomatoes at her. This is my first attempt at poetry after a looong time. You may laugh inwardly at my inability to rhyme properly.