*New* Daily Challenge & *New* Short Story!

Hey.

HEY!

Yes, it’s me!

It’s been a while, huh?

Did you miss me? Fear not, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. I’ve just had stuff going on. A lot of busy weeks, even busier weekends and what seemed like just not enough hours in the day.

But now I’m properly settling into a my new job and a new (much quicker) workout regimen so it’s time to get back on the ol’ fictional horse. And what better way than…

* Trumpets *

a thirty day challenge! Continue reading “*New* Daily Challenge & *New* Short Story!”

I made it!

I ran my 5k for charity and I survived!

It was very muddy, and I’ll be honest I didn’t run the whole way. Then after I went straight to McDonald’s for fries…

Then as a (second) reward I got to hang out with these sweeties:


For the blog this means my Seven Wonders of the World series is finished, you can view the whole collection here: Series: Seven Wonders of the World.

I’m going to take a week or two off Series Saturday and focus on bringing you more regular, stand-alone content, perhaps with some sequels thrown in for Midweek Cereal.

I’ve talked before on this blog about a novel I’ve been working on and progress on that has really slowed down. I still love the premise and the world and the characters. They’re not leaving me anytime soon but I’m starting to feel like the book is too big to be my debut novel. It’s complex and intricate and I feel like I need a simpler story to tell that will just flow out of me.

You might have seen my last post about my short story published in Book Loot. It’s a story that really did just flow out. I opened the floodgates and I’m very much still swept up by it. The Sirens’ story is far from over and so I think I’m going to put my other idea on the backburner and turn My Sister, the Siren into a full-blown novel.

Between story posts I’ll keep you up to date with progress 🙂

And plenty more kitten pictures, of course.

Book Loot – My Sister, the Siren

Via Daily Prompt: Tether

“I remembered her words and that connection – that tether – I’d felt to her. I conjured up strength from deeper within me than I thought possible and I forced myself to believe it all.”

This is an excerpt from a short story I wrote for the BookLoot loot crate. I’ve been waiting and waiting to share this with you and now finally I can!

The story is called My Sister, the Siren and BookLoot give a pretty good blurb:

“The adventure of a young changeling discovering her true calling and coming to terms with her destiny.”

If you like Young Adult fiction and haven’t heard of BookLoot, you really should have!

BookLoot is a monthly YA subscription box which includes a newly released Young Adult book, 3-4 bookish goodies and a user submitted short story all revolving around a monthly theme.

They are a fantastic company and the only book loot crate to give a platform to aspiring writers, so I was thrilled to have my story chosen for their June theme, ‘Call of the Water’.

And the best news is some are still available for one-off purchase!

That's right! We still have Call of the Water boxes available for one-time purchase! You can use any of our rep codes for a 10% discount! Order yours today before they are gone! . 🌊Included in this box: 💦Song of the Current by @sarahtolcser with a signed bookplate and a letter from the author. 💦Passenger bookmark from @drawntothepages 💦Daughter of the Pirate King inspired lotion bar from @geekfirelabs 💦#percyjackson ring from @sammariesartistry 💦BookLoot reading journal and pen! 💦Short Story "My Sister the Siren" by Chloe Ash . Photo Credit: @readerrewind . #bookstagram #yabookclub #yalit #ya #yabooks #yabookbox #book #bookbox #books📚 #bookloot #booklooters #booklootfambam #booklootersunite #subscribe #subscriptionbox #readersgonnaread #readmore

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This theme seriously looks so cool, and if I lived in the States I’d totally be a subscriber. BookLoot are very kindly sending me a copy of my story and I was waiting to make this post so I could include a photo of myself holding it, but alas it’s still crossing the Atlantic (fitting given the ‘Call of the Water’ theme, huh?).

What I have gotten from instagram is a sneaky glimpse of the cover and seriously…

Siren

It is A-M-A-Z-E-B-A-L-L-S. And I don’t use that word lightly. Or, you know, at all. I just wish I knew the artist so I could credit them properly because serious, serious props to them: I want that thing framed on my wall.

If you want to read it, you can head over to BookLoot’s Artists & Writers Page, it’s right there at the top 🙂 Check out the other stories and art pieces too, there are some gems!

I’m thinking Faith and Serenity will make their debut on this blog later this year as a Midweek Cereal collection, but for now go check out Book Loot because they absolutely deserve your love.

A big, final thanks to them for sharing what is genuinely one of my favourite stories I’ve ever written.

 

State of the Blog Address (Me on Monday)

This is a very quick state-of-the-blog update. I’ve not been posting every day recently (not even close) and that’s going to be how it is at least for the next few weeks.

Posting a story a day is a challenge and I’ve just started a new job which means I’m in for a very busy and probably quite stressful month.

I’m going to aim for 2 or 3 stories a week, including Series Saturday (so you’ll have a regular, scheduled post every weekend, at least).

Time pressure isn’t my only motive, though. I also think you guys don’t need or want to be reading my stuff every day (I mean, I’d be flattered if you said you lie awake at night wondering when my next post will be but, really, I’m not delusional. I’d honestly also think you were kind of weird). I think there’s such a thing as too much when it comes to blogging.

Then there’s quality. If I’m churning out a story every night in a half hour before bed well… they’re going to be a bit crap, to be blunt (I like being blunt). Focusing on just a couple of stories per week is going to give me longer to work on them and therefore they’re going to be better in quality. I’m going to take the time to do this thing called editing, I’ve heard it works really well for some writers…

Anyway, enough of my sarcasm. Winter is Stories are coming. Just not as thick and fast as before.

The Publish button is not the Save button (and other reasons I shouldn’t write late at night)

You might have just seen me ‘publish a new post’. You may have even seen an excerpt before I hastily  clicked revert to draft…

Sadly I don’t have a new story ready, I’m just quite bad at computers and don’t do well when I’m tired. 

I was just working on my Series Saturday before bed and accidentally hit publish trying to save my draft.

Normally I would work in Word and copy paste into WordPress but I’ll be editing this one on the train tomorrow morning so I was writing it straight onto a blog post. That’ll teach me… 

Anyway, sorry for the accidental teaser! The story will be polished up and published all shiny and new tomorrow ❤️